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.

Depression Block

Sample Quilt Layouts

The Depression Block pattern is the perfect choice to use for a scrappy quilt. The name of the block suggests the era in time, and during the great depression getting anything "new" was not the norm. Clothing and other fabric articles were recycled into quilts so this seemed like the right block to use.

The two sample quilt layouts leave lots of room for your creativity. The quilt on the left uses a standard side by side quilt layout, which makes the central shape in the block take the focal point. The right quilt places the block on point and adds additional colour in the form of blank blocks and setting triangles for a striking effect. There is no end to the number of designs you can create using this quilt block.