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Finished Quilt: Disappearing 9 Patch

I’ve updated the name of this quilt to Robin’s quilt. I know I’ve referred to it as Disappearing 9 Patch but in my head it’s Robin’s quilt. Robin is the lady who hosted the quilt-a-long for our guild and so that’s how I thought of it. At the end of last year, you may remember I was going a little crazy with all the new starts that I did. A lot of it was due to guild and workshop obligations. I participated because I wanted to support Robin’s efforts and help encourage participation with the other members. Also, it was a good excuse to actually do a disappearing 9 patch. These have been around forever and I’ve meant to do them but the timing never seemed right. I enjoyed it. I would have chosen a different color instead of the green batik. I think it blends too much with the main fabric. But it still looks fine.

Robin’s Quilt – 01/2023

I quilted this on the Q20 and I used stencils and marking tools. I started with the purple disappearing pen but I couldn’t see the marks on the darker fabric so on those parts I used a white chalk. I inherited this white chalk from somewhere and I have a bunch of different kinds of white chalk. I hated it and I am only using it to use up what I’ve got. But, I need to buy more of the purple disappearing pen because I ran out 3/4’s of the way through quilting. I ended up using the Frixion pen which I love. I know people have mixed feelings about it but I used the black version and I’ve never had a problem with it.


And here’s my back to show. It’s the same fabric as the main fabric on the front. This actually was from a trash to treasure some years ago and I had 3 yards of it. Not only did I use it on the front and the back, but also in the binding!

And my label. I used to make fancy labels embroidered on my embroidery machine. But I found that I wasn’t finishing quilts completely because it would take me too long to get it out and make a label. Instead I bought fabric archival marker pens and now I hand write them. In this case I appliquéd the label down with some silk thread but sometimes I do some decorative hand embroidery with some fancy floss when I’m in the mood. Not so much this time but it’s done and I’m so happy.

Happy quilting


December Recap 2022

Even with all my travels and all the things I had a great month in terms of my quilting goals. This pretty much is the same as my mid month recap.

First, my disappearing 9 patch – I wasn’t able to finish quilting this project but Im halfway through. With all the traveling I ran out of time.

Second, Wendy Mathson’s Storm at Sea/Snails Trail – My goal was to finish the top. And it’s done.

Storm at Sea / Snail’s Trail Wendy Mathson December 2022

Third, Plum Fusion – My goal was to finish page 19 and here it is! 4 of these blocks.

And Fourth, Linda Ballard’s Dresden from the guild’s February 2022 – my goal was to pull this out, take a more current picture, and see what needs to happen to finish this project up. And I did it!

Happy quilting!


December 2022 – mid month update

First, my disappearing 9 patch. Here’s how much I was able to quilt before I headed off to Paris.

Second, Wendy Mathson’s Storm at Sea/Snails Trail – My goal was to finish this top and I finished it!

Storm at Sea / Snail’s Trail Wendy Mathson December 2022

Third, Plum Fusion – one of our local shops’ Saturday Sampler. – I wanted to finish Page 19 and I did!

And Fourth, Linda Ballard’s Dresden from the guild’s February 2022 workshop. – My goal was to pull this out, take a more current picture, and see what needs to happen to finish this project up. – done!

I didn’t think I’d get everything done this month but my finishing urge has been going strong lately. The rest of the month will be a little slow on the crafty end as I take a few weeks off traveling.

Happy quilting!


This disappearing 9 patch

I do not have a better name for this. And for regular readers, this is all repeat but I like to repeat the info in case you are a new reader. Anyway, my guild, did a quilt-a-long pre-covid and it was known under a different name that I no longer remember. The block instructions were posted on the monthly newsletter and members would bring the blocks they made to the meetings and got a raffle ticket for each block they made. At the end of the evening we would draw a ticket and the winning member would get all the blocks. Anyway, we’d been doing this for a long time and participation had dwindled. And it stopped completely some time while we were in lockdown. One of my guild sisters took up the mantle and started a new one a few months ago. Rather than doing a block and having one person win all the blocks, she decided to do a quick disappearing 9 patch. For every block we created, we would get a raffle ticket and when the top was done (due at our November meeting), we would get another raffle ticket for a possible chance of 13 raffle tickets. The winner will get a basket of goodies. So here’s my top and I’m debating whether I should add borders or keep it as is.

This is start #2 since September.

Start #1 – Arabesque – Dora Carey (September SFVQA workshop)

Start #2 – Disappearing 9 patch – SFVQA QAL

Start #3 – Storm at Sea / Snail’s Trail – Wendy Mathson (October SFVQA workshop)

Start #4 – Lucinda’s Journey – Arlene Arnold (November SFVQA workshop) – not yet started..

I’m feeling the urge to finish these starts as soon as possible. For the most part they are small and can be done as long as I don’t put it away. As a result my sewing room is a mess as I have multiple projects laying wherever they fit as I get to them. I’ve been rotating through each project until I get to a self imposed point to stop and it’s been working.

Because of how many quilts I’ve started in a short time and the urge to finish, I’m probably not going to do a border on this. I just want it done. The fabric is all from stash and while I like the quilt it doesn’t give me the warm tinglies that I get working on other projects. I’m happy I made it as I’ve been wanting to make a disappearing 9 patch forever and just never got around to it.

Happy Quilting Friends


The top quilts I want to get done NOW!!!

Provence – being quilted

Provence is really close to being finished finished finished. I’m actually quilting the final border and I’ve got 3 sides left to quilt. It takes about 2 hours per side and I only have enough energy to do half a side at a time. If I would just focus on this it could be done in a week.

Disappearing 9 patch

I lost my center on this project. As a reminder, this was a guild sew a long hosted by a friend of mine. I used 100% stash. Now that the blocks are put together I don’t like the green and how it gets muddled with the main fabric. I wish I had used a yellow or something lighter instead of the green. My recommendation for next time is to do a practice block to see how it goes before cutting for all 12 blocks.


This was the September guild workshop. It’s paper piecing and I’m in a groove. I have 8 of those wedges complete and the other 8 in various stages of completion. In my head, I have Dora Carey’s instructions on how to put the wedges together and an interesting binding technique. I’m afraid if I put it away I won’t get back to it or if I do I won’t remember these instructions and will mess it all up. I want to just finish it. I also know exactly where I’m going to hang it.

Storm at Sea with Snails Trail – Wendy Mathson

For my guild’s October workshop and speaker, Wendy Mathson came and taught us this project. She has these cool rulers she calls Trimplates that make the making of these so easy! I got this little top done on one Sunday. The workshop itself was 6 hours and then I spent a few hours at home finishing it up. The hardest part in the making of this quilt was putting it all together and not losing any points. I pinned pinned pinned and sewed very slowly to get it all together. It’s not perfect especially that final seam but it’s not too bad and I enjoyed it a lot. I think I need to add some borders and this little practice project could be finished.

Happy quilting friends!