Traditional Tuesday - Block 59
|Disappearing Nine Patch|
Block 59 - Disappearing Nine PatchThis block has been around for a while, but it still holds a lot of appeal to quilters. It's a fun twist on a nine patch and it's easy. There are no seams to line up except at the corners, which is very simple. It also give you endless options - you can go controlled or scrappy and either novelties or elegant fabrics look great done this way.
From each fabric, cut 1 - 2 1/2" square.
Jan. 7 Update: Thanks to Cyndi for catching a mistake. Cut the squares 2 3/4" to make this block work. It will finish a bit larger than 6 1/2" but you can trim it to 6 1/2" easily. Sorry for the confusion!
|Lay out the fabrics any way you chose. I wanted the center to be a strong color so I put the red there. Sew into a nine-patch block.|
|After your nine-patch is sewn, cut it in half in the center on the horizontal and vertical to make 4 equal units.|
|Once your units are cut, you can arrange them any way you like.|
|For a super-controlled look, place the small square in the same place for all blocks. This will give you the look of large squares with sashing and cornerstones on the finished top.|
|For a more chaotic look, alternate the small squares so two face in and two face out. Keep experimenting - you can place that small square anywhere. This one block could make numerous quilts that look nothing alike!|