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.

Z Cross

Sample Quilt Layouts

I am always amazed when what appears to be a very ordinary block such as the Z Cross, can create such an interesting secondary pattern when placed in the quilt. (Note how pinwheels appear when you place the blocks next to each other.) Needless to say I was really pleased with the resultant quilts I came up with while playing around with the layouts.

The quilt layout featured below on the left sets the blocks on point in a very standard setting. What results is both a positive and negative pinwheel design when the blocks sit next to each other.

The quilt layout illustrated on the right also uses an on point block setting. By strategically placing the colourful, blank blocks and also pieced half blocks in the design, a striking central motif results.