|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.
Free Quilt Block Pattern
Gettysburg is another of the blocks named for famous (or not so famous) cities. (I have listed a few other blocks at the bottom of this post.)
This nine patch block features the underused (at least in my opinion) quilt patch called the square in a square, using some colour variations to make things interesting and creating the secondary pattern of a star.
The half square triangle cut pieces are sewn on the edges of square pieces to create a different patch than the usual use for half square triangles -- which is to create a square using two different triangle pieces. All in all, this block is not difficult in any way, but you get a little different sewing practice.
The sample quilts illustrated use a side by side block setting as well as an on point setting to give you ideas for creating your own special quilt.
More "American Places" Blocks
~ Baton Rouge Square