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    Disappearing 9 Patch

    I have pretty much decided that a Disappearing 9 patch is going to be the quilt I make for a Secret Santa this year, and have seen many lovely versions...

    I have plenty of fabrics in Christmas prints, but before I start falling in love with a 2 or 3 or 5 fabric arrangement, I would love to hear what people who make this often feel is the best number of fabrics to use???

    Is it more important that there is separation in tone/shade or more important that there be a variety of fabrics?

    Please let me know your thoughts!

    Thanks!

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    Personally with the ones that I have done - 7 so far - I really like using 3 fabrics. Something interesting for the corners, something blendy for the other outside 4 and then something to really POP in the middle. And then I really like to play with the layout. JMHO
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    I saw a DP9 here that looks like it is sashed. http://obsessivelystitching.blogspot...ring-nine.html She did it as an I Spy quilt but it could be done using any fabrics.

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    I used 3 fabrics on the one I did & really like it. Go to the photo section & then go to the "Gallery of Quilts" sticky. There is a section for D9P with lots of pictures. That should help you decide!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeaninmaine View Post
    I saw a DP9 here that looks like it is sashed. http://obsessivelystitching.blogspot...ring-nine.html She did it as an I Spy quilt but it could be done using any fabrics.
    Now, THAT is interesting!!! Not for this time but cool idea...thanks for Sharing!

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    More, not less, I think has been decided, after looking over the gallery... maybe two different sets of three...Maybe its time to break out the fabrics after all!!

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    I love this pattern and have used as many fabrics as I have in my collection of Christmas fabrics-I didn't really worry about keeping the one patch consistent and have great results-its quick and each one is unique

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    I did 2 fabrics and liked but didn't love it. It made a cool secondary pattern appear, but I lost the primary pattern. My next one will be 3
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    I did a two color & it looks like Tee's side ways

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrhboxers View Post
    Personally with the ones that I have done - 7 so far - I really like using 3 fabrics. Something interesting for the corners, something blendy for the other outside 4 and then something to really POP in the middle. And then I really like to play with the layout. JMHO
    This is what I do too. I recently made a D9P, a new generation. That was interesting too. Just one additional step to the D9P.

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    I'm working on one right now and I have used about 50 different batiks in it. I used 15 or so surf and sand charm packs and
    some additional yardage in coordinating batiks. I'll post a pic when finished.

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    Mine are normally 5 fabrics... love the look. Tried with 3 fabrics and it just didn't look right when finished.

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    I love to do scrappy blocks; so, my quilts end up looking sorta like a Sampler. I recently started adding this D9P block to my quilts. I've used 9 different fabrics -- too busy; 3 different fabrics -- not quite right; my fave is 4 fabrics. Good luck with what you decide!

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    The last two I have completed contained at least 15 different fabrics. They were "I Spy" quilts for children so I wanted a lot of variety. However, the next one I attempt could only have two or three different fabrics. It just depends on the effect I wish to achieve at the time. I don't think there are any hard and fast rules. Just enjoy.

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    I like to use three fabrics. I have used two but, in my opinion, it doesn't look as nice.

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    I saw a D9P that used various fabric in the 4 corners and the same fabric in the other 5 spots of the 9-patch. She used it as an I Spy, but could be used with other fabric. I thought it was really a neat idea. Hope it's ok to post the link: http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load...521294.html?13

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    I did the D9P entirely scrappy and used my dark tones for the middle and the four corners and the light tones for the other 4 squares. I used oversized squares starting with 7" finished size squares to end up with blocks that were 21 x 21 finished. It went really fast and was beautiful when completed. IMHO as long as you have contrast between the corners and the other four patches they look beautiful.

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    I like to use three fabrics with the center piece a solid or one that reads solid (perhaps some texture). I like the four corners to be the focus fabric with the other four in "cross position" to be a quieter blender or color pulled from the focus piece.
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    I did a lot of different fabrics and it turned out great.

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    Mine is a scrap quilt, with the same fabric in the center and novelties in the corners

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeaninmaine View Post
    I saw a DP9 here that looks like it is sashed. http://obsessivelystitching.blogspot...ring-nine.html She did it as an I Spy quilt but it could be done using any fabrics.
    that is a great link - thank you

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    It is a great pattern and the number of fabrics you use really depends on the look you want. If you use 9 fabrics it will just look a little more scrappy. Have fun with it!

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    Here is one of mine (D9P) with three fabrics.
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    I made one from batiks, my common color to use was black. I used it in the 4 corners and the middle and it turned out great. I love scrappy's, everyone comments how much work you did.
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