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.

Railroad

Free Quilt Block Pattern

The Railroad quilt block is a beginner style block because it uses only simple shapes and patches.

The half square triangle unit is the first pieced patch you will learn when you start your quiltmaking journey. There are eight of these patches in the Railroad block as well as eight "checkerboard" patches -- created with sets of four squares.

This four patch design also has a subtle directional nature, which leads to a variety of design options simply by rotating some of the blocks by 90 degrees. There is no limit to the quilts you can create using this simple block.

See also:
~ Underground Railroad