Wednesday, November 14, 2018

A New Quilt Pattern in The Shop - Layer Cake Lucy

Hey there- I'm just stopping in for a minute to let you know that I've added a new quilt pattern to my shop!

This is Layer Cake Lucy, and if you've read my last post then you know all about this fun quilt.

Layer Cake Lucy quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner - a layer cake friendly pattern that looks good in any fabric!

If you have a favorite Layer Cake you've been hoarding saving, this is the pattern for you.  Layer Cake Lucy uses the entire Layer Cake with no waste!  

Layer Cake Lucy quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner - a layer cake friendly pattern that looks good in any fabric!


The finished quilt measures 67" x 77.5" which is a generous throw size but would also work as a twin size quilt.  

Layer Cake Lucy quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner - a layer cake friendly pattern that looks good in any fabric!

For a short time the PDF pattern is just $5 and you can find it here in my shop.  

The quilt on the cover is made with May Belle (buy it here) but would you like to see the quilt done up in some other fabrics?

How about Walkabout by Sherri & Chelsi (Moda Fabrics)

Layer Cake Lucy quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner - a layer cake friendly pattern that looks good in any fabric!


Or Nova by Basic Grey (Moda Fabrics) - I love the colors in this line!

Layer Cake Lucy quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner - a layer cake friendly pattern that looks good in any fabric!

and this one is my favorite, Orchard by April Rosenthal (Moda Fabrics)

Layer Cake Lucy quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner - a layer cake friendly pattern that looks good in any fabric!

Grab your copy of Layer Cake Lucy pattern here and get stitching!

If you make a Layer Cake Lucy quilt I'd love to see it!  Tag me on Instagram (@abrightcorner) and use the hashtags #abrightcorner and #layercakelucy so we can all see what you've created!

Happy sewing -
--Andy



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Monday, November 12, 2018

A Pretty Quilt Finish + May Belle Fabric


Layer Cake Lucy quilt by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner

If you follow me on Instagram you've had the chance to see some sneak peeks as I shared my progress on this quilt over the past week or so, both in my posts and in my stories.

Layer Cake Lucy quilt by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner

Layer Cake Lucy quilt by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner

The idea for this quilt all started with a 10" stacker (42 pre-cut 10" squares) of May Belle.  This is a fabric line designed by my friend, Jodi Nelson.  You may know her because of her fun pinbowls, and this is her first fabric line with Penny Rose fabrics.  

Layer Cake Lucy quilt by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner

I fell in love with the colors of this line first (you know I'm a big fan of red florals, right?)  And then the more I sewed with these prints the more I loved them all.

The variety of different florals in this line give it such a soft, pretty feel. And the scale of the plaid is just right.  I do love a good plaid!

Layer Cake Lucy quilt by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner

As I considered what to create with this 10" stacker, I knew I wanted to come up with a design that used every bit of it --with no waste, and no leftover.  And I'm really happy with the results!  

I'm writing up the quilt pattern to share and I'll have it ready on Wednesday - to be sure to check back (or better yet, subscribe to my newsletter so you can be notified when the pattern is ready!)


Layer Cake Lucy quilt by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner

You can find May Belle fabrics at the Fat Quarter Shop here.  They should also be in your local quilt shop as well.  

Layer Cake Lucy quilt by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner

Quilt Details:
67" x 77.5"
Pattern:  Coming soon!
Fabric: May Belle by Jodi Nelson for Penny Rose fabrics
Quilting:  Knit 1 Purl 2 computerized edge-to-edge design
Backing:  Confetti Cottons Petal Pink, Riley Blake Designs

Layer Cake Lucy quilt by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner

Happy sewing everyone!
--Andy




Tuesday, November 6, 2018

A Tote Bag + Fruitful Pleasures Fabric

Hey everyone!  

I'm just popping in to share a couple of quick tote bags that I whipped up over the weekend. 


French Market Tote bag tutorial from Andy of A Bright Corner


I used my French Market Tote Bag tutorial (click here for tutorial), and the first one sewed together quickly so I decided to make another!




Fruitful Pleasures fabrics by Lila Tueller for Riley Blake Designs

The fabrics for these bags are prints from the Fruitful Pleasures fabric line.  It's designed by Lila Tueller (Riley Blake Designs) and it's filled with lovely, saturated colors and pretty florals.  

For one bag you'll need:
1/3 yard main bag print
3/4 yard bag liner & handles
18" x 45" piece of interfacing



French Market Tote bag tutorial from Andy of A Bright Corner

For the stabilizer I used my favorite - Pellon Decor-Bond Fusible Interfacing (Pellon 809).  It provides great structure without being as puffy as a fusible fleece.  I buy yards and yards of it when it's on sale at JoAnn so I always have some on hand.

And in case you're wondering about how the Pellon 809 holds up, I've been using my first French Market Tote for over a year and a half now and it looks as good as the day I made it.  It comes with us to church each week and sometimes takes a beating as we pack it full of things.  But it still holds it's shape and isn't showing any wear & tear.  


French Market Tote bag tutorial from Andy of A Bright Corner

Here's the second tote bag I made, this time with a fun, fuchsia lining. It really pops against the navy floral, doesn't it? I love using a contrasting fabric for the bag liner!

The finished tote bags measure 11"(H) x 14" (W) x 3"(D)


French Market Tote bag tutorial from Andy of A Bright Corner

You can find the French Market Tote Bag tutorial here.  And if you make a tote bag I'd love to see it! Use the hashtags #frenchmarkettote and #abrightcorner so we can all see what you've created!   



French Market Tote bag tutorial from Andy of A Bright Corner


Happy sewing!
--Andy

Friday, October 26, 2018

Varsity Fabrics + Line Up Quilt Tutorial


Line Up quilt tutorial by Andy of A Bright Corner - charm pack quilt or layer cake quilt tutorial

Happy Friday!  We've been enjoying some beautifully warm weather all week and the sunshine has been doing my soul some good!  I admit that it's fun to pull out favorite boots and sweaters each fall, but I'm NOT a fan of cold weather at all.  

In our house not only does fall mean colder weather, but it also means it's football season and more importantly, marching band season!  Our high school football team has finished their regular season games already but we've still got plenty of college games to watch in the next month or so.  


Over the past week I've been sewing with these fun football prints from a new fabric line called Varsity.  It was designed by one of my favorite designers, Deena Rutter for Riley Blake Designs.  The brown texture print and the green yardline prints are so fun!

Line Up quilt tutorial by Andy of A Bright Corner - charm pack quilt or layer cake quilt tutorial

I'm always on the lookout for a great way to use pre-cut squares so I designed this quilt for either 5" squares or 10" squares, but you can totally also use fat quarters, or even just yardage like I did!


Line Up quilt tutorial by Andy of A Bright Corner - charm pack quilt or layer cake quilt tutorial

Here's how to make your own Line Up quilt (finished quilt measures 58.5" x 70"):


You'll need-

143 total 5" print squares

  • 1 layer cake / 10" stacker
  • or 4 charm packs / 5" stackers
  • or 12 fat quarters
  • or 9 prints, 1/3 yard of each
1 1/4 yards white solid fabric
1/2 yard binding fabric
3 3/4 yards backing fabric

Cutting:

Cut all print fabrics into 5" squares.  You'll need 143 total. 

From the white solid fabric cut:
     15 strips, 2" x width of fabric
     3 strips, 3" x width of fabric

From the binding fabric cut:
     7 strips, 2.5" x width of fabric

Quilt Construction:

1.     Divide squares into 11 rows of 13 blocks each.  Arrange into rows.  

2.     For all odd numbered rows (1, 3, 5, 7, 11) sew squares together into one long row.  Cut 1/4" from just the two squares on both ends of the rows. Rows should measure 58.5" long.

3.     For all even numbered rows, cut one square in half and place the halves on each end of the row.  Sew squares together into rows.  Rows should measure 58.5" long.

4.     Sew the 2"-wide white strips together end to end to make one long strip.  Cut into ten, 58.5"-long strips.

5.     Sew the 3"-wide white strips together end to end to make one long strip.  Cut into two, 58.5"-long strips.

Line Up quilt tutorial by Andy of A Bright Corner - charm pack quilt or layer cake quilt tutorial

6.     Sew the pieced rows and white strips together as shown in the diagram.  The first and last white strips will be the 3"-wide ones.

To keep the rows from shifting as you sew them together, find the center point of each row and mark with a pin.  When you sew two rows together, match up the center points and then pin along the length of the row. 

Quilt top should measure 58.5" x 70"

Line Up quilt tutorial by Andy of A Bright Corner - charm pack quilt or layer cake quilt tutorial

If you make a Line Up quilt I'd love to see it!  Tag me on Instagram (@abrightcorner) and use the hashtags #lineupquilt and #abrightcorner so we can all see what you've created!  

Have a fantastic weekend, and I hope you're able to squeeze in some sewing!

Line Up quilt tutorial by Andy of A Bright Corner - charm pack quilt or layer cake quilt tutorial

Quilt details:
58.5" x 70"
Pattern: Line Up quilt tutorial
Fabric: Varsity by Deena Rutter for Riley Blake Designs
Quilting: Two Scoops (edge to edge computerized design)
Backing: Riley Blake Confetti Cottons solid


Line Up quilt tutorial by Andy of A Bright Corner - charm pack quilt or layer cake quilt tutorial







Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Diamond Patchwork Quilt Tutorial

Hello everyone!  I have a new quilt to share with you and since I've been getting a lot of questions about it over on Instagram I thought I'd also share a tutorial for how I made it.

Diamond Patchwork quilt tutorial from Andy of A Bright Corner

I fell in love with the Swell Christmas fabrics from the moment I first saw them and knew they'd be perfect in a quilt of just patchwork squares. The addition of the diamond design was just what was needed to give the quilt that little extra something.

Diamond Patchwork quilt tutorial from Andy of A Bright Corner

Want to make your own Diamond Patchwork quilt?  Here's what you'll need:

17 Fat Quarters
1 yard of white solid (I used Moda Bella 97)
5/8 yard of binding fabric
4 yards of backing fabric

Cut each FQ into 3 1/2" squares (25 squares from each FQ, need 421 total)
Cut the white solid fabric into 3 1/2" squares (need 104 total)

To make the quilt, lay out squares into 25 rows with 21 squares in each.  A design wall is handy to have for this step, but a floor will work fine too.
Diamond Patchwork quilt tutorial from Andy of A Bright Corner

Instead of constructing this quilt in rows like I usually do, I pieced it in sections.  I broke the quilt diagram down into 12 sections and it was much more manageable.

As I finished piecing a section, I labeled each one in the top left corner (just a slip of paper and pin works fine - nothing fancy!) That did two things - it helped me keep the sections organized, and knowing that it was marked in the top left corner helped me know which way was "up" on each section.

Once all of the sections are pieced, then sew the sections together.

Quilt top will measure 63.5" x 75.5"

Diamond Patchwork quilt tutorial from Andy of A Bright Corner

I quilted mine with swirls - it's a longarm design called Soho.  The backing is a light green flannel so the quilt will be nice and cozy.

If you make a Diamond Patchwork quilt I'd love to see it!  Tag me on Instagram (@abrightcorner) and use the hashtags #diamondpatchworkquilt and #abrightcornerpatterns so we can all see what you've created!

Happy sewing everyone!

Diamond Patchwork quilt tutorial from Andy of A Bright Corner

Quilt details:
63" x 75"
Pattern:  Diamond Patchwork quilt tutorial
Fabric:  Swell Christmas (by Urban Chiks for Moda)
Quilting:  Soho (edge to edge computerized design)
Backing:  light green flannel


Diamond Patchwork quilt tutorial from Andy of A Bright Corner



Thursday, October 4, 2018

Two Secret Weapons + Splendid Sampler Block

It's Thursday which means it's time for a new, free Splendid Sampler block to be released.  And guess what?  The books are coming SOON!  I hear that some of the digital copies have already been delivered but I'm still anxiously awaiting my book - so exciting!  If you still need to order yours it's not too late - grab one here on Amazon.


Splendid Sampler block made by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner

Along with this week's block, I have a couple of secret weapons (a.k.a. favorite tools) to share with you - both of which really came in handy when I was making this block.  

First let me tell you about this week's block.  It was designed by Jenny Doan, and you can find the free pattern for this block here.  It's a fun version of the Cathedral Windows block and I promise it's faster and easier than you'd think!


Tips for using glue basting instead of pins!  A Bright Corner blog

The pattern first has you pin the window "frame" fabric on one corner of a print square -- but I used my favorite applique glue instead.  It's also called temporary basting glue, but because I use it mainly for applique, around here it's referred to as applique glue ;)

There are two bottle types for this glue-- the standard bottle (find it here on Amazon) and the EZ Squeeze bottle (find it here on Amazon).  I've used both, but personally I prefer the EZ Sqeeze bottle so I can get every.last.drop. out of the container.  


Tips for using glue basting instead of pins!  A Bright Corner blog

  I ran a thin line of glue along two sides of my print square...


Tips for using glue basting instead of pins!  A Bright Corner blog

...and then placed one cream square right sides together on top.  I gave it a quick press with the iron to set the glue.  

Then I folded back the corner.  I added a second thin line of glue along the edge (wrong side) of the white square to hold that in place as well.  


Tips for using glue basting instead of pins!  A Bright Corner blog

Another quick press of the iron and my square was basted and ready for the next step - no pins needed!

Tips for using glue basting instead of pins!  A Bright Corner blog

With the white squares (lightly) glued in place, it was much easier to sew the block together without everything shifting around on me.  

Alright - now for favorite tool #2:


Favorite quilting tools from A Bright Corner blog

When it was time to top stitch, my bent tip tweezers were super helpful!  These are great for holding tiny things in place as you stitch them.  


Favorite quilting tools from A Bright Corner blog

See how the tips get right in close to the presser foot?  Now, keep in mind that at this point I'm sewing slowly, and being very careful to not sew over the tweezers.  

I keep a pair of these tweezers next to my machine and use them fairly often!  I bought them here on Amazon in a pack of 4.  I'm glad I bought the four pack - two pair have already wandered off to help with other hobbies like perler beads.  The secret is out and my kids have realized how handy these are!


Now I need to play catch-up on a few of the older Splendid Sampler II blocks.  I've been working on them here and there but haven't shared photos of them yet!

First up is Tulip in Bloom designed by Nadra Ridgeway (download the block pattern here).


Splendid Sampler block made by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner

I also made this block called Point Taken, designed by Susan Ache (download the pattern here.)


Splendid Sampler block made by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner

The last catch-up block is called Betty's Bloom designed by Carl Hentsch (download the pattern here.)


Splendid Sampler block made by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner

I can't wait for the book to arrive so I can see all of the fun blocks!  You can find the past free blocks here on the Splendid Sampler blog

Happy sewing everyone!  
--Andy


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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Fun New Zipper Pouches

Well hello everyone!  I have a couple of fun zipper pouches to share with you today but I also wanted to let you know that I've been busy working behind the scenes on some other things, including some new quilt tutorials.  They'll be heading your way soon!

Open Wide Zipper Pouch made by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner


These two pretty zipper pouches were made using the Open Wide Zippered Pouch tutorial from Noodlehead.  There are three sizes available with the tutorial - I made the medium and large sizes.  

Open Wide Zipper Pouch made by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner

I wanted to make these pouches for my mom's birthday and I had a few prints from the new fabric line by Sedef Imer (Down Grapevine Lane) called Summer Blush.  They were perfect! You can find Summer Blush fabrics here from the Fat Quarter Shop.  Such pretty prints! 

I've used the Open Wide pouch tutorial before and it's one of my favorites. The tutorial is easy to follow - even for someone like me who only sews zippers a few times each year.  

Open Wide Zipper Pouch made by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner

I like to customize my pouches  - you can do pretty much anything to the outside of the pouch. Just make sure the outer bag piece measures what the tutorial asks for! You can make them as scrappy as you'd like, or use a favorite small quilt block on one side.  

I did a thin flange (a thin strip folded in half and sewn between the top and bottom halves) for the small pouch and it added a nice separation between the two green prints.  

Open Wide Zipper Pouch made by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner

For more information about my source for zippers and what interfacing I recommend, check out this post about my favorite zipper pouch tutorials!

Favorite Zipper Pouch Tutorials from Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner


You can also find more zipper pouch tutorials here on my Bags & Pouches Pinterest Board:


Bags and Pouches Pinterest Board from A Bright Corner

Happy sewing everyone!
--Andy
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