Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Economy Block Quilt

Last Fall, you may remember, I participated in the South Carolina MQG Mini Quilt Swap. My swap partner requested purples, greens and navy. One of her favorite fabric designers was Jessica Swift. I really didn't have a lot of purple in my stash and I wasn't familiar with fabric designer, Jessica Swift. So I decided to purchase Jessica's latest line of fabric to make my partner's quilt.

Once the fabrics arrived and I started sewing with them, I completely fell in love with the fabrics and colors. Luckily, I had purchased a bit extra and vowed to make something for myself with the leftovers.

The Economy Block has always been a favorite, and I decided it would be a great block to showcase the beautiful fabrics.


The Economy Blocks are 10" finished and I alternated them with a 10" Hour Glass Block to create a setting for them, inspired by the Economy Block quilt made by Saija that she featured on Instagram.


I love how the black and white blocks create space for the print blocks to shine. This setting required large Flying Geese Blocks and background rectangles to finish off the pattern on the borders of the quilt.


Straight line diagonal quilting, spaced at about 5/8" created simple texture.



The solid backing shows off the quilting lines nicely. I auditioned several binding choices, including purple, green and black, but ended up with a dark charcoal gray that frames everything nicely.


A quilt that's not predominately blue? Unusual for me! And I love it!

11 comments:

  1. Another pretty quilt. I have always loved the Economy block as well. You really made it into a nice pattern and quilt.

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  2. Those black and white hourglass blocks really make this quilt. I mean, the Economy blocks are very pretty, but they become extra special with that black and white around them.

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  3. Nice finish and also not familiar with Jessica's fabrics but quite nice and love the bright colors. Cute pattern and love the big blocks.

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  4. Oh, wow! This quilt is so fresh and pretty! I can see why your partner loves the fabric designer. Gorgeous finish :)

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  5. Such a fresh and happy quilt! Nice to have all those leftovers :)

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  6. It's beautiful! The gray really sets off the pretty colors.

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  7. I love the combination of colorful, crazy, bright economy blocks with the more sedate hourglases. Wonderful quilt. Enjoy the finish!

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  8. Very pretty and a good way to use up leftovers from another project. And thanks for the explanation of how you constructed it. Looking at it, I mistakenly thought you gave the economy blocks another round of either white or black then set them on point.

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  9. Cynthia, this quilt is lovely
    I adore economy blocks and I love how you showcased a sweet pattern inside each. This is very attractive and well done!!

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  10. I really love the way you have set the economy blocks with the hourglass blocks, it makes the quilt look complicated when really it is just the magic of two different blocks. I'm not familiar with Jessica's fabrics but any fabric that comes out of AGF is a beautiful fabric.

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  11. What a beauty you created here! I hadn't known that designer before either so it's lovely to learn about her phantastic fabrics! Your choice is perfect!

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Thanks so much for taking time to comment!