|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.
The two quilt layouts shown below using the nine patch Swamp Patch quilt block both set the blocks on point, with very different results.
The quilt layout on the left enlarges each block with corner triangles in different fabrics to create a larger block and make a sort of "frame" along the outer edges of the quilt.
The quilt layout illustrated on the right uses a light fabric for the extra blank blocks and outer setting triangles to create an illustion of a meandering design throughout the quilt.
~ Evening Star
~ Lily Star
~ Ohio Star
~ Ornate Star