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.

Hansel and Gretel

Free Quilt Block Pattern

The Hansel and Gretel quilt block is an easy block featuring two frequently used patches -- namely the half square triangle and (my favourite patch) the flying geese patch. But, that is not all. Also in this block, the centre patch is comprised of a much underused (at least in my opinion) patched called the square in a square. All in all this is a simple nine patch block, which would be a good choice for a beginner quilter.

This quilt block might look familiar and it is similar to Texas Shoofly and Churn Dash. See if you can see the similarities.

The sample quilts illustrated are both set on point but, as you can see, they look very different in the end. So, what amazing heirloom can you come up with?