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.

Cups and Saucers

Free Quilt Block Pattern

The Cups and Saucers quilt block is the perfect pattern choice to learn a variety of piecing techniques. It contains flying geese, half square triangles and a square in a square patch. A great nine patch quilt block for beginners to advanced quilters alike.

The two sample quilts shown are wonderful examples of how different a quilt can look, just by changing the quilt block orientation from side by side to an "on point" setting.

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