|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 traditional Maple Leaf quilt block is a directional block that offers up additional options when it comes to creating your quilt design layout. Simple 90 degree rotations of individual blocks or block groupings can create secondary designs that you might not have considered. This is always a nice surprise. Both of the quilt layouts shown below use this technique to yield very different results.
~ See also - (another) Maple Leaf quilt block