The fabric I had was probably too thick really for patchwork, but I got away with it ( i think), if you want the linen look for patchwork you can get Robert Kaufman essex linen which is lighter in weight, mine was closer to upholstery weight not ideal.
I've seen lots of half square triangle sampler quilts so the idea was to make a set of HST cushions each with a different block design. Just for fun I'm going to see which of our guests notice they are different !
Cutting out all the half square triangles was really quick because I used my fab Sizzix Big shot with the 4 1/2 inch finished square die. If you are thinking of getting a sizzix I would totally totally recommend they cut perfectly, and are so so quick as you can cut upto 8 layers of quilting weight cotton in one go. I got mine from Hobbycraft on offer - look out for the offers, and if you sign up to their newsletter I think you get 20% off too.
If you don't have a die cutter you could use charm packs and use this method I still use this method for larger square, the only drawback with the sizzix machine I have, they do a bigger machine but that's more expensive and not as easy to take to classes etc.
I quilted with top just a little in the ditched using cotton/bamboo wadding.
Now I just need to make some more !