|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.
Free Quilt Block Pattern
The Girl's Favorite quilt block has some interesting patches for you to try. The units featured all around the centre patch (a square in a square patch) use both half square triangle pieces and quarter square triangles, but are sewn together, not as squares, but to make larger patches. These patches add the interest to the block.
I chose to construct the centre patch with the method that uses all squares, rather than using triangles -- but the result looks just as you would expect. This method causes a bit more waste fabric, but many quilters prefer this to working with all of those triangles. The pattern includes two pages with graphics to take you through the construction of this patch using this method.
And finally, this block is constructed as an uneven nine patch.
The sample quilts illustrated are both set on point but in different manners, thereby resulting in very different looks.