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 ½″ x 8 ½″ unfinished) size Economy Quilt Block including a free printable version you can download.
This version is a sweet little Easter mini quilt that I made a few years ago using Melissa Mortenson’s fabric collection for Riley Blake, Wonderland. (Now out of print but some Wonderland prints are still available to find on Etsy.)
Economy Quilt Block Tutorial
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!
Free printable version of this Economy Quilt Block Tutorial HERE.
For each 8″ x 8″ finished (8 ½″ x 8 ½″ unfinished) quilt block you’ll need:
- a center square of 4 ½″ x 4 ½ (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 ¼″ 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 ½″ squares)
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 ½″ x 4 ½″ 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.
Square up pieced section to 6 ¼″ x 6 ¼″. Be careful to square evenly on all four sides.
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 ½″ x 8 ½″
You can download a free printable version of this Economy Quilt Block Tutorial HERE.
For this little mini quilt I make nine blocks. I cut three strips 2 ½″ x width of fabric to use for my borders and 3 strips 2 ½″ 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.
More Economy Block Quilts
See more quilts I’ve made using this tutorial: Pemberley Economy Block quilt