|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.
Free Quilt Block Pattern
My only guess as to why this quilt block is named Cowboys is because of the movement implied. I can visualize a cowboy riding along, with his lasso winding around his head, prior to letting go to grab his quarry. Perhaps that is the job of the pinwheel shapes in the block. Again, this is only my interpretation.
This four patch block will require a little more precision than some other, more forgiving blocks, as it is constructed entirely of triangles. However, nothing is difficult to construct, so you should have great fun sewing this block.
The block is quite pretty in itself and makes a lovely quilt design as illustrated in the two sample quilts shown.