The wonderful " Disappearing Nine Patch"seems to a technique in continual process of new and more involved variations. And I'm happy to share all of my links and easy cutting diagrams with you! It's so easy to take a simple block and turn it into a much more complicated looking one...and a quilt that's quick and easy to create! Shown above...a wonderful 'Whacky Nine Patch" another variation that I do so love! Thanks to Alicia for this one!
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.
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!
Click on the link for my primary blog "With Heart and Hands" post so I don't have to cut and paste and alter links twice! Click Link below..and see all of the cutting diagrams and variations...oh, I do so love these easy and fast quilts! You can make them in a day..start to finish if they're for a child or a lap quilt or even a wonderful wall hanging!
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