disappearing nine patch patchwork quilting tutorial

Disappearing 9 patch variation block with charm squares

This is one of the two finished blocks you can make with this tutorial.

Disappearing 9-patch variation quilt block

Learn how to make this block in less than 2 minutes

This is a very short video that shows you how to cut your blocks and arrange them afterwards.

This tutorial makes two blocks. Use high contrast fabrics for better results.

Disappearing 9-patch variation quilt block

These 2 blocks are made with the video tutorial above.
Disappearing 9-patch variation quilt block

Quick tip for colour choice: use complimentary colours. For instance on the video I used green and red tones, but you can use other combinations such as purple and yellow, blue and orange.

Black and white will also work very well as well as red and black or red and white. These last combinations rarely fail.

Materials for 2 blocks

  • 10 x 5 inch charm squares
  • 8 x 5 inch squares cream coloured

Old tutorial (for printing)


Make a 2 x 9 patch block using 5 inch charm squares and a contrasting fabric for each.

Now cut 2 1/2 in strip of each side of the block ensuring that you cut in opposite pairs. The resulting strips will be a bit wider than the stripe stitched to the centre square.

Now repeat steps below to make another block (photo not displayed).

Now swap the central square from both blocks and you will obtain something like the photo below.

Notice though that in the swap I rotated the central part of the block before I took this picture so the photo may be a bit confusing at first as you can see from the feedback I’ve got on this tutorial.

Start by stitching the shorter sides together and then the longer sides. Trim the longer sides after stitching like in the picture and iron flat.

Repeat with the other block.

This block belongs to this quilt top.

Disappearing 9-patch variation block

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  1. Can you give the amounts of fabric and size of blocks to cut for this because you can’t hardly find the charm packs anymore..


  2. Jeanene, your guess will be as good as mine. You can just cut your own charm squares and go from there. There are 42 5 inch squares in a pack.


  3. Points of feed back. 1. Please leave the orientation of the fabrics the same from image to image. 2. Why sew the top and bottom triplet together to the mid-section, if you are not cutting them at the same time? 3. If you are swapping out set, it would be a good thing to show each set. Sorry for this feedback. It took me several minutes to figure out what you were doing and I am still not sure. I like the idea, just not sure I could execute it.


  4. I love it! I have done a disappearing 9 patch and 4 patch but I love the looks of this one. I will try it tomorrow for sure.

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  5. Sorry about that. I realise it’s not print friendly but that’s all I have.


  6. Teresa, I just love all your ideas and tutorials. You have the best ideas to use up scraps. Thank you so much! This disappearing nine patch is the best. I can spend hours watching your videos. Jean


  7. Hey there! I’ve been following your blog for a long time now
    and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout
    out from Huffman Tx! Just wanted to say
    keep up the excellent job!


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