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.
Free Quilt Block Pattern
The Texas Shoofly quilt block is a good choice for a beginner quilter as it combines simple shapes to make a pleasing quilt block. Rectangles, squares and half square triangle pieces are used to make this basic nine patch.
The sample quilts illustrated show just how versatile this block is, simply by changing up the layout of the blocks and adding sashing to the final quilts. Let your imagination begin.