Disappearing Nine Patch

Here’s a quick quilt block you can make with 5″squares. 

1. Sew 9 of your 5″squares together. First sew together three rows of three blocks, iron flat, and then sew the three rows together to get your nine patch. Press flat.

2. Cut your nine patch in half vertically and horizontally. You really should measure where the exact middle is, but if your baby is going to wake up any minute and you have 11 more of these to cut…….your allowed to eyeball it.

3. Now you have four 7″ blocks.   Re-arrange them however you like. The possibilities are endless with these blocks, I made my blossoms baby quilt by sewing these together to make the quilt center. Or you can put white sashing (borders) around each block, or a set of blocks, like I’m doing with this quilt.

A nice pile of blocks waiting to be arranged.

To make a 38″ x 46″ crib quilt, you’ll need to start with 99 – 5″
squares. Sew the 5″ squares into 11 – 9 patches. Then after cutting the 9
patches in half each way you’ll use 42 blocks, laid out in 7 rows of 6 blocks

35 Responses to Disappearing Nine Patch

  1. MichelleB October 30, 2008 at 9:40 pm #

    I love the disappearing nine-patch. I did one not too long ago. I like your arrangement of the block.

    • Heudy October 25, 2018 at 3:19 am #

      Que hermosa idea!!!

  2. Gretchen March 30, 2009 at 3:02 pm #

    what an awesome idea!

  3. Misa April 8, 2009 at 4:15 pm #

    I tried this out with a wild Alexander Henry print and love the results! Very rewarding for a beginner quilter such as myself….

  4. Abby October 26, 2009 at 12:10 pm #

    OH…MY…GOSH…I love your blog and I LOVE these instructions!!!!!! I had NO idea that's how you would make one of these cute quilts – I'm totally going to do this with some Farmer's Market fabric I've been waiting to use! Thanks so much!!!

  5. Carolin January 2, 2010 at 7:58 pm #

    That's a really need idea.. I like the cheesecake at the end!!

  6. Sleepy Cat Hollow February 25, 2010 at 9:58 pm #

    This block was sooooo easy to make! Thanks!

  7. Phiphi March 2, 2010 at 2:40 am #

    this is awesome idea:) thanks..and the cheesecake looked so yummy :D

  8. Kari May 15, 2010 at 4:50 am #

    I may need to make this quilt! That cheesecake looks awesome. Where'd you get it?

  9. deldobuss June 9, 2010 at 12:46 am #

    That is insanely simple. I have been doing Crazy Eights and it is driving me insane!

  10. webbs August 10, 2010 at 5:37 pm #

    You inspired me to make this quilt, so I did! finished now and looks adorable! So easy. Thanks!

  11. botaitai November 14, 2010 at 9:19 pm #

    I made a disappearing nine patch with that same fabric. That is just too funny.

  12. Adam and Wendy February 22, 2011 at 3:55 am #

    This is TOO COOL. I really want to make a quilt like this! :)

  13. Mary Grace McNamara May 11, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

    Forget about the quilting…let's talk about that cheesecake! YUM! Actually I do love the D9P block, but who can resist chocolate cheesecake? Not me!


  14. Sarah - Red Gingham November 24, 2011 at 4:29 am #

    Thank you so much for these instructions! I just used them to make my Sherbet Pips layer cake into a quilt top. Looking good thanks to you.

  15. handmadebyclairebear.com December 2, 2011 at 11:59 am #

    Ah, I've been looking at disappearing nine-patch blocks for ages, thinking "they look good, I must get around to finding out how to do those"
    That's is sooo easy, thank you

  16. Marion March 3, 2012 at 6:42 am #

    I needs some of that cheesecake!!! ..neat quilt too :) I'm gonna try that one.. I mean the quilt ;D

  17. All Done March 8, 2012 at 6:09 pm #

    Love this! Have a charm pack I must do this with. Thank you!

  18. Jennifer August 26, 2012 at 9:23 am #

    I just used this method and what a time saver! Thankyou so much for posting

  19. Helen August 27, 2012 at 1:18 am #

    I'm off to make this for a block swap now.. If my Mr Cranky Pants wakes from his nap though I have no chocolate cheesecake… Sniff…

  20. thecraftypioneer.com September 4, 2012 at 1:35 pm #

    My friend has just made her 2nd ever quilt which was a disappearing nine patch in very similar fabric (moda 12days of Christmas). Very nice!

  21. Simplesmente Silvinha (Simply Silvia) January 4, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    UAU !!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. ~T~ February 4, 2013 at 5:06 am #

    Thanks for the instructions! I made mine with penguins.

  23. Lindsay February 18, 2013 at 11:25 pm #

    I have been holding on to some fabric, looking for the perfect pattern – I think this is it! So Cute!

  24. Unknown February 3, 2014 at 9:22 pm #

    Thank you so much for posting this quilt. I just finished a baby quilt using this pattern and it worked out great. Thanks again.


  25. Janelle September 2, 2015 at 2:47 pm #

    I am a beginner… Is there a pattern for this or another visual I can see? Also, do you have yardage notes?

  26. Diane October 5, 2015 at 5:59 am #

    Love it!!!!

  27. Michelle April 17, 2017 at 12:11 am #

    Your tutorials are really great and easy to follow. I’m a beginner to patchwork and you’ve really inspired me to try to make some now. Thank you

  28. Mary August 6, 2018 at 12:52 pm #

    This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing .

  29. Gayle Snedden August 10, 2018 at 4:42 am #

    Love this block. I just finished a table runner using this block, it came out great!

  30. Michele (Rosemary Rabbit Quilts) January 14, 2020 at 1:17 am #

    Just been sent this by Pinterest so have saved it although I have made lots of different disappearing the blocks, but it reminded me that I have a shoe box of 5inch squares that I cut from left over project fabrics. There is a book by a Joan Ford, called Cut the Scraps, which tells you to cut your scraps into neat set size squares (and gives you patterns to try too) and put into shoe boxes, from which I have made loads of scrap quilts. It’s a great way to use stuff up, but of course the boxes for some strange reason stay quite full!

  31. Hoosier Watch April 20, 2022 at 8:05 am #

    I love this pattern! I have never seen it before. Do you know how many five inch squares are needed for a baby quilt? Do you have any photos of finished products that show the overall layout and pattern. Thank you. Love your blog.

  32. Jerilyn April 20, 2022 at 8:08 am #

    I love this pattern! I have never seen it before. Do you know how many five inch squares are needed for a baby quilt? Do you have any photos of finished products that show the overall layout and pattern. Thank you. Love your blog.

  33. Gloria J Teets January 19, 2023 at 7:44 am #

    I just started a d9p last week & plan to make more. When I finished the very first block I said, This quilt is mine! Giggles!!

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