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.

Chevron Stripes

Free Quilt Block Pattern

Who doesn't like an optical illusion? If this is something you like, then this block is a great choice. It is a simple block to construct and is made entirely of half square triangles. I have designed the block as a four patch, but you can easily sew it together row by row as well.

By rotating or flipping the block you can create any number of interesting patterns for your quilt. The sample quilts illustrated show two very different versions using only the one block, multiple times. Why not try your hand at creating an interesting layout of your own?