Disappearing Nine Patch Tutorial

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Long ago I made a quilt that was a Disappearing Nine Patch.  People told me again and again that no, I was wrong and that it wasn’t a Disappearing Nine Patch.  I have done a couple blog posts about this before  but I still get questions…I am hoping this will answer the questions.

Here’s the quilt.  It’s self sashing.

To make this version that is 49 1/2″ x 49 1/2″ you will need….

64 colored 5″ squares
64 neutral 5 ” squares
16  5 ” squares for cornerstones

1/2 yd for binding cut into 5 ~ 2 1/2″ strips.

Sew the blocks into nine patches as shown.

Cut those nine patches as shown.

Turn the pieces…

Sew them together.

There you have it….It really is a Disappearing Nine Patch!

After the rows were assembled, we went back and removed the right brown and cream sashing row by ripping it off with the seam ripper.  Then we added cream borders to the outside.

Here are other quilts we made using the same technique:  Tranquility Quilt  and Iowa Hawkeyes Version.

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44 thoughts on “Disappearing Nine Patch Tutorial”

  1. I love this technique. I have seen each of your blog posts about it. I can totally see how it is a disappearing 9 patch. I think it would be great to use for an I spy quilt. Thinks for showing us how it works again. Have a great weekend.

  2. Love this pattern. I have made it several times. Super fast and fun. Takes me longer to pick out the fabric. Thanks for all you share. Have fun with your longarm.

  3. I made your version of a D9P when you first posted a photo of yours and it’s about to be put on one of our full-size beds! Thanks again!

  4. Oh! I want to try this. Maybe Christmas break? I’m a teacher so my sewing time is limited. thanks so much for this tutorial.

  5. It is a fun pattern- I like both the disappearing 9 and disappearing 4 patch.. Thanks for sharing –
    Oh and thanks for the link to Country Threads- I was not familiar with their site.

  6. Yup. I think it’s a D9P, too. I don’t know why people argue about it. Actually there’s two D9Ps: one with 2 cuts [as you explained], and 4 cuts which gives a much different result, but they are still D9Ps b/c they both begin with a 9patch. There… that ought to explain it to some who still might doubt. lol
    Thank you for a great tute. Your quilt is wonderful. I have made both versions and love them both.

  7. I did one of these when you mentioned the quilt last time. I want to add a bit more but love the pattern. Thanks for the tutorial. Just visited Country Threads and will definitely be a regular.

  8. I love how it self sashes! How did you press the original 9 patches? Do the seams nest? I think that I must have pressed incorrectly, because mine didn’t. Thanks,Jo.

  9. Sweet! I love Disappearing Nine Patches! I’ve made a few, and I love the look and the simplicity. I also love the intrigue of sewing something together, cutting it up, and then sewing it together again for a totally new look!

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  11. Thank you so very much for this tutorial! I belong to some 5″ swap groups and I needed ideas, this is perfect!
    I love your version and your quilting is awesome but the bugs are “EEEEEEEEW”! LOL

  12. Thanks go for the tut on the 9 p quilt. And I want to say I am so sorry about Gracie. I missed what happen to her. Just want you to know she will always live in my heart. I am going to try your recipe of the crock pot chicken Sunday. I just love your bloggs but sometimes I missed some.
    Love to you and your family.

  13. It looks to me like the same pattern. The look you get depends on how you turn the block quarters. I’ve made it a couple times and turned them differently from yours. I have a bunch of authentic feedsacks that I hate to cut up into little pieces, but this pattern turned like yours to be self-sashing would showcase the feedsack fabric and the “cornerstone” could be a solid 30s reproduction. See, you’ve set my brain to churning. Sometimes a good thing, sometimes not so much. :)

  14. I can understand why someone looking at just the quilt wouldn’t think it was a Disappearing 9-Patch. Love how you put it together and it looks wonderful with no borders. Thanks for sharing.

  15. I would have never thought this was a D9P quilt. I like that layout. I don’t really like to make sashings and cornerstones and this eliminates that. Thanks so much for sharing.

  16. I like the simplicity of the way it looks with how you turned the pieces after cutting.
    The other way I have seen the pattern is to turn two of the pieces differently than the others, so that you end up with a block that kinda tessellates across the quilt. I can not accurately describe how to turn them & I had to leave one sample block sewn in with the cut fabric so I will remember how to do it after the one time I was shown how it worked.

  17. I’ve been quilting a long time, but not in this way. I’ve just recently bought the cutting wheel and mat and would like to ask- how do the seams stay together after you cut an already sewn block? It seems it would start coming apart! What am I missing as the novice here? :>)
    Love the pattern!!!

  18. Kathy Aho in MInnesota

    I love it and THANK YOU for sharing. It’s all in how you place the lights and darks in the 9 and how you twist them afterward. I am totally going to make one in the near future.

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  20. So excited to try this for my first “real” quilt. (My first was a tree skirt, so doesn’t really count). Would you know the dimensions of a finished block? I assume you use 1/4″ seams. The original block would be 5″ + 5″ +5″ less 1/2″ seams on each side makes 13 1/2″ in my maths. But after that I got lost…

    Thanks for any help.

  21. Margaret Davidson

    This technique is so much fun. I love to see the change when you rearrange the blocks. I made two prayer shawls using this method. It goes very quickly. Thanks!

  22. Tonja Wheeler

    Yes, this is a disappearing nine patch. TO ME, it is cut like a DNP, just sewed differently.
    Brilliant, I’m going to go make one now!
    Thanks for sharing!

  23. Just sitting here a-grinnin’. Only found this just now and love it!!!! Kudos for thinking outside the box and changing a traditional pattern to something new. I will have to share this with my other quilting friends. They’ll love it.

    1. Make the quilt and you will see that one side has sashing, the other doesn’t. You’ll either have to add sashing from one side or add it to the other to balance the quilt.

  24. Do you press all 9-patches in the same direction, or do the patches for the next row need to be pressed in opposite directions?

  25. Irene VanderHoek

    I like the quilt and although it seems relatively easy to put together I don’t know what you mean by ripping out the brown and cream sashings. Please explain. Thanks

  26. Oh my gosh this is the BOMBDIGGITY !! Thank you very much for this post ♥️YES you are definitely correct on naming it ! I have been sewing and quilting most my life in Amish community , this is a WIN WIN .

  27. This is an awesome quilt design! I’m having trouble viewing it because of the adverts running full-screen behind it. Is there a way of finding it without the adverts?

  28. How many squares would I have to have to make this big enough for a queen size bed. I am thinking of making it for my nephew’s wedding.

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  32. Rather than seam-ripping the right-hand side, you could make (4) short strips of a 5″ colored square, then a 5″ neutral square, then a 5″ colored square, then split that down the middle. You’d end up with 8 colored squares attached to a neutral strip and just sew those together for the final column. You’d have to seam-rip one neutral rectangle, but that’s not too bad.

    I love this method — way easier than a usual sashing and cornerstones!

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