|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.
The Free Trade quilt block is a simple nine patch design using only basic patches -- squares, half square triangles and flying geese units. If you happen to be a teacher of quiltmaking, this is a perfect block to choose for a class of beginner quilters.
The two sample quilt layouts shown below are both designed with an on point setting of the blocks, but look very different. The quilt layout on the left uses colourful blank blocks and setting triangles for some additional flair. The right quilt separates the blocks with sashing strips for a totally different look.
Side note ~ Don't be limited to using a monochrome colour scheme as I have chosen here. This quilt block and subsequent quilts would look fabulous as a scrappy version or with a totally different colour palette.