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.

Depression Block

Sample Quilt Layouts


The Depression Block pattern is the perfect choice to use for a scrappy quilt. The name of the block suggests the era in time, and during the great depression getting anything "new" was not the norm. Clothing and other fabric articles were recycled into quilts so this seemed like the right block to use.

The two sample quilt layouts leave lots of room for your creativity. The quilt on the left uses a standard side by side quilt layout, which makes the central shape in the block take the focal point. The right quilt places the block on point and adds additional colour in the form of blank blocks and setting triangles for a striking effect. There is no end to the number of designs you can create using this quilt block.