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.

God's Eye

Free Quilt Block Pattern

The God's Eye quilt block is an eight patch featuring lots of half square triangles and flying geese patches. This will be great practice for your sewing skills, as these two patches are the most commonly used pieced units in quiltmaking. To make the sewing of the block easier, I chose to construct it as an uneven nine patch, which in my view, is a simpler way to put the block together, rather than in eight rows.

The two sample quilts illustrated are designed in standard quilt settings -- one on point and the other with blocks side by side. I noticed that you get a bit of a secondary pattern emerging (forming a sort of starburst shape in the background fabric) when you place the blocks next to each other. I love it when secondary patterns emerge unexpectedly!

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