The half square triangle unit is probably the most commonly used patch in a quilt block -- well it is second only to the square. It is made simply with two triangles, filling up half the square each -- hence the name. Take a quick look through this website, or in any quilting magazine, and you will start to notice that this half square triangle, regardless of its size, is present in more quilts than not.
Around the Block
Free Quilt Block Pattern
The Around the Block quilt block looks pretty simple on the surface, but a little extra care must be taken when cutting the pieces. Some of the square patches are a little trickier to cut as their measurements often fall in between the increments on standard rulers.
Tip - When cutting a piece that requires measurements in the 16ths of inches, just set your ruler halfway between the lines marking 8ths of inches.
Having said all that, this quilt block is fun to make since it uses some of the patches not found as frequently, such as the square in the square. This is where you can have some fun.
Using colours such as I have used in the sample illustrations, shows you that many quilts can be designed for men's tastes. Choose those dark fabrics and more muted tones and your man will be delighted in the final product.