This lovely quilt block would make a great scrap buster. I have used variations of one main colour to make it, but of course you could make it with lots of different colours depending on what you want to use up. The block is a four patch variously called mosaic or zigzag tile quilt block. I have made it here as an 8″ block.
Cutting requirements for the mosaic tile quilt block
2.7/8″ squares: eight white and eight coloured
Making the mosaic tile quilt block
Make half square triangles with all the squares. Lay a coloured and a white square with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line. This produces two half square triangle units which are 2.1/2″ squares.
Lay the half square triangles out in four rows of four. The strands, for want of a better word, are made using two half square triangles. The top left and bottom right strands are made by having the patterned triangles next to each other while the other two strands are made by having the two patterned triangles underneath each other. I have placed the different fabrics so that each strand is made of one of the colours, but of course you could have all the colours placed completely randomly.
Sew the squares together in pairs across each row and then sew the rows together to complete the mosaic tile quilt block.