BLOCKS by SIZE 6" Quilt Blocks

Many quiltmakers like to make six inch quilt blocks in order to use a greater variety of blocks in a sampler style quilt. Another reason might be to test out the look of a block in a smaller size in order to save on the fabrics (just in case the block looks very different than in your imagination).

Whatever your reason for creating six inch blocks, the pieces are all just smaller versions of larger sized quilt blocks -- such as the most popular size, the 12" quilt block. This is what makes quiltmaking so exciting -- you are the designer and get to choose all the components.

Arrowhead Puzzle

Free Quilt Block Pattern

The Arrowhead Puzzle quilt block could not be simpler. The block is also known as Garlic Knots, a name atrributed to Bonnie Hunter of Quiltsville.

The block contains only squares and rectangles in this four patch design. The interest lies in the directional nature of the block, which allows for all sorts of interesting possibilities when you use many blocks and 90 degree rotations.

This design could easily be created using only two fabrics, but I chose to make this a scrappy block, while maintaining some control by sticking to only two colour families. This block would also look fabulous with lots of different coloured scraps, as long as the centre section (shown here in red) had a definite contrast to the other fabrics. (This is what makes the design stand out.)

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