The Economy quilt block can stand on its own as a separate quilt block, but it is also one of the fundamental blocks that is used in more complex ones. This four-patch block can be fussy-cut, scrappy and even used with solid fabrics.
This is a quilt block that can be used in a whole quilt without sashing and the outcome is really fantastic. It is also featured as a block on the Farmer’s Wife Quilt, and it is really elegant.
Cutting Instructions for the Economy quilt block
Many use the foundation paper piecing technique to piece the Economy block, but I find it a waste of fabric. If you cut your fabrics correctly, than you will have a perfect Economy quilt block.
Always remember FINISHED SIZE means the size it will be in a completed quilt. The measurements given already have the ¼ inch allowance included.
|Finished Block Size||Cut 2 squares from dark fabric (*cut in half)||Cut 2 squares from light fabric (*cut in half)||Cut 1 square from light fabric|
|4 inches||2 3/8”||2 2/8”||2.5”|
|8 inches||3 3/4”||4 7/8”||4.5”|
|12 inches||5 1/8”||6 7/8”||6.5”|
|16 inches||6 5/8”||8 7/8”||8.5”|
Names of the block
This and That, Hour glass, Thrift block
REFERENCE: Maggie Malone “5500 Quilt Blocks Designs”
Video tutorial of the Economy quilt block
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