Thursday, February 4, 2010

A Disappearing 9-Patch


One of my dear customers told me about this pattern and when I was snowed in for the second time within a month I decided to look it up. With a busy schedule and little ones always at my feet, I don't have a lot of time or space for quilting. That's why I love this pattern sew much! It can be sewn together in a weekend or just as easily packed and unpacked when your schedule gets in the way.

I used an assortment of 18"x22" fat quarters and was able to cut (16) 4 1/2" squares from each, but I was cutting right on the edge. That's why I decided it would be best to use 4" squares. This also makes a 10" finished block, which is a standard size. However, who's to say anyone has to conform to the standard. So, why not try using 5" charm squares for a more scrappy look.

Here is how I made this black, white and red version:

Here's What You'll Need:
6 Dark Fat Quarters
6 Light Fat Quarters
3/8 yd Contrast Fabric
1/2yd Inner Border
3/4yd Outer Border

*Do not prewash your fabric because this will cause excess shrinkage and fraying.

Cutting: Begin by cutting (16) 4 inch squares from each fat quarter. This will give you a total of 96 dark squares and 96 light squares. Next cut (24) 4 inch contrast squares.

The 9-Patch: Start sewing your squares together in the sequence: row 1: dark-light-dark, row 2: light-contrast-light, row 3: dark-light-dark. Make 24 blocks measuring 11 1/2 inches unfinished.

Disappearing 9-Patch: Cut your 9-patch blocks in half twice. Once vertically, once horizontally. Rotate the top right square 180 degrees. Rotate the bottom left square 180 degrees. Sew the 4 blocks back together. Your 24 blocks will now measure 10 1/2 inches unfinished.

Assemble The Blocks: Sew your 24 blocks into 6 rows, 4 blocks per each row. Sew the 6 rows together. Measure your
quilt top.

Adding Borders: For the 1 1/2 inch inner border, cut (6) 2" strips and sew them end-to-end until they are the correct length. First sew them to the sides and second to the top and bottom. For the 3 inch outer border cut (7) 3 1/2 inch strips. Repeat the steps above to attach the outer border.

That's it! You're ready to layer, quilt and bind! When you try this pattern, leave me a comment and tell me what you thought!