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.

Maple Leaf

Free Quilt Block Pattern

The Maple Leaf quilt block is one of my favourite blocks to use when teaching a class for beginner quilters. This block introduces you to the nine patch format, as well as getting you started on making the most common quilt patch (second only to the square) used in quilts -- the half square triangle.

The construction is easy and you can do many things with the resultant quilt block, especially if you take advantage of the directional nature of the block and rotate individual or groups of blocks to produce different effects in the quilts. Look at the illustrated sample quilts on the following page for ideas.

~ See also - (another) Maple Leaf quilt block