Summer Moon…

Now that it’s April, two highly anticipated collections are in the warehouse, being rolled and readied for shipping. The arrival of Lollipop Garden and Day in Paris also means getting ready for a Summer Moon.

When I was asked about how this quilt came about, this is what I wrote… “Sharing the story or history of a quilt is often the hardest part for me… some quilts are just meant to be. While I didn’t have a clear, specific plan in mind when I started… this turned out exactly how I pictured it in my head.”

In the end. I did have doubts along the way. There’s a funny meme-image describing the creative process for most that goes something like this…

This is going to be awesome!
This should work.
This is awful!
(I am awful!)
This isn’t too bad… it might work.
This is awesome!

Since the folks at It’s Sew Emma – Kimberly Jolly, Sarah Price and Jocelyn Ueng – did the work of turning my quirky quilt into a beautiful book, I had to ask them about their process.

From my perspective – they didn’t need any of the middle stuff. The Summer Moon book is awesome!

What appealed to you about this quilt design?  It is not a straightforward sampler quilt – you wonder how it was made.  You have to really look at it to see how it comes together. With the way the blocks are made and then framed to fit together, it gives the appearance of floating sections, and no two quilts will be alike.

Vintage Summer Moon – made with Lollipop Garden

How did you choose the two collections for the kits?  We wanted to choose diverse collections to show the range of this quilt.  Whether you lean more toward classic or modern aesthetics, the Summer Moon quilt will work with any style of fabric and every color palette.

The two collections chosen for the quilts in the book are Zen Chic’s Day In Paris – designed by Brigitte Heitland.

And Lella Boutique’s Lollipop Garden – designed by Vanessa Goertzen.

What was the biggest challenge in writing the pattern for the quilt?  It was a challenge because it is not a cut-and-dry kind of quilt. We really had to take this vision of the Summer Moon quilt, which is meant to have this unique and quirky foundation, and distill each part into instructions that still leave enough wiggle room to let quilters individualize their quilt. Not a simple feat!

For piecing the quilt, what advice would you give to quilters who might not have a lot of experience with small blocks?  Having an accurate quarter-inch seam is essential.  There is no shame in cutting a block larger and then trimming it down to the perfect size, either.

If you’re still a bit worried, the frames on the blocks will be your new best friend. The small blocks finish at 4.5″ square and if they’re not exactly that size, the strips used to frame the block can be adjusted for the difference.

Modern Summer Moon – made with Day In Paris

Do you have a favorite block?  What about block size? I can’t pick a favorite, – none of us can! It’s like asking me to pick a favorite child!  A colorful, well-pressed child.  Seriously though, each block has a place in this quilt, they just belong together.

While the book is available now – ask for it at your favorite quilt shop – there will be a Summer Moon sew-along/quilt-along starting later this month – I think it’s April 26th – so we’ll be back soon with tips, tricks and a bit more about making the blocks. (There will also be a video for each block!)

A huge thank you to Kimberly, Sarah, Jocelyn, Nova Birchfield, Cheryl Cohorn, Karen Hardy, and Krystal Stahl for their great work – it was a pleasure to work with you!

And thank you to Lissa Alexander for showing a picture of my quilt to everyone – and for being so persistent about wanting the instructions for this quilt.

One last thing… why Summer Moon? It’s the name of the coffee shop in Austin where we first talked about writing this book.

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33 thoughts on “Summer Moon…

  1. I’ve never done a sew-along, but Summer Moon….it will be my first. Love a challenge and this one looks challenging. Can’t wait. Beautiful pattern and beautiful quilts.

    1. Hi Patty – The good news is that some of the blocks will make up quickly, even in the smallest size. Cutting all the pieces will take the most time – and picking fabrics. 🙂

  2. Loved this quilt from the minute I saw it, and waited impatiently to receive the book. It was s tough decision which version to choose, but I’m going modern and plan to mix in some of Basic Grey’s Nova with ZenChic’s Day in Paris!! The fabric will be a birthday gift to myself and I have to wait until Easter (which is also my birthday!) to order it since I’m on a Lenten fabric fast…
    Perfect timing!!!

  3. Although I swore I would not do another sampler quilt………This quilt is awesome in both fabric lines. It will be difficult to choose. Perhaps I’ll treat it as a block of the week so I can actually complete it before 10 years go by. Thanks Carrie for another beautiful quilt pattern!

    1. Hi Dawn – The easy answer is that the yardage requirements are in the book. But that’s where it also presents several questions.

      Do you want to use the same number of fabrics – both backgrounds and prints?
      Do you want scrappier blocks? Because the book was written as a Block of the Month, the yardages are purposely generous because the cutting isn’t always as efficient as it could be.

      I hope that helps. 🙂

  4. I’d add one hint for those worried about piecing small blocks. While a scant 1/4″ seam is important, accurate cutting also makes a big difference. I love the look of this sampler so maybe later when I’ve caught up n some other projects.

  5. What is the background fabric used in the 2nd photo from the bottom, please. (White ground with small gray dots on the “Signature Album” block) It is shown in the Lollipop Garden version of the quilt, but I don’t recognize it on the Lollipop Garden page of the catalog. Is it from a different collection? Thank you for your help!

    1. Hi Terry – Those dots are actually Pink! The fabric is from a different collection – Essential Dots 8654-59.

      1. Thank you VERY much! That’s just the information I’m looking for! Love the fabric!

  6. Absolutely fabulous write up. You actually talked me, who doesn’t love piecing and tiny is a killer, into making this quilt.

    Thank you got the inspiration my friend.

  7. This project looks wonderful. I’ve never done a Block of the Month project, so I’m not sure if the procedure. Do you collect all the fabric needed before you begin? Do you cut everything first, to ensure you have enough fabric? I ask this because if you run short, chance are some or all the fabric might be available 10 months later. Thank you for any and all advice.

    1. Hi Barbara! If you want to use a single collection for your quilt, then yes, it’s a good idea to get all the fabric at the beginning.

      But my favorite thing about this quilt is that you can easily add fabrics to it at the end – or along the way – without it looking like you ran out. The way the blocks and filler-pieces are laid out, there’s a natural distribution and mix of fabrics. 🙂

      We’ll have another post about this in a few weeks – at the start of the sew-along. I’ll share my fabrics, some tips, and how I’m going to be making mine a wee bit scrappier. lol

  8. The minute I saw this book I was hooked. It is on it’s way to my sewing room as we speak. Now that the book is on the way, I am wondering should I get the kit as well. Decisions, decisions.
    The fabric is amazing.

    1. Hi Judith! I’ve heard that several shops have made kits for Summer Moon using the same fabrics that are in the quilts in the book.

      The other option is to get a Fat Quarter bundle, at least a half-dozen backgrounds you love and make your quilt scrappier. (That’s what I’m doing for the sew-along.)

  9. Hi – what fabric collection is this? Lollipop and what else? I don’t see the white fabric with gray polka dots in the collection It’s the pic that has pin it in the bottom rt corner above.

    1. First, both quilts are made with some of the fabrics from the collections but not all of them.

      The lighter Vintage quilt is made with Lollipop Garden by Lella Boutique – there are backgrounds from other collections included in the quilt. The lavender fabrics from the collection aren’t used.

      The darker Modern version is made with Day In Paris by Zen Chic – with additional backgrounds and a couple of pieces of Grunge. The pinks from the Day In Paris collection have been left out.

  10. Thanks Carrie. This block of the month book looks great. I have never done a block of the month but I’d like to do this one. Is there a kit available? I love the Lollipop Garden collection. I can’t wait to get the book. Thanks again.

  11. I have ordered the book from my local quilt shop already, can’t wait to get it.

  12. I have the book, I love the quilt! I plan to “sew along” in April using Zen Chic fabrics. Thank you Carrie.

  13. I love the quilt. I bought the book, and I made the three album blocks. I learned first-hand that you are right when you said the sashing strips will be our friends because my small block is not exactly the size it’s “supposed” to be 🙂

    I do think “block of the month” is a misnomer. I think it should be called a “Nine-Block-of-the-Month Quilt”! I started early, but I know I won’t be able to keep up!

    Looking forward to the sew along!

  14. Lots of creativity and work went into this and it’s obvious when looking at it. It’s beautiful. I my favorite quilt is done in the “Day in Paris” fabrics.

  15. I bought the book for my birthday. I have finished 4 blocks in 3 sizes. I am using Fig Tree fabrics from several collections. I love the variety of pattern and the step by step instructions are great!

  16. Hi Carrie, I got the Summer Moon Book & just ordered the rest of my fabric to make the Vintage version. Can’t wait for the sew-along, quilt-along & looking forward to the video for each block. I have made your Voyage Cupcake quilt & used Jo Morton’s New Hope fabric – it turned out great & seems to be everyone’s favorite. Thanks for all your great patterns.

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