Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Sewing Away

I realized the other day that most of my recent blog posts have just been about finished quilts.  So today I wanted to show you a couple of things that I'm just now starting.

Fun stack of blue fabrics for a nautical patchwork quilt

I recently found the justserve.org site, and I'm already a big fan!  You enter your zip code and it generates a list of service opportunities in your area.  Pretty cool!  With school ending soon, I've been looking for ways to include my boys in doing some service and I'm happy to have found some good ideas on justserve.org.

When I entered my zip code, I found information about making quilts for children that are in foster care.  I emailed the coordinator and I was given the first name, age, and favorite colors of a girl who is in need of a quilt all her own.  When I finish the quilt, I'll deliver it to the coordinator and she will then give it to the child.  How great is that?  

Blue fabrics for a patchwork quilt

This girl's favorite color is blue and she loves nautical things - so these are the fabrics I'll be using on her quilt.  I'm going with a simple patchwork quilt and all of the squares are cut at 4" square. 

So that's one of my current WIPs (works in progress)! 

Gingham Girls fabric fat quarter bundle

I also have this fat quarter bundle of Gingham Girls fabric (designed by Amy Smart for Penny Rose Fabrics) and I'm currently debating on what to make with it.  I've been seeing some really cute Gingham Girls projects start to pop up on Instagram.  But I'm still thinking.  I really love this quilt, and this one too!

Gingham Girls fabric by Amy Smart for Penny Rose Fabrics 

Thanks for stopping by A Bright Corner, and happy quilting!  

Oh and don't forget...you can still get 10% off your total pattern order from my pattern shop - use the promo code MAYFLOWERS.  It includes both PDF and paper patterns, and the sale goes until the end of May - so don't wait too much longer!




Monday, May 15, 2017

Patchwork Quilt Along Block Five

Patchwork Quilt Along with the Fat Quarter Shop

Time to add another block to our Patchwork Quilt Along with the Fat Quarter Shop!  On the 15th of each month a new block pattern is released.  And if you're not sewing along with us yet, it's not too late to join!  

Patchwork Quilt Along with the Fat Quarter Shop

This month's block is called Homestead, and you can find the free block pattern here!


Trimming blocks down with the Bloc Loc ruler

As with some of the previous months, I cut the pieces for the half square triangles a little bigger (3.25" square) and then trimmed them down with my Bloc Loc ruler.  It adds a step, but it helps the blocks be more accurate in the end.  Aren't they cute?  I love this month's blocks!  

Homestead blocks from the Patchwork Quilt Along

Want to see what others are creating each month?  You can follow along with the list of bloggers below, and also join the Patchwork Quilt Along facebook group.  It's so fun to see the blocks done in a variety of fabrics!

The quilt along benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and you can make a donation here at this link.  Now grab your pattern, your favorite prints (or a full kit here) and get sewing along!  

Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl (@jedicraftgirl)
Amy of Diary of a Quilter (@diaryofaquilter)
Andy of A Bright Corner (@abrightcorner)
*Bonnie of Cotton Way (@bonniecottonway)
*Camille of Thimble Blossoms (@thimbleblossoms)
Debbie of Happy Little Cottage (@happylittlecottage1)
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio (@greydogwoodstudio)
Heidi of Buttons and Butterflies (@buttonsandbutterflies)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Melissa of Oh How Sweet (@ohhowsweet)
Pat Sloan of PatSloan.com (@quilterpatsloan)
Renee of Sewn with Grace (@sewnwithgrace)
Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane (@downgrapevinelane)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Taunja of Carried Away Quilting (@taunjalynn)
Tina of Emily Ann's Kloset (@emilyannskloset)
Carrie Nelson/Miss Rosie of Moda Cutting Table



Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Spot On! A new layer cake quilt pattern

I'm so excited to be able to share this with you!  This is my newest quilt pattern:  Spot On!   

Spot On quilt pattern from A Bright Corner

Spot On is a fun, layer cake friendly quilt.  The pattern has instructions for four different sizes of quilts - crib, throw, twin & queen.  The size you're seeing here is the throw size (51" x 63") and it was made using a layer cake of Olive's Flower Market (fabric designed by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics).    Aren't those colors SO lovely?   

Spot On quilt pattern from A Bright Corner


Some helpful strip piecing techniques makes the quilt blocks sew up fairly quickly!    

  Spot On quilt pattern from A Bright Corner

And guess what?  The throw size uses only 15 layer cake squares!  Which means that you can get two throw sized quilts from one layer cake.  Or you could make a throw sized Spot On AND a throw size Hello Washi quilt from ONE layer cake.  Pretty cool, right?  

Spot On quilt pattern from A Bright Corner

The lovely quilting was done by Melissa Kelley (Sew Shabby Quilting) and the design is called Marmalade - one of my current favorites!  


Spot On quilt pattern from A Bright Corner

You can find Spot On here in my online shop as either a PDF instant download, or a paper pattern.  And for the entire month of May, get 10% off your entire order when you enter the promo code MAYFLOWERS!

Want to see your favorite A Bright Corner patterns in your local quilt shop?  Let them know they can order my patterns through Checker or Brewer distributors!  

Spot On quilt pattern from A Bright Corner

You can also find Spot On here in my Etsy shop, and here on Craftsy.

I have one more version of Spot On that I'll share with you next time!  Happy quilting everyone!  



Monday, May 1, 2017

100 Blocks Vol 15 Blog Tour & Giveaway

Hey everyone and welcome to A Bright Corner.  Thanks for stopping by on the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Road Rally!  We're now on day 2 of the blog tour (see info for day one here), and it's my turn to share my block!


This is my second time being included in the 100 Blocks magazine (my previous block can be seen here).  I love each issue - they're chock full of unique blocks and clever ideas.  My block in this issue is called Aquamarine -



I was inspired by images of pretty gemstones like these:

I love their rectangular shape, and the various colors you see in all of the facets.

When you put 20 blocks together (and rotate half of them 90 degrees) you get a fun, throw sized quilt.  This version was made with ten different Riley Blake Confetti Cottons (colors:  Bear Lake, Bleached Denim, Mermaid, Rainforest, Aqua, Teal, Scuba, Sea Glass, Songbird, and Sweet Mint)


I love what it looks like done in all solids, but it's even more fun using prints:



I used a jelly roll of Vintage Picnic (Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics) and with some strip piecing this quilt came together quickly!  This quilt measures 60" x 72" and uses one jelly roll, 1-1/4 yards for the corners, and 3-1/2 yards white / background fabric.  


And I love the scrappy feel of the blocks!  Aren't they fun?


Now who's ready for a giveaway?  There'll be two winners!

First of all, Quiltmaker Magazine is giving one of you a copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol 15!  
One other lucky reader will also receive a copy of the magazine, plus two of my quilt patterns - Skipper & Cheerful.
 
Giveaway has ended - thank you!

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below telling me what you like to listen to on a road trip!  Movie soundtracks?  Talk radio?  Favorite CDs?  Nothing at all? As for me, I love listening to audio books!
--One entry per person please
--Winner chosen on Saturday, May 6
--Open to international readers too!
--please leave email address if you're a no-reply blogger

Make sure you stop by the Quilty Pleasures Blog to see more of the blocks from this issue, and to enter more giveaways!  The Road Rally continues until May 5th.  And to keep up to date on things happening here at A Bright Corner you can subscribe to my blog, and follow me on Facebook and Instagram (@abrightcorner).   Thanks for stopping by!



Friday, April 28, 2017

Irish Chain Quilt and Faded Memories Blog Tour

Irish Chain quilt - a free quilt pattern from A Bright Corner

Over the past few weeks I've had the chance to sew with a new fabric line from Penny Rose fabrics, called Faded Memories.  It's designed by Gerri Robinson (Planted Seed Designs).  The line has a mix of pretty, deep reds and blues (see all of the prints here).  For my project I wanted to keep things simple - and classic.  So I chose to use just a few of the blue prints from the line, and what's more classic than a good ol' Irish Chain quilt?

Faded Memories fabric from Penny Rose fabrics
The navy in this line is such a great navy color - it's not a black-navy, and not a purple-navy.  It's just...navy!  And the lighter blue color is lovely - almost a cornflower blue.

love this blue pottery!

See that blue floral border print?  I chose it because it reminded me of the pretty blue and white pottery (like this) that my mother-in-law used to have displayed in her home years ago.


Irish Chain quilt - a free PDF quilt pattern from A Bright Corner

Irish Chain quilts usually look more complicated than they actually are, and this quilt is no exception.  Strip piecing makes quick work of the nine-patch blocks:

Nine patch blocks - quick using strip piecing

You can make all of the nine patches from one print like I did here, or you could make it scrappy like in this red & white version.  

Irish Chain quilt - a free PDF quilt pattern from A Bright Corner

The finished quilt measures 56" x 68" (throw size).  Make sure you go here and grab the free downloadable PDF pattern for this quilt! 

Irish Chain quilt - a free PDF quilt pattern from A Bright Corner

You can see all of the other projects made with the Faded Memories fabrics at the links below, and Faded Memories  is available now in stores!


Faded Memories Blog Tour for Penny Rose fabrics


Monday, April 24
Crystal Delaney
The Clever Quilt Studio 

Tuesday, April 25
Joan Hawley
Lazy Girl Designs

Wednesday, April 26
Susan Guzman
SuzGuz Designs

Thursday, April 27
Jina Barney
Jina Barney Designz

Friday, April 28
Andy Knowlton
A Bright Corner

and

Friday, April 28
Penny Sturges*
Quilts Illustrated

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Patchwork Quilt Along Block Four


Patchwork Quilt Along - with free block patterns each month!

Are you ready for another block pattern for the Patchwork Quilt Along?  On the 15th of each month, the Fat Quarter Shop releases another block pattern - and we're up to the fourth block now!

Free pattern for these adorable Star & Cross quilt blocks

This month's block is called Star & Cross, and you can find the free block pattern here.

Patchwork Quilt Along block four

This month I didn't sit and make all of the blocks at once.  I had everything cut out and sitting next to my machine.  Then when I had a few minutes I would sit and sew a step or two of each block.

Squaring up half square triangles with a Bloc Loc ruler

Because we're working with such small pieces, for the half square triangles I prefer to cut them a little bigger (2.5" square) and then trim them to size using my Bloc-Loc ruler.  It just helps to make my blocks a little more accurate.

Free pattern for these adorable Star & Cross quilt blocks

Don't forget - there's a Patchwork Quilt Along facebook group here, where you can share photos of your blocks and ask any questions you might have.  And you can make a donation to Make-A-Wish Foundation here.

You can also read more on these blogs - all of these quilters will be joining in all year long!

Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl (@jedicraftgirl)
Amy of Diary of a Quilter (@diaryofaquilter)
Andy of A Bright Corner (@abrightcorner)
*Bonnie of Cotton Way (@bonniecottonway)
*Camille of Thimble Blossoms (@thimbleblossoms)
Debbie of Happy Little Cottage (@happylittlecottage1)
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio (@greydogwoodstudio)
Heidi of Buttons and Butterflies (@buttonsandbutterflies)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Melissa of Oh How Sweet (@ohhowsweet)
Pat Sloan of PatSloan.com (@quilterpatsloan)
Renee of Sewn with Grace (@sewnwithgrace)
Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane (@downgrapevinelane)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Taunja of Carried Away Quilting (@taunjalynn)
Tina of Emily Ann's Kloset (@emilyannskloset)
Carrie Nelson/Miss Rosie of Moda Cutting Table





Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Patchwork Quilt Along Block Three

It's the 15th of the month which means it's time for a new block pattern for the Patchwork Quilt Along hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop.  And I'd have to admit that this block is my favorite so far!
Love these little blocks from the Patchwork Quilt Along.  Free block pattern available!

This month's block is called Box-in-a-Box and you can find the free block pattern here.  And don't forget to stop and make a donation to Make-A-Wish Foundation


Bonnie and Camille fabric scraps

The smaller scale prints are definitely working better for these blocks, since each block is only 5.5" square.  It's fun to pull out my scraps and dig through them for each block.  


Love these little blocks from the Patchwork Quilt Along.  Free block pattern available!

Are you sewing along with us?  You can find the pattern for block 1 here, and block 2 here.  And there's a fun community of quilters gathered together in a Facebook Group.  It's a closed group, but just request to be added and then you're in!  It's fun to see everyone's blocks and to be able to ask and answer any questions.

Love these little blocks from the Patchwork Quilt Along.  Free block pattern available!

You can also read more on these blogs - all of these quilters will be joining in all year long!

Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl (@jedicraftgirl)
Amy of Diary of a Quilter (@diaryofaquilter)
Andy of A Bright Corner (@abrightcorner)
*Bonnie of Cotton Way (@bonniecottonway)
*Camille of Thimble Blossoms (@thimbleblossoms)
Debbie of Happy Little Cottage (@happylittlecottage1)
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio (@greydogwoodstudio)
Heidi of Buttons and Butterflies (@buttonsandbutterflies)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Melissa of Oh How Sweet (@ohhowsweet)
Pat Sloan of PatSloan.com (@quilterpatsloan)
Renee of Sewn with Grace (@sewnwithgrace)
Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane (@downgrapevinelane)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Taunja of Carried Away Quilting (@taunjalynn)
Tina of Emily Ann's Kloset (@emilyannskloset)
Carrie Nelson/Miss Rosie of Moda Cutting Table




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