August 15, 2011

Double disappearing nine patch

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The name kind of says it all! I made nine patches.


Cut them in half both ways.


Then used those blocks in the corners of new, larger nine patches.


Then cut those up the same way.


I like that it looks more complicated than it is.


I think the potential for secondary patterns is broad (see the pinwheel in the white in the block below?). And depending how you orient your blocks in the second nine patch you could end up with completely different looks.


These blocks were small but I also tried some with charm squares. If you start with 5 inch squares, you will use 7 inch squares for your second nine patch, and end up with a block that measures 10 inches, for a 9.5" finished block. Have you tried this before? Is "double disappearing nine patch" the right name or is someone out there calling it something else?

The Black Rock Stitchery is heading to Nevada in two weeks! I decided to have a drawing for a fabric store gift certificate from among everyone who donated, as a thank you. If you have a block to send, please pop it in the mail this week. We are almost to 200 blocks, wow!

87 comments:

Dana Gaffney said...

That's wonderful. I've seen something where they cut a nine patch twice, but not like that with the original block set into it. Great idea, thanks.

Cyndi Nelson said...

Wow... Very interesting!! This might be fun to try : ) Thanks for sharing!

The Vegetarian Hunter said...

I like the way you have turned these around to get different patterns - the first picture though, so funny as soon as I saw it, I thought, hey, its my bathroom floor! HA, Seriously, its the same, I should send you a picture, you can have a chuckle. The tiling in my bathroom is so busy, I like to take my glasses off in there as to not get dissy from it all. hee hee hee
hugs,
Carolyn

Vicki W said...

That's a really nice effect!

Sarah Craig said...

Christina, that is very very cool! I've not seen anything like that before. May I steal your idea? We're getting bored with plain old D9Ps at the quilt ministry..... ;-)

matate10 said...

Ooooh. You have tricked my trigger!! This is a great idea!! Thanks!
Mary Ann

Creative Mom said...

That looks like fun!!

bernie said...

Great pattern possibilities - love simple that looks complicated. Thanks so much. Bernie

jessica said...

omg. i love it! disappearing 9-patch had never appealed to me, but taking it this one step further just seems to make it work. thanks~

Emma said...

I love that! I've done two D9P quilts, but I love how this design looks so...deep, I guess you could say.

By the way, did you get my package of blocks? There were three in it, coming from APO, AE?

Regina said...

ooh- I like this, too!!!

Quiltin' Jenny said...

Love this!

Stray Stitches said...

Love the colors you used in your Double Disappearing 9 patches!

MN2NM said...

Awesome idea - looks great in solids! Lots of possibilities!

Leah said...

wonderful effect!

Jill said...

Wow! I love it, looks fantastic!

Last night I had a dream that I was at Burning Man and I kept looking for your stitchery, but weird things kept happening while I was trying to find it... I did take 1.5 doses of Nyquil before bed.

Shelley said...

Love this block! Such fun potential it has! Have a fabulous time in BRC. I can't wait to see pics of all the sewing when you return!

MariQuilts said...

This is great....I'll have to make a few of these.

WillieburgScrapper said...

WOW!!! Gorgeous!!

Tiffany said...

Wow! What a great idea. I've got to try that.

kelly sewcrazy! said...

Love love love your idea. I am making a lap quilt for a 11 yr old girl. I am using pink/ white/ black and purple withe appliqu├ęd butterflies randomly placed. I think that the double disappearing 9 patch is perfect. Can't wait to start. Thank you for your little tutorial cuz this DOES look more completed but is really simple to do. Yay

Cherry Red Quilter said...

Cool design! Thanks for sharing!

Outback Crafter Debra said...

Love it. I have made disappearing 9 patch, but double disappearing 9 patch. Too clever.

Thanks for sharing the inspiration.
Debra

Gene Black said...

Like most everyone else I have done a D9P but never the doubled version. This is the first time I have seen it.

Suzanne said...

I have always wanted to make this pattern. I am actually piecing some nine patches right now and thanks to your reminder, I may, just may tackle the disappearing nine patch with them.

mab said...

This is FABULOUS! The end result looks so complicated & fancy, but it's so simple to do. I'm pinning this now. :)

Debbie said...

Such a great idea, Christina. I have loads of nine patches from swaps over the years. I'm certainly going to try this out! Thanks for showing it.

Sandy said...

I think I just found a new favorite. This looks like fun.

Dagmar said...

vielen vielen Dank !!! Eine tolle Idee !!!

LG
Dagmar

Hettie said...

Love it and thanks for sharing

Elsa said...

love the way these blocks turned out and the colors you've used is wonderful!

Natasha said...

Oh love this! thanks!!!

quiltmom said...

Very clever idea Christine- I like the double patterns that it creates - I have made the DSp9 patch but this is a great alternative. Thanks for sharing your cool alternative.
Regards,
Anna

Jamie Kalvestran said...

I love this! Sew so simple. Jamie

Rhonda said...

love this. and the colors in your block are fantastic!

Hollie said...

Oooh! I love this! Thanks for sharing!

Eat, Sleep, Quilt said...

That's a beautiful block, it looks like a small art quilt! Thanks for sharing.

Linda

a.niza said...

i like that...DD9P...what a brilliant idea...and definitely I'm going to make one!! Thank you!!

Helen in the UK said...

How cool to make the 9 patchs disappear twice!! Love it. Thanks for sharing :)

The Oregon Garden said...

This is so fun!

Helen said...

Wow, what a difference that second doubling makes! I cannot wait to try this.

happy zombie said...

Like many of us, I've been on the disappearing 9-patch road… but you took us down the highway! No, you gave us jet packs and took us out into the universe! I'm so wowed by you and all you do, Christina! Thank you for sharing!

eileensideways said...

love the solids, very geometric. you could really go crazy slicing and piecing.

Sarah@Pings&Needles said...

love this ... i've just done a disappearing fibonacci! great fun

tijerasycuchara said...

Tus trabajos son presiosos, te felicito por ellos
saludos
Josefina
tijerasycuchara.wordpress.com

Kay Lynne said...

Sounds like a great way to use up scraps!

doni said...

Brilliant!! And I can see it's a perfect way to 'calm down' some not so perfect choices of fabrics!! I made a D9P with pinks that we had to end up calling "YOWZA" for a reason!! This method would have made it 'suitable for all ages'!! Thanks for sharing. doni @ Oregon coast

Vicky said...

I've never tried disappearing 9 patch before and now there's a double, I love how it does look way more complicated that it actually is. Thanks for sharing.

Helen in the UK said...

After being inspired by you, I've just posted on my blog a version of this I've just stitched up (with full credit, of course). It's so quick and easy :)
http://helenquilts.blogspot.com/
THANK YOU.

Sarah said...

Wow....I love this so much! Amazing!

Quiltalicious said...

Very interesting idea! Thanks for posting it!

Leanne said...

Thank you, I hope to give this a try!

Milou said...

Thank you for this idea, that I shall use very soon, it's so interesting!
Milou from nantes FRANCE

June D said...

Your choice of fabrics really adds to the pattern too! Thanks for sharing this idea!

Leah Douglas said...

So cool! Thanks for sharing!

Irene P said...

what a great idea - thanks!

Valerie said...

Love the idea in "charm" form --- I have heaps of non-designated charm packs. Perfect!

Kathy said...

Christina! Love this. Thanks for the great directions on how to do it. I have so many blue scraps this would be a great project for that and the 100 Quilts for Kids. THANKS!

designcamp said...

Okay - I'm doing this for the October Nubee swap on flickr! You get full credit for the design and the adiga I get from attempting it ... Wish me luck!

Tabatha said...

Dang, I love this double disappearing nine block! I'm going to have to give it a whirl!

WesternWilson said...

A wonderful variation! I have been tinkering with a D9P blog post, and will put your DD9P link into it! Nice pattern, can't wait to try it out!

Phone Home Designs by ET said...

I really like the colors you chose. It's very Frank Lloyd Wright looking!

Sharon said...

I've been looking for a new project for my solids....and I think this will be it!

Anonymous said...

Phone Home Designs is absolutely right . . . it does have the Frank Lloyd Wright look.

mcvay4 said...

How big Would I do the blocks if I wanted a finished 12x12in?

Anonymous said...

That is really awesome , I have done the disappering nine patch as a baby quilt one in blues and greens and one in black,white and red with shades of grey . This one has my creative juices going .. think I know what my next project will be

The Thimblemouse of Country Crossroads said...

Love the Double! Was researching D9P's when I found a link to your page here - Lucky day! You've just inspired me for *another* project to add to my never ending list of things to try/ quilts to make - honestly, I just don't understand people that say they are BORED - they obviously are NOT quilters! :)

Susie said...

This is awesome! I pinned it, I hope that's ok. Please let me know if not and I will gladly remove my pin. But I so wanted to make sure I knew how to find this.
I have a bunch of leftover 9-patch squares that just don't match (from multiple projects) and this will be just the thing to pull them all together.

prsd4tim2 said...

How fun! Great inspiration!

ANudge said...

This is just the kind of pattern I like to make. Thank you for sharing this!

Heather said...

This is a terrific technique. I haven't seen it before. \makes me want to drop every thing and try it right now.

Connie said...

Great block! D9 blocks are so much fun and there is so much you can do with them!

Suzee said...

I love it....so much so...since i can't sleep...its 3:15 am here...I am going to do a test block and see what happens....ty for sharing

Ellyn said...

ok, I'm late to the party but love love love this block! I played around with it & made a mini quilt for our guild auction. Going to post about it on my blog today & will link back to your tutorial. Thanks!
www.ellynsplace.blogspot.com

Quilting Addict said...

Thank you so much for the pattern and tutorial I have just finished my 1st one and I am so pleased with it http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a209/madchef_/DD9P.jpg

Gidget said...

Great idea!

Irene said...

I had just got in love with disappearing 9 and 4 patch, when now I see this variation! It's awesome!

vivinfrance said...

That's a must for my next quilt!

Benta AtSLIKstitches said...

Ooooh, this is fab, I've Pinned it, I hope that's OK, just let me know if you want me to remove it

Cindy Corcoran said...

That's brilliant! Thanks for sharing.

GailM. said...

This is so neat. I just had to try it. Thanks.

Claudia said...

What a phantastic idea! Looks like lots of possibilities. Thanks for sharing!

brenco1 said...

Love this idea. I have made a table topper with the Disappearing Nine Patch - now something new to try.

kate said...

would be nice to see a flicker page of everyone's layouts, there must be zillions of combos! Although, I'm not sure I could figure OUT the layout from the final quilt!!!!
Kate

kate said...

Did you really only use three nine patches to start with, and then add in solid squares to make 'other' nine patches, etc.?

Martha said...

I love this. Would like to make a finished 121/2" block. What size blocks would I start with on 1st nine patch and then the second larger nine patch?

margaret waters said...

thank you so much for generously showing instructions.
every good wish for the future
kindly
marg

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