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.

Thistle Bloom

Free Quilt Block Pattern

The most common colours of the Scottish thistle are reflected below in my version of the Thistle Bloom quilt block.

This version of Scotland's national flower is technically an eight patch block, but I have designed it to be sewn in an easier fashion (at least in my opinion) -- as an uneven nine patch. You will get lots of practice making flying geese as well as half square triangle patches. The only difficulty in this construction of this quilt block is to make sure to always maintain an accurate quarter inch seam allowance due to the number of seams in the block.

The sample quilts illustrated give you ideas of using both an on point setting or the more commonly used side by side setting of the blocks.