Saturday, February 4, 2012

Disappearing nine-patch tutorial - wonky version

Hi everyone!  Found some time to play in my sewing room this week and wanted to share a new tutorial with you.  I'm working on a quilt for my little valentine and I'm using a wonky version of the disappearing nine-patch.


Begin with two 12 inch squares in contrasting fabric.

Place one square on top of the other, both pieces of fabric must be right side up (not right sides together as we normally do).

Take your ruler and make two random vertical cuts. Then make two random horizontal cuts.

Switch the bottom fabric on four squares as shown in the photo - this is your wonky nine-patch.

Sew pieces together as you would for a normal nine-patch block, making sure to press your seam toward the darker fabric.

When you are done, you will have two wonky nine-patch blocks.

Take the time to square up your blocks.  I trimmed these blocks down to 10 3/4 inches.

Find the center of your block - in this case it was 5 3/8 inches - and make a vertical and then a horizontal cut.

You now have four smaller blocks. 
Take your upper right hand block and turn twice to the right - your small corner square will now be in the upper right side.
Take your lower left hand block and turn twice to the right - your small corner square will now be in the lower left side.

Sew your four small blocks together and you now have your first wonky disappearing nine-patch block!

Here's a sneak peak at the quilt I'm making...I should have the top done for next week's WIP Wednesday!


  1. I really like this Mary-Francis! It's looking great. Nice twist on a current fad. Thanks for the tutorial, too.

  2. Wow! a nine patch block with a bit of a twist, sounds like fun. Great tutorial.

  3. Thanks for the tutorial. Makes a very interesting quilt!

  4. What a fabulous quilt! It amazes me what can be done with a 9 Patch!

  5. Mary, that makes me want to take up quilting! Joanne

  6. Thanks for the tutorial, I was wondering how you did it.
    It looks really good in those two contrasting colours.


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