January's block was the disappearing nine-patch. Here's a quick tutorial on the traditional disappearing nine-patch block and one variation, which I call, double trouble (because I have no idea what this block is really called!). I'll post a tutorial on the second variation tomorrow.
Please note, tutorials for these blocks are found in abundance on the web. Do a quick search for disappearing nine-patch and you will find oodles of them...just so you know. :-)
Traditional Disappearing nine-patch
|We started off with nine 5-inch squares to make our nine-patch block.|
Disappearing nine-patch, Variation 1 (Double Trouble)
|Begin by making a traditional nine patch block. I used 5-inch squares for this block.|
|Measure your center block. Mine is 4.5 inches. Half of that is 2.25 inches. I made two vertical cuts, one in each of the outer rows. I measured out 2.25 inches from the vertical seams.|
|One side is cut, now turn your mat and make another cut on the other side of your block.|
|After you are done cutting up your block, it should look like this. One central block, two smaller rectangular pieces above and below and two longer strips on each side.|
|Once you've finished cutting your second block, you will have something that looks like this. Now comes the fun part, really!!|
|Reverse the process, adding the cut pieces from your second block to the center square from your first block.|
There you have it, your two Double Trouble disappearing nine-patch blocks.