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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Economy Quilt Blocks {free pattern link}

Economy Quilt Blocks also known by many other names has been around forever.  My Heather Ross and Munki Munki stash has been around not quite as long but I decided the two should get acquainted an make some magic!

There are numerous patterns available on the internet in a variety of sizes for this block.  It is the perfect beginner paper piecing pattern.  If you think you cannot paper piece, try this block!

For these blocks, I chose the free paper pieced pattern from Generations Quilt Patterns.  They offer the pattern for this block in four different sizes.  I chose the 4 inch block for these special fussy cut centers!

To help with perfect fussy cuts,  instead of making a plastic template, I cut the center out of the pattern.

Some of the centers are very tight with no room to spare.  Being able to clearly see the fine lines ( I need all the help I can get) and placement is a must.

After figuring out the best placement, I used my 3 in ruler to trim the 1/4 inch seam around the outside each side of the frame. If you feel more comfortable with a little more seam allowance that is good too!  Better to have too much than too little.  You cannot put it back!

For the first few ( or if you are new to paper piecing) try numbering the pattern by step.  This way your blocks will all match.  I found I made two that did not match and so decided to number a couple until I got my groove on ;O)

I use Aurifil 50wt thread for all of my piecing and paper piecing.  It is a two ply thread that is both very thin and also strong.  Perfect for making your blocks flat!  I love 2600 but am out of stock here in the gogostudio.   I have been using many different shades of the med to light gray that I have on hand and am finding they work just as well.


Here are a few more of the blocks I completed yesterday and the day before!  I have more center fussy cuts ready to go and a huge mess of fabrics to create more today!

If you are making these and are on Instagram , I would LOVE to see yours!  Please find me at gogokim and tag me with your #economyblocks.  Blair from Wise Craft Handmade and Lucy from Charm About You will be making some too!  

I love this fun online quilting club!  Let's make some  Economy Quilt Blocks! 



Alexandra Dekerf said...

I love these blocks! I haven't made any yet, but they are on my dream-to do list :)
I'm lifeonislandstudio on instagram. I love your IG !!

lisacrafty said...

I love the touches of Liberty! Thank you for the link to the paper piece pattern :)

Live a Colorful Life said...

Add me to the list. I'm definitely jumping on this bandwagon. :)

margaret said...

lots of lovely fussy cutting going on with you. I have 140 economy blocks made not fussy cut out of scraps need to sew them together don`t I ?Mine were not done the FPP way as still have not mastered that technique

Lesley Gilbert said...

I love your cute fussy cut blocks and great to see the mix of fabrics on your outer borders :)

Sherry said...

I love your blocks, thanks for sharing the tips and pattern. I have been collecting fabrics to make a similar quilt.

Marla said...

These are so sweet. Thanks for sharing!

artsycraftsyivy said...

Your blocks are adorable, Kim! I love 2600, too, but will also use other greys I have laying around, like you. Luckily, the boyfriend just supplied me with a cone of 2600--yay! :D Which I am going to use to quilt the largest quilt I have ever made--about 95 x 95. I think 50 wt works well when you don't want the quilting to stand out at all. Normally I would quilt with 40 or 28 or, if it's a small project that won't cost me a fortune, I love love love 12 wt. Which is nice for handwork, too :)

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