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 Star

Sample Quilt Layouts

The Maple Star quilt block is a simple nine patch featuring squares, rectangles and a few flying geese patches. The interest to the block comes more from the colour placement of the fabrics than the quilt block design.

When designing the two sample quilt layouts shown below, I was pleasantly surprised at the lovely designs that emerged. The difference is whether corner setting triangles or additional half quilt blocks were used instead, for very different results. As a big fan of plaids, I was struck that the quilt layout on the right seemed to look just like a plaid. What are your thoughts?

~ See also:
~ Lucky Clover
~ Padre Island Star