Simplicity – Block 2 Stacked

NM Patterns - Simplicity - Block 2 Stacked main v2 2015-06-08

NM Patterns - Simplicity blog button 2015-05-18 The Simplicity quilt-along has arrived at week 2 day 1 and today’s block is Stacked.

The graphic version of the block shows a bit more mint green as well as less turquoise in the colours, compared to my own block above, but I’m a die-hard fan of all the cool colours, and so I grabbed the fabrics I thought would match one another well. Choose your own colours, “reverse” the order with the darkest hue at the bottom of the stack, or pick a different set of colours entirely! Regardless, this one will come together quickly.

NM Patterns - Simplicity - Block 2 Stacked graphic 2015-06-08

Cutting pieces

  • Dark green: 6.5” x 1.5”
  • Middle green: 6.5” x 2.5”
  • Light green: 6.5” x 3.5”
  • Background: 2 pieces (2x) 3.5” x 6.5” and 2 pieces (2x) 12.5” x 3.5”

Cut your background pieces a tad larger than above, if you want to ensure a 12.5-inch block when squaring up the finished block, should you have troubles sewing an even quarter-inch seam still.

Block construction

As with block 1, Boxes, use whatever thread you prefer. I used white 50-weight cotton this time, because it happened to be on the machine already. Sew with a quarter-inch seam allowance.

Press seams open before adding on the background side panels to the stacked green fabrics, sew side panels, press seams open, and sew top and bottom background panels on. Press last seams open, square up the block to 12.5” x 12.5”, and admire your rather quickly sewn block.

Or, for the visually oriented sewist, a graphic construction diagramme:

NM Patterns - Simplicity - Block 2 Stacked construction 2015-06-08

The finished Stacked block

My block came together very quickly and I hope yours will, too. If you don’t have enough time at hand to make it from start to finish, an idea is to audition fabrics first (because you want the three fabrics of the stacks to stand out in relation to one another as well as the background), and then cut and sew in another session, because the six seams to sew don’t take long, not even when pressing the seam allowances open.

NM Patterns - Simplicity - Block 2 Stacked finished v2 2015-06-08

Please ask questions in the comments or share other thoughts you may have. Wish you a lovely new week!

P.S. I realised I haven’t updated the quilt-along gallery page yet, but will do it this week, so you can find all blocks quickly in one place. The logo right below the first block photo is a direct link to that page, I should add, and I will include it in all block posts in the future.

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