Totally scrappy, disappearing 9-patch
using charm squares
The Disappearing 9-patch is
a popular quilt these days. Basically, you make a 9-patch, cut it
into 4 equal pieces, rearrange the pieces and sew back together to
make the new block.
I wanted to use up some of the many charm
squares (5” x 5”)
have collected over the years and thought a D9-patch quilt would
be a good way to use many of them.
I have a lot of charms in a
lot of colors and values, but not many matching squares in any one
category. I selected charms in a single category (pastels for this
example) and randomly sewed them into 9-patch blocks, not worrying
about placement for any of the squares – I did try not to have too
many of the same color in one block.
Then I cut them down the middle
laid them out as I would normally for a planned disappearing
9-patch. It is OK but I decided that the quilt was too busy with
all the colors and shapes.
I added 1 1/2” cut sashing strips and that
calmed things down.
I plan to use a lot of charm squares in this
quilt in the future. I will donate many of the quilts to various
organizations, and keep a couple for myself.