A New Variation on Disappearing Nine Patch

Did you ever think that there could be another variation on the Disappearing Nine Patch? Neither did I. But, in researching variations, I actually only found three that are repeated all over the internet. I wanted to do one just a bit different, without switching parts of two blocks, and not so orderly as the first variation I found. I researched my design until I was cross-eyed, looking at easily a thousand entries on various web searches.


Start with your basic nine patch block.


Cut in half both lengthwise and crosswise.


Now, here is the basic turn, where you take two opposite corners and turn them around 180 degrees.


And you get this –


Problem is I didn’t like those red wonky crosses. So I tried putting all the white squares in corners going around the block.


But I ended up with the same pattern, LOL!! Silly me. Next I looked at another variation I have seen a few times, very orderly, putting the white squares in the lower right corner.


And you get a very symmetrical look, with all the blocks having white cornerstones and the red becomes sashing.


But that wasn’t what I wanted either. So, I began playing around. I sewed the basic block center seams…


then I turned the bottom block around 180 degrees so both were oriented the same way.


Now I have a high-low cornerstone pattern and the red forms L-shapes. I liked it!! So, I laid them out with all of them going the same direction, and I still liked it.


I had to be a bit careful, as it was easy to get some turned the wrong way.


Oops, need to fix those center ones and the ones to the bottom right.


That’s better.  I added one blue border, and quilted it with a swirly design to add some curves to the very angular piecing pattern.


The backing and binding are made with a tiny star print that goes along with the patriotic theme.


Although this quilt could very easily be a Quilt of Valor, my plan is to use it in an upcoming kids quilt drive. I just think a little boy would like it.


Another simple and easy design for everyone to use and enjoy. Have fun quilting!!

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15 thoughts on “A New Variation on Disappearing Nine Patch

  1. I like all the “L”s that you formed. It has a bit of a Christmas/candy cane kind of feel to it and with the right fabrics would make a great Christmas pattern. Hmm… I’ll have to think on that!

  2. This is very cool! Isn’t it amazing how many different variations you can come up with when doing DP9? I’ve done a couple and the layout phase could have taken weeks if I had just let myself play around 🙂 Nicely done!

  3. Such an adorable quilt and clever design! Love the quilting you went with. And especially the shot of your pretty red toenails matching the quilt. Ha, ha! Thanks for sharing the tutorial with us!

  4. I really like all the variations that you tried – each one gives such a different pattern. Thanks for the great pictures. I like the way the quilt turned out. Beautiful!

  5. Patty

    Thanks for sharing your process to this gorgeous quilt. It was fun “watching” you work your way through the variations!

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