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.
Peony and Forget Me Not
Free Quilt Block Pattern
The Peony and Forget Me Not quilt block is a good choice when you want to make larger blocks. The advantage of this technique is that your resultant quilt is ready earlier (less blocks to make = faster end product).
This block features half square triangles in two different sizes, as well as quarter square triangle pieces that are used to create an underused (at least in my opinion), patch which is often called a three quarter square triangle. It's fun to incorporate the latter patch in your blocks as it allows for specific shapes to emerge (in this case part of the "flower"). The centre patch is another familiar one - the square in a square unit. So, all in all, this quilt block is a valuable learning tool if your are new to quiltmaking.
The two sample quilts illustrated are both set on point, with one quilt utilizing extra blank blocks to showcase your quilting skills, while the other quilt features more blocks that are separated by sashing strips. As you can see, you are only as limited as your imagination when designing how to create your own personal quilt.
~ Peony Nine Patch
~ More "Flower" Quilt Blocks