Economy Quilt Block Tutorial

The classic Economy Quilt Block (also sometimes known as Square in Square) is one of my favorite traditional quilt blocks for a controlled scrappy quilt. Here’s a simple tutorial for making an 8″ x 8″ (8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ unfinished) size Economy Quilt Block including a free printable version you can download.

Riley Blake Wonderland Quilt

This version is a sweet little Easter mini quilt using Melissa Mortenson’s fabric collection for Riley Blake, Wonderland. (Now out of print.)

Essex Yard Dyed by Robert Kaufman, all Denim TEN-462-42

These blocks whip up so quickly. I made 9 blocks for this mini quilt, but make 25 and you’ll have a quick baby quilt!

Block requirements

For each 8″ x 8″ finished (8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ unfinished) quilt block you’ll need:

  • a center square of 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2 (I choose to fussy cut some of those rabbits for a few of my blocks)
  • 2 squares 4″ x 4″ – cut once on the diagonal to make 4 triangles (if you like more room for squaring up, cut 4 1/4″ squares)
  • 2 squares 5″ x 5″ – cut once on the diagonal to make 4 triangles (if you like more room for squaring up, cut 5 1/2″ squares)Square in a Square tutorial 3

Center the long sides of two of the triangles from the 4″ x 4″ squares and sew them to opposite sides of the center 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ square. Press seams toward triangles and trim overhanging tabs.  Repeat with 2 triangles on remaining sides of the center square. Press seams toward the triangles.

Quilt Block tutorial part 4

Square up pieced section to 6 1/4″ x 6 1/4″. Be careful to square evenly on all four sides.

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Repeat the process with the four triangles from the 5″ x 5″ squares. Add to two opposite sides, press seams away from center. Trim tabs and add final triangles to remaining sides. Square up block to 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″

You can download a free printable version of this Economy Quilt Block Tutorial HERE.

Easter quilt tutorial

For this little mini quilt I make nine blocks. I cut three strips 2 1/2″ x width of fabric to use for my borders and 3 strips 2 1/2″ x width of fabric for the binding. Backing required just under a yard. My mini quilt finished at 28″ x 28″.


See more quilts I’ve made using this tutorial: Pemberley Economy Block quilt and Dorothy’s Journey quilt using fussy-cut prints.

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  • Reply
    Little Quiltsong
    March 17, 2016 at 5:58 am

    Love this Mini!!

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    Patricia Cash
    March 17, 2016 at 6:35 am

    So cute! Thank you.

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    Phoebe Ingraham
    March 17, 2016 at 7:34 am

    Thanks for this tutorial! The measurements are so helpful! I l this fabric and your mini is perfect for it! Happy St. Patrick’s Day too!

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    March 17, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    Such a sweet quilt. Thanks for the tutorial.

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    March 17, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    This fabric line has such cute prints in it.

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    March 17, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    So sweet πŸ™‚

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    March 17, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Adorable! Thank you for the tutorial, those blocks look fun and easy πŸ™‚

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    Karen Seitz
    March 17, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    Sew very sweet!

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    March 17, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    A very nice mini for the Easter holiday, Thank you for sharing.

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    March 18, 2016 at 7:44 am

    Such a sweet mini quilt!

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    Lara B.
    March 18, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    That little quilt is darling Amy! What a pretty sight it makes with the tulips too. Thank you for the great tutorial!

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    Edith Gorzo
    March 19, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Your mini quilt and the fabrics are so adorable.

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    March 25, 2016 at 12:01 am

    Thanks so much for the tut for this adorable quilt, I’m fairly new to quilting but your tut makes it sound easy to understand. I’ll be making this for a new grand child due in August & can’t wait to choose some fabrics & get started.
    Kind regards, Janne

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    Karen Sowards
    January 17, 2020 at 7:43 am

    I am definietely a 4.5″ square girl, then square it up…! Thank you for the tip, it changed my frown upside down!! πŸ™‚

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      January 17, 2020 at 1:54 pm

      Me too. You’re welcome!

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    Wendy Benton
    January 30, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    Very cute, it would be nice be able to print it off without the ads showing.

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    Carmen Montmarquet
    February 1, 2020 at 6:11 am

    Thank you for sharing this totally cute mini! Love the colors in this happy quilt!!

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      Rebecca Hurst
      March 20, 2020 at 6:58 pm

      I have what may seam like the silliest question ever. I cannot find reference to it in this post… but as my Oma allways says, the only dumb question is the one not asked. What is the seam measurement/ how deep do you sew all the joins.
      Thank you in advance from a long time dress sewer, first time quilter.

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