Summertime Sew Along

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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:

Summertime Sampler Block Shuffle Block 1
Block 1 – Designed by Pat Sloan

Summertime Sampler Block Shuffle 1


Summertime Sampler Block Shuffle Block 2
Block 2 – Designed by Me & My Sister Designs

Summertime Sampler Block Shuffle 2


Summertime Sampler Block Shuffle Block 3
Block 3 – Designed by Sandy Gervais

Summertime Sampler Block Shuffle 3

Easy Corner Triangles


Block 4 – Designed by Vanessa Christenson

Sampler Block Shuffle 4


SummerTime Sew Along Block 5
Block 5 – Designed by Kathy Schmitz

Sampler Block Shuffle 5


Summertime Sew Along Block 6
Block 6 – Designed by American Jane

Sampler Block Shuffle 6


Summertime Sew Along Block 7
Block 7 – Designed by Primitive Gatherings

Sampler Block Shuffle 7


Summertime Sampler Block 8
Block 8 – Corey Yoder

Sampler Block Shuffle 8


SummerTime SewAlong Block 9
Block 9 – Jen Kingwell

Sampler Block Shuffle 9


SummerTime Sew Along Block 10
Block 10 – Deb Strain

Sampler Block Shuffle 10


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Block 11 – Brenda Riddle

Sampler Block Shuffle 11


SummerTime Sew Along Block 12
Block 12 – Zen Chic

Sampler Block Shuffle 12


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Block 13 – Bunny Hill Designs

Sampler Block Shuff 13


Block 14 Summertime Sew Along Fig Tree & Co
Block 14 – Fig Tree & Co.

Sampler Shuffle Block 14


Block 15 Summertime Sew Along Janet Clare Designs
Block 15 – Janet Clare Designs

Sampler Shuffle Block 15



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Block 16 – One Canoe Two

Sampler Block Shuffle 16


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Block 17 – Janet Patek

Sampler Block Shuffle 17

Wonder Under
Although if I’m being completely transparent – I am not an avid appliqué quilter, it may help you to know that when I do appliqué (as with Block 17) I use Wonder Under because it’s nice and light, and doesn’t gum up my needle when I get around to sewing the pieces in place with the proper thread color (which is on order, because have I mentioned – I’m not an avid appliqué quilter?).

Interested in a non-applique alternative to the above block? Yeah – me too. Here’s mine:

Summertime Sew Along Block 9 Replacement Me & My Sister Designs
Square3  is a block from Moda’s Size Matters Sew Along some years back. It was submitted by Me & My Sister Designs and the pattern is below (you’ll want to use the 6″ instructions, of course!).

Block 17 Substitution Block – Me & My Sisters Designs

(Don’t worry – I’ll be providing a pieced alternative for the other appliqué block later down the pike too!)


Block 18 Summertime Sew Along Lella Boutique
Block 18 – Lella Boutique.

Sampler Block Shuffle 18


Block 19 Summertime Sew Along Kansas Troubles Quilters
Block 19 – Kansas City Troubles Quilters

Sampler Block Shuffle 19


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Block 20 – A Quilting Life

Sampler Block Shuffle 20


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Block 21 – Minick and Simpson

Sampler Block Shuffle 21


Block 22 Summertime Sew Along Basic Grey
Block 22 – Basic Grey

Sampler Block Shuffle 22


Block 23 Summertime Sew Along Betsy Chitchian
Block 23 – Betsy Chutchian

Sampler Block Shuffle 23


Block 24 Summertime Sew Along Laundry Basket Quilts
Block 24 – Laundry Basket Quilts

Sampler Block Shuffle 24


Block 25 Summertime Sew Along Bonnie & Camille
Block 25 – Bonnie & Camille

Sampler Block Shuffle 25


Block 26 Summertime Sew Along Amy Ellis
Block 26 – Amy Ellis

Sampler Block Shuffle 26


Block 27 Summertime Sew Along Sweetwater
Block 27 – Sweetwater

Sampler Shuffle Block 27


Block 28 Summertime Sew Along Kate Spain
Block 28 – Kate Spain

Sampler Block Shuffle 28


Block 29 Summertime Sew Along French General
Block 29 – French General

Sampler Block Shuffle 29


…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.

Sampler Block Shuffle 30

In the event you’re like me and you fancy a pieced block instead, here’s mine:

Summertime Sew Along Block 30 Replacement Cotton Way
The Block 30 substitution is also from the Size Matters Sew Along project and was submitted by Cotton Way (aka Bonnie Olaveson)

Block 30 Substitution – Cotton Way


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:

Optional Inner Border Instructions

Moda’s 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:

Summertime Sew Along Quilt 2018
My assembled version measures 44 1/2″ x 52 1/2″

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.