Disappearing 4-patch Tutorial

This month's block for the Block Lotto is a disappearing 4-Patch or a 4 to 9-patch. What a cute block! And the red and white color scheme - love! My kids' school colors are red and white and I can just see an adorable, cuddly quilt wrapped around my legs and hiney at hockey games and track meets. I think I need to win this batch (Sophie! Help a sista out!)

This tutorial originally comes from the Sew Wonderful blog - but there are a ton of variations on this block out there. It can be done in a number of different sizes and designs - experiment!

This quilt is also a perfect project for charm packs - this block starts with 5" squares! To make a large quilt - use 2 packs in any number of color combos. With fabric companies now selling charms of their popular solids - the possibilities are endless!

Start with four 5" squares. My colors are red and white to go along with the Block Lotto requirements.
Then, with a scant 1/4" seam, sew these four squares together.

Place your 4-patch on a smaller cutting mat so that you can turn the mat as you make the cuts for the 9-patch:

With a quilting ruler, line up the RIGHT edge so that it's 1" from the center seam:

Cut along the edge:

Turn your mat a quarter turn to make the next cut. Again, line up the RIGHT edge 1" from the center seam. Cut.:

Keep making quarter turns until you have cut four times:
After making all of the cuts, your block will look like this:
I hope I can explain this well-
 To make the 9-patch, start with the VERTICAL CENTER pieces. Flip them so that the bottom piece is now on the top and the top piece is on the bottom. Don' rotate the pieces, just switch places. Do the same with the HORIZONTAL CENTER pieces.

This is what it will look like:
Sew the VERTICAL columns together first:
And then sew the 3 columns together:

This block should measure 8.5" square - trim and square up if needed!

And easy, too!

Experiment with different cut widths and colors. This is a great block for beginners or for a quick project for gift giving, use a layer cake for large blocks. 
Have fun!


  1. Wow...that is cool! I hadn't seen that before.

  2. What a great explanation and a really pretty block. Thanks so much for writing this up! I'll be spreading the word about your tute.

  3. I love this block!! Those cute little block in the middle look so intricate. I can't wait to make some and have people think I sewed teeny, tiny little scraps of fabric. Thanks so much for showing such a cool trick.

  4. That's a great block. I love the red & white, especially your fun red print. I've made a few disappearing 9-patch quilts. I'll need to try this one!

  5. What a great idea! Thanks for your clear instructions. I can't wait to try it.

  6. I love when you quilters share your secrets! I'm going to try this.

  7. How cute is that! I love it when simple things look more difficult. Thanks for sharing this.

  8. I love that!
    I have been wanting to do something different. Thanks for the idea!

  9. I love that !
    I have been wanting to do something different.
    Thanks for the idea!

  10. Thanks for taking the time to set up a tutorial on this. I've made this block but didn't know your handy trick. I imagine this way is MUCH quicker!

  11. I'm just starting a new baby quilt and saw this pattern, googled it, and your blog popped up. Thanks for taking the time to post this process - can't wait to start!

    I've bookmarked your blog - eager to explore it!

  12. love this block...am working on the disappearing 9 patch. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Thank you for taking the time to make this tutorial. I love this version of the D4P.
    cheers, Elly

  14. Thank you! so lovely and so fun. I am sharing your sweet tutorial with our Modern Quilt Guild members.

  15. Thank you for this fabulous tutorial and I just love love love this block!! I am going to try it today :) hugs Vicki x

  16. Great tut! So simple and soooo striking! I will have to try this out!

  17. Hi Andie, I've just completed a quilt using this tutorial. I thought you might like to see it http://thetinwhistle.blogspot.com.au/2012/09/disappearing-four-patch-quilt-wip-9-of.html

  18. Hi Andie!!
    I have a meeting next Wednesday with some ladies from my guild and I would like to show them your tutorial.
    Can I print the post and distribute it with them?

    Thank you in advanced.


  19. Hi Andie! I love your block and I used it for my first quilting attempt. I made a pillow with this design and blogged about it. I made sure to link my blog back here to your tutorial. You can see it at http://thesensibleidealist.blogspot.com/2013/01/quick-quilted-throw-pillow.html

  20. I love this thanks for sharing you tuts..

  21. Thank you for this!! Was trying to plan a wedding quilt and I think you helped me figure out what I want to do!! Off to make a sample block!! :)

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  23. How do you iron the seams?

  24. Excellent tutorial. Thanks for sharing this with so many of us! I'm going to post a link to your site on my shop-blog: http://atquiltersquarters.blogspot.com/

  25. Wonderful!!! I can't wait to try this!!

  26. Loved this!! And I had been looking for a different way to use a set of 5 in squares I bought. Thanks!!!


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