Elizabeth Hartman from Oh, Fransson! joins us each month for Elizabeth’s Fabric Focus. Today’s Stack & Nest Quilted Block project is a free PDF download and features many of our favorite Lecien prints. Oh, Fransson! is full of information for sewists, whether you’re looking for a small project or a quilting how-to (plus much more). Be sure to browse and enjoy.

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From Elizabeth: This month we’re celebrating all the new Lecien prints in the shop with a fun patchwork project. The tiny animal and floral prints are just perfect for these stacking and nesting blocks.

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There were so many choices that I had a hard time narrowing things down! I used all of the following in my blocks:

For the 6” Block: Minny Muu Teal Mice (Lining), My Folklore Folk Floral Blue, Minny Muu Birdie Tweets Beige, and Lecien Pindot Floral Orange

For the 5” Block: Katie Jump Rope Small Floral Red (Lining), Minny Muu Mother Goose Grey, Minny Muu Tiny Flower Grid Grey, and Minny Muu Tiny Strawberries Blue

For the 4” Block: Minny Muu Bumble Bee Green (Lining), Lecien Strawberries and Friends Natural, Pretty Please Marie Butter, and Minny Muu Vintage Tossed Flowers Blue

For the 3” Block: Minny Muu Tiny Strawberries Pink (Lining), Minny Muu Sailors Natural, Pretty Please Amanda Fleur Royal, and Lecien Tiny Daisies on White

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Because of the small size of the blocks, I recommend using small prints. Besides Minny Muu and the other Lecien prints, Sunbonnet Sue and Windham Basics would also work well.

I also used pieces of Aiden Linen in natural in each block. The natural linen lends a zakka-inspired look to the blocks and offers a nice textural contrast to the various cotton prints.

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While I used square-in-square patchwork for the exterior of my blocks, any patchwork pattern (or even just plain panels) can be used, making this a great project for playing around with scraps and trying out new patchwork patterns.

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In order to make the blocks sturdy enough to hold their shape and be stacked, several types of interfacing are used. Don’t let that scare you off though! The blocks are constructed in such a way that it isn’t necessary to sew through any thick layers.

Print your Stack & Nest Quilted Block project pattern today. This pattern is for home use only. As always, if you end up making this project, we’d love to see it in the Sew,Mama,Sew! Flickr pool.

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