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Disappearing Nine Patch Quilt Pattern

I love it when you make something that looks complicated and like it took forever when in reality it was super simple. The disappearing nine patch quilt pattern is that way.

Wanna make one? Well, you came to the right place! Here we go…

First, make a plain ol’ nine patch block. (directions here!)

After you’ve made your nine patch, find the middle of the block and use your quilt ruler to help you cut a straight line down the middle.

disappearing 9 patch

Now cut down the “other” middle.

disappearing 9 patch pattern

Now you should have 4 pieces that look like this. See? It looks like it took forever, doesn’t it?

1 example of disappearing 9 patch

You can arrange your blocks any way you want. Oh, the possibilities! :)

Here’s one option. All the white in the upper right of each block.

disappearing 9 patch option

Another possibility. Kind of haphazard. Probably my least favorite.

another disappearing 9 patch example

And another. This one’s my favorite. I like all the white at the corners.

disappearing nine patch example layout

These were just three choices. Like I said earlier, there are many ways you can arrange these blocks. Another reason why I like it.

You may or may not need the next few steps. It’s just going into more detail about how to actually sew the block together. If you sewed the nine patch, you probably already know all this stuff. But just in case…….

You’ll sew block 1 to 2 and Block 3 to 4. (right sides together!)

disappearing 9 patch labeled

Iron your seams.

press seams of quilt block

Sew number 1 to number 2. (right sides together)

quilt strips are labeled

Iron your seams, square it up and you’re done!

disappearing 9 patch block



  1. Well done, once again you’ve produced an easy to follow tutorial ( lots of pictures, my favourite). Sarah

  2. Thank you so much for this easy to follow tutorial- one of the best I’ve come across. Have just made my first ever quilt block! Am going to make several disappearing nine patches and join them together to make a couch throw. :)

  3. what is the best way to learn how to square up, if u have no idea how too square up.

    Thank you so much

    Jill :)


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