Tuesday 3 May 2016

Being economical with economy blocks

Scraptastic Tuesday

When announcing #scraptastictuesday winners last month I showed you this quilt top I made from 41 economy blocks.  

I was being economical with the blocks by making them into stars with an alternate snowball block, made from the cut off triangles left over from other blocks. 

I was even more stingy by adding lots of negative space around them.

I actually love the look this gave me, all because I didn't want to fussy cut more economy blocks.  Sometimes it pays dividends to think outside the box.

Anyway I quilted it with a serpentine stitch in vertical lines.  It is a look I have often seen but never followed up on.  Well I'm so glad I did as the texture this gives is amazing!   It does shrink it up somewhat so this quilt that was a bit small is even smaller now, but very snuggly.

I used up the last of a pink floral fabric that I had on the back and went with a yellow gingham binding cut on the bias as I love the effect that gives though I didn't actually want the stretchiness.

And so here it is

I will be linking this little quilt up to the Finish-A-Long 2016 at the end of quarter 2 

Finish A Long 2016

It started out as just a little pile of square blocks on my list here.


  1. This turned out so pretty! I like your unique use of these blocks!

  2. This quilt is so good, it twinkles.

  3. Gorgeous. Whilst I had seen pics up on IG it's lovely to see it on a bigger screen and to hear the full story!

  4. You are the queen of improvisation Nicky! Economy blocks, leftover triangles and all that negative space make for a lovely quilt!

  5. Wonderful finish, congratulations, it is so gorgeous.

  6. Love that random stars look, and I think you have done a super finish with that serpentine stitch.
    Good one Nicky!

  7. Great transformation, and gorgeous texture.

  8. Great transformation, and gorgeous texture.

  9. Love this Nicki. Love it. Love it. Love it!

  10. I love how you transformed these blocks!

  11. That's a very effective quilt. Very nice

  12. My goodness...how productive are you. I only managed two projects. Love the quilt and the quilting that you have done on it.

  13. Love the block use and the negative space. It's a lovely quilt!


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