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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.
Free Quilt Block Pattern
The Spools quilt block has been around for a long time. It is created with simple patches -- only the square and half square triangles.
This block gives the quiltmaker some practice in two different block styles -- the individual "spools" are sewn as a nine patch. Following that, you take four of the completed "spools" and sew them together as a four patch.
For this block pattern, I chose to use a wood grained fabric, reminiscent of those old wooden spools of times past, and some striped fabrics to be the "thread" on the spools.
The two sample quilts illustrated use simple settings -- a side by side layout and an on point layout which continues to utilize many scraps in the extra blank setting triangles.