Disappearing 9 Patch, 16 Patch and Twist/Turn Variations: Updated 2014

The wonderful " Disappearing Nine Patch"seems to a technique in continual process of new and more involved variations.  Simply put, a nine patch block is created and then sliced apart in a myriad of different cuts or with different color arrangements so it literally disappears and is replaced by four smaller units. Apparently, Karin Hallaby, wrote a book in 2002 called "Magic Pillows, Hidden Quilts, which included a Magic Nine Patch quilt made using the same technique that's so popular today.

Nancy Brenan Daniel also wrote a book called Disappearing Nine Patch in 2002 but apparently it is quite different from what we are calling that style today.  Eventually, an online blog by Helen Bailey, featured a tutorial about her own use of the disappearing nine patch but she referred to it by a different name. The same technique has been called Tossed Nine Patch (by Eleanor Burns) and (possibly) 9 to 4 by other quilters and authors. In my quilt guild, we use a hand drawn pattern and call it 'Fractured 9 Patch' all works, and they are basically all the same but variations come with color selections, as well as placement of those colors.

And now of course, we have disappearing 4 patches, 9 patches, and on and on with so many fun and varied improvisations.  But just to have a look, check out some of  the images and links that I have discovered and create new and easy blocks and quilts of your own!

Let's start with some fun and simple 4 Packs as I share links to some tutorials and some different variations from what you might hink of as a D4P..or Disapearing 4 Patch, as well!


Disappearing 4 Patch..
This version..below.... is great with Charm Packs!

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Disappearing 4-Patch from Chock a Block Quilt link to her blog for the tutorial!












Wonky Disappearing four patch from Beth at Love, Laugh, Quilt

The Disappearing Patch: free quilt patterns, tutorial or photo ideas:

Simplest design and cut:


 The wonderful instructions that I personally make my own D9P quilts...thanks to Bonnie our Comfort Quilt Chairperson from our Mid-Valley Quilt Guild, here in Salem, OR


 Enlarge the photos of the sheets above and there is also a super cheat sheet for yardage etc!

But for those who need more inspiration...check out these lovely blog links!


Love Laugh Quilt: D9P shown below:






Disappearing 9 Patch 

 Disappearing Nine Patch

Disappearing 9 Patch/Twist Turn variation

Modern D9P by Kristy Daum

Disappearing 9 Patch tutorial

Another version of the Disappearing 9 Patch tutorial

A different color scheme for the D9P quilt

Disappearing 9-Patch Variation

Disappearing 9-Patch Variation from Chock a Block Quilt Blocks

The Twist and Turn D9P quilt

D9P video & different layout

Wacky 9 Patch

Wavy Nine Patch by Debbie, The Traveling Quilter

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D9P and D4P and Variations!

disappearing rail fence
Maybe Hidden Wells, too.

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  1. Disappearing 9 Patch Quilt Block - YouTube 14, 2010 - 2 min - Uploaded by pennyh123
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    altered blocks/d9p etc

     Disappearing 16 Patch!

    Happy Quilting Quilt-A-Long Disappearing 16 Patch Instructions