The block below is a finished disappearing 9-patch block.
And another block from the same quilt.
This block looks deceptively hard to make, but it’s not.
How to make a disappearing 9-patch block
Materials for one block
Cut nine 5 inch squares for the 9 patch block.
This quilt can be made scrappy or in coordinated colours.
Use highly contrasting fabrics for better more defined results.
To make this block really quickly, use 5 inch charm squares. In fact the block below is made with charm squares.
Do you want to make this block into a quilt?
I made a disappearing nine patch quilt using this block a few years ago. I used charm squares for it.
Make an interesting back for your quilt and it can be reversible.
These 2 blocks are made with the video tutorial below.
I have seen different kinds of disappearing 9 patch blocks but this variation is not as common though it is very effective.
Again, this block is quite quick and easy to make as you can see on the video.
Disappearing 9-patch block variation block tutorial
To make this tutorial you need to start with 2 traditional 9 patch blocks.
Some tips to make the most of this block
- Use 5 inch charm squares for speed
- Use high contrasting fabrics when swapping the strips
- Fussy cut the central square or use that fabric you’ve been keeping for a special project.
- This quilt can be quite striking in colour schemes such as black and white, red and black, red, black and white.
- Combine blocks in complimentary colours such as green and red, yellow and purple or blue and orange
Disappearing 9-patch variation quilt tutorial
I made a quilt with this variation of disappearing 9-patch block some time ago.
Have a look at the prairie points. I think this was the first time I introduced fabric manipulation on my quilts. I have made many fabric manipulations since.
This is the full quilt. The prairie points add a very nice touch in my view. It makes this quilt particularly special and they’re a great way to use up your fabric scraps.
This quilt top has been made using:
- one and a half charm square packs of Hunky Dory by Moda for the blocks
- cream fabric
- scraps of fabric for the prairie point cut in 4 1/2 inch square
- polka dots fabric in pink and pistacho for the sashing
See the other quilt I made with another pack and a half of this same fabric: Disappearing nine patch quilt.
Quilt finished size
65 x 51 1/2 inches.
How to make a disappearing 9-patch variation block
This is a short 2 minute video demonstrating how to cut your initial 9 patch block and how to rearrange it afterwards.
How to make prairie points
My prairie points lie next to each other without overlapping.
To calculate how many you need:
- Write down the size of the prairie point, eg 4 inches
- Divide the size of the side of the quilt, eg 60 inches, and divide by 4 inches
- You’ll need 15 prairie points
To make a 4 inch prairie point you’ll need a 4 1/2 inch square of fabric.
I used the open folds at centre prairie point assembly but did not overlap my points.
Detail of prairie points
- 3 Moda Hunky Dory charm packs
- Homespun fabric to match cut into 5 in x 5 in squares. I used a cream colour.
With 3 charm packs you will be making 25 blocks.
Final size without border: 67.5 in x 67.5 in.
Hunky Dory collection fabrics
Disappearing 9 patch block construction
Make a 9 patch block combining 5 colour charm squares with 4 white ones. Use darker tones for the centre square for contrast.
Iron the 9 patch block and cut it in half and then in half again.
Change the resulting smaller blocks around to form a disappearing 9 patch block like below.
Stitch together and iron flat.