Scrappy Disappearing 9 Patch Quilt

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This latest quilt I’ve finished is a disappearing 9 patch quilt. My first time doing this and apart from following the tutorial below for how to do a disappearing 9 patch I didn’t have a pattern for the rest of it.

So what else am I going to do but go scrappy with it?

Close up of a Disappearing 9 Patch Scrappy Quilt.

Below I’ll go through how I used scrappy neutral sashing and borders, a scrappy quilt back and a tiny bit of scrappy binding too!

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Disappearing 9 Patch

The disappearing 9 patch blocks themselves are not so much scrappy, I had some 5″ pre-cuts which is what I used for these blocks.

disappearing 9 patch
Photo: Scrap Fabric Love

It’s so bad but I can’t remember the name of the fabric! – if you know it do drop a note for me in the comments as I know readers will be annoyed by this!

disappearing 9 patch quilt blocks
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Anyway I was searching around for what to do with 4 packs of 5″ pre-cuts and this is what I came up with.

disapearring 9 patch quilt blocks
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I used this tutorial from Theresa Down Under to make my blocks.

They were 11 & 3/4″ finished size before sashing – I suspect they should have come out at 12″ but anyways…

Scrappy Sashing & Borders

I didn’t have enough of these blocks to make a good sized quilt, so I needed to add some sashing and borders….this is where the scraps come in.

I had a few different ‘neutral’ toned fabrics, kind of off-white colours, some with a light beige pattern on, but none of them were enough to use for the whole of the front of the quilt.

I decided to cut these scraps – some of them were fat quarters, some a little more and some a little less – into 2 & 1/2″ strips. I then sashed all the blocks and attached them together.

disappearing 9 patch sashing
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I then added a further 2 & 1/2 inch border around all the blocks but then I thought it was still a bit on the small side so I added two 3″ ‘neutral’ strips down each side and I used the leftovers from the pre-cuts and some neutral scraps to make the 3″ top and bottom border.

scrappy quilt border
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To make the somewhat scrappy top and bottom borders I used the leftovers from my disappearing 9 patch blocks to make 4 in a block squares and then put the leftovers from the neutral fabric in between.

The 4 in a block squares were 4″ and the neutral pieces in between were 2″ x 4″. I then just used what I had left to make the borders reach to either edge!

Quilt Basting – Water & Pins

Basting has not been my strong suit since I started quilting. I tried the spray stuff for another scrappy quilt and it didn’t go particularly well.

I think it was a reader who suggested that I try spraying my quilt top with water and then ironing it down on to the batting as a basting technique.

disappearing 9 patch basting with water
Photo: Scrap Fabric Love

So I did that this time but I just didn’t have enough faith to leave it at that so I ALSO pinned it.

It was a pain to do, but the combination of the two methods definitely worked better for me than spray basting.

disappearing 9 patch basting with pins
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Pieced Quilt Back

For the back of my disappearing 9 patch quilt I used one larger piece of teal fabric and three other pink pieces I had leftover from other projects.

pieced quilt back
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I really like the way the back turned out myself.

Quilting Design

Because of some of the shapes in the patterned fabric I decided to do an all over quilting design that was a bit of a ‘leafy’ or ‘floral’ look. I’m sure there is a technical term for it but I don’t know what it is!

It was basically 3 or 4 bumps, then echo 3 or 4 times, then move on.

free motion quilting
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Given I haven’t actually done that much free motion quilting before I think it turned out okay and it was a pretty forgiving design to choose too!

free motion quilting design
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free motion quilting close up
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Playing Binding Chicken

leftover backing fabric for binding
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I used the trimmings from the back of the quilt to make my binding strips. I had a lot of the teal colour so I started with that but I knew before I started I probably wouldn’t have quite enough so I added in some of the pink colour.

quilt binding
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However, despite using my favourite Melanie Ham machine binding tutorial I still somehow ended up short on the binding – twice!

I was sat there at the final hurdle having to cut the strip open and sew on one more piece and then one more piece again before I could get it to lay flat. Thus the funny teal pink teal pink pattern at the bottom. I don’t actually mind how it looks but it was super frustrating at the time!

binding issues
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quilt binding
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Finished Scrappy Disappearing 9 Patch Quilt

disappearing 9 patch quilt - scrappy
Photo: Scrap Fabric Love

The finished quilt is 61″ x 77″, so ever so slightly larger than a full/double size.

disappearing 9 patch quilt back
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disappearing 9 patch quilt
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disappearing 9 patch quilt finished
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This quilt is destined to be a Christmas present but I won’t say who for! Hopefully they won’t see this post or if they do they’ll froget by the time Christmas rolls around!

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disappearing 9 patch quilt

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