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
The San Diego quilt block had me thinking of sand and surf, hence, my colour choices for this block. This eight patch block is a sort of two-parter, as the centre of the block is made with a small Sawtooth Star, and then completed with a variety of patches to stretch your learning experience with regard to the construction of this star block.
Sewing this quilt block in "chunks" makes it easier to construct and this pattern is designed to sew it as an uneven nine patch.
The two sample quilts illustrated are both made with blocks set on point, but as you can see, simple change-ups of the fabrics in the blank blocks give a totally different look to each of the quilts.