The Free Motion Quilting Project: 27. Piece a Disappearing Nine Patch Block

Monday, June 30, 2014

27. Piece a Disappearing Nine Patch Block

We're moving right along with the Building Blocks Quilt Along! Starting last week, we're speeding up the posting just a bit so this project will be finished by Thanksgiving. Today we're learning how to piece block #7 - a Disappearing Nine Patch:
free motion quilting | Leah Day

I really enjoyed this block because it's a fun transformation from a plain Jane 9 patch into something very different. I like that idea of transforming a simple block into another block that you wouldn't recognize.

It also helps that this block is super easy to piece! Let's learn how to put it together in this video:

free motion quilting | Leah DayYes! You definitely still can join in the fun of this Building Blocks Quilt Along! Even better, more than half the videos are already posted, so you can quickly stitch through the 6 previous blocks at your own pace. Get started today by picking up a copy of the Building Blocks Quilt Pattern.

As for the Disappearing Nine Patch, my favorite aspect of this block is the way the last 4 pieces come together. You can really mix this up and play with all the different ways to arrange these pieces. I choose to rotate just two shapes to create the new block:

free motion quilting | Leah Day
Hmm...I wonder what it would look like to put together an entire quilt of these blocks? I'd definitely be interested to see what multiple fabrics would look like too. As always with quilting, a new block opens the door to new possibilities!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day


  1. There are quite a few quilts with this block featured on the following post:
    I enjoyed setting them as "windmills." (Goodness, that's been a while!)

  2. I have made about 5 quilts with this block and they all look different. Love the block... I learnt it as a "guilt" quilt. Looks complicated but is soooo easy.

  3. Wayne Kollinger really tops the list in quilt block exploration! He dies amazing things with color, rotation and layout of very simple blocks such as Churn Dash, Clays Choice and simple 9 patches.


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