|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.
With such an easy quilt block to sew, one would think that the resultant quilt will be boring. Wrong!
The quilt layout shown on the left features a "picket fence" border. This small detail gives the look of woven pointed slats in the various colours and finishes off the quilt edges. This border features one of my favourite patches (and an underused one at that), a patch that quilters often call a three quarter square triangle.
The quilt layout illustrated on the right gives a look of "plaid" (another favourite of mine) with the blocks set on point and separating them with sashing strips.
What can your imagination achieve in your heirloom quilt?
**Note - Booklet available to download, for a nominal fee, from my Etsy Store for the construction technique for the Picket Fence Border illustrated in the quilt image on the left.