Choose the size that works best for you, either a 20" basket block or a 10" version. The larger block makes a nice medallion center, and is perfect for throw pillow covers. It's larger scale also works nicely on a king sized bed. You'll find an on-point wallhanging idea on page 3 of the pattern.
It doesn't take many pieces of patchwork to create the Cactus Pot quilt block, but I love the design. You'll find instructions for two block sizes in the pattern -- a 12" square block and a 4" square miniature version. The block is a good choice for beginning quilters who want to learn how to make half-square triangle units, but don't want to be overwhelmed with making huge batches of them.
Loads of half square triangle units provide a super-scrappy appearance for this quilt block, but the blocks look just a good designed in an orderly fashion if scraps aren't your thing. This basket block is large, finishing at 15" square, and a batch of them will make a quilt top in no time.
Here's a 12-inch basket quilt block that was originally part of the Scrap Happy Sampler quilt. Like many other basket quilt blocks, it's made with lots of half-square triangle units. Every quilt block pattern on the Quilting Web site is a stand-alone document, so feel free to use them to design your own quilts, rather than just using them in my patterns.