Not the Same Old Disappearing Nine-Patch Quilt

Amy Gibson's Scrappy Disappearing Nine Patch

The first time a saw a disappearing nine patch (D9P)  was in a tutorial by Jenny Doan at the Missouri Star Quilting Company. It’s so simple to make out of charm packs, but looks like you’ve spent hours cutting and piecing all those blocks together. Just one charm pack is the perfect size for a baby quilt.

Here’s that video…

Then months later I saw a D9P quilt that Amy Gibson did. (That’s it in the upper left corner of this post.) It’s the same cutting technique, but she arranged her blocks so the disappearing sections (cut blocks) are on the outside of the uncut blocks. That makes it look like the 4 blocks in the center are bordered by a 2″ pieced sashing. It’s so pretty, especially with the right fabrics. Plus, she added white sashing around each 4-block arrangement. That additional architectural detail really makes those blocks pop.

Amy cut yardage for her quilt to get the 5″ x 5″ blocks. It’s cheaper than buying charm packs. You can either use your stash and make it scrappy like Amy did, or purchase coordinating fabrics. I like cutting my own. Yes, it takes more time, but I don’t like dealing with those pinked edges on pre-cuts. It really makes it difficult keeping a straight 1/4″ seam.

Click here for Amy’s tutorial.

Here’s a close-up of four arranged blocks that Amy did.

Amy Gibson disappearing nine patch block arrangement.

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