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Variation on a disappearing 9-patch block and quilt tutorial

These 2 blocks are made with the video tutorial below.

I have seen different kinds of disappearing 9 patch blocks but this variation is not as common though it is very effective.

Again, this block is quite quick and easy to make as you can see on the video.

Disappearing 9-patch block variation block tutorial

To make this tutorial you need to start with 2 traditional 9 patch blocks.

Some tips to make the most of this block

  • Use 5 inch charm squares for speed
  • Use high contrasting fabrics when swapping the strips
  • Fussy cut the central square or use that fabric you’ve been keeping for a special project.
  • This quilt can be quite striking in colour schemes such as black and white, red and black, red, black and white.
  • Combine blocks in complimentary colours such as green and red, yellow and purple or blue and orange

Disappearing 9-patch variation quilt tutorial

I made a quilt with this variation of disappearing 9-patch block some time ago.

Have a look at the prairie points. I think this was the first time I introduced fabric manipulation on my quilts. I have made many fabric manipulations since.

This is the full quilt. The prairie points add a very nice touch in my view. It makes this quilt particularly special and they’re a great way to use up your fabric scraps.

Disappearing 9-patch variation block

Rubik cube inspired back of quilt

This is the back of the disappearing nine patch variation with prairie points border quilt made using fabric scraps.

The big blocks are inspired on this quilt though I used my own measurements.

Measurements for top and back of quilt

Finished top: 52 1/4 x 67 1/4 inches
Finished back: 57 1/4 x 70 inches

The squares in the cube blocks are 3 x 3 inches and the sashing is 1 x 1 inch before stitching.

Cut the rest of the pieces as per picture below. Note: The 2 1/2 inch strips between the alternating patterns are 70 inches long.

The cube blocks are placed in an asymmetrical way as per picture below.

Closeup of centre

The sides of the back are 11 inches wide before stitching. The pieces are made of alternating scraps of fabric in different widths (1inch to 2 1/2 inches each) and lengths up to 11 inches in total.

Back of disappearing nine patch quilt

Finished size  41 3/4 inch x 56 1/2 inch approximately.

Block type

Disappearing 9-patch block. This is how you make it:

Quilt top

Made with Hunky Dory for Moda charm squares.

Instructions to make the top: “Disappearing nine patch quilt tutorial”.

Back of quilt

The back of the quilt uses

  • fabric scraps for the squares: 15 x 2.5 inch squares
  • sashing for the squares is cut at 1.5 inch wide
  • The yellow and light green fabric is from the Lulu Collection by Anna Griffin
    • cut one 16.5 inch x 41 3/4 inch rectangle
    • cut one 5 3/4 inch x 41 3/4 rectangle
  • The light blue and pale yellow fabric is Urban Garden by Erin NcMorris
    • cut one 26 1/2 inch x 41 3/4 inch rectangle

Disappearing 9 patch variation block with charm squares

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

Disappearing 9-patch variation quilt block

Learn how to make this block in less than 2 minutes

This is a very short video that shows you how to cut your blocks and arrange them afterwards.

This tutorial makes two blocks. Use high contrast fabrics for better results.

Disappearing 9-patch variation quilt block

These 2 blocks are made with the video tutorial above.
Disappearing 9-patch variation quilt block

Quick tip for colour choice: use complimentary colours. For instance on the video I used green and red tones, but you can use other combinations such as purple and yellow, blue and orange.

Black and white will also work very well as well as red and black or red and white. These last combinations rarely fail.

Materials for 2 blocks

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

Old tutorial (for printing)


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.

Disappearing 9-patch variation block

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