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.
Free Quilt Block Pattern
The quilt block name of Firewheel suggested an image of a great burst of fire in the night sky. So accordingly, I chose colours to reflect that in my version of this quilt block.
This eight patch block is comprised of a variety of familiar shapes in quiltmaking -- squares, rectangles, half square triangles and flying geese patches. There is nothing difficult to sew, but care must be taken to achieve an accurate quarter inch seam allowance, due to the number of pieces in the block.
The sample quilts illustrated both use an on point setting of the quilt blocks, but offer up very different looking quilts. Simple placement and imagination are all the tools needed to make your own striking quilt.