The Skinny on the SewAlong:
We’ll be using Moda’s Sampler Block Shuffle patterns, which are made up of 30 blocks, each designed by a different Moda fabric Designer. Did I mention they’re each just one small sheet of instructions? I’ll be posting a new block on this page 2 to 3 times a week; I’ll share my block at Instagram with the hashtag #swsummertimesewalong (and I hope you will too so I can see your magical creations!). I’ll also post them below, with a PDF of the the simple instructions (and any additional helpful shortcuts or handy hints) to help you make each block as we go along.
One last thing: Several have asked about the quick scrappy bunch of fabrics I’m using for my blocks, so I made a few Happy Scrappy Sweet Sixteenths™ Stacks available in the shop HERE.
And ‘sew’ without further adieu, we begin with Block 1:
Interested in a non-applique alternative to the above block? Yeah – me too. Here’s mine:
(Don’t worry – I’ll be providing a pieced alternative for the other appliqué block later down the pike too!)
…aaaand you guessed it! Our last block is an appliqué one. In the event you are a lover of appliqué, I invite you to jump right in and click below.
In the event you’re like me and you fancy a pieced block instead, here’s mine:
Next up – the finishing part. Plainly put – the sky is the limit on how you’d like to assemble your blocks and I encourage you to make this quilt your own! Below are the setting instructions for Moda’s Sampler Block Shuffle, which sets the blocks on point and includes an inner border of flying geese (if you’re using our Summertime Bundle, you should have plenty of fabric left for this). Those instructions are here, followed by the setting instructions:
Now. Remember the perpetual theme of this project here in the Woods? Summertime and the livin’ is eeeeasy. All along, my personal goal has been for this project to be simple for my own purposes. So – when you see my finished quilt below, you’ll note that it differs from Moda’s version. Here goes:
I’ve set my blocks the regular way with simple sashing strips in between with each block cornered with a printed square, an outside border, and a pieced binding. This version creates a nice sized lap quilt, approximately 44 1/2″ x 52 1/2″. The specifics are as follows:
• Cut 20 – 2 1/2″ squares from your printed fabrics
• Cut 49 – 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ strips of background fabrics (approx. 9 – 2 1/2″ x wof strips)
• Sew 1 – 2 1/2 ” x 6 1/2″ strip between each block, joining six rows of 5 blocks each
• In-between each row, you’ll sew together strips alternating a 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ sashing strip with a 2 1/2″ square – for a total of 5 strips with 4 squares in between, a total of five assembled strips
• Sew strips between each row, connecting all six rows, as shown above
• Cut 4 – 3″ squares for the outside four corners
• Cut – 2 – 3″ x 38 1/2″ strips of background for top and bottom borders – these strip sizes can be modified of your quilt size measurement varies, but I recommend that your top and bottom strips be cut to the same length and ‘fudged’ in, if necessary so that the top and bottom lay out about the same
• Attach one to the top of your quilt, one to the bottom
• Cut – 2 – 3″ x 46 1/2″ strips of background for side borders. As with the top and bottom strips, these strip sizes can be modified if your quilt size measurement varies. Just work to cut both strips the same length for the reasons detailed for top and bottom strips
• You’ll need to cut a total of 3 – 3″ x wof for this. Cut 1 strip in half, then attach each half to the end of the 2 full width pieces, then cut each of those to 46 1/2″
• Attach 1 – 3″ square to each end of the strips. Sew one along each side edge of your quilt
• The pieced binding is simply a compilation of as many 2 1/2″ strips as you can assemble that are remaining from your collection of fabrics used in your quilt. strip sizes can vary or be all the same length – you get to choose!
And that’s it friends! Summertime and the livin’ was easy. Now we begin Fall for some much needed structure! We’ll leave these right here for anyone that wants to jump in for the first time or for a repeat with other fabrics.