Disappearing 9-Patch with Layer Cakes
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!
Super Easy Beginner
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
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.
2. Slice each 4 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Updated to add: The quilt top in the sample quilt (above) has been quilted! Wahooo! Reannalilyquilts.com
I used a unique Loops and Clams edge-to-edge quilting design over the entire quilt.
The back is pieced with 2 yards each green fabric and an additional 1/2 yard (roughly) of the brown.
The whole quilt is finished with 2/3 yard stripe binding. Ta’dah!!
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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.
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