This week I managed to finish up my Cotton and Steel Economy block quilt…and I am very pleased with myself.
You see I signed this week for the 2nd Quarter of the 2016 Finish Along and I am determined to get more done than I did last quarter. I am finding having a bit of accountability in my quilting a good thing… it really is making me conscious of finishing things up instead of just adding them to the large pile of works in progress.
This quilt is such a fun one to start with. I really had a blast fussy cutting up my Cotton and Steel stash. I had been collecting bits and pieces of the C&S since the line first came out but it was not until I started this project that I realized how well it all works together.
I have used prints from just about every Cotton & Steel line (including some of their new Garland line which has just come out).
And definitely have a piece of fabric for all the Cotton & Steel designers. I must admit for a brief little bit I was thinking that I might hold onto the blocks and wait till the next line comes out and add more to the quilt, but in the spirit of getting things finished, I just put what I had together and called it good.
I kept the quilting simple… lots of straightish lines using the lines in the block as the guide for my walking foot.
For the back of the quilt I used some larger pieces of my stash…
And to finish it all off I used a navy blue scrappy binding…
So my first finish of quarter two is done and dusted…. now to get another quilt out of my WIP pile and finish it up. I am highly motivated at the moment…I just hope it lasts.
Name: A Cotton and Steel Economy
Pattern: 7 1/2 inch Economy blocks
Fabric: Cotton & Steel collections
Finished size: 45 x 60 inches
22 thoughts on “Cotton & Steel Economy Blocks”
One of my favorite blocks, and one of the oldest in American pieced quilts. Well done! Where do you get your Wombat Quilts tags made? That’s a really great idea!
It’s bright, it’s happy and it’s fabulous. Nothing to beat a fussy cut economy block if you’ve got the range to do it. Once again, brilliant colour work 🙂
I made my first quilt 2 years ago and I used the ‘economy’ block pattern – I didn’t really know what I was doing (I didn’t know about squaring up etc) but luckily everything was almost spot on and turned out great. Seeing your beautiful quilt reminds me of that time 🙂
Hi Cath! This is beautiful and happy quilt! There is something with the economy block, that I really like! Perhaps it’s that even the quilt is busy and full of colours, everything is still ‘in order’. I was thinking to make economy blocks for the quilt I have now on my design wall (you can see in IG: nerospost) but then I just put the squares in point. Thank you for reminding me about ec. block – I shall re-arrange my squares and add the triangles. x Teje
Economy blocks in my view are the most underrated, they show case print fabrics beautifully and create such a fabric feast, yours is just scrummy 🙂
Love this quilt! Such a great pattern…it is one of my all time favorites!! And all the cheerful colors…awesome quilt….thanks for sharing!
Congrats on another beautiful quilt. love those blocks, I haven’t made a whole quilt using that block but I have made some fun pincushions.
And so should you be pleased! This one just sparkles. I like the way you quilted it too!
Good for you!! It is a sparkling creation. You have inspired me to get off the computer and go sew awhile.
That navy binding looks so crisp, great accent to the whole quilt. Hope you can maintain momentum. Some days you just have to roll with it.
Absolutely stunning and the colors! oh yeah! Fantastic start to your Q2 finishes – I’ll go share on the FAL fb page!
It looks so good, Cath! Love it! Is this one you’re keeping for yourself? I don’t think I could bear to let go of all those pretty fabrics lol!
Wow! I’ve always thought economy blocks were sort of boring but they aren’t in this quilt!
So lovely! I’ve just made my first economy blocks but will probably only go as far as a pillow or a mini. I’ve also started making blocks for my second cotton & steel quilt so feel very inspired seeing your wonderful finish!
Finally a quilt and quilting I can relate too, why all of a sudden the whole quilt needs to be quilted? Horrible on a bed, like it soft and cuddly, hahahaha
Great Fabs and way to feature them! I like the straight forward quilting too!
I enjoyed making something similar (economy block baby quilt) recently for a niece. The fun part is fussy cutting the pictures for the middles, right?
I stippled mine in big loops, but I like how you used straight lines to quilt yours.
Such a fun and happy quilt!! don’t you just love Cotton and Steel?!
Holy wow! That is dazzling! Amazing, I love it so much!
I don’t think there is is C&S quilt that I don’t love. Lovely finish
Cath, this quilt is so fantastic!! And your photos are so great, the colours just pop right out of the screen! Love the quilt, and thanks for sharing through the Finish-A-Long!