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Mini Disappearing 9 patch tutorial

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Have you ever made the disappearing 9-patch block? Using just a couple of fabrics and the way you arrange your blocks can give you several different variations for a small wall hanging or table topper. This is a great quilt project for a new quilter.

Mini Disappearing 9 patch table topper

Mini Disappearing Nine-patch quilt tutorial

Mini DSP quilt with a cat statue on it

Get an ad-free downloadable PDF of the Mini Disappearing 9-Patch tutorial.

The finished size of the mini quilt is approximately 12-inch x 12-inch.

Grab some fun fabrics, I had some leftover fabric from a collection by Me and My Sister from the Worldly Lil Twister quilt, this is also a great way to use your scraps for a scrappy quilt.


  • Blue Print – 1/4 yard
  • Cream Print – 1/4 yard
  • Pink Print – 1/4 yard
  • 1/2 yard backing and batting

Cutting directions for blocks

  • Blue Print – cut (16) 2½-inch squares
  • Cream Print – cut (16) 2½-inch squares
  • Pink Print – cut (4) 2½-inch squares

Sew four nine-patch blocks together as shown below using an ¼-inch seam allowance.

make 9-patch quilt blocks

Press the quilt blocks and then cut each block down the center. The center should measure over one inch from the seam.

cut in half the mini disappearing 9 patch

Next, turn the block pieces around and cut down the center again.

turn the quilt block and cut in half again

Rotate the block sections as shown and sew them together. I’ll show you other ways to arrange them too.

Rotate the quilt blocks

You will now have four Disappearing 9-patch quilt blocks.

Arrange your blocks as shown.

Arrange the disappearing 9 patch quilt blocks

Add sashing

Cut strips of the cream fabric 1¼-inches wide by the length of your block (I usually just cut a strip the width of my fabric).

Join two blocks together and then repeat for the other two quilt blocks.

Next measure the width of these sections and cut one 1¼-inch strip of cream this width to add to the center of the quilt blocks.

add sashing to quilt blocks
complete the sashing between blocks

Quilt your mini disappearing 9 patch

Add batting and backing to your mini disappearing 9-patch quilt and quilt as desired. Here is the back of mine so you can see how I quilted it.

I did a small stipple loop quilting in the background areas.

Back of the quilt showing the quilting

Add binding to complete your mini quilt

I didn’t have enough of the Amelia line of fabrics for the binding but I had just bought some new fabrics from Me and My Sister and the color coordinated perfectly! You will find that many designers do this.

Cut two strips of fabric 2¼-inch by the width of the fabric for your binding. Piece the strips together and fold in half lengthwise with the wrong sides together.

Follow my easy How to Add Binding to your Quilt tutorial.

Mini Disappearing 9 patch with binding

Other ways to layout the disappearing 9-patch quilt blocks

another version of quilt block
another version of quilt block

Mini Disappearing 9 patch tutorial

This post was originally written and posted in March of 2012! Where does the time go? I updated the post as things have really changed with blogging in ten years. This is when I first took over a spare bedroom and turned it into my quilt room at the river house.

Here is Builder Bob installing a new light for me.

Builder Bob putting new lights in quilt studio

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  1. Connie
    I love the disappearing mini nine patch block, but would like the cutting dimensions for a table topper if you could provide it.
    Thanks for all you many tutorials that i continue to use.

  2. Love the stipple quilting you do. I have a had time keeping it even, sometimes I’m just spinning all over the place! This looks good front or back! Thanks!

  3. This is one of my favorite blocks to make!!!
    Looks great with 3 different fabrics, or with scraps.
    Good luck with Mr. Mickey

  4. Thank you for the tutorial. I’ve wanted to learn this technique and you’re explaining it really well.

  5. Prayers for Mickey! and Love your emails and patterns! Thank you and keep us posted w his medicals!

  6. Another lovely design to thank you for Connie. Great for a beginner like me.
    Thinking of you and your family and hope that Mr Mickey gets a good result from his medical tests. He’s absolutely the cutest dog.

  7. Prayers for Mr. Mickey’s test today. I hope the results are better than expected. I remember when the D9P block was the rage. It’s nice to see it resurface again….ingenious!

  8. Thanks for the pattern, Connie. So glad the little one is improving. Wishing for complete and speedy recovery. I have not made a complete quilt but have sewn several practice blocks to marvel at the varieties that could be made. Your mini quilt is so pretty and the colors are very nice. I think I will use this pattern to make a lap or teen charity quilt. With the 12 inch size, it should be a breeze. Thanks, as always, for sharing.

  9. Prayers for your pup and family that all goes well! Love the mini quilt and all the different ways it can be done. Your handwork is truly beautiful.

  10. Prayers up for me mickey I just know all will be fine with him and he I’ll live a long loving life with you thanks for pattern disappearing 9 patch is always my go to qiult made late one in bandana prints love it so much take care

  11. I don’t quilt (yet) but that is really interesting and may be the pattern that pushes me to my first quilting project!
    Prayers for Mr. Mickey.

  12. Best wishes for Mr. Mickey! Love the nine patch – I’ve never done one with sashing and it adds so much to the design! The banner above this box also shows a similar design of yours and it’s stunning as well with the flowers! Making some crate pads for the Humane Society – this looks like a perfect pattern for that! Fun easy! Thanks,

  13. Darling little topper — perfect for my wicker table! I’m going to have to give this pattern a try VERY soon! Thanks for sharing, Connie! 🙂

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