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.

By the Sea

Free Quilt Block Pattern

The By the Sea quilt block is a good choice for a beginner quilter as it uses only the two most common patches -- the square and the half square triangle. This five patch block is constructed as an uneven nine patch because I feel that is an easier method for construction.

The colour choices here are (in my mind), reflective of the sand, surf and sunset on a beach by the sea.

The sample quilts illustrated show blocks set two different ways. One quilt has the blocks in a straight setting with the blocks side by side and separated by sashing strips, while the second quilt uses an on point layout with additional blank blocks to showcase your quilting designs.

More Sun and Surf blocks
~ Sandy Dunes
~ Lady of the Lake
~ Little Boat