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
I couldn't resist using the obvious colour in my version of the Irish Puzzle quilt block, but don't let that stop your imagination from creating your own stunning version of this block.
I have chosen to place this four patch block in the intermediate category of difficulty simply due to the large number of patches required to create the block. However, all patches are easy to sew and the only issue is maintaining precision to achieve accurate half square triangles.
The sample quilts illustrated give you ideas of using a straight setting or an on point setting of the quilt blocks. You are only limited by your creativity.
More "Irish" Quilt Blocks
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~ Lucky Clover