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




Monday, March 6, 2017

Skipper Quilt Pattern

Today I get to introduce you to my newest quilt pattern!  This is Skipper - a fun star quilt that uses fat quarters.  The blocks look complicated but come together quite easily - I promise!

Skipper Quilt Pattern - fat quarter friendly pattern in four sizes

For the quilt on the pattern cover, I used the new Sunday Drive fabrics designed by Pat Sloan for Moda Fabrics.  (You can see more of Sunday Drive here at the Fat Quarter Shop.)  I love the colors in this line!    

Skipper Quilt Pattern - fat quarter friendly pattern in four sizes

The machine quilting was done by Melissa Kelley (Sew Shabby Quilting)  and she did this fun mix of baptist fan and clamshell quilting - called baptist clams.  And it's just perfect for what I was imagining for this quilt!

Skipper Quilt Pattern - fat quarter friendly pattern in four sizes

Like my other patterns, the Skipper pattern comes with instructions for multiple sizes (crib, throw, twin, queen).  The quilts shown in this post are all throw size - my personal favorite.

And here's a version of Skipper all done in solids.  I'm really wanting to make one of these to hang in my upstairs family room!

Skipper Quilt Pattern - fat quarter friendly pattern in four sizes

I had a great group of pattern testers for this pattern and you can see all of their blocks on instagram (#skipperquiltpattern).

You can find the Skipper pattern in my shop - and it's available as either a PDF (immediate download) or a paper pattern option.  

Skipper Quilt Pattern - fat quarter friendly pattern in four sizes

If you're a quilt shop, contact me for wholesale orders - or you can find my patterns through Checker and Brewer distributors.

Happy quilting everyone!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Wonky Log Cabin Quilt

Wonky log cabin quilt in all red - there's a tutorial to make these blocks!

In continuing my quest this year to use up more of my scraps, I decided to follow a fun tutorial by Simple Girl, Simple Life to make this all-red Wonky Log Cabin quilt.  

I chose to do red because my red scrap bin was the fullest out of all of them - by far!  Plus since it was February I wanted to work with my favorite red prints again.

red scraps ready to make a quilt


I have to warn you that this method makes a mess.  But it's a fun kind of mess, I promise!

Wonky Log Cabin blocks all in red - link to tutorial to make the blocks

I found that once I was set up to make blocks (scraps on floor sorted by length, iron hot, 12.5" square ruler ready) I just kept going and going.  They're addictive!  

Wonky Log Cabin blocks all in red - link to tutorial to make the blocks

I did stop and pause at 20 blocks, thinking I would like that size.  But once I laid them all out and saw how many red scraps I STILL had left, I thought I should probably keep going.

Wonky log cabin quilt in all red - there's a tutorial to make these blocks!

30 was the magic number for this quilt.  I have 6 rows of 5 blocks each.  And STILL plenty of red scraps left.  (You can see the size of my scrap bins in this blog post)

Wonky log cabin quilt in all red - there's a tutorial to make these blocks!

I quilted this one in organic wavy lines.  I wanted some curves to the quilting to help soften all of the straight lines and angles, but I also wanted to keep a modern feel to the quilting.  

Wavy line quilting on a cute red scrappy quilt

You can see more of the quilting in this photo, along with the black and white stripey binding.  

And for the backing I chose to use this cute flannel thermos print from the Burly Beavers fabric line from Robert Kaufman.  I found it here on Etsy from the Stitch Stash Diva.  I love the weight that flannel adds to a quilt, without adding as much bulk as a minky backing.  

Burly Beavers flannel print with thermoses

When the fabric arrived in the mail, I showed it to my kids an asked if they knew what they were.  They guessed water bottles.  So I gave them a quick little lesson on the coolness of thermoses and how in grade school everyone had a metal lunch box with a matching thermos.  I still remember my Holly Hobby thermos + lunchbox.  As well as the one belonging to the boy that sat across from me. Every day at lunch I had to look at his gross lunchbox covered with photos of the band KISS.  Killed my appetite for the entire year.  Ah memories.  

See the tutorial here from Simple Girl, Simple Life and check out the others on IG:  #scrapbusterlogcabins

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Scrap Bin Geese block tutorial

Lately I've been on a kick to try to use more of my scraps.  I have a lot saved up, and I'd love to start using them more in my quilts.  I designed this super scrappy flying geese block to use some low volume prints, gray prints, and some prints in your favorite color - (right now mine is green) and  I named this block the Scrap Bin Geese block.

Scrap Bin Geese quilt block tutorial from A Bright Corner

Here's what you'll need for one block:

12 (2.5" square) green print scraps
6 (2.5" x 6.5") gray print strips
6 (2.5" x 6.5") low volume strips

Scrap Bin Geese quilt block tutorial from A Bright Corner

Step 1:  Using a pencil, draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each of the 2.5" green squares. 

Scrap Bin Geese quilt block tutorial from A Bright Corner

Step 2:  Lay out all of the block elements as shown above, with the low volume strips on one side and the gray on the other.  Decide where you want to place each green square.


Scrap Bin Geese quilt block tutorial from A Bright Corner


Step 3:  Flip over the green squares so they are right sides together with the low volume / gray strips.  At this point you want to make sure your drawn lines are going in the correct direction (see photo above).

  Scrap Bin Geese quilt block tutorial from A Bright Corner

Step 4:  Sew directly on the drawn lines.  

Scrap Bin Geese quilt block tutorial from A Bright Corner

Step 5:  Trim each seam allowance to about 1/4".  Fold open each green triangle and press.

Scrap Bin Geese quilt block tutorial from A Bright Corner

Step 6:  Next, sew sections of block together in strips, using a scant 1/4" seam allowance (see photo below). For example, sew strip 1 to strip 2, 3 to 4, 5 to 6, etc.


Scrap Bin Geese quilt block tutorial from A Bright Corner



Press seams open

Scrap Bin Geese quilt block tutorial from A Bright Corner

Step 7:  Sew rows together, using a scant 1/4" seam and matching up the center seams.  Once all rows are sewn together, press seams.  

Scrap Bin Geese quilt block tutorial from A Bright Corner


Block should measure 12.5' square

Scrap Bin Geese quilt block tutorial from A Bright Corner

You can mix things up by swapping which side the gray prints are on like in the photo below.

Scrap Bin Geese quilt block tutorial from A Bright Corner

And here is a sample of what a whole quilt would look like!  This is made of 30 blocks (6 rows of 5 blocks each) and would measure 60" x 72".

Scrap Bin Geese quilt - there's a free quilt block tutorial from A Bright Corner



Looking for more quilt block tutorials?  Check out my Quilt Blocks pinterest board:

Quilt Blocks Pinterest board

Monday, February 20, 2017

Framed Squares Free Quilt Pattern



Framed Squares free quilt pattern A Bright Corner

I have a new free quilt pattern to share with you today, called Framed Squares.  I've been working with these prints from a new fabric line called Flutter and Float (from Blend fabrics, designed by Ana Davis).  I love the hot air balloon prints and didn't want to lose them by cutting them up in to small pieces-

Free throw size quilt pattern from A Bright Corner

So I found a way to use them as block centers, where they can be appreciated!  

Flutter and Float fabrics from Blend fabrics designed by Ana Davis

This is great go-to pattern when you have fabrics that you really love and you just want to show them off. One afternoon last week, I cut everything I needed, set it all out next to my machine and then just sat and did some serious chain piecing while watching a favorite movie. 

Flutter and Float fabrics from Blend fabrics designed by Ana Davis

These pretty prints now have me very much in the mood for Spring!  

Cute throw quilt called Framed Squares - a free quilt pattern from A Bright Corner

You can download and print the pattern here.  And if you make one and want to share on social media be sure to tag #framedsquaresquilt and #abrightcorner so we can all see your creations!

Cute throw quilt called Framed Squares - a free quilt pattern from A Bright Corner

Looking for other free patterns?  You might be interested in these:

Stairway Baby Quilt - a free quilt pattern from A Bright Corner

Autumn Blooms - a free quilt pattern from A Bright Corner

Play Ball - a free quilt tutorial from A Bright Corner

Zoo Dwellers - A free quilt pattern from A Bright Corner




Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Patchwork Quilt Along Block Two

Diamond Panes quilt blocks Patchwork Quilt Along

Time for another block for the Patchwork Quilt Along with the Fat Quarter Shop!  February's block is called Diamond Panes.  (Find the free block pattern here)


Patchwork Quilt Along February Blocks

Instead of making one block at a time, I like to cut the fabric for all six blocks and then make them assembly line style.  First off, I made and trimmed all of the tiny little half square triangles.  Not my favorite thing, but then once they were done, it was a breeze to piece the rest of the blocks together.  

Half square triangles

 Have you started quilting along?  You can still buy kits here from the Fat Quarter Shop, as well as make a donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation here.  You don't have to use a kit - you can use whatever fabrics you choose!  Or dig in to your scraps!

Still have questions?  There's more info here, and a Facebook Group filled with other quilters just like you who are joining in.  It's fun to see what fabrics others choose and how it changes up the look of the blocks!

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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