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.

Card Trick

Free Quilt Block Pattern

The Card Trick quilt block is an old favourite nine patch and has been around for many, many years. Half square triangles and quarter square triangles are plentiful in this block, so it is a good learning experience.

The sample quilts illustrated show only the one colour selection used for multiple blocks. However, this block is a nice choice to use in order to delve into your scrap "stash" to use a lot of different colours for the cards in the many blocks required for your quilt.