|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.
The Buttercup quilt block is another directional block that opens up interesting design possibilities. By using 90 degree rotations of some of the blocks, a secondary pattern can emerge to create an entirely different design than expected.
The two sample quilt layouts shown below both use those rotations. The quilt that is set with blocks side by side uses the blocks in groupings of four, while the quilt using blocks set on point uses the rotations on individual blocks for an all over effect.