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. My musically coded brain automatically jumps to the Grease soundtrack on this one. I can heard a much younger John Travolta hitting that note that makes me wince during high school musical productions! Once that’s out of the way, I think of starry skies and campfires, smores and songs. The Girl Guide in me is strong!


  2. Summer days drifting away,
    To, uh oh, those summer nights

    The song from Grease – my daughter and the rest of the welcome leaders used it back in 97 when she was a Summer Welcome leader (orientation) at her university. They added other lyrics for most of the song but this was left intact. It was the finale of their Friday revue which I got to see when I went to pack her up at the end of the 6 week job.



  3. Your piece feather looks great! I love all the fabrics/colors you used as it gives it a sense of texture as well.

    When I hear summer nights, I think of the star gazing we would do with the kids when they lived at home. We’d spread a blanket on the ground and have fun picking out the different constellations. The summer before our youngest left for college, we put a blow up mattress in the back of the truck and drove out to the country so that we could watch a meteor shower. It’s a memory I cherish!


  4. Beautiful!… Perfect colors!

    Summer nights… trees, black silhouettes against deepening dark blues of the sky… Soft breezes bringing a cool freshening, chasing the day’s heat… A cacophony of frogs, joined by the insistent chirping of crickets… Mystical, magical periodic blinking of fireflies (“lightening bugs”)… The scent of summer blossoms and growing, ripening gardens all around, lulling and delighting with every breath taken… “Day’s end, and all is right”, now, in this moment of time…

    Pat T.


  5. I have enjoyed following NightQuilter by email!… And now that I’ve started Instagramming, I follow you there, too!
    Pat T.


  6. WOW! that was what I first thought when I saw the dark blue and oranges which are my faaaavorite colors! And orange… always reminds me of summer nights and my crazy husband and step kids who love to have firepit smores in the middle of the summer here in South Florida!!!
    Thank you for this AMAZING GORGEOUS fabric chance! I would love to make that feather paper piecing also!


  7. It reminds me of a song. Not that it says summer nights in it. “Out on the patio we sit and the humidity, we breath. We watch the lighting crack over Cain fields, laugh and think, this is Australia.”


  8. It reminds me of my nights in Brazil. In the summer we used to go to kiosks by the beach or the lake that have live music playing. It’s so relaxing and fun. Thanks for the giveaway chance.


  9. found you on a IG “trail.”. Love the feather–orange is such a happy color 😄. Summer Nights– having the windows open to hear the sounds of the night…


  10. But seriously Kitty, where do you find the time? This block is so lovely. I really love the bright colors popping on the blue. Reminds me of a recent sunset I saw driving home one evening.


  11. Love the nomad feather print and summer nights reminds me of beautiful starry nights and Jasmine filled summer breezes!


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