I am always in awe of new piecing techniques that actually seem so simple you’re amazed someone hadn’t thought of it years ago! One of my favourites is piecing patchwork blocks together and then cutting them up  to create a whole new block, and perhaps the most popular of these is the disappearing nine-patch.

The problem was, even though I like being random in some things, it bothered me that after this chopping, the piecing seemed a little too random, especially when working with directional prints. So I wondered if there may be a way of creating a more even lay out, if that makes sense, and started playing around with the nine squares. I substituted four of them for a solid, then added a ‘special’ centre square. When I cut these up they created sashing strips and corner stones – amazing! I did realise after a couple of mishaps that with directional prints I needed to take care which way round I pieced them in order to get upright blocks after cutting.

And so was born my Novelty Nine Patch quilt pattern which I offer free on my own website, and would like to do the same here, so click here to go to my UKQU shop where you can download the free PDF pattern for instant download.

I have also made this pattern into a Quilt Kit using Michael Miller’s Let’s Play fabrics, one of my most popular selling items, which includes all the pre-cut 5″ squares, borders, binding and thread you need to complete the top. You can also purchase this in my UKQU shop here.