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″.

If you’d like to find cutting and piecing instructions for more sizes of Economy Blocks, you can find them available in 6″ x 6″ and 12″ x 12″ sizes here.


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 šŸ™‚

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    March 17, 2016 at 5:32 pm

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

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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!! šŸ™‚

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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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    June 2, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    This is just so sweet! You’ve completely inspired me to have another go at patchworking with triangles!

    I have a piece of fabric I’d like to fussy cut for the centres, but the print would work best with 3″ squares, cut at 3.5″. I’ve been tangled up in Pythagorus trying to work out what size the other two squares of fabric would be, but I can’t do the maths with the seam allowances too. Are you able to give me the measurements or provide a formulae to help? Thank you so very much!

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    December 30, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    Hello! I just LOVE your style and fabric selections on your baby lattice and economy block quilts!! I would love to make the economy baby blanket in the same size you did, however as a new quilter,Iā€™m having difficulty knowing how much fabric to purchase for this? Could you tell me how much total yardage is needed to complete such a quilt? Thanks in advance for your time!! šŸ™‚

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