BLOCKS by SIZE 8" Quilt Blocks

Eight inch quilt blocks are commonly used in quilts that are made up of one block only and the parts are easily divisible by four. Also, by setting the blocks in different layouts, you can create many different new designs -- sometimes with just a simple rotation of the block. This is not to say that larger or smaller versions of the same quilt block cannot be used in your quilt. Once again, you are the designer.

Chinese Puzzle

Free Quilt Block Pattern

The Chinese Puzzle quilt block is comprised of half square triangles and a few quarter square triangles.

The interest in the block is how the pieces go together to make up the design. I have chosen only three fabrics to use in this block -- a dark, a light and a medium value fabric. However, you could also choose to use a variety of darks, lights and medium value fabrics to make a scrappy version of this block. (Regular followers of this website will know that scrappy quilts are my favourites.)

The sample quilts illustrated both use rotations of the blocks by 90 degrees. The quilt on the right also reverses the placement of the focus fabrics to produce mirror image blocks and as a result, a very different quilt. Only your imagination can limit the design of your own quilt.