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.
King David's Crown - a Variation
Free Quilt Block Pattern
The original block called King David's Crown looked a little boring to me, so I rearranged some of the colours and came up with this variation. It just made a little more interest in the centre of the block -- at least to me anyway.
King David's Crown - Variation is considered to be a five patch block, since it is designed on a 5 x 5 grid. However, rarely do I sew a block together in five rows of five as is the norm for a five patch. I choose to construct it in "chunks" rather, in the manner of an uneven nine patch. The end result is the same, but I find this an easier method, construction-wise.
The block features lots of half square triangles and a few quarter square triangles -- (just to test your skills).
Both of the sample quilts illustrated show the blocks set on point but they look lovely in a side by side setting as well. As you can see, subtle changes in placement of blocks and blank blocks (to showcase your quilting skills), can give a very different look to the end result. What can you come up with?
More "Biblical" Quilt Blocks
~ Cain and Abel
~ David and Goliath
~ Garden of Eden
~ Joseph's Coat