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.

Flying Ducks

Free Quilt Block Pattern

The Flying Ducks quilt block is a good tool for a class on using triangles in a different method than the norm. It uses the much underused (at least in my opinion) patch known as the three quarter square triangle. This unit uses three triangles, in two different sizes, to fill a square. The smaller triangles are cut as quarter square triangles and the larger triangle is cut as a half square triangle. These specific cuts are necessary to ensure that the straight of grain of the pieces remains on the outside of the patch.

The second use of the half square triangles is to attach the cut pieces separately to the small square, prior to finishing off the patch with a larger half square triangle. This patch can be seen in the corners of the block.

The two sample quilts illustrated feature an on point setting with extra blank blocks and a quilt with blocks set side by side and separated by sashing strips. In the end these are two very different looking quilts.