Saturday, March 19, 2011

Solving the Mystery......

Hi, all!

Sarah here, from Confessions of a Fabric Addict! I'm so happy to be back guest-posting on Stash Manicure!!

Do you remember when the magician David Copperfield made the Statue of Liberty disappear?  HOW IN THE WORLD DID HE DO THAT?????  That question is going to drive me crazy, probably for the rest of my life....  But that leads us into our topic today - things that disappear!

If you've been wandering around blogland for long, you've probably seen the initials D9P - and maybe wondered what they meant!  Maybe you've heard about disappearing nine-patches, or even disappearing four-patches, and wondered how they were made.  Or you've been making quilts for a while, and think this is old hat.  Hopefully there will be something in this post for all of you!

Traditionally, to make a disappearing nine-patch block, you first create a nine-patch...


...then you cut it in half....


..... then in half again....


..... and you end up with four blocks that look like this!


Those four blocks can be put together in lots of ways - here's a few examples....


This quilt is "all mixed up" - no rhyme or reason to the arrangement of the blocks, and no sashing to divide it.

This one used prints in the corners, and each print square is boxed in by three different solids...


This quilt was made using sashing to separate large blocks made of four small blocks put together in a bow-tie formation....


...and in this quilt, the large blocks were made by putting the uncut squares of four smaller blocks in the center, with the cut pieces outlining the edges.  Sashing was added to separate the large blocks.

Sashing can be used to make your disappearing nine-patch unique, too.  Take a look at this quilt, which I named In Winter Snows...


In this quilt, the small blocks created from the nine-patch are put together in groups of one or two, then sashed in between the groups.  Here's a diagram showing the  way the quilt is put together - it's a little easier to see the sashing separations.   

As a bonus, if you'd like a copy of the tutorial for In Winter Snows, hop over to my blog and leave me a comment on my post there (be sure to include your e-mail address if you are a no-comment blogger, or if you don't know if you are!) and I'll send you a .pdf file with the tutorial!



But there's other ways to change a nine-patch block to make it look different....

This block was cut on the diagonal and reassembled - it's kind of a work in progress, but I see a flock of stylized butterflies in the design - do you?  

And then there are the nine-patch blocks you cut up and add things to - like this one designed by John Adams who blogs at Quilt Dad.  It's called "Off-The-Grid Sliced Nine-Patch" and you can see the pattern here on the Moda Bake Shop.  This is the version I made of his design...


In this quilt, the nine patch blocks are sliced and 1.5" strips are added between the slices to create a grid...

Another option is the disappearing 4-patch block.  Here are a few examples of quilts made with D4P blocks, made by wonderful blogging friends who agreed to let me show off their work (I haven't had a chance to make one of these myself yet!)....


This quilt is the creation of Beth of Love Laugh Quilt -
she has a block tutorial here...


And this wonky D4P is Beth's too - with another tutorial here!


And this D4P was made by Kate, who blogs over at Kate's Arty Bits Blog!


Three very different interpretations of the same technique -  all are made the same way - but the first is cut 2" from the seam, the last is cut 1.25" from the seam, and the center is cut in a "wonky" style.  


As you can see, the possibilities are endless with a few simple cuts - and since we already cut up perfectly good fabric to sew it back into quilts, it's not too crazy to cut up perfectly good blocks, is it?

I hope you've enjoyed this little journey into "slicing and dicing" - and maybe you've learned something too!  And remember to hop over to my blog and request a copy of the tutorial for In Winter Snows!

Later!

Sarah


UPDATE:  If you left a comment on my blog before 3:30 CST on Saturday and have not received a copy of the tutorial, you are probably a "no reply" blogger and I do not have your e-mail.  Specifically, Passions & Pursuits, The QuiltWhinny, Freda, Skahrk, lovetostitch, queenopearls, schmidt1016, and Corinne in California, I need you to comment again and leave me your e-mail address!  If you don't know if you are a no-reply blogger, please leave your e-mail address in your comment so I can be sure to get you a copy of the tutorial!  Thanks!!

43 comments:

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

I love to make the D9P!! But I had no idea all the fun things you could do with it! I have never tried the D4P but that also looks like a ton of fun! thank you for sharing all your wonderful quilts!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I just made my 1st D9P and love how it turned out. Such an easy pattern that is so versatile. I plan on trying the D4P for an April baby shower quilt. Thank you for sharing all the various layouts and for blogging friends in sharing photos.

Quiet Quilter said...

I didn't realize there were so many variations..probably more as time and quilters work with it...Thanks for the show!

Sue said...

Okay...here I am, the biggest 'wannabe' qilter on the block and I have just seen something that finally makes sense to me. I do believe that I can make this pattern work for me! Thank you for laying it out and making it understandable. I bet I can do it!

Sue said...

That is an awesome post. Thank you!

Brita said...

Yes, I've heard of the D9P and D4P, but never saw it in action, or at least that I know of. But it looks like way fun, and a good technique to use those wonderful fabrics you don't want to cut into teensy bits. Just let them blend. Thanks for the tute, Sarah.

Madame Samm said...

Good Morning Sarah...Ok, this is pretty fantastic, sew easy, you struck a nerve with me, I had seen this and could never figure it out...why did I not figure this out...cause we did not have you here to show us ( me)...Pretty amazing examples too.. LOVE THIS...too simple...I love it love it..OK, you Win, for my fav post this month ....x Oh you win, my applause and respect...yep you do lol

Marj said...

And I thought D9P was boring. Thanks for showing that it is very interesting and fun to ply with.

lovetostitch said...

I've heard of this, seen it, and now you have made it easy. Soooo sooo many options for one 9 patch - oh my!!!

QuiltSwissy said...

Wow! The nine patch is really versitile. I have a 9 patch I made for a non-quilter friend, her dog ate it, and she is looking for another. I may just guide her through making another one but do a wonky 9 patch!

Love it, thank you so much.

glen

Elly D said...

LOVE this post! Great examples of how to use the D9P and I've finally found out how the D4P works :) So THANK YOU for a GREAT post :)

Quilt n Queen said...

I've made a D9P but didn't realize just how many different ways you can put them back together. I've not made a D4P but looks pretty cool too and will have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing ...now heading over to read your blog.

Snoodles said...

I had no clue that there were this many ways to do this! Thanks for a wonderful post!
Jacque in SC

JCnNC said...

Exactly the kind of blocks that I love to create. Endless possibilities - thank you so much for this excellent information. Judy C

supermom said...

I'm working on a D9P right now. I'm sewing sashing between the reassembled blocks and am loving how it is looking. I'll definitely want to make more of these, so I'll be commenting over on your blog. And I really like the idea of cutting them on the diagonal to get that stylized butterfly. I hope you'll post a quick tutorial on exactly how you made the cuts.

Char said...

Great post. I made an 9P yesterday and cut it on an angle.

Hillbilly Handiworks said...

I haven't seen some of these possibilities. Thanks for the ideas.

Busy As Can Be said...

Wow what a great post! I am going to try this!

Jansie said...

Thanks so much for helping to solve the mystery! ;) Lots of wonderful combinations and I have lots of inspiration to try these combos now. I really love your take on the "Off-The-Grid Sliced Nine-Patch". Just beautiful.

Obsession With Online Tutorials said...

Thank you for this post. I so get it now. Thanks! Madame Samm and guest posters for her always knows how to take care of us...

Shannon Margaret

Alex said...

yes you make this look so easy. I would claim all of these as my own. I like them that much. Great job Sarah and thanks for the great info you shared today. You ladies are something else. You are fantastic. Everyone of YOU.

Marcia W. said...

Thanks for all the ideas -- my head is reeling from the possible designs.

Gmama Jane said...

And Now I know!!! Thank you for explaining and now over to visit you at your blog........
Blessings
Gmama Jane

Anonymous said...

I really like this. This is the very thing that will have me doing a quilt without a pattern or kit. Thankyou for inspiring me. love Betty in Ohio

Sheila said...

Thank you for all the D9P ideas! Liked your 'All Mixed Up Quilt'. Great way to use up small pieces of fabric scraps. Beautiful quilts. Great blog post!

GerryART said...

Wow! Daughter and I played with the D4P this afternoon - Before I Read your Post ! ! !
Now we are going to have to have another Sew Day ! ! !
Hugs,
Gerry

Deb said...

Thanks for those ideas! I have been making D9P, but didn't realize there were so many different settings...and was completely unaware of D4P! Thanks for the education today. May I have a copy of your PDF file? I am at quiltdeb@gmail.com

Thank you!!

ytsmom said...

Love your version of Off The Grid! I've been wanting to make one since the recipe was published. Just need to do it! Great post! Thank you!!

StitchinByTheLake said...

I have the pattern but haven't tried it yet - I really need to do that! Such a versatile pattern. :) blessings, marlene

Brenda said...

I am not sure how I have not seen or heard about this. Loved that you shared it!

Linwood & Margaret said...

I would love the tutorial for the christmas d9p

P. said...

Thanks for showing some great variations of this versatile block. It's fascinating how it can be so different from one quilt to the next. Thanks also for sharing your tutorial!

Trudi said...

What a great post! Love the Winter Snow quilt and the stripes are just gorgous! And I'm still loving Quilt Dads pattern, just fab!

Manoli C. said...

Thanks for sharing...
Your blog is very bright!!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all the different settings for the D9P. I would like to receive the tutorial for your Winter Storm variation of the D9P. Please send to: QuiltGrama@aol.com
Again, thanks for your efforts.
Yvonne

Sue Wild said...

I liked the subject of disappearing blocks. Had a go at the 9-patch and D9P patches and they seem like a good way of using scraps. Thanks for the posting.

hadacres said...

What a great post, thank you for the wonderful ideas. Can't wait to give it a try.
Happy Spring.

Kelly Rachel said...

Cool! Love the one which uses the prints boxed in by solids. Great idea! Thanks.

harleywife57 said...

Wow ! Sarah ! I did not know you could do so much with the d9p !! I did a simple mug rug with the disappearing 4 patch already . I left a comment (late as usual....) on your blog to PLEASE OH PLEASE send me a copy !! thanks for the WONDERFUL pictures !!

Nichole Salyer said...

I am so going to start making me a quilt. Love the one with the purple and blue color. I'm sure as a beginner I could do that.

Nichole Salyer said...

I so want to make that one like quilt dad. Beautiful

Nichole Salyer said...

I am so going to start making me a quilt. Love the one with the purple and blue color. I'm sure as a beginner I could do that.

Alascuola said...

I'm new to quilting. Just finished my first disappearing nine. It was so easy and I am so happy with the results. Excited to tackle my next project. Wish I could figure out how to post the picture... Pretty proud of myself too.