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Economy Block Along

How was your holidays? Do you have any new projects queued up for 2014?
I have a list started that seems to be growing rapidly.
One project that has taken the front seat is the Economy Block quilt that is circulating around.
I didn't get the big deal at first. I saw everyone making them and was happy going along my merry way with other projects. Emma actually took a nap today and so I decided to try one out...just to see what the hype was about.
I used this tutorial for the 12 inch finished block. Bigger is better right?

I guess it turned out okay. I figure I will use it in a quilt back or a pillow but was not real excited about it.
I decided to give the economy block one more chance with another tutorial for a smaller 5.5 inch finished block size.

I love it!
I used a mermaid scrap from an old Heather Ross fabric, two Kate Spain Daydream charms, and a scrap of Moda Weave (fuchsia).

I always enjoyed looking at and sewing small patchwork things so I should have known a giant block wouldn't entertain me. I suppose if your goal is to bust a quilt out with these blocks the bigger block tutorial is the way to go. I just wanted to do some patchwork though so the small one is more my speed. I ended up doing three more blocks before my sewing time was over (Emma woke up).

The other three blocks were Enchant prints and more Daydream charms...Oh and the little tape measure print is from a couple Sewing Box charms.
That's all I managed to sew the past couple of weeks. I am glad schedules are resuming to normal though and hope to figure out when I can fit "me time" in my week this year. I at least know I can make a few of these on the weekends.
Thanks for visiting.



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Christine Sherman

I haven't jumped on the economy block wagon and don't see that I will as of now lol. However...your blocks are SO adorable!! I love them Staci!


I haven't been enamored of the oodles of economy blocks I've seen online but I LOVE yours! May have to try some. I'm making blocks for Alison Rogers Soy Amado (Little Island Quilting) project for donation quilts for a Mexico City group home for former street kids. I'm going to try to make some really cute economy blocks for the center of my the 12.5" QAYG blocks for Soy Amado. Thanks for the inspiration!

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