|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
This quilt block will likely look familiar to many quilters as it usually goes by the name Disappearing Nine Patch. However this version of the block is designed for those quilters who prefer to hand piece, rather than sew them by machine. (However, you can choose to sew by machine as well.) The Disappearing Nine Patch is designed as a quick piecing block, where you sew and then cut these sewn patches. That method is not conducive to hand piecing, and so I created this pattern and gave it my own name.
This four patch quilt block is made up of the simplest of shapes -- only squares and rectangles. The fun in creating a quilt with this easy block is to experiment by using simple rotations -- rotating some of the blocks by 90 degrees or 180 degrees. All sorts of interesting patterns emerge.
I chose to make the quilt block and sample quilts illustrated using a scrappy look for all of the large squares. For the rectangles and the small squares I kept the fabric for those separate units to one fabric each, but you may decide differently. Your creativity is what will make your quilt really special. Enjoy!