Disappearing 4 Patch, D9 Patch, D16 Patch, Twist/Turn, Wavy, Wonky or Modern

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! 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 (shown above) 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 think
 of as a D4P..or Disapearing 4 Patch, as well!

    Photos and link to Beth at Live, Laugh, Quilt

Disappearing 4 Patch that's so easy to make with Charm Packs...but almost as easy to make from 

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Disappearing 4-Patch from Chock a Block Quilt Blocks







Look at how color can alter the look in a hurry! 














Wonky Version of the Disappearing four patch from Beth for all of you who can't cut straight anyway!


The Disappearing 9 Patch Block  or D9P

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!






 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 Word | PDF
D9P and D4P and Variations!
disappearing 4-patch
disappearing rail fence
Maybe Hidden Wells, too.
More Links and Tutes: 1. Images for Disappearing 9 Patch..see all the fun variations different fabric can create!

Disappearing Nine Patch Quilt Block Tutorial - YouTube 24, 2010 - 4 min - Uploaded by MissouriQuiltCo

Disappearing 9 Patch Quilt Block - YouTube 14, 2010 - 2 min - Uploaded by pennyh123 - Penny Halgren shows how to sew the Disappearing Nine Patch Quilt block. This ...

Disappearing 9 Patch, Quilt by Sandi, 12 18 10 - YouTube 24, 2010 - 6 min - Uploaded by SanDenBest Disappearing 9 Patch, Quilt by Sandi, 12 18 10 ... 90 Minutes with Meryl Ann Butlerby Merylannb16871 views ...

Stitchery Dickory Dock: Scrappy Disappearing 9-Patch Tutorial

Disappearing Nine Patch Tutorial from Jo's Country Junction

From Kristy Daum:
A fairly simple block , modernized by balance and choice of fabrics.
  1. Instead of using 9 printed fabrics in a single block, you use only 4; the balance is your background fabric.
  2. You use multiple Block Layouts in a single quilt. 

Below is an illustration showing you a handful of Block Layout options using the 4 + 5 concept.  There are certainly more then I have shown here and I encourage you to create your own too.  The greater variety of Block Layouts you use in a single quilt, the more unique it will look.

Here are the Block Layouts that I choose to use in my quilt.  As I wanted to make 9 blocks, I just duplicated some of my favorites.
Below in an illustration showing you how the blocks will look once quartered, see the variety.

Once you have sewn together, then quartered all of your blocks, you can begin laying out the assorted pieces into a pleasing arrangement.  This is the fun part, as you can really play with the negative space.
All that's left to do is sew the blocks into rows, and then sew the rows together, sandwich, quilt and bind.  Ta-Da!! you have just created your very own Modernized D9P.

Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands as she shares a quilting journey through her life in Salem, Oregon and Douglas, Alaska. Sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting, with small format art quilts, prayer flags, and comfort quilts for a variety of charitable programs. And best of all, sharing thousands of links to Free Quilt and Quilt Block Patterns and encouraging others to join her and make and donate quilts to charitable causes. Help us change the world, one little quilt at a time!