Monday, 23 March 2015

Economy Blocks

Greetings on this Monday from cold and snowy Alberta Canada. It feels more like we are approaching Christmas than Easter. I even took a two hour nap on the couch this afternoon. That had more to do with staying up until 1:00 a.m. doing some English Paper Piecing rather than the weather though.

Today I would like to show you an economy block quilt I made for my Etsy shop. I bought these dinosaur fabrics with the intention of sewing some baby boy quilts for my shop because I almost always make baby girl quilts. Baby boys need quilts too! I know, because my first child is a boy and it's sometimes hard to find a good selection of things for those sweet little guys.

Economy block dinosaur quilt pieced and quilted by Anita LaHay of Daydreams of Quilts.
 There is a fun Facebook group that I am a member of called Quilt Block Boot Camp. It is run by Ros of the blog Sew Delicious. She is an Australian blogger. I really enjoy the Australian bloggers! :) Anyway, every week she posts a link to a free quilt block tutorial for all of us to try.

We have had eight weeks so far but I have only sewn the economy block. I do want to sew them all soon though. Ros has them all grouped in a document file too so that is handy for finding them quickly if you're like me and have so many things going on that you can't keep up with the group.

I quilted leaves for the dinos to munch on all over the quilt top.

I had a fat quarter of this border print which I put along the top of the quilt.

This is the back all crinkly after it went through the washer with a bit of Ivory baby soap and then the dryer.

This quilt is for sale here if you're in the market for such an item. :)
I love these blocks. This was my first time sewing them and they are a bit tricky but not too hard. They are especially great for showcasing large prints. I want to make two larger quilts for my home. One out of Aneela Hoey's "Little Apples" line and one out of Heather Ross' "Briar Rose" line. I have two lovely fat quarter bundles that have been sitting waiting for me to decide what to sew with them and I think Economy Blocks are the way to go! There will probably be enough for some more baby quilts too.

Check out "Quilt Block Boot Camp" and request to join if you would like to sew along and learn some blocks.

3 comments:

  1. Thank you for posting this!! I'm in love with these blocks. I received a FQB of Hello Bear fabric and I was trying to think of a good block to do that wouldn't chop up those cute animals. I think this is going to be it! It will make the cutest lil baby quilt. And I love your dinosaur one! Super cute.

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  2. Very nice quilt. This looks like a fun baby boy quilt any boy would be happy to receive.

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  3. Cute cute cute!! and I love the crinkles!
    I really like how economy blocks show off prints, but I hate making them, is that strange??!

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