|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
The Hourglass quilt block is a simple block that is often used as a connector block which then results in a secondary pattern when placed next to a totally different block. However, as shown in the sample quilt layouts, it can also stand on its own.
I have given instructions to make this quilt block in three different sizes, but I feel its greatest effect is when using smaller blocks. This allows you to group the blocks and use rotations to create secondary patterns. So, lots of experimentation with placement can produce very interesting results.
The two sample quilts show a straight set layout with rotations, as well as a setting on point. Let the experimentation begin!