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.

Spinning Blades

Sample Quilt Layouts

Both of the sample quilt layouts illustrated use an on point setting for the blocks, drawing the eye diagonally over the surface, but you will notice that they are quite different. This is what makes quiltmaking such an interesting craft -- you can do such a variety of things with the same blocks to make a totally different quilt!

The quilt layout on the left uses a standard format for an on point setting of the blocks. The side setting triangles, using the same background fabric, make the central motif seem to float on the quilt.

The quilt layout featured on the right uses additional "half blocks" to complete an overall design for the quilt. The mitred borders in alternate colours in each half of the quilt add an extra spot of interest to the design.