Nine patch quilt blocks are numerous and likewise, the "sister" block type -- the Uneven Nine Patch. Both can be simple or challenging, depending on the number of pieces in each quilt patch.

Nine patch blocks are comprised of nine units, laid out in three rows of three patches. This is probably the most commonly used type of quilt block made.

Nine Patch - Uneven

Disappearing Nine Patch

Free Quilt Block Pattern

The Disappearing Nine Patch quilt block is named for a specific reason. You start with the simplest of nine patch blocks. Then, by cross-cutting the block into four sections and rotating some of those sections, you come up with a very different looking block.

This block is designed with machine piecers in mind as you cannot cross-cut pieces when you are stitching the block by hand. However, I have also designed the pattern for hand piecers and I named it Mosaic.

For this version of the block -- the machine pieced one -- the background is dark and the accent pieces are light. This is the reverse of the fabrics in the hand pieced version -- (just so you can see something different).

The two sample quilts illustrated use common settings of the blocks -- an on point version and a side by side version.