Monday, March 3, 2014
Economy Block Update
I have been working steadily away on economy blocks. They are simple to put together, but very time consuming. It is a great project to work on slowly throughout the year.
Whenever you are cutting fabric for your latest project, just cut out some squares to set aside for economy blocks. Over a year or two you will have plenty to assemble a quilt top depending on what size you are aiming for.
I decided I want to make it all now, which makes for a great deal of fabric play. The scrappy look requires pulling many different fabrics, cutting, and organizing pieces for each block.
Here are some blocks that I have already assembled. I decided to put them together in squares of 9 blocks. It will be easier to assemble the quilt top this way rather than sew it row by row.
Each economy block is 5" and the tutorial for them is found here on Red Pepper Quilts. I decided to make this quilt a large throw size requiring approximately 200 blocks.
These six squares make up 54 of the blocks. I definitely have my work cut out for me. Sometimes I question my judgement in choosing this project and deciding to make it so big.
However, I keep on sewing when I think of the final product. It is going to be such a fun quilt to curl up with and watch TV. My kiddos have already taken a shine to it and I know they will love it when it is all finished.
This is a lengthy project, but I really have enjoyed playing with the different fabrics, arranging, and rearranging fabrics that I would not normally put together. It has been a great way for me to step out of my comfort zone and look at colors and fabrics differently.
The next time I share this with you I will have a whole quilt top and I can't wait!!
Previous posts related to this (lots of economy blocks):
Economy Block Progress
Economy Block and Scrap Update
Have a great day and stay tuned!