Disappearing 9 patch variation block with charm squares

This is one of the two finished blocks you can make with this tutorial.

Materials for 2 blocks

  • 10 x 5 inch charm squares
  • 8 x 5 inch squares cream coloured

This tutorial only shows ONE finished block but you will end up with two.


Make a 2 x 9 patch block using 5 inch charm squares and a contrasting fabric for each.

Now cut 2 1/2 in strip of each side of the block ensuring that you cut in opposite pairs. The resulting strips will be a bit wider than the stripe stitched to the centre square.

Now repeat steps below to make another block (photo not displayed).

Now swap the central square from both blocks and you will obtain something like the photo below.

Notice though that in the swap I rotated the central part of the block before I took this picture so the photo may be a bit confusing at first as you can see from the feedback I’ve got on this tutorial.

Start by stitching the shorter sides together and then the longer sides. Trim the longer sides after stitching like in the picture and iron flat.

Repeat with the other block.


This block belongs to this quilt top.

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14 thoughts on “Disappearing 9 patch variation block with charm squares

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  4. Can you give the amounts of fabric and size of blocks to cut for this because you can’t hardly find the charm packs anymore..

  5. Jeanene, your guess will be as good as mine. You can just cut your own charm squares and go from there. There are 42 5 inch squares in a pack.

  6. Points of feed back. 1. Please leave the orientation of the fabrics the same from image to image. 2. Why sew the top and bottom triplet together to the mid-section, if you are not cutting them at the same time? 3. If you are swapping out set, it would be a good thing to show each set. Sorry for this feedback. It took me several minutes to figure out what you were doing and I am still not sure. I like the idea, just not sure I could execute it.

  7. I love it! I have done a disappearing 9 patch and 4 patch but I love the looks of this one. I will try it tomorrow for sure.

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