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I am trying to make a Disappearing Nine Block measuring 12-1/2inch unfinished.  What measurement do I need to make the squares?  All the sites I've checked says to cut the beginning squares 4-1/2inch square.  But when I make my cross cuts and sew the pieces together, I get a 12 inch unfinished block.  Please help.  I need this for a swap that's due November 1.

The easiest solution is to find another block to make.  The D9P is almost impossible to make 12 -1/2 inch unfinished.  The block has to be 13 inches before it's cut and 13 does not divide by three evenly.
What if I made a 15 inch block, made my cross cut, rearranged and sewed back together.  Could I then just cut that block 12-1/2 inch square?  I really want to do this block.
If I was in the swap I'd much rather get a block that was a design on its own.  A D9P block is just strips and squares by itself.  You can make it bigger and then trim it down but it's not quite the same.

I understand what you're saying and I thank you.  But I am determined to make this block.  I have ideas in my head and I can't seem to get them to go away.  I am a person who believes in creativity and trying new things to make things work.  Isn't that what creativity is all about?

I totally agree, Garnie!  I wouldn't let a problem stop me if I really wanted to make something. If I was determined then I wouldn't give up because sometimes brand new ideas come from those who persevere.  Quilting is definitely a great way to be creative and try new things.

I also think that one thing this site is all about is helping others.

I just finished making a 12 1/2" D9P block unfinished.  My previous suggestion to try starting with two different sizes was totally wrong.  I had to throw away the 4 1/2" squares. Well not throw away, but you know... not use this time.

This time I started with all 5" squares, then I sewed the 9 patch together.  After I cut across both middles I then trimmed both short sides on each unit to 2" wide.  Then I turned and trimmed the wider side to make 6 1/2" blocks.  Lots of trimming, but not that bad... but main thing is I ended up with 12 1/2" block, unfinished.

THANK YOU SO MUCH!  I struggled with this in a block swap, also.  I just blamed it on shrinking fabric. ;/

Scissor Queen,

Thank you for making my D9P so challenging.  It was fun and brought back my interest in quilting.

You could make the D9P smaller and add sashing around the block to get it to measure up to 12.5 unfinished.

I tried calculating it out backwards and got 7.6666(into infinity)  the other option is to make it slightly larger and trim it down.  Since it is cut down at least once it might not be obvious and really when we exercise our creativity anything goes.  if you have the time and fabric you could try it both ways and see which you like better.

Thanks to Scissor Queen and Lana.  I will all a try and post my finished block when finished.  Glad I thougt of this topic.  I can see it's gonna be a really helpful one. Nite, nite!

I'm working on one now using 5" charms.  I sew the 9 together then make the cross cut and resew then square to 12 1/2".  You will only be cutting off about 1/2" on each side. 

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