Free Modern Patchwork Quilt Pattern: Nine Patch Rearranged

Whenever I visit my local quilt shop, I delight in the displays of fresh new fabrics, all cut and folded in beautiful and unique ways. Jelly rolls? I have them at the ready for strip quilting and quick patchwork projects. Fat quarters? They are tucked into baskets in my studio.

how to make a patchwork quilt

'Nine Patch Rearranged' by Vivika Hansen DeNegre

But what about the 10" squares from Moda's Layer Cake packs? I used one package for this modern patchwork quilt, featured in our new special issue, Modern Patchwork: 37 Contemporary Projects to Make Now.

The blocks for this handmade patchwork quilt are made using a really fun and simple piecing technique. Starting with 10" squares I made huge nine-patch blocks, each with a solid pink center square. Then I cut each nine patch into quarters.

The resulting blocks were rearranged into a 4 x 5 grid and sewn together to make the quilt top, hence the title "Nine-Patch Rearranged."

I learned this technique for how to make a patchwork quilt from a quilting friend, using much smaller nine patches. I have heard it referred to as "Disappearing Nine Patch" and "Split Nine Patch."

Nine Patch Rearranged

Materials

Finished size 57" x 71" 

  • Coordinating print fabrics, 40 squares 10" x 10"
  • Solid fabric, 5 squares 10" x 10" (I used 3/4 yd. of a bright pink solid.)
  • Backing fabric, 3-3/4 yds.
  • Binding fabric, 3/4 yd.
  • Batting, 62" x 76" (or twin size)

Directions

1. For the first over-sized nine-patch block, select (9) 10" squares (you'll need 8 print squares and 1 solid square). On a design wall or other flat surface, arrange the squares into 3 rows of 3, with the solid square in the middle.

Tip: Place the fabrics you want to dominate your quilt in the 4 corner positions, and those that will be less dominant in the middle row positions.

2. To piece the over-sized nine-patch block, first sew the squares into 3 rows. Press the seams to 1 side, pressing in the opposite direction for the center row. Sew the 3 rows together. Press these seams toward the center, then press the block and set it aside.

3. Repeat the process, making a total of 5 blocks.

4. Cut the blocks into quarters by cutting in half from top to bottom, then side to side.


modern patchwork pattern
Detail of this modern nine-patch
quilt project.

Tip: Because of the large size of the nine-patch blocks, it is easiest to locate the center by measuring 4-3/4" from the side seams of the middle row.

5. Using a design wall, arrange the blocks into 5 rows of 4 blocks each. Play with the placement of the colors, and rearrange the blocks to your heart's content.

6. Sew the rows, pressing the seams in opposite directions, and then sew the rows together, nesting the seams for matching corners. Press the entire quilt top.

7. To prepare the backing, cut the backing fabric in half from selvedge to selvedge to get 2 pieces approximately 67" x WOF (width of fabric). Sew these pieces together along a 67" edge.

8. Layer the quilt top with the batting and backing. Quilt and bind as desired. The featured quilt was quilted with an overall spiral design by the talented Saima Davis.


moda fabrics for modern patchwork
Mixed Bag Studio M (R) and From Outside In by Malka Dubrawsky (L), both by Moda.

Working on this quilt was so much fun. But I'm already prioritizing my list of the other contemporary patchwork projects I plan to make from issues of Modern Patchwork. It's a long one!


P.S. Leave a comment for a chance to win one of two Moda 10" layer cake bundles. Two winners (one bundle each) will be chosen at random Monday, June 2, 2014.

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309 thoughts on “Free Modern Patchwork Quilt Pattern: Nine Patch Rearranged

  1. I’ve always been a BIG fan of Amish quilts and I feel like the Modern Quilting trend has taken this wonderful art form and expanded it to a new plane. I am also a fan of wonky piecing and so combine the two and I’m in love!

  2. How refreshing! I am really enjoying the direction the magazine is now going. We, as quilters, always want to hear about new fabric processes. Thanks for keeping the crafty paper stuff in your other publications!

  3. I have to confess that it seemed goofy to me to imply that what looks like simple contemporary quilts was something “new.” But, as I look around the room at my local quilt guild meetings, the average member is in their late 40’s to early 60’s. It is not a “hip” crowd by any stretch of the imagination…

    If calling the quilts “modern” and having a separate Guild system attracts young(er) stitchers to the fold, then bring it on! I want the art of quilting to continue to flourish long after I’m gone.

  4. I have been making the “Nine Patch Rearranged” for some time — under the name of “Disappearing Nine Patch”. I like to use it on baby or youth quilts — using a child-oriented print for the non-cut block.

  5. I’m fairly new to quilting and love the colors and designs. Never been one for fussy ‘stuff.’ And the colors are candy for the eyes. What a wonderful time to get a start with quilting. I love the old stuff, but my heart is with the more modern. So alive.

  6. I like the flours. Also the challenge as I have problems when I cut pieced blocks to rearrange – I am always scared of slipping with my rotary colour and ruining it

  7. Love this quilt – I especially like the colors. I enjoy the effects of starting with 9 inch squares and then cutting them up. Thanks for posting.

  8. I’m a new quilter, having been an avid counted x-stitcher but had to stop due to detached retina eye surgery. I’m in love with my new hobby! I haven’t tackled a big quilt yet, mostly lap and baby quilts. I really enjoy Quilting Daily and all the “free” stuff !!! Oh! and Thank You for the easy to follow instructions!!

  9. Just what I need to add to my stash of fabric! Love the colors and could work them into the x-mas quilt I am making of many, many different blocks.

  10. I love this 9-patch variation and can’t wait to try it. I enjoy trying new patterns and techniques and am branching out more into art quilts. Totally enjoy all your tips and patterns! Carolyn

  11. I made a “Disappearing Nine Patch” quilt using Christmas fabrics and receive lots of compliments on it. It was very easy and looks much more complicated than it actually was. I enjoyed the sewing and found it very relaxing.

  12. I took a friend to a quilting show with me in March and she saw this pattern and fell in love with it. She is not a quilter, so I am going to make this up for her as a Christmas gift, once I have completed the two quilts I am working on. Love the colours

  13. I took a friend to a quilting show with me in March and she saw this pattern and fell in love with it. She is not a quilter, so I am going to make this up for her as a Christmas gift, once I have completed the two quilts I am working on. Love the colours

  14. I haven’t used a lot of bright colors, but I am inspired by your nine patch rearranged.
    I would love to give a layer cake bundle a try. I have only used Jelly rolls.
    Thanks, Linda

  15. This is a great project. I just finished a baby quilt using charm squares. I also put a scallop edge. It is for our granddaughter, who will be born in August.

  16. I love working with the simple 9 patch block. So many design possibilities. With precuts it’s even easier. thanks for the giveaway…would love to win!

  17. I love working with the simple 9 patch block. So many design possibilities. With precuts it’s even easier. thanks for the giveaway…would love to win!

  18. The Nine Patch Rearranged pattern looks so scrappy and fun! I love the two Moda summery looking layer cake bundles,too. They are inspiring… just looking at them gives me some ideas. :) Thanks so much for the great informative newsletter.

  19. Using a design wall totally changed my quilting, so much fun and a whole different view, am loving the ‘new’ modern quilts and have just made a wonky cross quilt. It’s a challenge to be wonky after all those straight line quilts…

  20. Using a design wall totally changed my quilting, so much fun and a whole different view, am loving the ‘new’ modern quilts and have just made a wonky cross quilt. It’s a challenge to be wonky after all those straight line quilts…

  21. Using a design wall totally changed my quilting, so much fun and a whole different view, am loving the ‘new’ modern quilts and have just made a wonky cross quilt. It’s a challenge to be wonky after all those straight line quilts…

  22. I am on my third ever quilt – this big bright pattern looks like something that’s fun and that even I could make! I’m loving playing with colors!

  23. I love the disappearing 9-patch technique. I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of using Layer Cakes to do it. Kind of a moment 😀

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  24. Definitely would do this quilt! Will start cutting pieces from the scraps with this size in mind. I’ve done the 5in size and have a huge (almost king) queen size quilt

  25. Definitely would do this quilt! Will start cutting pieces from the scraps with this size in mind. I’ve done the 5in size and have a huge (almost king) queen size quilt

  26. I have always loved the look of a scrappy quilt but this pattern gives the best of both worlds. The scrappy look with fabrics that coordinate. Love this pattern.

  27. I have always loved the look of a scrappy quilt but this pattern gives the best of both worlds. The scrappy look with fabrics that coordinate. Love this pattern.

  28. Oh I love this. I am not a traditional quilter, but I already see some quilts coming up using this technique. Thank you for making my day. I can’t wait to start stitching.

  29. Made a lovely disappearing nine patch in soft blues and yellow trimmed in eyelet embroidery ruffle. Also did a very interesting four patch. Love the ease these go together. Thank you for the opportunity for a gift,

  30. I like using larger blocks especially when I love the fabric as I can see more of the fabric,but still like how it blends with the rest of the quilt

  31. I’ve been having fun experimenting with precut pieces. I’ve also become a fan of large blocks that when the quilt is finished looks much more complicated than the large blocks give it credit for. Would love the chance to use this layer cake in the disappearing nine patch pattern really exciting. It will allow my penchant for large wild graphical prints and patterns to find their day in the sun.

  32. Wow want to try the sketch program, need to find one for kindle. The 10″ layer cakes none patch is fantastic for a quick pieced quilt!! Thanks!!

  33. Wow want to try the sketch program, need to find one for kindle. The 10″ layer cakes none patch is fantastic for a quick pieced quilt!! Thanks!!

  34. I used this idea with its photo and great directions to help my sister-in-love make her first quilt. She learned a lot and her first quilt now is on her bed in Indianapolis. Quilting Daily, you’ve helped her start on her love of fabric and sewing. Thank you so much for this easy—-but doesn’t look so easy—-pattern!!!!!! Please come up with another pattern with the same ease and fun! :)

  35. What a great version of a disappearing 9 patch block! Love this idea!! AND the quilt will go together VERY quickly. Thanks for the chance to win the layer cakes!!
    ~ Christina in Cleveland

  36. I am more of a traditional quilter working in the small quilt size (mostly doll quilts). I like this pattern and will consider doing it in scrappy civil war repros. The smaller size finishes quickly and you can see if the fabric choices will work in a larger size before spending all the time to create a full size quilt — sometimes a lap quilt works for this as well.

  37. Combining the simplicity of the disappearing 9-patch pattern/instructions with the use of a layer cake makes this seem like a really quick and easy quilt top to assemble — thanks for the idea and directions!

  38. Nine patch — of any sort — is such a great design — in any fabrics. And when they are scrappy they just twinkle and make me smile. What a great technique for making them easier. Thanks — I’m off to the cutting board!

  39. What a fun quilt! I have often wondered what could be done with a layer cake . The tip for choosing the position of the blocks in the original nine patch is particularly helpful.

  40. Love your quilt! I really need to make a nine-patch rearranged – they always look different but turn out fabulous, no mater which fabric collection. Thank you!

  41. Brilliant idea for a scrappy yet coordinated quilt! We have used a similar technique for the children’s charity we support, But I can’t waid to try it on some bright, bold fabrics.
    JMatthews

  42. Brilliant idea for a scrappy yet coordinated quilt! We have used a similar technique for the children’s charity we support, But I can’t waid to try it on some bright, bold fabrics.
    JMatthews

  43. I started quilting a little over a year ago and one of the first quilts I made was a disappearing 9 patch from 2 charm packs. I put them together with 2″ black sashing and patchy cornerstones that look like jewels. I was amazed how beautiful that quilt turned out. I have wanted to try a layer cake to make a quilt so it would be great if I happen to be one of the winners.

  44. I love this technique, quick and very effective 10 inch squares would make a large quilt quickly without looking chunky! Thanks for the inspiration.

  45. I love this technique, quick and very effective 10 inch squares would make a large quilt quickly without looking chunky! Thanks for the inspiration.

  46. Loved this technique for the layer cake and would like to try it. Keep the great ideas coming for a time- saving quilt construction. We don’t all have time for a complex construction quilt, but love to create.

  47. I have made a disappearing 9 patch and love this different arrangement of the 9 patch blocks. I am looking forward to making this quilt as I love precuts also. I used charm packs to make mine.

  48. Disappearing 9-patch and Disappearing Pinwheels have become favourite go-to patterns…….both are simple and effective, and a great way to use up the stash.

  49. Not a huge fan of the colors necessarily, but love the idea of “Nine Patch Rearranged.” Give me ideas on how to alter other traditional patterns just by cutting apart my squares and aligning them differently.

  50. Hello, I would love to win a layer cake from Moda…I have been exploring the uses of these 10″ size pieces besides using them as background pieces for some of my applique work…Thank you for the giveaway…..

  51. Have never made a nine patch or used a layer cake. I’m intrigued by the mix of traditional quilting with modern style. Being a fairly new quilter and self taught at that, i enjoy any and all info on new techniques that I can find. Thank You for the wealth of info on your site <3

  52. Wonderful pattern. Our quilt club is doing a presentation on Disappearing Nine Patch (a take off of this). Using the 10″ squares would produce a larger block and make the quilts go faster.

  53. As I am a big fan of scrappy quilts, I love layer cake fabric as it provides more variety than purchasing the same dollar amount of fabric in fat quarters. More is more!

  54. I was introduced to this pattern by a coworker who makes quilts by the dozens to give away. It has come in handy many times for quick baby quilts. Today I’ll be starting a scrappy 4 patch in lime greens with dark navy batik background. Love the quilting bug!

  55. I love this block! My quilt group has been receiving scrap fabrics from many people we have decided to make scrap quilts using 5″ sqs, 10″ sqs, 5″ strips, 2 1/2″ strips, or what ever the strip size is after doing 2 1/2 and 5″ strips. looking forward to show this block to my friends.

  56. As I am a big fan of scrappy quilts, I appreciate the variety layer cakes provide, with more variety vs. fat quarters for the same amount of dollars spent on fabric. More is more!

  57. If I win I would love for this to be my first quilt top…I have made smaller projects but still have to jump into the full quilt top pool…so here’s hoping you pick my name….good luck to everyone who enters…it will be a lovely prize.

  58. I’ve made several quilts using the split or disappearing 9 patch, but on a much smaller scale. I LOVE the idea of using layer cakes and I can visualize all kinds of possibilities for embellishments. Thanks so much for sharing. (I love the quilting community).

  59. I’ve made the Disappearing Nine-Patch using charms; the pattern does make for a look that is more complicated looking than it actually is. I find that Moda’s Layer Cakes are quite versatile; next to fat quarters they’re my favorite pre-cuts.

  60. New to quilting, I sure do appreciate the information and techniques you provide. They have saved me time and frustration. You have enhanced my love of the art of quilting

  61. What a great way to get a beginner, or a young person started on creating a first quilt, quick! Or a method to create a quilt when deadlines are closing in on “due dates” for a new baby! It’s a great chance to use a variety of fabrics from my favorite designers, too….

  62. What a great way to get a beginner, or a young person started on creating a first quilt, quick! Or a method to create a quilt when deadlines are closing in on “due dates” for a new baby! It’s a great chance to use a variety of fabrics from my favorite designers, too….

  63. This technique is one I will use multiple times. I am a new quilter, longtime sewist, but am enjoying making quilted projects for my young college graduate daughters setting up their own homes. Thank you for the young, fresh fabric and pattern ideas.

  64. This technique is one I will use multiple times. I am a new quilter, longtime sewist, but am enjoying making quilted projects for my young college graduate daughters setting up their own homes. Thank you for the young, fresh fabric and pattern ideas.

  65. I love the nine patch rearranged. As soon as I heal from my fractured clavicle I am definitely going to start one. I also love the Malka Dubrawsky prints.

  66. I think this is a really unique take on the 9 patch. I had not seen this one and now you make me want to push all the other projects aside and do it right NOW!

  67. I am always looking for new techniques and this fits the bill. I have been saving leftovers and cutting them into 10×10 squares so I am anxious to start on this.
    Thanks

  68. I love this quilt! I am new to quilting, having just completed my first project (a tablerunner) with the excellent teaching skills of my mother – who is in her 80’s! So I am no spring chicken, either, but I have been looking for a first quilt which my newfound ‘skills’ won’t find too challenging – I believe this is it! Can’t wait to get started! Thank you!

  69. This Nine Patch Rearranged quilt pattern is ingenious. When I come across a pattern like this, I think, “Wow, that’s clever,” followed by, “Why can’t I come up with something like that on my own?” I feel fortunate to have resources like Modern Patchwork to introduce me to new ways of quilting that highlight beautiful prints like those in the Moda layer cake bundles designed by Malka Dubrawsky.

  70. I made a disappearing nine patch from charm squares before, but I wouldn’t have thought of using the bigger ones. It was pretty simple to put together. And having the center square of the nine patch be the same color — wish I’d have thought of that.

  71. Online a while back, I read about someone who takes this a step further. She takes the 9-patch cut into quarters and then creates another 9-patch block. (I used solid squares to fill in the quarters.) She then cuts those into quarters and sews the blocks together. Adds another level of “complexity” to the look but not to the sewing.
    (And more fabric would be a welcome addition to my household!)

  72. Being fairly new to quilting and disabled from arthritis, I only quilt smaller projects (the largest being a 47″ x 47″ quilt for a grandchild). Thanks for all the free patterns and tutorials.

  73. I love layer cakes and have many in my stash. What a wonderful way to show off the fabrics. A great quilt to make for graduation & to send off to college.

  74. Moda’s Layer Cakes of fabric designed by Malka Dubrawsky look, well, yummy. I wouldn’t mind mixing it up with some of those, maybe adding some icing to the cake. But I’d take care so that it wouldn’t get overdone. 😉

  75. It’s the last day. Can I still be included? I hope so! I love using pre-cuts for my quilts. What you did with the layer cake is remarkable and I’m going to use your pattern. I hope I win this layer cake so I can make a modern quilt with Moda fabric too. Karen Brauer

  76. What I could do with those 10″ squares! My mind is filled with the possibilities! Love the remained nine patch pattern because of the beauty of the design. The fact that it becomes a great lap quilt is a bonus.

  77. I like this nine patch rearranged pattern, it looks like it would be fun to make. I will definitely be making one of these ! Winning one of these Moda cake bundles would be great too :p

  78. Love, Love you easier patterns. I am short on patience and like projects that I can see progress in a day or two. I have to tell you that Quilting Arts magazine is one of the best ever. I get so many ideas for styles, colors, etc. I wasn’t very creative before, but am getting much better at it. Thanks to the staff and contributors for all the great ideas.
    Jackie

  79. Love, Love you easier patterns. I am short on patience and like projects that I can see progress in a day or two. I have to tell you that Quilting Arts magazine is one of the best ever. I get so many ideas for styles, colors, etc. I wasn’t very creative before, but am getting much better at it. Thanks to the staff and contributors for all the great ideas.
    Jackie

  80. I saw this in December and ended up making two throw size quilts with Christmas fabrics. I had to cut the 10 inch squares myself because that’s what I had in my stash, but they look very nice. Thanks for the great idea. I may have to try it with some smaller nine patches.

  81. I really like the simplicity of the design, very clean. I hope to use it soon, since my daughter is having her first baby, and my other daughter is having her second this year.

  82. The pattern of the quilt shown look great and when broken down to the blocks makes it simpler to understand. I would like to try a quilt such as this. You did such a wonderful job Vivika.

  83. I could do this. What a fun looking quilt. It reminds me of a baby quilt that my grandmother had for my father. Imagine something so modern looking like a piece that had been made many years ago.

  84. I’m still fairly new to quilting and loving trying new things. Disappearing 9 patch is a pattern even I cab manage, and looks more complicated than it is!

  85. I have previously made a disappearing 9 patch using 3 inch squares and would love to have the opportunity to make one with 10 inch squares. It would grow SO much quicker!

  86. I really must try this! I do not enjoy all the cutting of tiny pieces and then trying to put them together so this is the answer to that issue for me!!!!

  87. Love the totally different looks that are created by mixing different fabrics for this pattern! From bold and bright, to soft and subtle, each one looks so unique!

  88. What a unique idea! I have promised to teach my 13 year old niece to quilt this summer after school is out and this looks like an excellent beginner’s project. It will be interesting and fun to see which fabrics she chooses when I take her on our shopping trip to our local quilt shop, The Quilters Loft in Mooresville, NC. Thanks for the inspiration!

  89. this also works well with solids in all the positions except the center one in the nine patch and a stripe or dot in that center position. for a scrappy look, use a mix of colors. for a more coordinated look, use two colors in each nine patch.

  90. I made something similar to this but I used 5 inch charm squares. It was fun. I don’t usually buy layer cake bundles but now I guess I will!

  91. I really enjoy learning new things and passing it along to others. This is not new to me but the way it was explained was. It was a lot easier to follow thanks. I am going to make another one using these instructions.

  92. I’ve done the disappearing four-patch, which I love, but not the nine. Have also used the charm pack and jelly rolls – but not the layer cake. Would love to try both. Thanks for the opportunity. Jan sewwhat46 at yahoo dot com

  93. Thanks thanks thanks for reposting this! I have been wanting to make a quilt using this pattern but FB lost the posting I had saved. This will be my go-to quilt, I can already tell. Love me some 9-patch Rearranged!!

  94. What a quick easy way to go. I’ve always wondered what to do with the beautiful layer cakes when I see them at my quilt store … now I have an idea. I’d like to try this with fabrics with low color contrast – I’ll bet the would look great!

  95. Please put up a printable tutorial of how she did the chain stich, flip the center trick for pressing the seam allowances! It was brilliant and I know I’ll forget it if I don’t get it in my printing log book.

  96. I think I like the way this is working out and feel its good to remake old patterns in new way and with all the new items we have at hand its good to think old but new
    and I am not a young quilter but hope we can always think new Doreen

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