|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.
This Friendship Star quilt block is labelled (by me) as "Intermediate" because the construction of the block is a little different than the steps most commonly used. There is nothing difficult in sewing of the block, but the process is what makes this four patch block different. Actually, it is quite easy to sew so -- just go for it!
The two sample quilts shown below are designed with commonly used block settings. The image on the left shows a standard side by side quilt layout. I have rotated alternate blocks by 90 degrees to form the subtle secondary pattern as each block meets the next. The quilt layout on the right sets the blocks on point and uses sashing strips to separate the blocks. Extra blank blocks give you the opportunity to add an extra pop of colour to your quilt.
~ Friendship Star (a basic nine patch quilt block)
~ Friendship Star (a more advanced level quilt block)