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Disappearing 9 Patch Lap quilt

Old 08-23-2019, 06:28 PM
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I am a new quilter just finishing a class making a Christmas Sampler Quilt. Each week I take my completed blocks to a nursing home to show my 93 year old 4-H advisor from 56 years ago. She is so thrilled, and I would like to make a lap quilt for her. I have looked at the Disappearing 9 Patch but I cannot find dimensions of blocks and how many blocks to make a lap quilt. Thanks in advance to anyone who can help. This will be a gift of total love!
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Old 08-23-2019, 06:38 PM
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This is such a sweet story about your 4-H advisor, still mentoring you!!

D9Ps can be made any size you want. Likewise lap quilt sizes vary considerably!

Consider the fabrics you want to use, to determine how big you want the squares to be.
Remember, that the centre one gets cut into four, so ends up considerably smaller.
(plus there is the seam allowance factor to remember!)

Many use 5" squares, but I found them too big for the fabrics I had and the look I wanted.
I downsized the individual squares and made a few sample blocks, trying different sizes.
Eventually I found what worked for the look I wanted.

Then, measure your D9P block, and calculate how many you need for your lap quilt.

Good Luck!

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Old 08-23-2019, 06:56 PM
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That is one of the easiest quilts to make. There is a tutorial on MSQC for it, but basically you just make a nine patch using 5” squares the ones you don’t want cut put on the four corners because you will cut in half on the middle row. Both straight up and down and also side ways. It will make more sense if you watch the video on You Tube. Good luck.
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Old 08-23-2019, 07:25 PM
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Your post makes my heart happy...

Funny you should mention the D9P! My quilting buddy and i spent the last 2 Fridays assembling blocks from 5” donated batik squares. We are making “charity quilts”. Today we were able to assemble the blocks into 2 quilt tops (4 x 5 block setting). I just measured - came up with a 52” x 64” top. Its always a challenge to make all of the donated fabric play well together, but we try to remember that its the thought that counts! 😊 Here is the one i made - hope it helps!

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Old 08-23-2019, 07:27 PM
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Sorry didnt get the photo!
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Old 08-23-2019, 07:41 PM
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Both my D9P used 5" squares. The block finishes at 13 1/2", so you need to decide how large you want your quilt. I think the one that was a lap quilt for a nursing home was 3 X 4 with borders. Anything bigger would be too large in my opinion. I like to make my center square the same in all the blocks. It's the one that gets cut in small pieces. My daughter's quilt was set on point and had sashing, so it was much larger, but she is a tall girl. You need 108 squares for the 3 block by 4 block size. 12 matching for the centers and 96 others. I don't have a picture of the lap quilt, but do the first one. 100_0188.jpg
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Old 08-23-2019, 08:44 PM
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Here's the math for different size blocks.

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Old 08-25-2019, 04:03 AM
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If you dear friend is in a wheelchair, consider a wheelchair quilt. It is smaller than a lap quilt because you make it more narrow so it does not get caught in the wheels. I made one for my SIL's mom and it was use daily.
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Old 08-25-2019, 04:29 AM
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I have done D9P a couple times and used the tutorial that belongs to Missouri Star Quilt Company. The best tutorials IMHO. Since I have seen here already different math formulas and size helpers that are excellent I won't add to that. The Disappearing Pinwheel is another good one. Both make an exciting change up to the standard 9 patch or pinwheel.
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Old 08-25-2019, 05:52 AM
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Here are several youtubes you can look through to see what you like.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEjZOXxPazg Jennoy Doan from Missouri Star Quilt Company
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PB1sOVCFbKs Donna Jordan from Jordan Fabrics
Free Pattern: https://jordanfabrics.com/pages/disappearing-nine-patch
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