|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.
This Down Home nine patch quilt block surprised me when it came time to design the quilts from this block. The colours that I chose to use give me the feel of a "southwest" sort of palette and I was delighted by the resultant quilts I designed with this block.
The quilt layout shown below on the left sets the blocks side by side. However, due to the colour placement of the patches, this block has a definite directional nature to the design. By rotating some of the blocks by 90 degrees, you can see subtle secondary designs appear, where none would be evident if this technique was not used.
The quilt layout featured on the right sets the blocks on point and separates them with sashing strips. The different coloured "cornerstones" in the sashing strips give understated pops of colour here and there where the blocks meet. The outer setting triangles in the bright colour give a "fiery" finish to this quilt.
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