Disappearing Four-Patch Quilt Block Tutorial – New Quilters

Photo of disappearing four-patch quilt block


I was doing some quilt blog-hopping the other day when I saw this tutorial on how to take an ordinary four-patch block, cut it up, and turn it into a cool version of a nine-patch block. I just had to try it for myself. And here are the results. I started with this four-patch block:Four-Patch-Quilt-Block-3Then I used my ruler and rotary cutter to cut the block vertically and horizontally, 1-1/2″ from the center seam. After I cut it, it looked like this:

Disappearing Four-Patch Block Cut Apart

Then I rotated the inner cut sections so the reds and whites alternated, like this:

Disappearing Four-Patch Block Rotated

 And stitched them together into the finished block, using a scant 1/4″ seam. I started with the top row and sewed the pieces together, working from the left side of the block to the right. Then I sewed the rows together, working from the top of the block to the bottom. Here is the finished block.

Disappearing Four Patch Quilt Block Large

Pretty cool, huh? It turns a humdrum four-patch block into a modified nine-patch that has a cute little four-patch right in the center.


Take an ordinary, boring four-patch quilt block, cut it up and resew it, and you have a fascinating new block -- the disappearing four-patch block. Tutorial from NewQuilters.com is easy enough for beginning quilters to master. 
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Felicity Walker

Felicity Walker is the author of the best-selling Quilting for Beginners book series and other books for quilters. She has been quilting for nearly twenty years and loves finding easier, faster, and more fun ways to make quilts.

  • Catherine Smith says:

    What size is the finished block?

    • It’s been a long time since I made this block and I honestly don’t remember. However, you can make a disappearing four-patch any size you want, as long as you start with a block that has four equal-sized squares in it. The larger the original squares are, the easier it will be to do the cutting and reassembling.

  • Karen Harris says:

    Love this!!!

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