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Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes

on Oct 15, 2013 in Blog, commission, tutorial | 48 comments

Queen Size Disappearing 9-Patch | FREE PATTERN | ReannaLily Designs

Queen Size Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes

Love Disappearing 9-Patch? Wanna make it bigger and faster? Good news! You’ve found the FREE FREE FREE blog tutorial for a Queen Size quilt made with Layer Cakes + Yardage. It is made in the easy-peasy style of Disappearing 9-Patch Pattern. Lets dive in!

Layer Cake 9Patch

Skill Level:

Super Easy Beginner

Finished Size:

approx 75″ x 90″


1 Layer Cake* (Stitch by Betz White for Robert Kaufman – Organic Fabric shown)

2 1/3 y White yardage (Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Elements shown)

*Layer Cake is a precut 10″ x 10″ square fabric bundle with at least 40 pieces. 40 pieces are used in this tutorial.


32 total white squares
From the yardage, cut 8 strips at 10″ wide
From the 8 strips, cut 4 squares 10″ x 10″ each
Yield a total of 32 white squares


9 patch

Make 8 of these

1. Make 8 basic, although GIANT 9 Patch blocks using 4 white squares and 5 prints. Stitch using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Grab a Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide to make sure your 1/4″ seam is always accurate. The colored pieces represent the prints in ANY layer cake or assortment of 10″ cut squares. Updated to add: Press seam allowances towards the darker fabric.

Sliced 9 Patch

Slice Block into Quarters

2. Slice each 9-patch block into quarters. Honestly, this is the hardest step because you’ll want to make sure you cut the pieces exactly in half and you’ll need a large space to rotary cut them. Pressing each block very well will make this step easier. Each quarter of the 9-patch block will be HUGE and look something like this:

Unit1 Quarter of a 9 Patch

3. Mix up the quarter pieces to get a more scrappy look to the quilt design. Mix them up and rotate two of them as you will use 4 total quarter pieces to rebuild each block. This is where the disappearing 9-patch magic happens. Build only SIX (6) blocks, even though you started with a total of 8. Trust me.

rebuilt 9 patch block

Rebuilt Block, rotating two of the corners

4. Once you have the SIX (6) disappearing 9-patch blocks, start building the quilt top in only 2 rows. Seriously only two because they are so incredibly large. Each big block unit is a little under 30″ square. See the diagram below for the arrangement. See how the first two rows are full block units, and that last row is just a bunch of quarter pieces? Build the big huge block rows first.

Build Quilt Row

Build Rows

5. Join the two big rows together. I had to lay out the two rows to make sure the row of “quarters” was rotated in the right direction to keep the Disappearing 9-Patch pattern going. I recommend that, so you will have less un-sewing to do later. I laid out all the quarter pieces and joined those in pairs, then pairs of pairs to get a total of 6 quarters in a vertical row. YOU WILL HAVE TWO QUARTER PIECES LEFT OVER.

Disappearing 9Patch

Whole Queen Size Disappearing 9-Patch

Here it is in the layer cake fabric. Aren’t Layer Cakes just the best because they let your quilt look scrappy but really it is a completely coordinated line of fabric with every piece represented. Love it.

Disappearing 9 Patch Queen

Disappearing 9 Patch | Queen Size | Layer Cake | ReannaLily Designs

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Updated to add: The quilt top in the sample quilt (above) has been quilted! Wahooo!

Disappearing 9-Patch Quilt | Longarm Quilting | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

I used a unique Loops and Clams edge-to-edge quilting design over the entire quilt.

Disappearing 9-Patch Quilt | Longarm Quilting | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

The back is pieced with 2 yards each green fabric and an additional 1/2 yard (roughly) of the brown.

Disappearing 9-Patch Quilt | Longarm Quilting | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

The whole quilt is finished with 2/3 yard stripe binding. Ta’dah!!

Disappearing 9-Patch Quilt | Longarm Quilting | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs

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Updated to add: Cut 10″ squares from your own fabric stash to create a scrappy or color-themed Disappearing 9-Patch quilt. See how to create your own layer cake for this project here.

Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | Quilt Pattern

Updated to add: See this quilt in Crafty’s Lily and Loom fabric collection and grab the quilt kit to make it yourself.

Lily and Loom | Boundless Fabric by Craftsy | ReannaLily Designs | Disappearing 9-Patch | Jen Eskridge

Updated to add: Make this SAME quilt pattern in an inverted design using tips in this post here. Hint: We’ll switch up the foreground and background fabrics.

Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes | Military Uniform Quilt | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs | ReannaLily Quilts

Updated to add: Make TWO Baby Quilts using a variation of this Disappearing 9-Patch Tutorial. Read more here.

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  1. Thanks Jen! Any hints on which way to press the 9 patch blocks?

    Debbie Fick

    October 15, 2013

  2. Hi Debbie! Yes, I updated the post to add “press towards the darker fabric.” This pattern is pretty great, in that you never have to match up pressed seams in those quarter blocks.

    Jen Eskridge

    October 16, 2013

  3. I never thought to do this with 10″ squares! Thanks for sharing. I bought a bunch of 22″ squares and will cut them down to 10″ and try this! Funny the great simple ideas people come up with that sometimes we don’t think of 🙂

    Christine Sherman

    January 28, 2014

  4. This is so neat, will hope to try it soon.


    August 22, 2014

  5. I just finished a baby quilt using this idea. It easy and turned out just fine. It is hard to cut into the blocks at first but when you do and start rotating them, all kinds of pretty patterns show up.
    I will make more of theses. Thanks,

    Betty McCuller

    August 28, 2014

  6. I would love to try this but I have no clue what Layer Cake is?


    October 7, 2014

  7. Vickie, those layer cakes are 10″ squares, generally pre-cut and sold in an assorted fabric bundle. Moda is the one who markets and owns the “Layer Cake”, but many other fabric companies have 10″ precut squares these days.

    Jen Eskridge

    October 7, 2014

  8. What would you do to make this into a king size quilt? Add borders or more blocks or both? If you added more blocks, how many?

    Pat Keltner

    October 19, 2014

  9. Couldn’t one also use a white layer cake too? This saves the step of cutting the yardage.


    October 22, 2014

  10. Yes, definitely… I just didn’t have a white layer cake when making the tutorial.

    Jen Eskridge

    October 22, 2014

  11. Hello Good morning from Anchorage Alaska! I have a question too; if I wanted to make a king size one. Would i need to add more on the borders? and can I use different color fabric if I do?


    November 23, 2014

  12. Merci bonne id?e pour ma prochaine quilt


    January 2, 2015

  13. On 2 you say slice each 4 patch into quarters.. Don’t you mean each 9 patch into quarters? I’m a little confused. Thanks for a reply.


    March 2, 2015

  14. Yes, slice each 9-patch into quarters.

    Jen Eskridge

    March 2, 2015

  15. i particularly liked the quilt using the purple fabrics. Could tell me what line you used. Thanks.

    Elizabeth Foley

    March 13, 2015

  16. The fabrics in the purple quilt were purchased on ebay and I think it was someone’s “homemade” layer cake bundle. As in, I think they just cleaned out all their purples and cut them into 10″ squares. Unfortunately, it isn’t a whole line.

    Jen Eskridge

    March 15, 2015

  17. If I wanted to do this as a twin size would it be better to use smaller squares or omit the partial blocks? If I were to use smaller squares should I use charms or cut my own 6-or 8-inch squares? Love the pattern and am eager to try it for two granddaughters.


    May 2, 2015

  18. can’t wait to try.

    Betty Bastian

    May 16, 2015

  19. If you wanted to make a disappearing 9-patch block in a twin size, I bet there is another tutorial on the web for that size. If you are using layer cakes, yes, I’d just omit part of the blocks to get to a twin. If you want to use smaller squares, I’m afraid I don’t have the “quilt-math” for those requirements.

    Jen Eskridge

    May 20, 2015

  20. Christine, You might consider cutting your 22″ squares in half each way, making four 11″ squares out of each one. They would make just slightly larger 9 patch blocks than the 10″ squares. Then cut those 9 patch blocks in half each way. There would be no waste from your 22″ squares.

    Kathy Thomas

    June 3, 2015

  21. I have the nine blocks together (smaller size). Do I square off the block of nine before cutting in halves? Mine don’t seem all that even, probably stacked too many together for cutting.Thanks. M.


    June 17, 2015

  22. I have blocks ready for king size? I have nine blocks ready to sew would this be correct? thanks

    Barbara Ford

    June 25, 2015

  23. Wow- I really like this!!! I am going to make it this fall. Thank you for sharing!


    July 18, 2015

  24. Wow- I really like this. I plan on making this in the fall. Thanks for sharing!


    July 18, 2015

  25. Thanks so much for this tutorial. It is the best one I have seen yet. I know the D9P isn’t hard but I have to see it to be able to get it. Now I can make a beautiful quilt like everyone else does! Thanks!


    July 18, 2015

  26. Have just finished a queen size quilt this pattern with batiks and navy. Am really thrilled with it. Have also made a table runner this pattern. It is so simple but very effective.

    LYN - New Zealand

    July 29, 2015

  27. I am working on a queen size of this pattern. Only I used 5″ squares to make the 9 patch. Almost gives it a chain look…will try to post a pic when done.


    November 30, 2015

  28. How do I do this pattern in a twin and double bed


    December 12, 2015

  29. This is beautiful and I am going to use this pattern as a baby quilt. My granddaughter is a big Saints fan and I found some fat quarters that have pink and some with aqua fleur de lis on them and I think maybe a gray chevron pattern thrown in along with the white. I will have to sit down and figure out the amount to use for a small quilt and instead of 10″ I only want about 4 or 5″ for my squares since it is for a baby. I will be glad to try to link up a pic and also the measurements IF I actually get this done. Thank you for this beautiful idea!


    January 19, 2016

  30. I really want to thank you. I’ thought I was a confident beginner but sometimes I get discouraged with more difficult patterns. I thank you for this pattern. Maybe I’ll get my confidence back!!


    August 29, 2016

  31. I would recommend adding borders to increase the size.

    Jen Eskridge

    March 13, 2017

  32. You can certainly square them up. I did not do that for this quilt though.

    Jen Eskridge

    March 13, 2017

  33. I use 8 or 8.5 in squares, make 3 D9P units. Rotate 2 full and use the 3rd as 1/4 units on the long side. No border but you can. Makes a good size baby quilt or lap quilt. About 36×48. Quick and easy but looks difficult. Love this pattern. Thanks for figuring out for the larger size!!!


    July 8, 2017

  34. I have 1/2 yards of a fabric collection(9) different fabrics. Is that enough for a double?


    July 23, 2017

  35. Pre cut set of themed fabric 10″x10″x42 squares.


    August 27, 2017

  36. What a great class at Sew Special Quilts in San Antonio! I am finally back to sewing on the quilt top I started there, but need refreshing on how you had us layout and stack the 10″ squares before we started sewing them together. How many where in each stack? Thanks a bunch..and see you in the next class at Sew Special…

    Eleanor Mantooth

    September 3, 2017

  37. Hi Eleanor! Make 8 stacks. You’ll sew together a total of eight 9-patch blocks.

    Jen Eskridge

    September 3, 2017

  38. Thanks for the help. I am sooo embarrassed! what a silly question. I figured it out…duh…on me. I’ve been sewing all day I’m ready to make those cuts….the scary part.
    See you at Sew Special!

    Eleanor Mantooth

    September 3, 2017

  39. I am to the “hardest”/scariest part, which is cutting the giant 9 Patch. These are such large pieces to cut, so would it work if I folded the 9P in half, making sure seams match, cut it, then cut across the divided 9p?

    Eleanor Mantooth

    September 5, 2017

  40. Eleanor… Personally, I think that would make it harder and more apt to cut wrong. Measure twice or even 3 times, then figure what the ‘middle’ of the nine patch blocks are. Because.of space constraints, I use a 12×18 cutting board…I start cutting from middle bottom, cut to the middle or as close as I can, then gently move it down, reposition my ruler, and finish the cut. Then measure the ‘sides’ and cut them. If you see my post above I make a lot of these for baby/toddler quilts, using a smaller ‘starting’ block size.

    Good luck. You can do it!!!! Just take your time and measure, measure, measure….


    September 5, 2017

  41. Thanks for the advice, Sally! As the saying goes: “I’m going in!


    September 5, 2017

  42. Let us know how it goes!!!


    September 5, 2017

  43. Magnífico ,espetacular!

    Edith prestes

    November 10, 2017

  44. Love the design in purple, got me wanting to do this asap. Having huge sort out of over 600 far quarters!! Hoping i can cut the recommended squares. Just itching to start. Thanks for the inspirational tutorial.


    April 11, 2018

  45. Is there a PDF?

    Debbie Shapiro Gehlken

    May 29, 2018

  46. Is there a way that I can print out the disappearing 9 patch quilt pattern , queen size?

    Margie Oberley

    February 10, 2019

  47. can you use 5×5 squares to make a smaller sized quilt?


    February 12, 2019


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