July 23, 2008

My disappearing nine-patch block

I don’t remember where I saw this first, but I really liked the look and the simplicity of it.  So I gave it a whirl and I’m very happy.

In the beginning, there was a basic nine patch block.

Next, I boldly cut it into quarters.

Then, I rotated and rearranged until I was pleased with the layout.  Finally, I sewed the quarter sections together, and voila!  A very pretty quilt block.

I have about 9 more blocks partially pieced into nine-patches.  I’m still deciding whether to do each final block the same or try to randomize the arrangement.  I’m also still deciding why I’m doing this in the first place.  I could make it a baby quilt for our new little one, but maybe there are too many floral prints for a baby boy?  Or maybe a lap quilt for me?  Nothing bigger than that, though…or it’ll never get done.

BTW, the fabrics are mostly Katie Jump Rope and Ginger Blossom, with a few random prints from my stash thrown in to get a scrappy look.


  1. That is a great idea! I’m going to keep this in mind for a future project. It certainly gives an already cute nine patch that extra little zing!

    Comment by sillydreamer — July 23, 2008 @ 11:33 am

  2. That looks great! Thanks for sharing that idea. The more I sew, the more fabric scraps I accumulate. I’m fixing to make a lap quilt in time for cooler weather (which means I have until mid December since I live in the Southeast US, heh)!

    Comment by sarahsews — July 23, 2008 @ 12:33 pm

  3. Why oh why can’t you live near me!!!! I love to sew and have no one to inspire me or motivate me. I have such a messy sewing room that I just can’t start myself doing anything! I have about 5 huge totes with wonderful fabrics. Thank you for posting all your beautiful projects, I am going to start on my sewing room TODAY! Thanks again for the wonderful inspiration.
    Rebecca Huff

    Comment by Rebecca Huff — July 25, 2008 @ 4:23 am

  4. I love this! It looks superb. I may have to copy!

    Comment by thornberry — July 28, 2008 @ 12:04 am

  5. Such a great idea!

    Comment by summersadie — July 28, 2008 @ 6:40 am

  6. Colors are really great.
    And a nice, clever way to get a complicated look without all the hassle.
    About your smock apron:
    I too fornd the directions in the A is for Apron book confusing and downright wrong in some cases! ( tired the halter “Summertime blues”
    I always pity a novice sewer who tries to tackle a project that I find confusing..what must they think?

    Comment by ella — August 4, 2008 @ 1:55 pm

  7. I love that disappearing nine patch! And I couldn’t agree with you more about loving the Katie Jump Rope fabrics. I actually just orders a whole bunch more for a commissioned quilt. You’ve seen Deynse Schmidt’s new home dec. weight line with many of these same patterns, right? It’s beautiful!

    Comment by Alissa — August 5, 2008 @ 7:55 am

  8. I’m working on a disappearing 9 patch quilt myself, using a variety of 30’s prints. I’ve seen several of these quilts, but none done with fabrics like you’ve chosen. I really like them! Nice blog, too!

    Comment by Lynn Douglass — August 14, 2008 @ 7:25 pm

  9. I love this creative but simple way to rearrange the nine patch pattern….AWESOME IDEA!

    Comment by Melissa — August 22, 2008 @ 5:57 pm

  10. I am also working on one myself! I am using total scrappy fabrics and have some of these same prints in mine!:) Love these prints.

    Comment by Audrey — September 10, 2008 @ 5:12 pm

  11. That is totally cool! I have got to try that. What a great way to jazz up a plain old 9-patch.

    Comment by Kimberly — October 7, 2008 @ 6:32 pm

  12. Great quilt idea. It seems to work better if you have the center a dark block?? Good way to use scraps or stash. Emma

    Comment by Emma — January 7, 2009 @ 2:14 pm

  13. nothing short of brilliant1

    Comment by Liz — April 9, 2009 @ 1:25 pm

  14. I’m looking for the book because I want to see all the different variations. The site that listed it for 20% off is out of them and Amazon dot com is sold out also. Anybody have any ideas on where to get the book? Or, does anybody know of a web site that lists all the variations? Thanks – Jane

    Comment by Jane Gent — April 27, 2009 @ 4:45 pm

  15. Thank you for good inspiration! Leja

    Comment by Leja — June 29, 2009 @ 12:47 am

  16. beautiful! im gonna have to try that out

    Comment by dj ness — August 17, 2009 @ 10:13 pm

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