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.

Cockney Star

Free Quilt Block Pattern

I decided to simplify the Cockney Star quilt block and at the same time reduce the bulk of (in my opinion) unnecessary extra seams. I created the large "pinwheel" patches using flying geese units rather than the original half square triangles. Likewise I replaced groupings of two squares with one rectangle. This makes for less sewing and a flatter block as there are fewer seams.

So, because of these changes, I think this is a very easy four patch block to construct. The extra interest in this block is provided by the quarter square triangles which then produce a second smaller pinwheel in the centre of the block. As you can imagine, I like to have fun with the blocks, and what is more fun than making things easier?

The two sample quilts illustrated use the common side by side and on point settings. Extra blank blocks have been added to showcase your quilting skills.