Eight Patch quilt blocks are designed on an 8 x 8 grid, hence the name. Although this grid is the basis of the designs, often larger pieces are used. The math in an eight patch is usually quite easy, as often quilt blocks are made in sizes 8", 12" or 16" measurements.
Eight patch blocks are usually chosen by experienced quilters due to the number of pieces in the block (but don't let that deter you). Sewing a precise quarter inch seam allowance is necessary in order to match one patch to the next patch. More seams means more chance of error, and these small errors add up. But ... I hope this last note does not deter you from trying out some of these amazing quilt blocks.
Blue Ridge Mountain Star
Free Quilt Block Pattern
Choose the Blue Ridge Mountain Star quilt block if you would like to make a larger block and therefore you require fewer blocks to make a quilt. A win-win situation!
This is an eight patch block that is actually sewn in "chunks" (as I like to call them) and assembled as an uneven nine patch, just to make the whole sewing process easier.
The block features half square triangles, some square in a square patches and a few quarter square triangles thrown in for good measure.
The two sample quilts illustrated are wonderful examples of how the same quilt block can look so very different, just by altering how you set the blocks into a quilt.