|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 Friendship Star - Basic is a favourite nine patch block among quilters. Firstly, it is easy to construct and secondly, depending on how you choose a quilt layout for your blocks, often you will see a secondary pattern emerge.
The quilt layout shown on the left utilizes a simple side by side setting of the blocks. This creates the optical illusion of a "ribbon" strung between the stars. (This quilt block is also called Ribbon Star for that reason.) The quilt on the right uses an on point block setting with sashing strips separating the blocks and adds a new colour for some "pizzazz" in the quilt.
~ Friendship Star (an interesting four patch quilt block)
~ Friendship Star (a more advanced level quilt block)