|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 Dutch Puzzle quilt block is a four patch design featuring two different sized half square triangles. The directional nature of the block can lead to some interesting variations in your quilt layout.
Rotate blocks by 90 degree increments or group the blocks in sets of four to create all sorts of quilt layouts to choose from. The two sample quilts shown below use this technique. The quilt layout shown on the left uses the blocks in a straight side by side setting, while the quilt on the right places the blocks on point to get a different effect, and the extra pops of colour are then added in the setting triangles.
What will your heirloom quilt look like?