|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.
Friendship Star - Basic
Free Quilt Block Pattern
This Friendship Star quilt block is a basic nine patch block featuring the first pieced patch you will learn as you start your quiltmaking journey -- the half square triangle.
I love this block -- first for its simplicity -- and then because as you place it beside other Friendship Star blocks, you will see a secondary pattern emerge. For this very reason, this quilt block is also known as Ribbon Star because the stars seem to be separated by "ribbons". I like to make this block in one of the smaller sizes, just because you get to see more of them as you put them into your quilt. This block also makes for a wonderful choice for a "scrappy" quilt.
The sample quilts illustrated show a setting side by side, which shows the "ribbon" in a diagonal manner, while the second quilt is set on point with sashing, creating a totally different look. This just goes to show that just because a block is considered "easy" it does not mean your quilt will not be interesting.
~ Friendship Star (an interesting four patch quilt block)
~ Friendship Star (a more advanced level quilt block)