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 both show the blocks set on point. The left quilt features many whole blocks as well as partial blocks, separated by sashing strips. The quilt shown on the right adds additional colour by using blank blocks to showcase your quilting skills.

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