Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Scrap Block Challenge: Garden Disappearing Nine Patch Tutorial

If you're visiting from the scrap block challenge from Confessions of a Fabric Addict, welcome!

I've never entered a contest with my quilting and can't spend all day in front of my machine, a one block challenge was right up my alley! Thanks, Sarah!

The directions of the design challenge stipulated:
The blocks use squares of 5", 3.5", or 2" (or can be cut from one of those sizes)
Solids are allowed and finished blocks can be any size.
Finished designs will be used for the quilt ministry (super awesome!)

So I present my take on a disappearing nine patch -- garden style!

You will need:
For nine patch: 9-5" squares: 4 of one fabric, 4 of a second, and 1 of a third.
For stitch and flip corners: 3-5" squares in green, each cut into 4-2.5" squares (you need 12-2.5" squares total)

Lay out your 9 patch as shown below, with the corners as one color, the sides another, and the center as the third. The corner blocks will be the large portion of your "petals" so keep this in mind when you make your color and layout choices. Sew together and press.

Cut your sewn nine patch into half vertically and horizontally to yeild 4 blocks.

On 3 of the 4 corners of your new blocks, sew your green squares along the diagonal for stitch and flip triangles. Cut your seam allowances to a quarter inch and press open.

*Note: I chose to do only three corners, but you could definitely play around and do stitch and flip triangles on any combination of the corners for alternate patterns.

When you sew your blocks back together, you actually have a number of options:

...but my favorite was the flower.

Thanks to all the new visitors and old regulars to Little Bunny Quilts!


  1. Wow! Your block is awesome! Great design!

  2. you block!!
    Thanks for sharing it!!

  3. This is a great block and so versital.

  4. Great design, all the different choices, wonderful

  5. So clearly explained and so clever. thanks for the great idea. Joanne

  6. What a great twist on a disappearing nine-patch! I love it!!

  7. I love that this block presents so many options! It is interesting to visualize the whole quilt in the different configuarations - Great job!

  8. This is a terrific idea! This concept adds so many different layout options to make a quilt more interesting.

  9. Great block & design! Thanks for entering your block in the challenge!

  10. What a great twist, thanks for sharing! DNP is one of my favorites.

  11. WOW !!!! great block ! thanks so much for sharing with us !!

  12. Hi, thanks for sharing this design for the DNP. I like the idea of the DNP but find it a bit boring - just my opinion! But I so like what you have done with it. Amazing what just a small "tweak" of the pattern does!

  13. I like this variation. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Love your block! It turned our so pretty.

  15. So easy, such a great outcome, so ingenious! Fresh, new take on an "old" block! Love it!


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