Easy Economy Block Tutorial

Aug 31, 2021 8:30:00 AM / by Katy Sweigart

This quick tutorial shows you how easy the AccuQuilt GO! and the GO! Qube make Economy Blocks.

Hello! I’m Katy and I blog over at KatyQuilts. I’ve been using AccuQuilt products for over eight years now and they are indispensable to me. Today I’m going to share one of my favorite blocks with you. 

I love Economy blocks! They are also commonly known as a Square in a Square block. You see them everywhere. Not necessarily by themselves, but often as components of larger blocks.

 

Economy Block 1_web


Many people struggle with these. It is hard to know how to line up the triangles to get everything to turn out correctly, but it doesn’t have to be hard.

AccuQuilt dies make these a piece of cake...and we all like cake, am I right?

 

Economy Block 2_web

 

Today, I’m going to show you how to make an 8-inch finished size Square in a Square block.

I’m using dies #1, #3, and #4 from my GO! Qube Mix & Match 8" Block

 

Economy Block 3_web

 

To make a six-inch block, use dies #1 , #3, and #4 from the GO! Qube Mix & Match 6" Block. Easy peasy!

Economy Block Tutorial

  • For a single block, cut one 4.5-inch square and four 4.5-inch half-square triangles from the print and four 4.5-inch quarter-triangles from your background fabric.

Economy Block 4_web


  • Sew a background quarter-square triangle (QST) to two opposite sides of the center square.

    I love how these line up perfectly!

Economy Block 5_web

 

  • Press the seams away from the center square.

 

Economy Block 6_web

 

  • Now, add two more QST's to the remaining sides of the center square. This is how it looks when you line up these pieces.

 

Economy Block 7_web

 

  • Again, press away from the center square.

    Pro Tip: Be gentle as you press. These are bias edges.

 

Economy Block 8_web

 

Time to add the print triangles!

This is how it looks when lining them up.

 

Economy Block 9 (1)

 

 

  • Press away from the center. 

  • Add the last two large print triangles. See how you can tell exactly where to place them?

 

Economy Block 10_web

 

  • Press away from the center. Ta daaa!

 

Economy Block 11_web

 

Now, stand back and admire your perfect block!

I used to shy away from making these. They seemed just too fiddly to deal with, but now I love them!

 

Economy Block 12_web

 

Pro Tip: This is a great scrap buster block. You could cut every piece from a different scrap!

I had many small pieces all from the same line of fabric and wanted to use them all in the same quilt. This is what I came up with.

 

Economy Block 13_web

 

Did you see what I did there?

I ran out of fabric-making blocks, so I used my GO! Qube to slip in another block in the same size! 

 

Economy Block 14_web

 

I hope this little tutorial shows you how easy these blocks are to make using the AccuQuilt GO! and the GO! Qube. I’m off to make some scrappy Economy Blocks!

If you make your own Economy design using this tutorial, please share the photo on social media using the hashtag #AccuQuiltBuilt. Don't forget to tag @katyquilts and @AccuQuilt so we can see your fun creation!

Have a great day!

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