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.
Jewels in a Frame
Free Quilt Block Pattern
The Jewels in the Frame quilt block is for a patient person. There are lots of pieces, but the sewing is quite simple and methodical. As a result, this block will be easy to construct if you take time to sew an accurate quarter inch seam allowance.
Half square triangles are used both as the common patch (two triangles to make a square), as well as the use of the cut triangles on two adjacent sides of a square. (Since this is difficult to explain, look to the extreme corners of the block for clarification.) This is technically an eight patch block, but I chose to design the pattern as an uneven nine patch.
The two sample quilts illustrated feature a side by side setting as well as an on point layout to get your creative juices going!