The other day I was surfing the net and came across a block that uses only squares. Now the 9-patch is an old traditional block, and rather uninteresting, in my opinion. But when I saw a square called the disappearing 9-patch, I was quite intriqued. So I thought I would give it a go.
You start with 9 squares sewn together 3 blocks at a time to make a basic 9-patch square.
Then you cut in in half.
And cut those two pieces in half.
Rotate the 4 pieces into a pattern you like,
Sew them together, and Voila! You have the disappearing 9 patch.
Sometimes called "9 into 4". Here's two blocks I've finished.
I'm planning on making 20 blocks for a lap quilt. The original squares are 5", which make about a 13 1/2" square. I figured I needed 9 x 20 = 180 five inch squares. All the 5" squares are cut from fabric left-over from that first quilt I made - (they are repoduction civil-war era fabrics). I think this block has lots of possibilities. I may even splurge on some charm packs for the next one I make. Charm packs for you non-quilters out there are packs you buy that have already been cut into squares.
So far this year I've made a wall hanging for my fabric postcads (click here), another wall-hanging (more info on this soon), a quilt top from my crazy squares, and I'm starting this disappearing 9 patch. I'm on a mission to use up some scraps!