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The Economy Block - Three Methods, Three Sizes

Updated: Mar 25, 2018

So I volunteered to run the block lotto at the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild. And I said I would make a video to explain it all. I thought it would take 2 days, three max. Two weeks later I published my video.

I'm not sure what I was thinking having no experience making a video. The minute I started I knew I was in trouble. It was as boring as watching paint dry. It was awful. The footage of making the blocks was painful to watch.

I'm sure if I hadn't been on the hook with the guild for a how-to, I probably would have retreated, decided Youtube was not for me and no one would have been the wiser. But instead I had over promised...two days...and everyday for two weeks I lived in fear of an email or text from the executive asking for the video.

So I dove...I dove deep.

It was the steepest learning curve I think I've ever been on. Every day from morning to midnight I was either recording, researching or editing. No meals were made, no laundry done, no friends or family.

I did have a bazillion economy blocks made by the end which now I will have to turn into a quilt. Stay tuned for a future blog where I put them all to together.

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I didn't think I would like paper piecing, however, with your explanation I found it easier than I thought.


I found the Economy block templates on your site, so please disregard my earlier post. Thanks for sharing them.

For others looking for them:


I saw your video on YouTube today - very informative as well as entertaining! I also can't find the patterns on the TMQG site or on here. Thank you.


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Feb 08, 2019

Great block!


I was trying to get the pattern for the economy block. Do you have to be a member of the Toronto modern quilt guild to get the patten? thank you!

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