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Finish Sewing the Economy Quilt Blocks
Economy Quilt Block Pattern

Finish Assembling the Economy Quilt block

Janet Wickell

Finish Assembling the Economy Quilt Blocks

Fabric Cutting Instructions

  • Cut (4) 2-1/2" wide strips of green/gold fabric from selvage to selvage. Cut (1) more strip that's 2-1/2" wide and 21" long. Square up one end of each strip and cut a total of (72) 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares.

  • Cut (2) 4-1/2" wide strips of deep red fabric from selvage to selvage. Square up one end of each strip set and cut a total of (18) 4-1/2" x 4-1/2" squares.

Assemble the Economy Quilt Blocks

  1. Arrange four flying geese units, four 2-1/2" green gold squares and one 4-1/2" red square into three rows as shown.

  2. Sew the components of each row together. Press seam allowances towards plain squares.

  3. Sew the rows together, matching patch edges and butting seams for a good match.

  4. Press. The Economy quilt block should measure 8-1/2" x 8-1/2".

  5. Make a total of (18) Economy quilt blocks

Alternative Block Layout

It's easy to give the Economy block an entirely different appearance. Take a look at the illustration on page 5 -- the flying geese units have been rotated 180-degrees, placing the gold triangles against the red center to create a star.

If you think you might prefer that layout, make the Snowball blocks before sewing your Economy units together. Arrange the Snowballs and try both Economy layouts next to a few Snowballs to determine which look you like best.

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