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.

Woven Four Patch

Sample Quilt Layouts

With such an easy quilt block to sew, one would think that the resultant quilt will be boring. Wrong!

The quilt layout shown on the left features a "picket fence" border. This small detail gives the look of woven pointed slats in the various colours and finishes off the quilt edges. This border features one of my favourite patches (and an underused one at that), a patch that quilters often call a three quarter square triangle.

The quilt layout illustrated on the right gives a look of "plaid" (another favourite of mine) with the blocks set on point and separating them with sashing strips.

What can your imagination achieve in your heirloom quilt?

**Note - Booklet available to download, for a nominal fee, from my Etsy Store for the construction technique for the Picket Fence Border illustrated in the quilt image on the left.