Economy Block Along, Sort of

Mosaic blocks

You would have to be living under an Instagram/blogging rock if you haven’t heard about the Economy Block Along. Suddenly everyone is making Economy, or square in square blocks following a tutorial provided by Rita at Red Pepper Quilts. The blocks are very fun and addicting. I just made two of them for our Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild block lottery. While making them, I realized that this simple block could help me with my New Years sewing resolution. I like to say that I don’t hoard fabric but it is only partially true. I tend to sort of hoard my texty fabrics and Japanese prints, especially those from Sew Me A Song. I just like them so much that I don’t want to run out, but seriously, they aren’t easy to enjoy sitting on a shelf hiding from the light. So I made a resolution at the end of December that this was the year that I was going to decimate my Sew Me A Song stash! It’s a little bit hard to make that first cut but then it is easy.

Mosaic blocks

The Economy block is great because it allows you to use little fussy cuts in the center.  But my stash included a lot of prints that would be best shown off in strips. So I decided to go with this paper pieced Mosaic block. It is basically an Economy block on point with added strip borders and then triangular corners.  I am making my blocks 7″ finished which is an odd size, admittedly, but is the largest size that can fit on a single sheet of paper.  The block is paper pieced as one unit.

Chair Mosaic Block

I’m having so much fun choosing my fabrics.  This block has a chair in the center.  I chose a text print that is made up of woodworking receipts to frame it…since the chair had to be built right?  Then I used lace to symbolize the curtains in the drawing room, followed by the chandeliers.  It’s fun making up these little stories as I go.

Bunny Mosaic Block

I am imagining this adorable little bunny on the moon singing his ABCs, hence the border on this block.  Fun, fun, fun!


And I love this combination of the tea cup with the pink text fabric that has tea names on it!

If you would like to try this block, I am sharing the free pattern in my Craftsy shop.




  1. Thanks for sharing the pattern, Amy. I think we are all going to be making lots of these Economy Blocks for a while! 🙂

  2. Oh, nothing like discovering you’re under a rock. I’ve never seen these. I love the last block!

  3. These are SO cute, Amy! I chose “aspire” for my word of 2014 and I also “aspire” to cut into some of those fun Japanese and texty fabrics rather than have them sitting on a shelf where I never see them!

  4. I’m another “under the rock” person! Love these!

  5. I just started some economy blocks this morning! I really wasn’t going to, but it seems I can’t resist the paper piecing aspect of them, and they are so quick to make. Love the size of your blocks and it looks so good with the border!

  6. This is a unique variation and the fabrics are incredible! Worth using them for this great result.

  7. Your blocks are beautiful! Thanks so much for the free pattern!

  8. Thanks so much for sharing this, Amy – love it! And you are so evil – just did some major damage at Sew Me A Song!!! Always love your work and your generosity.

  9. Those are just super cute! No time to sew but this goes on my to do list!

  10. Edra Moore says:

    Thank you for sharing! Your blocks are so cute, I have to go check my stash for some cute fabrics to make this.

  11. I love the block you’ve been using, it shows off so many more fabrics! Still no time to start sewing any though *sigh*

  12. Oh, I love this block! While I love the economy block, I did a snow ball quilt ~ it’s so similar to the economy block that I just didn’t want to do it again. Your block is different enough and I’ve saved it on Craftsy! Thanks so much for sharing it!

  13. Sweet block stories =) Those are the details that someday, someone just may discover as they cuddle with a quilt.

  14. Amy, love your fabric collection! Thank you for sharing this pattern!

  15. Susan Dwyer says:

    So many of us under that rock! LOL Looking forward to making a whole bunch of these. Love the challenge of finding the inspiration and building it. Thanks for sharing the pattern.


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