Saturday, June 30, 2018

Simple Bricks free quilt pattern + Wonder Full fabric

Well hello there!  I know I've been sharing a lot of single blocks lately and I'm so happy to be able to share a finished quilt today.  And there's a bonus - I've got a free PDF pattern to go along with it!

Simple Bricks free quilt pattern from Andy of A Bright Corner - a fat quarter pattern that's quick and easy!

This is Simple Bricks - a fat quarter friendly pattern that sews up quickly since there's no tricky piecing or seams that need to match up!  The finished quilt measures 63" x 72" and needs just 11 fat quarters and just over a yard of background fabric.  

  Wonder Full fabrics designed by Lizzie Clark Designs / Sweet Bee Designs

The fabric I used for this quilt is from a line called Wonder Full.  It's designed by Elizabeth Clark (Lizzie Clark Designs) for Sweet Bee Designs.  There's been a lot of fun projects being created lately with this pretty fabric! 

Simple Bricks free quilt pattern from Andy of A Bright Corner - a fat quarter pattern that's quick and easy!

I fell in love with those rich berry colors combined with the navy.  And then you throw that mustard color in there and I just couldn't resist!  

I paired the prints with a super soft chambray which made the perfect background.  I didn't want the background to be too stark- like a white would be.  The chambray blended beautifully and adds some lovely texture to the quilt as well.  

Simple Bricks free quilt pattern from Andy of A Bright Corner - a fat quarter pattern that's quick and easy!

You can grab the free Simple Bricks quilt pattern here.  Pretty please use this for your personal use only!  If you're a shop please just send customers here to download their own copy of the pattern.  Thank you!  

If you make a Simple Bricks quilt I'd love to see it.  Tag me on Instagram and use the hashtags #simplebricksquilt and #abrightcornerpatterns so we can all see what you've created! 

Simple Bricks free quilt pattern from Andy of A Bright Corner - a fat quarter pattern that's quick and easy!

Want to see more projects using Wonder Full?  There's been some great ones!

6/25 Sarah Goer - Sarah Goer Quilts
6/26 Becky Vandenberg - Be So Crafty
6/27 Becca Plymale - Sunflower Seams
6/28 Stephanie Jacobson - Steph Jacobson Designs
6/29 Allison Dutton - Allison Sews
6/30 Andy Knowlton - A Bright Corner
  7/1 Lissa LaGreca - Lovingly Lissa
  7/2 Jennifer Strauser - Dizzy Quilter
  7/3 Sherry Shish - Powered by Quilting

For a list of shops where you can find Wonder Full fabrics click here!

Simple Bricks free quilt pattern from Andy of A Bright Corner - a fat quarter pattern that's quick and easy!

Quilt details:
63" x 72"
Pattern:  Simple Bricks quilt pattern
Fabric:  Wonder Full by Lizzie Clark Designs
Quilting:  Maze (edge to edge computerized design)





Thursday, June 28, 2018

Clamshell Block How-To and Splendid Sampler Block 3

Sweet little clamshell block from the Splendid Sampler stitched by Andy of A Bright Corner

Boy oh boy was this block a learning experience for me!  At first I was so intimidated by the embroidery that I didn't even want to attempt it. 

But I do so love a good challenge, and for months now I've been wanting to improve my embroidery -- and by "improve", I mean actually learn how ;)

This week's Splendid Sampler block was designed by Helen Stubbings and it's called Clamshells.  You can download the free block pattern here.  

Before I talk about my attempt at embroidery I want to share some tips with you for those adorable little clamshells. 

Clamshell quilt block tips and tutorials

I have three tutorial links to share -and if you've never attempted clamshells before, I recommend reading through all three and then deciding which one appeals to you the most!  They each have some great tips and perhaps you'll end up using a mix of tutorials for your own block. 

Clamshells the iron-on way

Clamshells with the foil technique

Clamshells:  EPP style

That last tutorial is the one I used, since I'm a big english paper piecing fan!

Sweet little clamshell block from the Splendid Sampler stitched by Andy of A Bright Corner

Alright.  Now about that embroidery.  I've done just a bit of it before, but it's been so long that I'd forgotten even the basic stitches.  Youtube the rescue!

Quilting and embroidery - links to basic stitch tutorials

For this block we use the backstitch, the stem stitch, and the lazy daisy stitch.  Here are the youtube tutorials I used:

Backstitch how-to
Stem Stitch how-to
Lazy Daisy how-to

All three are from Mary Corbet (Needle 'n Thread)  and she has TONS more.  See them all here.

Sweet little clamshell block from the Splendid Sampler stitched by Andy of A Bright Corner

  I didn't use a hoop, and I feel like it turned out alright.  I'm pretty sure I used the wrong type of needle but since two strands of floss fit through the eye of the needle, I just kept going.

But my finished block isn't too shabby, right?  I think that once I get more comfortable with the basic stitches (and find the right needle) embroidery might be quite relaxing! 

Sweet little clamshell block from the Splendid Sampler stitched by Andy of A Bright Corner

Don't forget - find the free block pattern here, and join in the Splendid Sampler fun here on the blog, and here on the group Facebook page.  

And I HAVE been working behind the scenes on some full quilts - I promise!  I'll be sharing one here on Saturday!

Happy sewing,
--Andy


Thursday, June 21, 2018

Splendid Sampler + Circle Applique Tutorial

Thursday is here again which means it's time for a quick blog post to share the next Splendid Sampler 2 block!

Splendid Sampler block - A Bright Corner - block #2 from the Splendid Sampler 2, Milk and Cookies

This block was designed by Rebecca Bryan (Bryan House Quilts) and it's called Milk and Cookies.
You can find the printable PDF here.

Splendid Sampler block - A Bright Corner - block #2 from the Splendid Sampler 2, Milk and Cookies

This block has some applique steps in it and you can definitely use your favorite technique - or take this opportunity to try a new one!

I recently found this tutorial from Sarah Fielke for applique circles and have been looking for an excuse to try it out.  It worked GREAT - and I'll definitely use it again!  There's a text version of the tutorial here, and or watch the video below.



If you're sewing along with us on the Splendid Sampler 2, hop over to the facebook group to share your block!  And if you haven't started yet, no worries - it's easy to catch up.  You can grab the free pattern for block #1 here, and block #2 here.  And don't forget to pre-order the book here from Amazon.  

Happy stitching!
--Andy

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Spelling Bee Quilt Blocks

Hooray for Saturdays!  Boy have I been looking forward to today.  We've had a busy week and I feel like I've spent most of it in my car driving my kids here and there.  Isn't Summer supposed to be relaxing?? Sheesh!

Today I get to share with you a couple of blocks from the Spelling Bee Quilt Along that's been happening all year - hosted by Lori Holt & The Fat Quarter Shop


This week the quilt along is highlighting the number 2 and number 3 blocks.  I made mine using fabrics from the Bake Sale 2 line from Lori Holt & Riley Blake Designs.  That red print is one of my favorites!  (But you know I'm a sucker for great red prints, right?)  


This book is a fun one - filled not just with 100 different block patterns, but also six quilt patterns and another dozen or so mini quilts.  And each block pattern has instructions for both a large AND a small block.  

Remember the scrappy apple mini quilt I made back in march?  Those adorable apple blocks were found in the Spelling Bee Book!


Here's a view of each of my number blocks for this week:


For the number 3 block I decided to use the green print as the background.  Kinda fun!


Want to see what others have been working on?  Check out the hashtags #spellingbeesaturday and #fqsquiltalong on Instagram.  And if you've been sewing along, be sure to add those hashtags so we can all find your projects!


And here's the list of bloggers and dates so you can see what other's have shared over the past months - just a few weeks to go!






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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Splendid Sampler Sew Along

Guess what?  Today is the start of the Splendid Sampler II quilt along!  Even though the book is not yet released, we're getting a head start on sewing twenty of the blocks.  Yes - 20! 

Splendid Sampler block 1 made by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner

Each week a new (and free) block pattern will be released and I hope you'll be sewing along!  This week's block is designed by Alex Veronelli and is called Quilt Market.  You can download the free block pattern here....and it's a fun one!


The quilt along will be hosted by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson - and there's a facebook group too where you can share your blocks, see other's blocks and join in the SSII community.

Splendid Sampler block 1 made by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner


You can still pre-order the book here, which will be ready to ship in October.  It sounds so far away, but I know it will be here before we know it.  The book will have all 100 quilt block patterns, designed by dozens of designers - including yours truly!  I can't share my block yet though!

It took me awhile to decide on the colors I wanted to use for my blocks - but I think I've narrowed it down to this group -

Stack of fabrics -- A Bright Corner blog

It started as a stack of solids and then I'll be adding in some favorite different prints as I go.
We'll see if I can keep red and navy out of the quilt - it seems like lately everything I made has red & navy in it! lol

Be sure to go here to grab the free block pattern, pre-order the book, and then join the facebook group and I'll be back next week with my version of block #2!

Oh, and stop by the Aurifil blog to read about Alex's block and enter the giveaway!

Happy sewing,
--Andy

Splendid Sampler block 1 made by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner


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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Second Look Sunday: Bow Tie Quilt + Pattern

Well hello there!  It's been quiet around here, hasn't it?  It's time for another Second Look Sunday post and I'm sharing a quilt I finished just this week, using a tutorial that originally appeared on my blog in 2015.

What's Second Look Sunday you ask??  Well, on the 2nd Sunday of each month I highlight and share a quilt tutorial from past years that you might have missed the first time around!

Bow Tie quilt tutorial from Andy of A Bright Corner - A fat quarter quilt that also makes a great scrap quilt project!

My original version of this quilt was made using some lovely Liberty prints and ever since then I've reeeaaallly wanted to re-make it in some summery, patriotic colors.  Right now I'm in love with the red/navy/aqua color combo.

Bow Tie quilt tutorial from Andy of A Bright Corner - A fat quarter quilt that also makes a great scrap quilt project!

The quit finishes at 56" x 70".  This time around I used fabrics from my stash and I tried not to repeat any prints - so it's got a fun and scrappy look to it.

It took longer to cut the fabrics this way, but the blocks stitch together quickly so it was still a pretty quick project.

Bow Tie quilt tutorial from Andy of A Bright Corner - A fat quarter quilt that also makes a great scrap quilt project!

You can find the original blog post and tutorial for this quilt here, and if you'd like a handy printable PDF pattern you can grab that here in my Craftsy shop.

If you make a bow tie quilt from my tutorial I'd love to see it!  Tag me on Instagram (@abrightcorner) or Facebook and use the hashtag #abcbowties so we can all see what you create!

Bow Tie quilt tutorial from Andy of A Bright Corner - A fat quarter quilt that also makes a great scrap quilt project!

Quilt Details:
56" x 70"
Pattern:  Ties to Liberty Bow Tie Quilt Pattern
Fabric:  Scraps from my stash
Quilting:  Honeycomb edge to edge computerized design





Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Splendid Sampler 2!

Hi everyone - I'm just popping in for a few minutes today to share some exciting news with you!

There's a Splendid Sampler 2 in the works, and I'm honored to be one of the contributing designers.

The Splendid Sampler 2 book and quilt along

The Splendid Sampler 2 book will be filled with 100 different quilt blocks from a great group of talented designers.  Every block is 6" square and they include a fun variety of techniques ranging from traditional pieced to paper pieced to applique.

You can pre-order the book now, and it will be shipped to you in October - how handy is that?  I love pre-ordering books from Amazon.

The Splendid Sampler 2 book and quilt along

And because five months is along time to wait, there will be a sew along starting June 14 - with some free blocks being released early so we can all start sewing along, even before the book arrives!  More than 28,000 quilters have joined in with the first Splendid Sampler quilt along and they've created quite a fun community in their Facebook group.

This week my goal is to decide on what colors and fabrics I want to use for the sew along.  I keep changing my mind!

I'm already thinking about a setting for all of my sampler blocks, and I've started a Pinterest board with great sampler quilt ideas!

Sampler quilt pinterest board


So mark June 14 on your calendar for the sew along, and be sure to pre-order the book here:




And for some inspiration, you can see the gallery of completed quilts from the Splendid Sampler 1 quilt along here.  



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