Economy Quilt Block

Rotary Cutting, AccuQuilt and Paper Piecing

The Economy Quilt Block can be used in so many ways: as a single block quilt, cornerstones, the center of larger blocks, fussy cuts and more. Check out the quilts on my Pinterest board (below left) and blocks that have the Economy Block as it’s center (below right).

Block Construction

The economy block is sometimes called a square-in-a-square. Whichever piecing method you choose, the stitching process is the same. Stitching starts in the center with a square patch. Sew quarter square triangle patches (the inside triangles) to each side of the center square. The last round is the half square triangle patches (outside triangles) stitched to each side of the unit.

I often check my fabric cutting sizes with EQ8, the quilt design software. As I was checking cutting requirements for the various block sizes I noticed a pattern in the sizes:

  • The center square finished size is half of the finished size of the block -> 6″ finished block = 3″ finished center square.
  • The quarter square triangle (QST) patches for the inside triangles are also half of the finished block size -> 6″ finished block = 3″ finished QST.
  • The half squar triangle (HST) patches for the outsie triangles are half of the finished block size -> 6″ finished block = 3″ finished HST.

Watch the video below to see how each piecing method is done.

Rotary Cutting

When piecing rotary cut patches, I recommend using a scant 1/4″ seam allowance for your test block. Use the calculator below to find fabric requirements for the finished block size.

Click “Fabric Requirements” below to open the calculator in a pop-up window. After calculations are done, right click in the pop-up and click “Print”.

Economy Block Rotary Cutting
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Economy Block Rotary Cutting

FABRIC

Center Square

Inside Triangles

Outside Triangles

AccuQuilt Cutting

The calculator below is based on using die shapes 1, 3 and 4 from the Qube Mix & Match sets. Shape 1 cuts the center square, shape 4 cuts the outside triangles (HST) and shape 3 cuts the inside triangles (QST). The finished size determines which Qube set is used.

Click “Fabric Requirements” below to open the calculator in a pop-up window. After calculations are done, right click in the pop-up and click “Print”.

Economy Block AccuQutilt
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Economy Block AccuQuilt

FABRIC

Center Square – Die #1 Square

Inside Triangles – Die #4 QST

Outside Triangles – Die #3 HST

Paper Piecing

Click the link below to download the Economy Block foundations.

To find fabric requirements for paper piecing, use the Rotary Cutting calculator above. Use the finished block size that is 1″ larger than your actual finished blocks size. Example: If you are using the 4″ finished foundation, Use 5″ for your finished size in the Rotary Cutting Calculator above. That will provide pieces large enough for paper piecing.


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Comments

One response to “Economy Quilt Block”

  1. Betty Avatar

    Thank you for all the valuable info you provide to quilters.