Shortly after I officially announced my 26 quilts project, my maternal grandmother commissioned me to make a gender-neutral baby quilt for a new mother at church. I sat on this quilt for a couple of weeks trying to decide on a pattern and color scheme.
Fortunately, I found some awesome fat quarter bundles at Walmart, of all places, and was able to nail down the colors – but, by the time I had that sorted out, I only had a about a week before the quilt was due. I needed something that would come together quickly, but look like it took longer.
Enter the disappearing nine patch. I made 9 nine-patch blocks, then cut and reconstructed them according to this tutorial – I did alter 6 blocks to give the multi-colored sashing effect, but really that only consisted of removing one seam and reversing the fabrics.
For the back, I used two yards of this wonderful alphabet fabric, again found at Walmart. Since the backing required a seam, I decided to use a row of unaltered 6″ squares between to make the seam look intentional.
I finished it all off by quilting a few rows in the sashing and binding with antique white cotton fabric and yellow thread.
Best part? I made my deadline by several hours & the new mother loved the quilt. Double Yay!
This was such a fast project that I know I’ll be keeping this pattern in my baby shower gift repertoire. In fact, I’ve already got a couple more quilts using variations of this pattern in the works.