|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 Flock of Geese quilt block is a simple four patch design featuring only half square triangles. The sample block and quilts shown here are "scrappy" versions, utilizing all sorts of different blues. The only criteria for this is to make sure there is good contrast between the light and dark fabric choices. And -- you don't need to stick with a monochrome design. Try using up all of those scraps of fabrics in a rainbow of colours, making sure to be aware of the contrast in each patch.
The sample quilt layout shown on the left takes advantage of the directional nature of the quilt block. By rotating a number of the blocks by 90 degrees you can create all sorts of interesting designs, and be surprised at the various secondary patterns that emerge as a result.
The quilt layout on the right uses an on point setting of the blocks along with sashing strips to separate them and additional blank blocks for a pop of extra colour.