The disappearing 9-patch sounds fun! I want to try that sometime. :-) And I agree, seeing how things come out as you go along is fantastic. I have just under half my blocks sewn together right now, and they're laid out on my bed. Just seeing that makes me even more excited to finish it!
I'm in the process of putting together a quilt as you go quilt right now, but while I'm working on it, I thought it would be fun to start a discussion on here.
I'm finding that each part of the quilting process has it's perks and annoyances - what do you like best about quilting? What's your favorite part of the process? Why?
Since I'm still a beginner (working on my first twin-ish sized quilt), I find that I like sewing the blocks together, as well as the quilt top, but the actual quilting annoys me. Unless I'm tie quilting. Then I love it! lol.