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.

Divided Cross

Free Quilt Block Pattern


Divided Cross is a quilt block for those who would like a little more of a challenge. Now having said that, this block is only challenging -- not because it is difficult -- but because of the number of pieces in each block. Other than single squares and rectangles, the other individual patches are common ones -- the half square triangle and the quarter square triangle.

To make your quilt go together quicker, I would suggest making the 16" block, and therefore there are less blocks to construct. Also I have chosen to use the uneven nine patch as my method of construction, as I prefer to work in "chunks" rather than individual rows.

As you can see from the sample quilts illustrated, you can make some really striking quilts. The straight set quilt shown has sashing strips between the blocks which leads to a secondary pattern. Your individual colour choices are the key to making your quilt look like no other.