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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Chock-A-Block Wednesday

Disappearing 9-Patch Variation

This is another way to transform
a 9-patch block into something
more interesting.

Fabric Requirements:

Block A:
4 - 5" squares of dark fabric
5 - 5" squares of light fabric

Block B:
4 - 5" squares of light fabric
5 - 5" squares of dark fabric

Layout squares as shown as
sew together in 3 rows.  Press
seams in rows 1 & 3 to the outside
and seams in row 2 to the inside.

Sew rows together and press
seams to the outside.

Now here comes the interesting
part.  Measure the center block,
in this case it is 4 1/2", now take
half of that measurement which
is 2 1/4" and cut 2 1/4" off both
sides of the blocks as shown.
Set aside strips.

Now take the inner section and
cut 2 1/4" strips from the top
and bottom.  Set strips aside.

Swap the smaller center strips
from each block, layout as shown
and sew back together.

Swap the longer side pieces from
each block and sew together taking
care to match the intersections of the
seams.  Notice there will be extra
fabric at each end.  Square to 13".

And there are your two finished blocks.

These blocks would make
a very interesting quilt.


  1. I have done it the other way, but now I have to try it this way! Very fun!

  2. Ohww, thank you. This block is sooooo exactly what I needed.
    I treated myself to some Christmas FQ's ( Scandinavian Christmas by Lynette Anderson) and wanted a pattern for a table topper that would show the design of some of the FQ's ( as in an I-spy pattern). This block is IT, but I could never have thought of it, let alone designed it myself.
    I'll start this weekend and let you know , thanks again, perfect timing!:-)
    Dutch hugs

  3. Love anything that makes secondary patterns in a quilt. Very nice. Thanks.


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