Economy Quilt Block for Christmas – in flannel!

Economy Quilt Block for Christmas – in flannel!

Quilt Blocks aren’t just for Cotton!

Economy Quilt Block for Christmas

Flannel + Chirstmas + Gnomes = a winning combination!

Create a warm and cozy quilt for the holidays by creating blocks from the Gnome for Christmas prints and panel. 

The gnome in the center is cut from the panel and accented with a gnome toss and snowflakes.  

The gnome square in the center of the panel is approximately 13″ square and the other 7 are approximately 8″ squares – great for oversized quilt blocks!

Gnome for Christmas Quilt Panel

I have a page with quilt block tutorials – including the Economy Block shown here.

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If you make something with the Gnomes and post it on social media – tag me – I love to see what people create!

May your creative juices flow and these little gnomes bring you joy!

Tara Reed

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

It’s also a great block to use with the Main Print in my Send Me to the Woods fabric line!  I fussy cut one of the large animals for each block and just love how they look in the middle! 

Click here to see the table runner created from 3 Economy blocks >

This tutorial creates a 12″ finished block. 

How to Make an Economy Block

Example shown creates a 12″ finished block.

Use 1/4″ scant Seam allowance throughout.


Economy Block - basic cuts

FABRIC 1: Send me To the Woods Main Tan

  • (1) 6 1/2″ square – for center of the block
  • fussy cut to showcase the animal of your choice

FABRIC 2: Send Me To The Woods Buffalo Plaid Light Brown

  • (1) 7 1/2″ square – for center block triangles
  • Cut across two diagonals to create 4 triangles 

FABRIC 3: Send me To the Woods Forest Green

  • (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 - inner triangle cuts with directional fabric

STEP 1: Lay out your pieces before sewing


This step is vital if you are using directional fabric. 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… 😉)

STEP 2: Add the Inner Triangles


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.

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. (see image)

Repeat with the opposite triangle. Clip or pin and sew with a scant 1/4″ seam.

Press the seams (open or towards the darker fabric – whichever you prefer.)

Repeat for the second set of triangles.

Trim points to square.

STEP 3: Add the Outer Triangles to Complete the Economy Block


Layout the sewn center block inside the outer blocks you will add next. 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.

Just like that your Economy Block is complete!

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

Pretty quick and easy – have a creative day!

– Tara Reed

P.S. If you make this block I’d love to see it!

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