Disappearing Nine Patch Quilt The Disappearing Nine Patch block is created by cutting a Nine Patch Block through the middle both horizontally and vertically. Any size or design of a Nine Patch block will work as long as all nine squares are the same size initially. You can use pre-cut squares, fat quarters or yardage to create your Nine Patch Block. Use a couple of Charm Packs and a bit of coordinating fabric for the Nine Patch centers to make a quick quilt. Sort your Charm squares into light, medium and dark value piles. You may need to hold out a few charm squares to ensure the blocks have a good contrast. The corner blocks are not sub-cut therefore show up more in your quilt. Determine which value you want to have in the corner blocks. If you want a darker look, use a darker fabric for the Nine Patch block corners. The middle squares of each of the 3 nine patch units will be sub-cut and are thus smaller pieces and help to frame the larger corner squares. The center square of the Nine Patch block can be a fabric with a high contrast which I call the “popper square.” You can use a fat quarter of one fabric or several different fabric scraps to make the center popper square of each Nine Patch block. Lay out the nine squares and sew in the order shown below using a quarter inch seam. 1) Chain Sew column 1 to column 2. 2) Chain Sew column 3 to column 2. Press top and bottom rows to the outside. Press center row towards the center. 3) Nestle seams. Sew row 1 to row 2 . 4) Nestle seams. Sew row 2 to row 3. Press. Once your Nine Patch unit is sewn and pressed, you are ready to cut through the middle of the Nine Patch block both horizontally and vertically as shown on the right. Take the four units from the cut Nine Patch block and turn the block pieces as desired to create a new block. You can also interchange the units of the various Nine Patch blocks you created to create a unique look for your quilt. See examples below on ways to arrange your blocks. Arrange the blocks on a design wall for desired layout. Chain stitch column one to column two. Chain stitch column three to column two. Continue stitching columns together. Once columns are stitched together, press each row in opposite directions. Nestle seams for row one and two together and pin if desire. Stitch row one to row two. Continue stitching rows together until all rows are attached. Press rows. Add borders to your Disappearing Nine Patch if desired. Layout blocks in desired columns and rows. “I Spy” block arrangement Block Size Guidelines Five inch charm squares will create a 14 inch nine patch resulting in 7 inch squares when the Nine Patch is sub-cut and 6.5 inches block once sewn together. Use two Charm Packs to make (9) Nine Patch blocks or add fabric yardage for the middle and center popper squares to make more Nine Patch blocks. A 5 by 7 layout (35 of the 36 units of 9 blocks) yields a 32.5” by 45.5” center. Use the extra unit for a label. Add a couple of borders to make a nice size lap quilt or add more blocks to increase the quilt size. Twisted block arrangement—only one seam to match! Page 1 See page 2 for strip piecing instructions and samples pictures. Copyright ©2013 Suzzett's Fabric, Quilts, and More, L.L.C. Create Nine Patch Blocks using Fabric Strips, Fat Quarters or Fat Eights Use Fat quarters, fat eights, or yardage to create Nine Patch blocks from fabric strips. Piece fabric strips together to make the three units required for each Nine Patch Block. You will need two different types of strip units to create the Nine Patch block. Strip set “A” will have the Corner—Middle— Corner units of the Nine Patch block while Strip set “ B” will have the Middle—Center—Middle units of the Nine Patch block. From a 5” by Width of Fabric (WOF) strip set you can get 8 units for the Nine Patch Block. Use a variety of Corner and Middle strips to make a scrappy quilt. From a fat quarter you can get three 6” by 22” strips for 9 six inch squares resulting in a 17” Nine Patch square and 8.5” (8” with seams) sub-cut units for a Disappearing Nine Patch block. For a 9.5” Nine patch block, cut strips 3.5” wide. Sub-cut Disappearing Nine Patch units will measure 4.75” or 4.25” with seams. The outside corners of the Nine Patch block will not be cut again so choose which fabric you want to be in the outside corners (outside strips) and the corresponding middle blocks (middle strips) of Strip set A to make a fun pattern. The more variety used in the corner and middle strips the scrappier the quilt will be. Sew three fabric strips together then sub-cut the sewn strips into the same width as the original strip to create each unit of a Nine Patch block. Arrange the sub-cut units then sew the three units together to create the Nine Patch Block. Follow instructions on page one to create the Disappearing Nine Patch quilt. Lovely Sudoku Kit with Center Popper and borders added. Page 2 Black and White Block exchange using 3.5 inch strips. 2 Batik Charm Packs plus popper 1/4 yard and borders. Copyright ©2013 Suzzett's Fabric, Quilts, and More, L.L.C. Red White and Blue Americana fabric with 5 inch strips. Four Blue fabrics, 1 white fabric and 1 red fabric.
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