BLOCKS by SIZE 5" Quilt Blocks

For those quilters wanting a little more of a challenge, five inch quilt blocks might be the answer -- smaller blocks usually means more blocks to make. Another reason for using five inch blocks is to create a secondary pattern. By using 4 blocks and rotating each of them, you get a different larger quilt block. These larger blocks can then be laid out in variety of ways to make some very interesting original designs.


Sample Quilt Layouts

For those who visit here regularly, you are aware that I just adore plaid in general. So, I have designed two quilt layouts, that will give you some inspiration to use this simple Plaid quilt block in your personal quilt.

The quilt layout featured below on the left sets the blocks side by side for the easiest construction option. I separated the blocks with narrow sashing strips, alternating the colours of the strips to keep with the "plaid" design.

The quilt layout illustrated on the right uses both whole and half blocks in a diagonal setting. I used the same idea of different colours for the sashing strips to build on the idea of a plaid, and I must say, I am pleased with the results.

Both of these quilt designs will give you the desired "plaid" effect in your quilt. The choice lies in whether you want a horizontal/vertical plaid, or a diagonal effect. Which is your choice?