Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Hidden 9 patch/Disappearing 9 patch tutorial


Need an idea for a fun table runner for you or gift giving?  I originally did this tutorial for a blog hop a few weeks ago.  Here it is again for those who did not see it the first time around! The giveaway is over but I would love to read your comment!

I chose a charm pack of Winter's Lane by Katie and Birdie Paper Company for Moda.


I just love the colors and the cardinals are so sweet.  One charm pack makes a very nice table runner.  If you are a veteran quilter, you have probably made a Hidden 9 Patch many, many times.  For a novice quilter, it looks like might be difficult to do but it is easy, peasy and very versatile!

First, open up your charm pack and choose 9 squares.  Place them out in a nine patch layout that pleases you.


Sew all the squares together.  I usually sew mine in sets of three and chain piece but do whatever method you prefer. (Your 9 patch should measure 14" square unfinished.)

Here's my first nine patch



the second


the third



and the fourth.


Now comes the scary part!  Lay the nine patch on your cutting mat and using a ruler and rotary blade cut it in half lengthwise and then widthwise measuring 2.25" from the edge of the 4.5" center square.


You will now have 4 blocks that should be 6-3/4" square.


Leaving them on the cutting mat, flip the upper right block and the lower left block 180 degrees so that there is now a small square in the upper right corner and a small square in the lower left corner.


Now sew those 4 squares back together.  Ta da!  One hidden 9 patch complete!


(Now, a disclaimer. Because this charm pack had a very limited variety of fabrics, I made all my Hidden 9 Patch cuts for the four blocks and then pieced them back together mixing the sub cut blocks. I still have the integrity of the Hidden 9 Patch as I kept a small square in the upper left and lower right corners of the blocks as I put them back together. The runner just looked better with a little more movement.)

The key to remember when constructing a Hidden 9 Patch block - small squares in 2 outer corners opposite each other and two large squares in the alternate corners opposite each other.

If you make four Hidden Nine Patch blocks and sew them together you will end up with a table runner that is 14" x 54".  I quilted mine by outline stitching each of the 16 sub-blocks and then doing an overall meandering stitch.




Hope you find this tutorial helpful. Oh, by the way, the traditional name for this block is a "Disappearing 9 Patch". Call it what you will, it is a fun block that really looks like you are ever so clever!


Linking to: Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story and Tutorials and Tips at Stories of A to Z.

173 comments:

  1. I soooo love Moda's Winter lane!!!! The table runner looks gorgeous! Can't seem to follow you? Don't know why BUT liked you on facebook, so will be able to see what you are up too.
    Michelle

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  2. Oooh, we saw Winter Lane for sale too and thought it looked yummy. Your table runner is so pretty. The quilting is great too. We are still practicing that.

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  3. Beautiful table runner! Thank you for sharing and I follow you on GFC!

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  4. Your runner turned out darling. Thanks for the tutorial. I have seen something like this done before, but it's great to get a refresher on such a clever way to rearrange a 9 patch.

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  5. lovely table runner, love these fabrics. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  6. Love your runner and the fabric. I've just made a red & black one for a friends 60th. I ditch stitched it to quilt it. Wasn't happy with it as it was puckering. So I unpicked all the quilting on all 4 blocks. Bought new batting and did it again. It was better but I still wasn't entirely happy with it. Wish I'd outlined it like yours. And I wish I could do meandering. Sigh...........Sue

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  7. I love Modas Winter Lane! Its so pretty! I have never done this nine patch before, but I think its the same way that was described to me to do a quilt for my son. Its for Christmas so I'm glad I saw your tutorial.

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  8. I love Winter's lane and the Disappearing 9 patch is a good pattern for it. I love your runner. it is really pretty! I am a new follower.
    xo jan

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  9. Awesome work! I'm impressed! I want to join your giveway too :) Thank you for sharing !

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  10. Thanks for the tutorial. Great fabric choice by the way! I have a FQ bundle of winter's lane at home just begging for my attention! I'm off to follow you on bloglovin!

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  11. Beautiful table runner! I hope to use this tutorial someday. I love the look of the disappearing 9 patch. Thank you for sharing your talent.

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  12. Really nice table runner. Thanks for the tutorial on the 9-patch. I love your quilting on the table runner. K-

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  13. Lovely table runner. I love the fabric, really Christmassy! Thank you for the tutorial, that is one for the to-do-list! Well done!

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  14. Lovely choice of fabrics, I like the disappearing nine patch pattern.

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  15. I love your table runner and the fabric is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing the tutorial and for being part of this blog hop.
    Have a great day
    Christmas greetings from Sweden

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  16. Your tablerunner turned out so good! I've used the hidden 9 patch earlier, but you inspired me to make som christmas projects now!

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  17. Winter's Lane is a sweet fabric line and works lovely in a disappearing 9-patch. Thank you for sharing your lovely table runner.

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  18. You are right, the fabrics are so nice and sweet, they perfectly fit with a traditionnal block. I really like your table runner, decent but still full of this X-mas feeling! And I know what I will order at my next order online.... :-))

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  19. Love your fabric choice, thank you for the tutorial.

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  20. I love your table runner, and you have given such a clear explanation of the disappearing nine patch block - thank you! I have made a larger quilt with this technique, but hadn't thought of a table runner. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  22. Very nice job. The fabric is perfect for this project.

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  23. Beautiful work! Thanks for the chance to win that gorgeous fabric!

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  24. Love the runner - and such a nice fabric for Xmas Thanks

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  25. I love the hidden nine patch. Your runner turned out beautiful! And the choice of fabric was beautiful as well.

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  26. I love your table runner - the Hidden Nine Patch looks great in this fabric. And, I am so glad you got past the "scary" part lol. The first time I cut a 9 patch like this it took me a couple of weeks to get up the "nerve"

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  27. I have been admiring the Winter's Lane fabrics since I first saw them and your runner makes me want to rush right out and buy a charm pack to make a runner myself -- beautiful! Thanks for sharing your project and for the giveaway.

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  28. Lovely table topper - thanks for sharing. I'm a new follower with Bloglovin'. Thanks.

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  29. Wow your table runner is gorgeous! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  30. You did a fantastic job on your runner....thanks for such a nice giveaway

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  31. Love the runner! I think a D9P is one of my favorite blocks. Love the straight line quilting along with the meandering. Great job and thanks for the generous giveaway!

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  32. Excellent tute! Your giveaway is delicious!

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  33. Winter's Lane is beautiful and your runner sets if off so nice. The Deb Strain line is really pretty as well! Thanks for the chance at a charm pack!
    I am a long time follower on Blogger.
    Lola

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  34. What a beautiful table runner and making one with the disappearing 9 patch is a great idea. It is especially striking without binding. Thanks for sharing!

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  35. I love using the disappearing 9-patch pattern. It is so simple yet looks like you worked so hard to make it. :-) I also love a "no binding" finish for smaller pieces.

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  36. A-dorable! The DP 9 patch is a favorite pattern and it looks great on your table.

    Ho Ho Ho!

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  37. Such a great tutorial for the disappearing 9 patch, and a lovely tablerunner too. Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway.

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  38. What a great idea for a quick table runner! I love that fabric. Just in case, email is deedav11@gmail.com - thanks for a chance to win that great Christmas fabric.

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  39. Fabulous runner and thank you for the tute!

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  40. What a great tutorial - I've pinned it so I can come back to it. I have several charm packs I'd like to use for table runners like this. blessings, marlene

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  41. Morning Susan..now this is a great tut.....I always wondered how YOU DID that...well you know Quilters have so many great ideas...I would have looked at this and thought you cut a whole bunch of pieces....I am sooo new at all of this...thank you for a great lesson..

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  42. very nice work , I like it and the idea of christmas in August as it is so hot in south of France today , thanks for sharing and for chance !
    marie

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  43. Beautiful runner!
    thank you for the tutorial with pictures! I love table runners. I know I can do this one. I am new to quilting. thank you for sharing & the chance to win!

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  44. Hi Susan!

    Thanks for the tutorial, I have been collecting Disappearing 9 Patch patterns.

    And since I am a nice person, I'll follow you on Bloglovin :)

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  45. Really pretty table runner. I like that fabric line, too. Anything with birds is sweet. I've got you on blogloven

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  46. Great table runner. Love your choice of fabric.

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  47. Those fabrics are gorgeous and your table runner turned out lovely! I like your quilting as well.

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  48. Very nice runner...great fabric! Thanks for the chance!

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  49. WOW! Beautiful fabric - beautiful work - beautiful runner. Thanks for sharing.

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  50. Love the tutorial and you made it so easy. I love the charm pack.

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  51. I am a follower on bloglovin.

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  52. Thanks for sharing such a great gift idea!! I know exactly what I am going to make for my sisters' Christmas gifts - can't wait to get started!!

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  53. Great runner! Isn't it strange when we have to cut blocks after we have just sewn them? :-)

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  54. I follow you via GFC and Bloglovin' - thanks for the extra chance!!

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  55. Love the runner. Like the commenter above I've always thought it strange to cut blocks after sewing them so haven't done it but this could push me to finally try it!

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  56. Beautiful runner.And your tutorial is easy to follow.

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  57. LOVE Winters Lane. I have a charm pack some FQs so maybe I will try the tute! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway!

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  58. PS I am a new follower...like your style!

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  59. A great runner - I love this fabric line!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  60. Beautiful. I really like your choice of quilting as well. Thanks for sharing.

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  61. Very nice runner and your pics for the disappearing nine patch are great. Thanks for sharing your tips, too

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  62. I love Disappearing 9 Patches! Great runner :)

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  63. Beautiful! Love your fabric choice :)

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  64. Your Disappearing 9 Patch turned out to be just beautiful!

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  65. love your table topper and the disappearing nine patch I love making that one too. sew fun

    thanks for the giveaway of the charm pack

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  66. I love disappearing 9 patches! Thank you for sharing your lovely table runner today, so nicely done! Thank you for the chance to win your giveaway.

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  67. The table topper is wonderful. Thank you for the charm pack giveaway.
    Kim
    tnjmom1 [at] gmail [dot] com

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  68. what a beautiful runner. thanks for the tutorial. thanks for a chance to win such lovely fabrics.
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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  69. Thanks for the tutorial. I have not tried the disappearing nine patch before. I would love to try it if I am lucky enough to win the charm pack.

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  70. I love that method of mixing up those blocks...thanks for the tutorial on doing it. Your runner turned out just gorgeous with that fabric and your quilting looks perfect. Love it!

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  71. Love that charm pack. I have not done that particular block but might have to make this table runner for my daughter for Christmas.

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  72. DP9 blocks are so much fun...you get such a scrappy look so easily! Love your runner!

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  73. I have seen this block before, but have never made one myself. I love the quilting on your table runner.

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  74. What fun wintery fabrics you chose. I do love disappearing 9 patches. Your tutorial was great. I want to go play now! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  75. I love the fabrics you have chosen, and I love your tablerunner. Thank you for sharing the tutorial. I would love to give this a try. I make lots of gifts, and this would be a perfect pattern!

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  76. Love the runner. Thanks so much for sharing

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  77. ihave quilted by hand for over forty years and the nine patch is one of my very favorite blocks, but have never done a dissapearing nine patch. your instructions are so easy to follow, i want to make one! babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  78. Love your table runner. Thanks

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  79. Your disappearing 4-patch came out great! Nice quilting and lovely fabrics.

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  80. Very cute! I love DNP, because everything always turns out great. I would love to win a Deb Strain charm pack. Thanks

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  81. Love the tablerunner. When I first head of this technique it was very intriguing. I love the Disappearing nine patch and have even found a few variations of it that are also interesting. Now all I have to do is finish my UFO's so I can make one of these!

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  82. Beautiful fabrics and a lovely tablerunner.

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  83. Lovely runner; thanks for sharing

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  84. Great runner!
    I never thought of using a charm pack for that block... well duh! haha!
    Thank you for the tutorial on it! I have a charm pack just waiting to be sewed and cut and sewed back together again:) haha!!!

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  85. I love your tablerunner, so festive and your quilting is nice also. Would love to win your giveaway as well!

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  86. Lovely table runner and great tutorial.

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  87. I love the idea that you used the disappearing 4-patch for your topper. It looks great!

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  88. HELL, SUCH A NEAT RUNNER>SO PRETTY FOR CHRISTMAS!
    THANKS FOR A LOVELY GIVEAWAY TOO!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  89. Great design for a table runner and easy too!

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  90. What a quick and easy tutorial! thanks!

    I don't do bloglovin' but I do follow you via the Blogger reader. :-)

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  91. love your table runner and thanks for the tutorial I've always wondered how this block was made. Thank you for the chance in your draw.

    Robin in Washington State
    assweetaspeaches hotmail

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  92. Thanks for the tutorial. I'd like to try this technique sometime soon. Looks easy with fantastic results. I am following on Bloglovin.

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  93. What a wonderful runner! Great colors! Thanks for sharing!

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  94. I love the disappearing nine patch. It is so much fun to make. Love your colors.
    tvbart@charter.net

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  95. Enjoyed looking at your projects!!! Please enter me in your giveaway. Thanks!

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  96. Great job on the table runner and thanks for the great tutorial on the hidden 9 patach.

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  97. Love the table runner. Easy pattern but the fabric is stunning. Thanks for a chance to win the charm pack, am a fan of Deb Strain.

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  98. Pretty table runner...love the disappearing 9 patch. Thanks!

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  99. I must try this technique some day. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  100. Beautiful table runner and great tutorial.

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  101. That nine patch trick is fun but your fabrics made it special. Gorgeous runner!

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  102. I've seen this before and would love to give it a try with the charm pack if I should win. Thanks for all the pictures.
    jenellejb at aol dot com

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  103. Love the fabrics in your hidden nine patch...thanks for tutorial..I am a follower on Pininterest and/or bloglovin

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  104. I enjoyed the tutorial of making your table runner and really appreciate the close-up picture of your quilting. I'm always looking for easy ideas for how to machine quilt my projects! tkmattson@hotmail.com

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  105. I love the table runner, and I love the pattern. The quilting is beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing and all the tips!
    I am a follower of your blog.
    cheers
    maggie

    maggiemine42@gmail.com

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  106. Disappearing nine-patch --- one of my go-to patterns.

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  107. Very nice, Thanks for the tutorial and the opportunity to win.

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  108. I really like your table runner and the pattern that you used.Your quilting is absolutely beautiful. You really did a great job. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  109. that charm pack made a lovely runner. You did a wonderful job on it too. I am following on sage feeds, which I prefer to bloglovin. I think you for both the tutorial and the giveaway opportunity.

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  110. I love working with charm packs and I like how you recut them to make a new design with them, very beautiful.

    Debbie

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  111. Hiya!!! WOW that is easy. Thanks for the tutorial, and I love the table runner. I followed you on Linky. Thanks so much for sharing and for having the giveaway. Merry Christmas, blessed be, hugs!!! Pam

    pamspretties57 at gmail dot com

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  112. Very nicely written tutorial! Love the charm pack you're giving away. So pretty!

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  113. Nice tutorial! Thanks for the chance

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  114. Pretty table runner, like how it makes different designs as you cut and turn.

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  115. loved you table runner. I sent a link to your blog to 5 of my friends who are new quilters.

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  116. Love your table runner. Thank you for the tutorial.

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  117. What a great tutorial! I am so new at quilting that I am grateful for the direction. :) Your finished project is beautiful.

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  118. I haven't made the disappearing 9 patch pattern so your tutorial was enjoyable. It made a lovely tablerunner.

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  119. Love this tutorial. Simple but classic. Perfect for a table runner!

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  120. Lovely table runner. Thanks for the tutorial and the giveaway.

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  121. Thanks for the tutorial. It makes a beautiful table runner.

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  122. Best explanation I've seen so far of the disappearing nine-patch, thank you very much for having the pictures! I like how the quilting you used makes the fabric stand out, very neat. And thank you for the giveaway :)
    ~Brandy
    brandizzle7133 at yahoo dot com

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  123. That is a beautiful runner. I love that Winter's Lane fabric line!!

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  124. What a great table runner and that fabric is fantastic. I'd love a chance for the give away!!

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  125. I love the common nine patch, and I like the disappearing variation. Winter's Lane really makes this a beautiful runner.

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  126. Beautiful table runner, I love the look the nine patch gives but I have never tried it.

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  127. Love your table runner. Pretty colors. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  128. thanks for the chance to win this lovely fabric. I love your table runner.

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  129. This is beautiful, and it looks totally different after it was quilted!

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  130. The fabric you used is one of my favorites. Your runner is just beautiful. I do like the disappearing 9patch also, but will admit my favorite is the disappearing 4 patch block.

    I am following this blog on Bloglovin'.

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  131. Beautiful table runner! I enjoy making disappearing 9 patches. Thanks for sharing and I'm a new follower.

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  132. Very pretty table runner. I like the fact you didn't add a border. To be honest I'm not too fond of borders but I do use them for some projects. Great job!

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  133. I have totally enjoyed this blog lesson!! And, ahem, knowing how close Christmas is.... well, scares me a little!! So, so I do not loose your great lesson, yes, I am now a follower of this fun, informative blog!! I look forward to seeing more of the fun things you do and learning more about you in the coming months! Thanks for this and Merry Christmas - 145 days early!! ;)

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  134. Lovely fabrics - lovely tutorial - it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas .... dum di dum di dum ... (can't remember the rest, but then, I have 145 days to figure it out :) Thank you. Faith.

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  135. That is so pretty!! Nice tutorial, I will try to make this. Thanks for sharing.

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  136. Those fabrics are beautiful! Love the runner! I will have to try this one! Thanks for sharing and the opportunity to win. :)

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  137. Lovely table runner. Thank you for sharing your tutorial.

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  138. What a beautiful table runner and the way you quilted it is perfect! I am following you with Bloglovin.

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  139. Beautiful projects! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  140. I LOVE Winter's Lane. your disappearing nine patch is great!

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  141. thanks for the quick tutorial - now I know what blocks I'm making for the baby quilt gift that I need to make this weekend! And, hopefully I'm now following you with bloglovin! Thanks for the chance at some great fabrics.

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  142. I love your runner. Great mini tutorial. Perfect choice of fabrics.
    ebbtide45 at yahoo dot com

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  143. Love those Christmas prints!! Cute table runner too- this tute will go on my to-do list. :)

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  144. Wonderful runner - I do like the disappearing/hidden nine patch. Both of those fabric collections are wonderful.

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  145. I am currently making a large quilt ( queen sized) with the disappearing 9 patch pattern. It is coming along nicely - It is a fun pattern to make- just don't put it together too late at night- I flipped my pieces and had to take the last row out.
    Thanks for the chance to win the charm pack and for participating in the blog hop.
    Regards from Alberta,
    Anna
    ( I am a new follower too.)
    Regards,
    Anna

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  146. Great fabrics, and I love your quilting. I just cut out the pieces for an "I Spy" hidden nine patch quilt. Fun and scary. Thanks for sharing yours.

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  147. My first comment just disappeared. I hope it wont duplicate itself!!!

    The fabrics are so pretty. Thank you for sharing a giveaway.

    mystica123athotmaildotcom

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  148. So pretty, I'm going to add you to my bloglovin list!!!!!

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  149. Thanks for the chance!!! I follow you with blogloving

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  150. What a great tutorial. I like that you mixed the sub cut blocks for better variety. That's a wonderful tip. I had no idea that you could get that large of a runner from one charm pack. Wow! I learn so much from these hops. You are very generous to give away a great Christmas charm pack. Again, thanks for participating the hop, sharing your creativity, and providing a wonderful tutorial. My guild is making table runners for a meet and greet with Gwen Martson in June 2014. Some will be used as door prizes and then will be put in our small quilt auction. Our tables and small quilt requirements are not 54", and I could certainly use this tutorial and make it shorter and it could be more of a snap. That's for sparking an "smaller" idea for me. Richest blessings to you.

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  151. I became a follower on Bloglovin'

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  152. I love your table runner. And the Christmas fabrics are so lovely. Thanks for sharing!

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  153. Your table runner is beautiful, I love that fabric, thanks for a chance.

    (smjohns63 at yahoo dot com)

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  154. We call it the Disappearing 9 Patch and I love the pattern. Thanks for the chance to win the charm pack.

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  155. I have a quilt top waiting to be finished made with the disappearing 9 patch (just had 2 of the grandkids for 9 days!). Love Christmas fabrics! Thanks for the chance to win some!

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  156. Suzan your project is lovely. I so love the fabrics that you used

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  157. I already follow you on GFC and Bloglovin

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  158. What a lovely project ! I follow u on both ! heather AT schooler DOT ca

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  159. Love the disappearing 9 patch for table runner. Very nice

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  160. Gorgeous table runner and great tutorial. Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from Quilt Story. Marie

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  161. Hey Suzan! I loved this pattern so much that I featured it on the FaveCrafts blog with full credit to you. Check it out here: http://www.favecrafts.com/blog/fc/nine-patch-quilts-for-summer/.

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