shape moth feather

Feather on a Summer’s Night {& a Giveaway}

I’ve wanted to make the feathers from Shape Moth’s Forest Quilt Along since I first began paper piecing. After recently selecting a fabric bundle for Fiddlehead Artisan Supply, I was trying to decide what project to make with the bundle. I asked my friend Stephanie and she immediately replied, “Feathers!”. Done deal.

summer nights fabric bundle fiddleheadIt’s no secret that I love high contrast and bright colors. Dark midnight blues paired with bright oranges and yellow compose this month’s blogger bundle for Fiddlehead Artisan Supply. It’s called “Summer Nights“, reminiscent of fireflies and popsicles. Scroll down to enter for a chance to win a Summer Nights bundle for yourself.

summer nights fabric bundle fiddleheadThere’s just something about this bundle that was begging to be stitched into feathers, or maybe fireflies. I might have to work on a firefly pattern, now that we mention it. Inspiration is everywhere!

shape moth featherI love how bright and bold the yellow and orange look against the dark blue. The fact that the fabrics include some of my favorites (Doe, Prisma Elements, Plume, and a fun new find by Lecien) surely adds to the appeal.

foundation paper pieced back detailI used wash-away stabilizer sheets provided to me by Alyssa at Pile O’Fabric, and I’m both excited and nervous to soak this block in water so that the sheets dissolve. Imagine that–foundation paper piecing without having to remove the paper at the end! I’ll be sure to write a post about how it all goes once I build up the bravery to let the feather take the plunge.

Growth of a Feather
The growth of a feather, via Instagram #sewtake20 posts.

I’m not quite sure what I will create out of this bright feather block; I think for sure I will make its little buddy (the second feather in the pattern) before fully finishing. I’m on the fence about whether to make it into a pillow or a mini wall hanging. I’m leaning toward a pillow, with the Plume fabric as the back. What would you make?

summer nights fabric bundle fiddleheadFiddlehead Artisan Supply is generously offering a Summer Nights fat quarter bundle to one of my readers. The bundle includes fat quarters of the following six fabrics (clockwise from the feathers):

  • Plume in Onyx from Nomad by Urban Chiks for Moda
  • Lecien Chatter Tailors #40507
  • Doe Trellis in Blue by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman Fabrics
  • Prisma Elements in Solar Quartz for Art Gallery Fabrics
  • Moda Half Moon Modern Scissors in Orange
  • Prisma Elements in Apricot Sunstone for Art Gallery Fabrics

To enter the giveaway today, share what you think of when you hear “summer nights”. Feel free to share word associations or stories; just fill the comments with summer night favorites! Leave a comment and make sure I’m able to get ahold of you if you win.  If you’re a follower of Night Quilter, leave a second comment telling me how you follow for a second entry. Like Fiddlehead Artisan Supply on Facebook or subscribe to their newsletter and tell me how you followed them for a third entry.

This giveaway is open to US and international participants.  The giveaway will be open until 8pm Wednesday 8/5 when I’ll select the winner randomly with Good luck!Note: This giveaway is now closed! 

I also completed my July Goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes, but I can’t show you yet! The goal was to complete the quilt and pattern that will be published in the September issue of Make Modern Magazine. Rather than post a boring, photoless post to document that I’ve met my goal, I’ll use this post as a multi-finish! I’m linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday, and ALYoF as my July Finish post.

182 thoughts on “Feather on a Summer’s Night {& a Giveaway}”

  1. Summer nights have always meant laying in the yard feeling the cool grass on a hot night while star gazing.

    Can’t wait to hear about this stabilizer!


  2. I hate to say it but summer nights mean humidity and mosquitoes to me, neither very appealing. I’ll take fall nights anytime…


  3. Kitty, it is beautiful! I am so excited to hear how the wash-away stabilizer works.

    Oh, and summer nights to me are warm, humid, and generally unpleasant. Yay, Texas. I try to leave the state during summer.


  4. Summer time word association makes me think of hand quilting out by our pond on our swing watching the baby bunny, chipmunk, meadow vole, birds ( hummingbirds are my favorite) occasional hawk, raccoon and the fish and toads all doing what they do while I soak up the weather after a long Canadian winter.
    The Feather is beautiful, did you design the paper piece pattern? Congratulations on the article in the magazine, you are very talented!


  5. Summer nights – warm, sultry breezes, soft blues playing in the background, a beautiful sun set, a good bottle of wine to sip, and me and my husband on our deck enjoying it all. Thanks!


  6. Summer nights make me think of spending time with my cousins when I was young. We would spend the day swimming and canoeing in the river and spend the evenings playing hide and seek and capture the flag.


  7. I love your dramatic feather! When I think of summer nights I think of sitting in the park listening to outdoor concerts. Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful bundle!


  8. Summer Nights reminds me of when I was a kid and we played outside most evenings. We played hide and seek in the dark and sometimes it was scary, but we had a lot of fun.


  9. I love your use of complementary colours, and the feather print within the feathers is just too clever.
    Paper piecing without tearing paper? Tell me more! I wait for the rinse report.
    Summer nights? Meatloaf!! (Think about it. You will remember the song. 🙂 )


  10. What a beautiful feather! It just makes me think of the film Grease! We used to sing the songs in choir when I was about 7 – not sure that was appropriate! x


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