Free Modern Patchwork Quilt Pattern: Nine Patch Rearranged

11 Apr 2012

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.

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'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


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)


1. For the first oversized 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 oversized 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.

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 Modern Patchwork. It's a long one!

P.S. What do you think of the "modern quilting" trend? Leave your comment below.

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on 12 Apr 2012 9:28 AM

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!

artistic wrote
on 12 Apr 2012 10:03 AM

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!

jkriehn wrote
on 12 Apr 2012 10:14 AM

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.

hloney wrote
on 12 Apr 2012 5:46 PM

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.

nckathye wrote
on 9 Jun 2013 9:21 PM

I am a beginner, but I find that I am drawn to the modern and quirky designs. Can't wait to try this version of the 9-patch!

ogre wrote
on 13 Jul 2013 5:36 AM

Am not a fan of all the quilting stitches, hand or machine --- it takes away the colors, design and techique

Pat Burch wrote
on 9 Nov 2013 4:18 PM

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.

on 10 Nov 2013 12:59 AM

i love this quilt; so fresh and fun!