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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.
Rio Grande Crossing
Free Quilt Block Pattern
The Rio Grande Crossing quilt block is a nine patch block, which is probably the most commonly used one in quiltmaking. This block contains simple shapes -- only the square and the half square triangle -- once again, favourites of quilters.
This block is by no means difficult, but due to the number of seams, you will need to pay close attention when sewing your quarter inch seam allowance, so that the pieces go together smoothly.
The sample quilts illustrated give you some idea of how different you can make a quilt by using the same blocks. Since the block is somewhat directional, then simple rotations of some of the blocks can yield a secondary pattern. Adding extra blank blocks gives you the opportunity to increase the use of colour and also to showcase your quilting skills.