Monday, March 3, 2014

Economy Block Update


Economy Block

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.

Economy Block

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.

Economy 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.    

Economy Block

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.  

Economy Block

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.

Economy Block

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!
Candace

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19 comments:

  1. They are fantastic and coming right along! You're getting to the spot when it is hard to put it down because you're so close. :)

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  2. Great job so far, these little blocks are all fantastic. You're in the homestretch now :)

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  3. They look great! Sewing them into blocks of 9 rather than rows is a good idea.

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  4. So pretty! Your fabrics are so fresh and fun. Looking forward to seeing it together. I still have 99 blocks stuck to my design wall : (

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  5. Your blocks are beautiful! Such pretty fabrics.

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  6. You are ambitious, for sure! I love how it is coming out though. And if your kids already love it, think of all the adventures they will have with it when it's done! I dream of someday making a few fab quilts for my future kiddos to use for excellent blanket forts.
    Keep on cutting! I believe in you!!

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  7. What a great idea to make blocks of nine, seems less daunting than all those rows! It's going to be such a beautiful quilt, keep on sewing!

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  8. It will be well worth all the work!

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  9. your fabric combinations are so fresh and pretty! it looks crisp and colorful, but not at all overwhelming. what a lot of eye candy. =)

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  10. Lovely! I love having a project that I can easily pick up and put down when I need to. Yours are so delightful and fresh! Best, Kate

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  11. Your blocks are so beautiful (and photograph so well against the white background). And thanks for the suggestion to cut blocks for this project as you go from other projects! I will add these to my list!

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  12. They look great and it will be so worth it! Very nice.

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  13. Your blocks are very enjoyable to behold! Putting the blocks into 9 patch bigger blocks is a great idea.

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  14. Wow 200 blocks! That's some work ahead of you :) I've finished up one of these as well though I made it out of larger blocks. I love the colours in yours! And great tip to make it year long and cut out squares as you go.

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  15. I have so many projects, but the economy block keeps calling to me. I will get to it, someday. Your blocks look great!

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  16. These are very cool! I think I'm going to have to add economy block quilt to my list.

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  17. Your economy blocks are lovely. I seriously need to make some of these---I have seen them everywhere and they are really so charming! I love the fact that you are using so many different fabrics--but they all work so well with each other! I can't wait to see it when it's all done!

    Thank you for linking up to Fabric Frenzy Friday!
    -Lindsey
    Fabric Frenzy Friday

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  18. I love the look of these blocks too. Are you using the regular method or the paper pieced method?

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