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Jun 9, 2015

Patchwork Auditions #4: Economy Block

Jun 9, 2015
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The Patchwork Auditions blocks are so much fun to play with.  Today I show you the fourth block in the series.  The series looks at some classic blocks and exposes alternate colorings.  My goal is to simply think about other ways to color a quilt block I have looked at hundreds of times.  So far I've been making 3 of each block - 1 traditional coloring and 2 alternates.  It's amazing how different they look! Eventually, I'll put them together into a scrappy quilt.  Find all the details here.

Join me on this laid back adventure if you like!  Below you'll find a cutting list for the basic blocks in 12" and 16" finished blocks, but not a tutorial.  Use the coloring sheet to generate your own ideas.  I hope that you'll audition other color arrangements and play as I am. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Economy (Traditional)
This Economy block is surely a classic.  It uses the diamond-in-the-square block twice and is a great way to fussy frame some cute motifs.  This block gained some popularity in the past 2 years with this tutorial and the #economyblockalong quilt-along on Instagram.  There are SO many cute versions of this block!  Pictured below is the most common way to make it.  
 
Economy Block Coloring Sheet  Download the PDF here.

Block Structure
This block is constructed with (2) diamond-in-the-square units, one inside the other.  Traditionally, 3 different fabrics, A, B, and C make up the block.
 
Cutting List.  I have listed cuts for both 12" and 16" blocks. 

For 12" blocks.
  • Cut (1) 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" square.  (A)
  • Cut (1) 7 1/2" x 7 1/2" square. (B)
    • Cut the square on both diagonals to yield 4 triangles.
  • Cut (2) 7 1/2" x 7 1/2" squares. (C)
    • Cut the square along one diagonal to yield 2 triangles.  4 triangles needed total.
The (B) and (C) cuts are oversized to allow for squaring up as you go.  Go here for a tutorial on this block.

For 16" blocks.
  • Cut (1) 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" square.  (A)
  • Cut (1) 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" square. (B)
    • Cut the square on both diagonals to yield 4 triangles.
  • Cut (2) 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" squares. (C)
    • Cut the square along one diagonal to yield 2 triangles.  4 triangles needed total.

The (B) and (C) cuts are oversized to allow for squaring up as you go.  Go here for a tutorial on this block.
 
Alternate Coloring Options
There are a few ways to recolor this block that are outside the traditional coloring.    In this exercise, I simply am recoloring the block without changing it's basic construction.  These are just a few of the options I found.  These options can yield very different looks.

 photo Sawtooth Star 8_zpsn6qf7uoa.png
                        A                           
 photo Sawtooth Star 3_zpskm8sk8lr.png
                       B
 photo Sawtooth Star 5_zpsa7qcsz6j.png
                        C
 photo Economy
                       D
 photo Sawtooth Star 7_zpsnphhuwdc.png
                        E
 photo Sawtooth Star 4_zpstihnmqww.png
                        F
 photo Sawtooth Star 8_zpsn6qf7uoa.png
                        G                           
 photo Sawtooth Star 3_zpskm8sk8lr.png
                       H
 photo Sawtooth Star 5_zpsa7qcsz6j.png
                        I

My Sample Blocks
traditional Economy(12" block)

letter G in the table above (16" block)

letter D in the table above (16" block)

Feel free to share any past or present Economy blocks you've made with us to show how you colored it using #patchworkauditions #economyblockalong.  Enjoy!
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5 comments:

  1. This is such a fascinating series! Today, I love the letter G, it would make a fab modern looking quilt :)

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  2. This is a great idea! It's the key to bridging the gap between traditional quilting and improv (for me at least). In one of your previous posts in this series, the color placement was such that I had trouble recognizing the block even though I knew what color changes had been made (I hope that made sense). Thanks for doing this series - I definitely will be looking forward to your next post.

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  3. Thanks for showing many, many options for the block. I adore the fabrics you selected. I still don't trust my own judgment enough when it comes to pulling fabrics from my stash. I tend to need the approval of many times the LQS employee who has less experience than I.

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  4. Great ideas with the color options to make the block look different. Thanks!

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  5. It is so kind of you to share and show us your interpretation of each of the blocks.

    I try and do this type of change up, however don't have the confidence of putting it in a blog. Thank you.

    Thank you

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