Wednesday, February 27, 2013

D4P, D9P, D16P, Disappearing Pinwheel, and Wacky and Wonky Variations

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 hink 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 scratch!

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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

  No matter what you may call it.....D9P DP9 D4P D8P D16P Twist and Turn Patch and more...they are all magically easy!!

More Nine Patch Magic:
Lovely Cross Table Topper Pattern  
Magician's Disappearing Nine Patch
Sunshine Paisley Embroidered Pillow 
Magic Nine Patch Quilted Tote 
Incredible Disappearing Nine Patch Quilt 
Magically Self Sashing Disappearing Nine Patch Quilt 
Cute Pumpkins Wall Quilt 
11 Patch Scrap Quilt 
Peek a Boo Block 
Sixteen Patch Baby Quilt 
Disappearing 16 Patch Block
Reverse Magic Nine Patch
Helen's Scalloped Baby Quilt 
Comfort and Charm Irish Chain Quilt 
Snowballs for Colleena Baby Quilt 
Springtime Disappearing Nine Patch Baby Quilt
Rail Fence Picnic Quilt 
White Space Nine Patch Quilt 
Groves of Gardens Nine Patch Quilt
Magic Disappearing Nine Patch Baby Birdie Quilt
Road Fifteen Sixteen Patch Quilt 
Mimi's Daisy Chains Quilt 
I Spy Disappearing Nine Patch
Scrappy Summer Quilt

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

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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

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  1. Thanks for all the linky love! Lots to explore here. I'm looking forward to it.

    I have another one for you. It's a Double Disappearing 9-Patch tutorial here:

  2. These are all so much fun Michele! May you never disappear!

  3. I love Disappearing Four Patch though I'm yet to make a quilt from that block! Thanks for all the links!

  4. Wonderful collection of links with the visuals! Thank you again for compiling all this information for us - always so helpful. : )


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