Quilting Basics: Economy Block

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This block is such a fun block. My favorite way to use it, is within a sawtooth star.

If you notice there’s a square in the center. With a diamond (or another square) around it. Within another square around that one.

It’s just like the square within a square, but with an extra layer.

You’re starting with three fabrics.

  • Center square – red heart
  • White heart triangles
  • Outer red/pink triangles
  • And three cuts:
    • Red heart: 1- 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″
      White heart: 2- 3″ x 3″ (cut on the diagonal)
      Pink/white: 2- 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ (cut on the diagonal)
  • Take your center square, red, and fold in half and iron. Open.

    Lay the long side of a white triangle along the edge of the red square. Line up the point with the crease. Sew along the edge.

    Lay another white triangle along the opposite straight edge of the red square. Once again, line up point with the center crease. Sew.

    Iron open.

    Fold in half lining up the white points. Iron, creating the crease down the red square.

    Lay another white triangle along the red square edge, lining up point with center crease.

    Iron open.

    Lay last white triangle along last red edge, lining up point with the center crease.

    Press open and trim to 3 1/2″ square.

    Now look at that pretty diamond and square.

    Okay, next steps. We’re going to take the red/pink triangles and do the exact same thing.

    Put the long side of the red/pink triangles along the edge of the square. Line up point with the corner of the red square. Press open and repeat with the opposite side.

    Now repeat those same steps with the other two sides. Press open and trim to 4 1/2 square.

    And there you have your square within a square block. You could put flying geese around it to make a Star, a border with patterned fabric in the corners to make a cute basic block… the possibilities are endless.

    If you don’t want to have to guess what size to cut your squares, Making Quilting Simpler has a calculator you can put your beginning or end desire size of Block is, and it will tell you what to cut.