Friday, May 27, 2016

Five Friday Favorites: Favorite Quilt Market Booths!

It's been a big couple of weeks around here!  My youngest son turned 8, my boys are already out of school for Summer, and I spent a few days at Spring Quilt Market!  This year Spring market was just up the road from me in Salt Lake City, and boy was that convenient!  (There's so many exclamation marks in this paragraph!!)

Market was a blast and I took almost 200 photos!   So for this week's installment of Five Friday Favorites I thought I'd share with you my favorite booths from quilt market.

Five Friday Favorites: Favorite Quilt Market Booths!

Here they are - in no particular order

#1:  Simple Simon / When Skies are Grey

When Skies are Grey fabric from Riley Blake Designs

Liz & Liz (a.k.a. Simple Simon & Co.) are designers for Riley Blake and this is their new upcoming line called When Skies Are Grey.  Their booth was so eye-catching with the black, white and gold color combo.  You can see more of the line here.  It has some sweet pinks and blues along with what you see in the photo above.  The fabric is coming in October and will be available in cottons, knits and double gauze!  

#2:  Elizabeth Hartman / Paintbox Basics

Paintbox Basics fabrics from Robert Kaufman

In case you were wondering, I'm a big fan of color.  But I think most quilters are, right?  So this booth made me stop in my tracks.  I thought the way she used the paint brushes and rollers was so very clever!  Elizabeth Hartman blogs here, and designs fabric for Robert Kaufman.  Paintbox Basics will be available in August.   

#3:  Emily Herrick / Up and Away

Up and Away fabric from Michael Miller

Emily designs for Michael Miller, blogs here at Crazy Old Ladies, and has designed a whole slew of awesome quilt patterns.  Up and Away is her newest line for Michael Miller and comes in two colorways, Butterflies, and Planes.  See them both here.  I love so many things about her booth - it was such a cozy kids' room.  I just wanted to hang out there.  Up and Away will be shipping to stores in June.  That's so soon!  

#4:  Tasha Noel / Pixie Noel

Pixie Noel fabric from Riley Blake Designs

Pixie Noel fabric from Riley Blake Designs

There was so much see in this booth so I had to get two photos!  Tasha Noel designs for Riley Blake and her new line, Pixie Noel is available now in stores (so hurry and grab some while you can!)  You can see more of Pixie Noel here and Tasha's blog is here. Isn't that snow globe quilt in the top pic just adorable?  Such a clever idea.  And I love the stockings hanging on the mantle, and the single-block quilt hanging above it.  Makes me wish I had a fireplace so I could do the same.  I kept coming back to this booth - both to visit Tasha and to just sit and look at all of the details in the booth!

#5:  Sugar Sisters / Keep on Groovin'

Keep on Groovin' fabric from Riley Blake Designs

Keep on Groovin' is the first line designed by Sugar Sisters for Riley Blake.  (See more of the line here.)  The whole booth had this cool retro vibe about it - mostly becuase of that awesome VW bus in the center.  Lindsay and Kelsey were even dressed to match the booth.  I'm kicking myself for not getting a pic of them.  The fun thing about their booth (besides having SO many projects to check out) is that the bus is actually a photo booth!  Here's Jodi Nelson (a.k.a. Pleasant Home) and I going for a spin.  Peace, man.  

Keep on Groovin' fabric from Riley Blake Designs 

It was a fun, fast weekend and I had a hard time choosing just 5 favorite booths.  I have another list of the new, upcoming fabric lines that I'm most excited about - but that will have to wait until next Friday.  For now, you can see more of quilt market here on A Quilting Life blog, and here on Jedi Craft Girl's Blog.  And you can check out the hashtag #quiltmarket on Instagram as well.  

Happy sewing!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Backyard Roses Blog Tour + free quilt pattern

Churn Dash Quilt from A Bright Corner

Hi everyone and welcome to my stop on the Backyard Roses blog tour.  Backyard Roses is the newest fabric line designed by Nadra Ridgeway ( for Riley Blake.  It's a charming line, filled with happy colors and sweet flowers.  

Backyard Roses fabric blog tour

I've had a classic churn dash quilt on my wish-list for a couple of years now and when I saw Backyard Roses I KNEW it would be perfect!    The small scale florals really shine when used in small blocks like this. 

Churn Dash quilt made by A Bright Corner - link to free pattern!

I selected just a few of the colors from the range.  Can't go wrong with the primary colors, right?  Well, primary colors + green ;)    The line also includes a pretty pink and a fresh mint color.  I quilted it with some medium sized loops, and I backed the quilt in a solid green.  I used my most favorite green print from the line as the binding.  I can't get enough of that green!   

Churn Dash quilt made by A Bright Corner - link to free pattern!

The finished quilt measures 59" x  68"

How 'bout a free quilt pattern?  Click here to download and print the pattern to make your own Backyard Roses churn dash quilt.  [For personal use only]

Churn Dash quilt made by A Bright Corner - link to free pattern!

Here are the links to the other stops on the tour.  Click on the links to see the other projects.  You can find Backyard Roses in stores now - here at the Fat Quarter Shop, here on Westwood Acres, and here at Pink Castle Fabrics.


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Bright Baby Quilt

We all make mistakes, right?  Well, this quilt is completely made from mistakes!  And the weird thing is, I don't hate it.

A couple of years ago I was at a retreat and had brought everything I needed to make a queen sized Hello Washi Quilt.  I was having a great time visiting with friends as I cut my blocks out and began chain piecing.

Bright Baby Quilt made by A Bright Corner

When it was time to put my first big block together I came to an awful realization.  I had messed up BIG TIME.  I had cut about 150 white strips too narrow.  By the time I realized it, I had already sewn each too-thin white strip to a print rectangle.  Ugh.  So now what??

My options at this point were to sit and unpick 150 seams and start completely over, OR  I could set aside the mistake blocks and move on.  After thinking about it (for maybe 10 seconds) I decided to save the mistakes for later and move on.  It wasn't a tough decision - I'm not a huge fan of my seam ripper!  So I put this quilt away and worked on something else for the rest of the retreat.

Bright Baby Quilt made by A Bright Corner

When I got home I stashed the mistake blocks away to work on another time.  I pulled them back out a month or so ago and put them all up on my design wall to see what I could make from them.

Bright Baby Quilt made by A Bright Corner

This baby quilt is the result - not bad, eh?  Talk about making lemonade out of lemons!

That's probably one of the worst mistakes I've ever made.  How about you?  What's the worst quilting mistake you've made?

Bright Baby Quilt made by A Bright Corner

Quilt details:
48" x 48"
fabrics:  various prints from my stash


Friday, April 29, 2016

Five Friday Favorites: Mother's Day Gift Ideas

5 favorite Mother's Day gift ideas from A Bright Corner

Mother's day is around the corner so for today's Five Friday Favorites post I'm sharing (my current) favorite Mother's Day gift ideas!

#1:  Big Blue Ikea Bag

What mom wouldn't want a huge (but cute) bag to haul stuff around in?  I've had this bag pinned on one of my boards for awhile now and just recently got around to trying it out.  There's a free pattern download which you can print out at home.  It took just a few minutes to tape the pattern pieces together and cut out the bag.  I chose to use a heavy cotton fabric.  I found the one I wanted in the "outdoor fabric" section of JoAnn.  Very durable, and still cotton so it sews nicely and irons nicely.  Plus it was 50% off.  Win/win!

The pattern is easy to follow, and from start to finish the bag took about 30 minutes to make.  I gave it as a gift and the mom was so excited about it!  She said she keeps one of the blue plastic Ikea bags in her trunk and uses it for all sorts of things.  Now she can swap out the blue one for a cute, original one!

#2:   Apron in a Jar

Some moms are apron wearers, and some aren't.  I used to be, but I just don't wear them much anymore.  However, my mom loves aprons and I have friends and other family that love their aprons.  And I love giving aprons as gifts!  There are a ton of great apron tutorials out there, and any of them would be cute rolled up and delivered in a mason jar.  The apron in this tutorial is a store-bought one that you can spend a few minutes to customize with a raw-edge applique.

#3:  Vinyl Project Bags

A friend of mine made a set of these for herself and loves them!  She made some smaller sizes for notions and quilting tools, and then some larger ones (like 14" x 16") for quilting projects.  The large size bags hold quilt blocks and allow them to stay nice and flat while being stored.  These bags would also make great purse inserts (you can see what's in there!), travel bags for make up or jewelry, or a case for art supplies (imagine a smaller bag filled with pretty colored pencils.)  Click here for tutorial.

#4:  Fabric Drawstring Bags

Not a lot of time to make a handmade gift?  These drawstring bags are quick to whip up, and are a thoughtful way to "wrap" a store bought item.

#5:  Sugar Scrub

Pineapple + coconut?  Yes please!  I once had someone give me a container of sugar scrub and I absolutely loved it.  This is a fun, tropical scented scrub and on Pinterest you can find other recipes to suit the recipient!  (lavender, lemon, pink lemonade, lemongrass + ginger)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016


Yup.  I'm talking about leftovers today.  But not the food type of leftovers.  I'm talking about quilting leftovers - those bits and pieces that are leftover after you've made a quilt.  Sometimes it's strips, sometimes squares, sometimes triangles.

Over on her blog and Instagram this week, Jodi Nelson (a.k.a. @pleasanthome) has been sharing how she deals with her quilting leftovers.  It's so fun to see how others store and use their scraps.  She asked me to share how I manage my leftovers.

Once I'm all done with a quilt, I take what's leftover and sort it.  Anything that's bigger than about a fat eighth gets folded and stacked back in my closet by color.  It's pretty rare that I keep fabric from lines together unless it's in a fat quarter bundle.  I prefer to have everything organized by color.  Yummy, yummy colors.

Fabric organized by color - lovely colors!

Other miscellaneous scraps go in one of the color coordinated bins on the top shelf.  I have seven bins total:  reds, oranges/yellows, greens, blues, pinks/purples, brown/blacks/grays, low volumes.)

If I ever have a jelly roll strip, layer cake square, charm square leftover I'll cut it into 2.5" squares and put it in my squares bin.  I've talked about this a little before here.  I used to keep other sizes on hand too but I kept finding myself using the 2.5" squares most of the time!  And since I always make my binding strips 2.5" wide, my binding leftovers go in here as well.

Fabric scraps in bins

Here are just a few projects that I've used my 2.5" squares on:

Pentarings EPP project
Red Pentarings (English Paper Piecing)

Mazed Quilt pattern
Mazed Quilt

Pink Hexdens - an English Paper Piecing project
Hexden flowers (English Paper Piecing)

Pixelated Heart Mini Quilt
Pixelated Heart Mini Quilt

All of these projects were made using scraps from my 2.5" bin!  And now I have one more project to add to the list.  This past week I've been working on a granny square quilt using some of my pink, yellow and blue squares.

I'm quilting it up this weekend and I'll share the finished quilt next week- but for now here's a sneak peek!

Granny Squares Quilt

So I'm curious - what do you do with your leftovers?  Toss 'em?  Save them?  Any tips on how you store your leftovers?  I'd love to hear!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday!  The sun is shining, the lilacs are blooming, and my boys are starting to count down the days left in school.  Spring is, hands down, my favorite season!

I'm sure you're here expecting to see a Five Friday Favorites post - there'll be one next Friday I promise!

Terrific T-Shirt Quilts book

I know I have already shared my two T-Shirt Quilt designs  (In Tune and Road Trip-click here to see) from the book Terrific T-Shirt Quilts.  But today I wanted to show you some of the other quilts from the book!

Cute T-shirt quilt from the Terrific T-Shirt Quilts book

This is one of my favorites from the book - it's called "Too Precious to Pitch" (designed by Krista Moser)  It's a baby sized quilt (38"x 44") and is a great way to use (and remember) those favorite outfits from your little ones!  I only kept one or two favorites from all of my boys' baby clothes because I didn't know what I would ever do with them.  But now I'm wishing I would have kept more so I could make it into a sweet little quilt.  

Cute T-shirt quilt from the Terrific T-Shirt Quilts book

This quilt is also a favorite of mine.  This one is called "Go Zags" (designed by Janet Nesbitt) and I love it because I grew up in Spokane Washington - home of the Gonzaga Bulldogs.  This quilt is a great way to show your team spirit.  Gather your sports fan tees and surround them with your school colors!

Cute T-shirt quilt from the Terrific T-Shirt Quilts book

I know June is the month for graduations - both high schools and colleges.  How fun to give a T-Shirt quilt as a gift?  This quilt is called "Got Spirit" (designed by Penny Barnes)  I love how this quilt doesn't require dozens and dozens of tees - she uses the open space to have the school's initials added into the quilting.  Can you see it?  So clever!  

Like I mentioned in my last post, this book is a great resource if you're considering making your own T-Shirt quilt.  The first chapters are filled with helpful information about choosing a layout, cutting and stabilizing the shirts, and how to work with tricky fabrics (mesh, sweatshirt, etc.)  You can find the book here on the Martingale site, and I have a few copies left here in my shop.

Have a great weekend and happy sewing!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Cotton Crates

Happy Monday everyone!  Well, I figure if I say it enough, maybe it will be true.  My kids had Spring Break last week and it's always hard getting back to "normal" life on the Monday after a break, right?  We didn't go very far away for our break - this lake is about a mile away from us and we spent one evening down there enjoying the nice weather and the sunset.

  Sunset on Utah Lake

First of all I want to announce the winner of the book giveaway from last week.  Congratulations to Nancy (commenter #18)!  Thank you to everyone who entered.  It was so interesting to read the different ideas you had for using favorite T-shirts to make a quilt.  I do still have a few copies of the book here in my shop, and for the next week if you enter the code "freeship" at checkout you'll receive free shipping! 

I also wanted to tell you today about a new-to-me company called Cotton Crates.  They are a fun subscription box company that sends out 12 Fat Quarters each month in these cute boxes-

Cotton Crates subscription box

When I opened my February box this is what greeted me - these 12 pretty fat quarters from Lori Holt's Calico Days line, and candy!  Each month the fat quarters are different - how fun!  

Cotton Crates subscription box

On their website you can sign up for a 1, 3, 6, or 12 month subscription, and each includes free shipping.  Be sure to sign up by the 20th of the month to receive that month's box!

And on the Cotton Crates Blog each week they have a free tutorial to give you ideas on how you can use all of the lovely fat quarters that you will receive.  

Fat Quarters from the Calico Days fabric line

This is a great way to build your stash, or subscribe for one month and have it sent to a friend.  This photo of my fq stack is from a couple of weeks ago and I've already cut into it!

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