Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Nine-Patches are Disappearing :*)

I saw this on Facebook today and just had to share it....
Isn't this just hilarious!!  I wish I had a dollar for every time I've told Gypsy, 
"Make up your mind, in or out!!!"   LOL!!!!

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Now to get back to the serious stuff (*grin*)....
I am really enjoying working on these happy and quick Disappearing Nine-Patch blocks!
It's a good thing I chose this pattern for Raney's quilt, because now I can finish it up quickly and get it to her before she heads off to her first year of college :*)  I'm thinking of naming it "Raney Days & Mondays".... gotta love the Carpenters!!!!

I thought I'd share a little bit about the process for those who have not seen it before.  If you want to know more, there are a ton of tutorials on the web!

As a reminder from my post HERE, these are the fabrics I chose from the paint chips my sister sent me....

I had so much fun cutting into these sweet-as-cotton-candy pastels!  I started by cutting a number of 5-inch squares out of each fabric.  You can cut them any size, depending on how big you want your blocks and your final quilt to be.  I cut enough of the 5-inch squares out of the purple "zing" fabric to have one in the middle of each nine-patch.  

Then I sewed up a million nine-patches.... okay, maybe I'm exaggerating just a little bit :*)
This is where my 17-inch Olfa Rotating Mat really came in handy!
I just placed each nine-patch on the mat and cut it in half.  Then I turned the mat and cut it in half again.  Because I didn't have to move the pieces after the first cut, they stayed in place which made the second cut easy!

This gave me 4 blocks from each nine-patch that looked like this.

Now here's where the fun part begins!!!!  Just start rearranging the blocks to get a design that you like and sew them back together.  Easy peasy =^..^=

Here are all of my blocks on the design wall ready to be sewn together.  

This picture is not great because I took it rather late Tuesday night when I got finished arranging them.  I'll post a better picture in the light after they are all sewn together :*)

That's all there is to a Disappearing Nine-Patch!  The next time you are in a time crunch and need a quick quilt that still gives a lot of visual PUNCH... remember to try this pattern!  I've seen it done as a two color scrappy, in reds/whites/blacks.... the list of ways you can make this quilt is endless!

This quilt was my project for the NewFO Challenge for July!  Thanks Barbara =^..^=

I am also linking up with..... 
*    WIP Wednesdays at Freshly Pieced
*    Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
*    Really Random Thursday at Live a Colorful Life
*    Trying New Things Tuesday at Jo's Country Junction.

Hugs & Blessings!


  1. Very pretty, Teresa. Your choice of dark purple centers for your zinger works really well to give a punch to the design. Who wouldn't love to take this quilt with them to college--okay, a guy wouldn't, but you know what I mean.
    And this project is multi-linkable! Wow! : )

  2. What a standout quilt - she will be envied. Great job. Judy C

  3. great quilt and funny comic strip :-)

  4. You could just insert my dogs in place of that cat in the cartoon. I think that one of the dogs would like it best if I'd just leave the door open and she could be half in, half out at all times.

  5. I love the D9P quilts and this is so pretty.

  6. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial. Your quilt is perfect for a young lady off to her 1st year away at college!
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie

  7. Those are the prettiest colors together!! You must have stayed up all night cutting and sewing to have a top done already!! Amazing!! I like the way they turned out after cutting them both ways. These are so much fun to do. She's going to love it!

  8. What a great idea to use paint chips that way. Love the colors she chose. :)

  9. Love the cartoon. I tell my dogs this all the time. Very pretty disappearing 9-patches. Thanks for the reminder about this block. I have some 5" inch squares that I have been wondering what to make with them,

  10. Looking good!Terrific D9P! Great colors and I love how you used the navy in all the 9 patch centers. Don't you just love to play with this easy and fun pattern. I do. :)

  11. Great quilt with beautiful colors! Gotta love the D9P! I just quilted one that was made with 10" squares (one layer cake and five solid color center squares) - talk about working up in a hurry! And it looks awesome with large scale prints.

    Whoop whoop!!

  12. Disappearing nine patch is such a fun block and your fabrics are so pretty. Thanks for linking up to Really Random!

  13. Looks beautiful! I love D9P blocks....each one is always so different and neat!


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