When Christine mentioned using pieced blocks in the Disappearing 9-Patch pattern on the Quilting Forum, I thought it was brilliant. I immediately thought of the 6 inch patchwork heart blocks we're making this month for the block lotto and what a great setting this could be for them.
I had to try it . . . and then, I liked the results so much I had to share.
1. Start with 4 pieced blocks. (If you like these hearts, you'll find the pattern here.)
2. Add 5 squares of fabric the same size as the pieced blocks and make a 9-Patch with the pieced blocks in the corners. If your blocks have a right-side-up AND you want all the blocks to be right-side-up in the finished quilt, start with two of them, in diagonally opposite corners, upside down.
3. Press your 9-patch block, then cut into 4 equal quarters.
4. Rotate the two upside down blocks (or any opposite corners if they are non-directional) and sew the 4-patch together.
5. All done!