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Disappearing 9 Patch technique

Wichita, KS(Zone 6a)

I thought this would be a fun technique to share. It makes an adorable scrappy quilt and the best thing is ...no rules! you start with whatever size square you want. I had a couple of charm packs to use so the squares are 5 inches. First, you lay out your squares in a 9 patch arrangement. I purposefully put a dark pink square in the middle square of each arrangement. You'll see why here in a minute :)

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Wichita, KS(Zone 6a)

Next, sew the 9 patch together as usual. Lay it on the cutting board and make one vertical cut through the center and another cut horizontally through the center.

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Wichita, KS(Zone 6a)

You now have 4 new blocks! arrange them however pleases you :) you can make lots of different arrangements. I like to arrange mine like in the picture with 2 pointing out and 2 pointing in.

upper left-out
upper right-in
lower left- in
lower right- out

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Wichita, KS(Zone 6a)

I only have two 9 patches cut apart here, or 8 blocks but you can see the pattern emerging already. I put the dark pink square in the middle of the 9 patch because once you make your cuts, it turns into the little accent squares.

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Odenton, MD(Zone 7b)

Mojo you are amazing! Putting a twist on an easy pattern and making it a 'must do'. Like I need another project, LOL. Keep them coming. (When do you sleep?)

Wichita, KS(Zone 6a)

when the dog and cat decide to settle down and not play all night:) we were woken up by a huge crash at 4am the other morning. Scares the poo out of you when that happens, but they both were sitting there looking innocently up at me like :it wasn't us honest!". I still haven't found what they knocked over. I probably am better off not knowing :)

Odenton, MD(Zone 7b)

My Benny knocked over the chair in my room twice last night, I finally decided to leave it on the floor!

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Wichita, KS(Zone 6a)

awww..he's playing hearts! looks like he has a pretty good hand there :)

Wichita, KS(Zone 6a)

it's growing into pretty good UFO...uh, I mean quilt, yeah a quilt!

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Wichita, KS(Zone 6a)

It's ready for some borders:)

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(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

Wow Sondra - that is so pretty. I'll be glad when things settle down at my house and I can quilt at my leisure again. It seems lately the only sewing I do are the swaps I'm in and no time for MY fun. Oh well that will change soon I hope...

(Elizabeth) DFW Area, TX

LOVE those fabrics - the colors are just scrumptious!

When I first got interested in quilting, it was because of a jelly roll I saw on eBay and if it wasn't the same line as your quilt here, it was dern close! I think "Allspice" might have been the name of that line I saw. Or something by Fig Tree Quilts? Memory cells not firing on all cylinders. :-

What line is this one?

This pattern is so great, isn't it? I'm making these quilts from childrens' bright aquatic prints, right now. Well, better to say that I've got the 9" squares cut and set beside my machine. Haven't begun to sew them yet.

Wichita, KS(Zone 6a)

I used the Allspice Tapestry charm packs for this one. You make twelve 9 patch blocks out of the charm squares and about the only thing I made sure was consistent was putting the red squares in the middle of the 9 patch but you can place them any way you want to really. After I got the 9 patches done, I cut them up and then randomly picked 4 units to sew back together to make the block. Make 12 of those and sew them together in 4 rows of 3 blocks. It's literally one of those projects you can blast through in a few hours.

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

That's really pretty.... maybe what I need to do to get a few "quickies" done.

Wichita, KS(Zone 6a)

I can't wait to show you all the 'scuse my language, kick ass border on it! will be showing it tomorrow!

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

Can't wait to see it!

Wichita, KS(Zone 6a)

here she is!

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(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

Oh Sondra - that is so beautiful. What a fantastic way to finish it up. I really love it..

(Elizabeth) DFW Area, TX

Very pretty! The smaller red squares are a great touch! :)

Fleming Island, FL(Zone 9a)

Lovely!!!!1

Lowell, IN(Zone 5b)

A great idea for a quilt....... will think about this for some fabric pieces that I want to use. Also a good idea for blocks for dog crate covers I want to make........hmmmmm.....there's the use for all those scraps.

Wichita, KS(Zone 6a)

She is ready for binding! after cussing my machine since yesterday, I took it into the shop and the repairman took it apart, put it back together, although he could not isolate the problem it acted better after that. I did buy 10 new bobbins yesterday so they may be what's causing the breaking thread. As I put in a new bobbin, if it acted up, I took that one out and set it to the side. Some worked fine, some didn't...go figure:)

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Wichita, KS(Zone 6a)

a close up of the meander quilting

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Lowell, IN(Zone 5b)

beautiful

(Elizabeth) DFW Area, TX

Gosh, that's so pretty! Your stitching is so neat and even - I have a terrible time with consistent stitch size and I can't do meander quilting worth beans.

You make me extra sorry that I didn't buy that collection when it came out. :)

(thunder)Wildwood, FL(Zone 9a)

Absolutely lovely Sondra, what is the size?? and do you know how many 5'' squares you ended up using??? I love your meander.....I think I do mine too close / small .

I need to make an anniversary present, I have been collecting fabrics in their wedding colors, and I am thinking it may be a very good Idea to use the disappearing 9.. My brain is in need of something simple and fun

and I know this is the wrong place, but I got my blue and yellow block! it is great !! I will post over there too...tomorrow..with a picture..thanks

Wichita, KS(Zone 6a)

162 five inch squares for the whole thing including the border or 108 five inch squares for the body only. Mine is measuring at 54 inches by 67 inches.

Wichita, KS(Zone 6a)

I started thinking, swapping 5 inch squares for a D9P ( disappearing 9 patch) would be fun:)

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

Oh I like that idea Mojo! If you follow thru with that be sure and link it or I'll never see it to join!

(thunder)Wildwood, FL(Zone 9a)

Great Idea !! How Many??? what colors?? when??

I have lots of "brights" for sure....

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

Hummmmmmm.... would we each declare our own colors and then get 5 inch blocks in those colors to combine? I see that would clean up the scaps the best! Hehehe... yes, I can see lots of fun with this swap!

Lowell, IN(Zone 5b)

Sondra and all. Thinking about using the D9S for my next lap quilt gift. I know that you can use any sized squares. Just wondering what the LEAST # of fabrics that you've used for this. I have about five or so that I bought specifically for this project, plus I can add a few scraps in here and there for interest. Just seeing what others have done.

Wichita, KS(Zone 6a)

the least I've used is 3. I always put the darkest or brightest fabric in the middle square of the 9 patch. Once cut, that square becomes the 4 smaller squares. I made a patriotic quilt for the 4th out of the d9p blocks with only 3 colors, let me go take a pic of it. BRB

Wichita, KS(Zone 6a)

for these blocks the reds were in the 4 outer corner spots, the dark blue in the center and the creams in the 4 middle spots

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(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

WOW Sondra, I'm going to have to remember that idea! I love it!

Lowell, IN(Zone 5b)

Thanks, Sondra. Looks great. So a D9 it is for this quilt. I've got some old-time circus patterns, a couple of piano and musical note patterns and some scraps that I'll use here and there. My friend is a descendant of PT Barnum and is a philanthropist for the performing arts both local professional and for high school students.

Odenton, MD(Zone 7b)

Stu, those fabrics sound like they will fit him to a 'T'. Be sure to post a pix of it when you get it done.

Sondra, just using the 3 colors really shows how the pattern comes back together. I really am puting D9P on my list of 'to do's', now where did I put that list?

This is a small wallhanging my sister Carol made for my sister Joyce's house in Florida.

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Lowell, IN(Zone 5b)

Catbird... re: the wall quote....ain't that the truth!!!!!!

Whitsett, NC(Zone 8a)

I see another swap in my future, too!

This would be such an excellent idea!

Wichita, KS(Zone 6a)

Quote from FLStu :
Thanks, Sondra. Looks great. So a D9 it is for this quilt. I've got some old-time circus patterns, a couple of piano and musical note patterns and some scraps that I'll use here and there. My friend is a descendant of PT Barnum and is a philanthropist for the performing arts both local professional and for high school students.



awsome! just remember to put the large motifs that you don't want cut up into the 4 outer corners and it will look dandy!

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