Monday, January 13, 2014

Economy Block Quilt Along

I'm taking on the Economy Block Quilt Along as my first project of the year. It's a simple block made even easier by chain piecing and trimming in batches. Many of the blocks on Instagram and in the Flickr group are scrappy with fussy cut centers. I loved they way they looked and I thought I'd give it a try.

I dived into my scrap bin and found this cute little bird print called Love Birds by Michael Miller. Then I found the aqua print from Washi by Rashida Coleman-Hale. I liked how it echoed the wing shape of the birds and the color was perfect. The grey and white print reminded me of a birdcage - so much fun! 

Then I abandoned the scrap idea because it took me way too long to find these three fabrics in my overflowing scrap bin. One day I will organize them by color and make a beautiful scrappy project (or two) but it won't be today. I turned my test block into a cute little pincushion for my sewing table.

Instead, I decided to use a fat eighth bundle of Road 15 by Sweetwater for Moda and I paired it with Kona in Bone. 


In order to work even more white into my quilt pattern, I decided to play with the color placement and alternate an A and B block. The scale of this fabric is perfect for these small 5" blocks.

Here are some of my favorite prints. It should surprise no one that I love the aqua prints. The black and white prints in this line are awesome. Aren't the trees and houses cute??


Economy Quilt Block Tutorial by Rita at Red Pepper Quilts
Economy Quilt Block Along flickr group
#economyblockalong in Instagram


  1. your pin cushion is so sweet, I love that bird material!

  2. Love your pincushion and your choice of fabrics for the economy block along! Seriously considering trying a block of two of my own :)

  3. Love the pincushion and your choice of fabrics for the quilt a long.

  4. The pincushion is adorable! I tried the scrappy economy blocks as well, but knew that it would never turn into a whole quilt! Your pincushion has given me an idea for future gifts!

  5. Adrienne! What an adorable pincushion!! I know what you mean about taking forever to find the right fabric. I feel that way each time I sit down to make just one Farmer's Wife block. It takes me longer to pick out the right fabrics than it does to sew. But what a cutie for your sewing table!

    Any chance you're heading to Market in the spring? It's near my neck of the woods this time. I'd love to catch up with you again! AM

  6. Your pincushion is adorable. I have wanted to do some of these blocks, but the thought of going through fabric and/or scraps and making a huge mess seems unappealing right now as I strive to get my sewing room in order. Your solution of using a fat 1/8th bundle is a great idea.

  7. I love the colours and prints - gorgeous.
    I am so tempted to join in with this quilt along.



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