My Disappearing Nine Patch Quilt Free Pattern

Finished Quilt

The Disappearing Nine Patch block has been around for a very  long time and it is one of my favourites.  It can be as scrappy as you want or use a few fabrics to get a more orderly look.  Whether you are just beginning to quilt or looking to use some of your stash you’ll find the Disappearing Nine Patch a quick and easy quilt to make.

Finished Quilt

Finished quilt size 

Approx 49″ x 58.50″

My Disappearing Nine Patch Quilt

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS

(9) .20 mtr (1/4 yd) cuts in complementary colours

OR (9) fat quarters(FQ’s) in complementary colours

.30 mtr(1/3 yd) for Stop Border

1.1o mtr(1 1/4 yd) for Outer Border

.5o mtr (1/2 yd) for Binding

2.90 mtr (3 1/8yd) For Backing(will be pieced with one horizontal seam)

1.50 mtr of 230 cm (90″)  batting

CUTTING

You Will Need (54) 6.5” squares to make (6) nine patch blocks. My Disappearing Nine Patch Quilt Pattern requires (5) nine patches blocks. I make one extra nine patch block because you can cut (6) 6.5” squares from a .20 mtr or FQ.  Having an extra nine patch block gives me some wiggle room when arranging my blocks or if I want to add an extra row of blocks to accommodate the tall people in my life

Cut

From each of the (9) .20 mtr(1/4 yd) cuts or FQs cut (6) 6.5” squares

For stop border or framing strip cut (5) 2” strips width of fabric (WOF)

For Outside border fabric cut (6) 6.5” strips WOF

 

Let’s Get It Started!

 Nine Patch

Make a Nine Patch Block

Arrange (9) contrasting 6.5 squares into (3) rows of (3)

Sewing the Squares

Sew first row of three squares together. Press seam allowances to the right.

Sew second row.   Press seam allowances to the left.

Sew third row. Press seam allowances to the right

 Sew Nine Patch Together
 Completed Nine Patch

Sewing the Rows together

Match seams and sew the first row to the second.

Sew third row to the second.

Press seam allowances toward the top of the block.

You have now finished (1) nine patch block.

Make (5) more blocks for a total of (6) nine patch blocks.

Square Nine Patch Blocks to 18.5” x 18.5”

Cutting the Nine Patch into Four

Cut blocks from center top to center bottom and center side to center side.

You now have (4) quarters.

Square quarters to 9.25″

Your nine patch block has disappeared!

Repeat for all (6) nine patch blocks.

 Cut Nine Patch Block in  (4) quarters
 Arrangement of Blocks

Arranging the Blocks

There are many ways to arrange the blocks. I have no rules! It is as you like and what is pleasing to your eye! I like arranging my blocks so same prints are not beside each other and seams are opposite. That way I don’t have to match as many seams and it makes it a little faster when sewing it all together. There are ways to arrange the blocks in an orderly way. (See Gallery Photos at the end of this tutorial)

Sewing Blocks into Rows

Make (5) rows with (4) blocks in each row.

Sew the first row of (4) blocks together.

Press seams to the right.

Sew the remaining (4) rows of (4) blocks together.

Alternate pressing each row’s seam allowances to right and left.

 Make 5 rows of 4 blocks
 Finished Centre block

Sewing the Rows Together

Match seams and sew the first row to the second row.

Continue to match seams for rows 3,4 and 5.

Press the finished seam allowances of the rows toward the top.

You have finished the center blocks of your quilt and are ready to add the stop border.

Finished centre measures 35.5″ x 44.25″

My Stop Border

I like to make my stop borders from a double thickness of fabric. I find that the doubled thickness of the fabric gives more stability to what is usually a very thin and flimsy strip of fabric.

 1" folded Stop Border
Yellow butterfly lg

Joining the Stop Border Strips

For this project you will need to join strips for only the side borders.

The top and bottom stop border strips will not need to be pieced to get the length you required.

When joining strips I use a diagonal seem method. (see Diagonal Seams)

To Make the Stop Border

Cut (1) of the 2″ strips in half.

Using a diagonal seam attach (1) half of the strip you cut to (1) of the WOF 2″ strips.

Repeat for the second half and second 2″ strip.

You now have (4) strips for the Stop border.(2) WOF strips for the top and bottom plus the (2) that you have joined with a diagonal seam for the sides.

 Diagonal Seam

1" folded Stop Border

Pressing the Stop Border Strips

Fold each of the (4) strips in half lengthwise and press.

The Stop Border strips measure 1” wide after pressing it in half.

Side Stop Borders

Cut borders the same as the side measurements.

Find the center of the side and mark.

Find the center of the side border strip and mark.

With right sides together match the center quilt and center stop border strip markings.

Pin or glue baste at the center.

Pin or glue baste at either end.

Pin or glue baste between the center and the sides.

Sew right side stop border strip in place.

Repeat for left side.

Press seams allowances to the outside of quilt top.

Disappearing Stop Sides
 Stop Borders

Top & Bottom  Stop Border Strips

With the addition of the side stop borders strips the quilt width measures 37” top and bottom.

Cut top and bottom strips the same measurement as the top and bottom of the quilt.

Find center top of quilt and mark.

Find the center of the top stop border strip and mark.

With right sides together match the markings for center top of the quilt and center of the top of the strip.

Pin or glue baste in place.

Pin or glue baste at both ends.

Sew top strip to top of quilt.

Repeat for bottom.

Your Quilt top now measures 37″ x 45.75″

Outer Border Top & Bottom

Cut (2) WOF 6.5″ border strips the same measurement as the quilt.

Find center top of quilt and mark.

Find the center of the top strip and mark.

with right sides together match marks for the center top of the quilt and center of the top strip.

Pin or glue baste in place.

Pin or glue baste at both ends.

Sew top strip to top of quilt.

Repeat for bottom.

Your quilt will measure 37″ x 58.50″

 Top and Bottom
Finished Quilt

Outer Border Sides

Outside border strips are joined using the same method as the stop border  (See Diagonal Seams)

Join (2) of the remaining (4) 6.5″ WOF strips for one of the side borders.

Repeat with remaining (2) 6.5″ WOF strips for the other side border.

Cut side strips 58.50” or the same as your measurements.

Find the center of the side strip and mark.

Match marks for the center of stop border and center outer border strip.

Pin or glue baste in place.

Pin or glue baste at both ends. Pin or glue baste in between the center and the sides.

Sew border to the stop border. Press seams to the inside of the stop border.

You’ve  finished the quilt top! You’re ready to sandwich, quilt and bind your quilt in your favourite ways.(Look for future tutorials on my favourite methods.)

 

 My Disappearing Nine Patch Gallery

 

Disappearing Nine Finished Top

Jakob’s Quilt

This is one of many for my grandson!  Although I had 9 different fat quarters I liked the idea of having more of the dark border print incorporated into the quilt. To create the effect I wanted I replaced some of the prints with more of the border fabric.

Pink 2

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A Quilt of a Different Colour

I fell in love with the outer border fabric for this quilt but it is out of my colour realm. (Pink is not my forte!) I could not decide on nine FQ’s so I used eleven! I like the way it turned out with lots of pinks and greens.

Andrea's

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Andrea’s Quilt

My daughter wanted a lap quilt to cuddle up in on those chilly evenings. The batiks were so beautiful with rich glorious turquoises and greens I couldn’t resist! For Andrea’s quilt I used four fabrics and a more ordered placement of squares and blocks. I also used a little creative licence by making the Stop Border 1″ wide and added 2″ to the outside borders to make it 54″ x 64″. A different look from a scrappier Disappearing Nine Patch don’t you think?

Do you like the a scrappy or an orderly look? Let me know how your disappearing nine patch turns out!

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