|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 Lightning quilt block is a simple four patch comprised entirely of half square triangles. By flipping or rotating the quilt blocks, all sorts of interesting quilt layouts can occur.
The quilt layout on the left lays many of the blocks "upside down" next to another block, and thereby creating a secondary pattern. The quilt layout on the right sets the blocks on point and results in a design often referred to a "streaks of lightning" as they show a jagged streak of colour as in the case of a lightning bolt.
~ See also:
~ Lightning in the Hills
~ Thunder and Lightning
Similar quilt blocks:
~ Chevron Stripes
~ Woven Chevron