Economy quilt block tutorial

This tutorial creates a 12″ finished block. 


The Economy Block is another classic quilting block that is simple to create and versatile to use.

I fussy cut one of the large animals from my Send Me to the Woods fabric line for each block and just love how they look in the middle! 

Use ¼″ scant Seam allowance throughout.

Economy Block Fabric requirements
Economy Block - basic cuts
Economy Block - inner triangle cuts with directional fabric


  • FABRIC 1: 
    • (1) 6½″ square – for center of the block
    • fussy cut to showcase the animal of your choice
  • FABRIC 2: 
    • (1) 7½″ square – for center block triangles
    • Cut across two diagonals to create 4 triangles 
  • FABRIC 3:
    • (2) 7″ squares – for outer block triangles
    • Cut each at a diagonal to create 4 triangles from the 2 blocks. (see image below if using directional fabric)

Economy Block - Quilt Block Tutorial from Tara Reed
figure 1

This step is vital if you are using directional fabric. (figure 1) You want to make sure that you sew the directional triangles in the right direction so you don’t have to pull it apart and start again! Working from the pieces laid out how they will be sewn together greatly decreases that risk. (Guess how I know this… 😉)

The quickest and easiest way to line up the triangles in the Economy block accurately is by folding.

  • Fold the center block in half and fold the triangles on the top and bottom in half as well. (figure 2)
  • Using the fold lines as guides, match the fold on the triangle with the fold on the center square, as well as lining up the straight edge you will sew. (figure 3)
Economy Block - Quilt Block Tutorial from Tara Reed
figure 2
Economy Block - Quilt Block Tutorial from Tara Reed
figure 3
  • Repeat with the opposite triangle. Clip or pin and sew with a scant ¼″ seam. (figure 4)
  • Press the seams (open or towards the darker fabric – whichever you prefer.)
  • Repeat for the second set of triangles. (figure 5)
  • Trim points to square.
Economy Block - Quilt Block Tutorial from Tara Reed
figure 4
Economy Block - Quilt Block Tutorial from Tara Reed
figure 5

  • Layout the sewn center block inside the outer blocks you will add next. (figure 6) Again, this step is vital if you are using directional fabric like I am with the forest trees. I want them all going in the same direction!
  • Using the same technique of folding and sewing opposite corners as outlined in step 2, add the outer triangles to complete your block. (figure 7)
Economy Block - Quilt Block Tutorial from Tara Reed
figure 6
Economy Block - Quilt Block Tutorial from Tara Reed
figure 7

I created three blocks and put them together as a table runner – CLICK HERE to see full directions

Send Me To the Woods Table Runner


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🧵 Tara Reed

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See the Economy Quilt Block for Christmas >

June’s Pinwheel Quilt Block >

More Quilt Block Tutorials >

Send Me to the Woods fabric and projects >


3 responses to “QUILT BLOCK TUTORIAL: Economy Block”

  1. I love the Economy block. The fussy cut woodland animals look awesome. Thank you ofr the tutorial.

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      Tara Reed

      you are very welcome and thanks – I’m loving fussy cutting those animals! 🙂

  2. I really like the way you explain cutting the inner and outer triangles, because it takes care of the directional fabric problem.

    For the outer triangles, I cut the two squares on different diagonals, Just as you illustrated so clearly, so I could properly construct the four corners with the fabric in the correct direction for each corner.

    I came across you post a little too late to avoid the directional problem on the inner triangles: I had followed another website and cut had out two 4.75″ squares, which I then cut on the diagonal to make two triangles out of each square, for a total of four triangles…BUT the pattern was on the diagonal! Your method of cutting one larger square into four triangles eliminates the directional nightmare! The triangles automatically have the correct direction. I have had to go back and recut almost half of my inner triangles!

    Thanks for the excellent info. You saved my project! I will be following your website! Paula

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