Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Quick Four Patch Tutorial + Vintage Keepsakes Fabric

Well hello there!  How is your January going?  Have you started any new, fun projects yet this year?  I've been catching up on some Splendid Sampler blocks, and I finished up this Framed Four Patch quilt this week. 


Framed Four Patch Quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner

I've really enjoyed sewing with these pretty Vintage Keepsakes prints (designed by Beverly McCullough for Riley Blake Designs)-- they're just so sweet!  I've been kind of in a glum mood lately and this aqua/red/pink color combo has really brought some life back into my much-neglected sewing room.

You can see more of the Vintage Keepsakes prints & projects here on Bev's blog. Don't you just love that gray doily print by the way?  This fabric line should be in your local stores now, or you can find it online here at the Fat Quarter Shop.



Vintage Keepsakes fabric found on A Bright Corner

My Framed Four Patch quilt is filled with four patch blocks (obviously *wink wink*).  The four-patch block is one of my go-to favorites!  I have a speedy way to make four patches and by using this method I can crank out a whole stack of blocks in no time - and it makes this quilt SO fast to finish!  


Framed Four Patch Quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner

I'll show you how I do it!  First you'll need two strips of fabric that are the same size (for example, 3.5" x width of fabric)



Quick Four Patch Block Tutorial by Andy of A Bright Corner

Using a 1/4" seam, sew the two strips together along one long edge.  Press the seam open.  Lay the strip set on your cutting table and then cut into segments that are the same width as your original strips.  (So if you're starting with 3.5" wide strips, then cut the segments 3.5" wide.)



Quick Four Patch Block Tutorial by Andy of A Bright Corner


Here's a tip - before I start sewing strip sets together, I like to pair up my strips to I know I'll be getting a good variety of color pairings!


Vintage Keepsakes fabric found on A Bright Corner

Next you'll take two segments (from two different strip sets) and sew them together, matching the center seam.  


Quick Four Patch Block Tutorial by Andy of A Bright Corner

Press the seam to one side.


Quick Four Patch Block Tutorial by Andy of A Bright Corner

And there you go... one super-quick four patch block!


Quick Four Patch Block Tutorial by Andy of A Bright Corner

In just a short time you can whip up enough four patch blocks for a whole quilt 


Quick Four Patch Block Tutorial by Andy of A Bright Corner

There's a full pattern available for this Framed Four Patch quilt and the PDF pattern will be going out in my next newsletter.  So if you'd like access to the quilt pattern be sure to sign up for my newsletter here - don't miss out!

Framed Four Patch Quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner



The final Framed Four Patch quilt measures 54" x 69" and is backed in a cozy, gray polka dot flannel.  The quilting design is called Soho and it's one of my favorites.  It looks good on just about everything!


Framed Four Patch Quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner

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Quick Four Patch Block Tutorial by Andy of A Bright Corner

Happy sewing everyone!
--Andy


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Friday, December 14, 2018

Under the Tree Block + Vintage Christmas Sew Along

Hello everyone - I'm just popping in quickly today to share a little quilt block that I stitched up this week.


Under the Tree quilt block by Andy of A Bright Corner - from the Vintage Christmas quilt book

I made this sweet little block for the Vintage Christmas Sew Along with the Fat Quarter Shop.  The name of the block is "Under the Tree" and it's such a cute little present!


Vintage Christmas sew along with the Fat Quarter Shop  

I shared my first sew along block a few weeks ago (see the post here).  The pattern for both the first block and this one are both from the Vintage Christmas book by Lori Holt.


Vintage Christmas quilt book by Lori Holt

What is it about little blocks that make them so irresistible?  This block measures 6.5" square, but the book also has instructions to make a 12.5" block as well.


Under the Tree quilt block by Andy of A Bright Corner - from the Vintage Christmas quilt book

To read more about this fun book and to see photos from inside, check out this post.  And you can find the Vintage Christmas book here from The Fat Quarter Shop.  

Happy sewing everyone!
--Andy


Friday, December 7, 2018

Christmas Patchwork Pillow Tutorial

I can hardly believe it's December already.  The days are just flying by and I'm still trying to put up the rest of the Christmas decorations!  

This week I pulled out our Advent Calendar and all of our fun Christmas pillows.  I wanted to add a new one this year so I grabbed some favorite Christmas-colored scraps and got to work.

Christmas Patchwork Pillow tutorial by Andy of A Bright Corner - a fun and quick scrap fabric project

I made a similar pillow to this one a couple of years ago but I wanted to update the colors for this new version.  And I thought I'd share how I made it!  Here's what you'll need for this 18" pillow:

Supplies
81 (2.5") squares
22" x 22" piece of muslin or solid white fabric
22" x 22" piece of thin batting
at least 6" coordinating print for binding
1/3 yard of coordinating print for backing
18" pillow insert


Christmas Patchwork Pillow tutorial by Andy of A Bright Corner - a fun and quick scrap fabric project

You will need 81 (2.5") squares.  I dug through my scrap bin and cut them to size, but an easy way to get these is to cut charm squares into 4 equal pieces, or to cut some squares from left-over jelly roll strips.  

Decide on a layout for your squares. You'll need 9 rows with 9 squares in each for an 18" pillow. I did a diagonal pattern alternating between the three colors (red/pink, aqua, green) but a random, scrappy pattern would be great too.


Christmas Patchwork Pillow tutorial by Andy of A Bright Corner - a fun and quick scrap fabric project


Sew your squares together into rows, then join rows.  I like to press all odd numbered rows to the left and even numbered rows to the right.  Then when I join the rows, the intersecting seams will nest beautifully.  

Christmas Patchwork Pillow tutorial by Andy of A Bright Corner - a fun and quick scrap fabric project

Layer the 22" piece of muslin, the 22" piece of thin batting, and the pillow top.  I like to spray baste for this step using some 505 Spray but you could also pin baste.  

Then quilt your pillow however you'd like.  I used my walking foot and did some straight line quilting using the seams as my guides.


Christmas Patchwork Pillow tutorial by Andy of A Bright Corner - a fun and quick scrap fabric project

This is what the quilting looks like from the back...



Christmas Patchwork Pillow tutorial by Andy of A Bright Corner - a fun and quick scrap fabric project

...and from the front.  Simple, clean lines helps the fabric really be the star of the show!  Trim the extra batting and muslin from the edges of the pillow so that it measures 18.5" x 18.5".

Christmas Patchwork Pillow tutorial by Andy of A Bright Corner - a fun and quick scrap fabric project


From the backing fabric cut two rectangles that are 12" x 18.5".  On one long edge of both backing pieces, fold under 1/2" and press, then fold under again and press. Stitch along the first fold line to hold it in place and create a nice, finished edge.  




Christmas Patchwork Pillow tutorial by Andy of A Bright Corner - a fun and quick scrap fabric project

Place the quilted and trimmed pillow front right side down on the table.  Then layer the two pillow backing pieces right side up with the finished edges overlapping in the middle of the pillow, and the raw edges lining up with the raw edges of the pillow front.  

Christmas Patchwork Pillow tutorial by Andy of A Bright Corner - a fun and quick scrap fabric project



Christmas Patchwork Pillow tutorial by Andy of A Bright Corner - a fun and quick scrap fabric project

Pin around the outer edges of the entire pillow.

Christmas Patchwork Pillow tutorial by Andy of A Bright Corner - a fun and quick scrap fabric project

Then using a basting stitch, baste around the entire pillow about 1/8" in from the edge.  This will hold all the layers together as you add the binding, and your basting stitches will be hidden under the binding.

Christmas Patchwork Pillow tutorial by Andy of A Bright Corner - a fun and quick scrap fabric project

From the binding fabric cut two 2.5" x 42" strips.  Sew them together end to end to make a binding and then bind the pillow as you would a quilt.  Add the pillow insert and it's ready to use!

Christmas Patchwork Pillow tutorial by Andy of A Bright Corner - a fun and quick scrap fabric project

Want to make a pillow that's a different size?  I have a guest post over at Diary of a Quilter today sharing my easy trick for making an envelope backing for any size pillow.  It's an easy-to-remember formula and I use it every time I'm making a pillow.  


Christmas Patchwork Pillow tutorial by Andy of A Bright Corner - a fun and quick scrap fabric project

#christmaspatchworkpillow #abrightcorner

Thanks for stopping by, and happy sewing everyone!
--Andy





Saturday, December 1, 2018

Sweet Daisy Baby Quilt + A Stitch in Time Book

On this snowy Saturday I have a sweet little baby quilt finish to share with you.  And this is quite possibly the sweetest little baby quilt I've ever done!  It's almost too dainty and feminine to stay too long in my house full of boys :).

Sweet Daisy baby quilt by Andy of A Bright Corner.  Quilt pattern from A Stitch In Time english paper piecing book by Sharon Burgess

The pattern for this Sweet Daisy baby quilt is from the new book by Sharon Burgess, A Stitch In Time (Tuva Publishing).  This book has 18 fun English paper piecing projects ranging from a small pincushion to pillows, bags, placemats, a dolly, and this baby quilt. That's quite a range of projects!

A Stitch In Time english paper piecing book by Sharon Burgess Tuva Publishing

Even though the book is filled with lovely English paper piecing projects, it's not just EPP.  Each project does have an EPP element to it, like this quilt-- but if EPP isn't your forte, you could still tackle these projects and have fun doing it!

And Sharon takes you through each step - with plenty of photos and diagrams. She shares her favorite EPP tools, and techniques for making templates, cutting the fabrics and even how to glue baste those curved edges of the flower petals.  (It's not as tricky as you'd think.  Do a couple of practice petals and you'll get the technique down quickly!)

Sweet Daisy baby quilt by Andy of A Bright Corner.  Quilt pattern from A Stitch In Time english paper piecing book by Sharon Burgess

I feel like this quilt would be a good project for someone that's new to English paper piecing.

Each flower is made (hand stitched using EPP) and then they're appliqued onto a background fabric.

Sweet Daisy baby quilt by Andy of A Bright Corner.  Quilt pattern from A Stitch In Time english paper piecing book by Sharon Burgess

Then one simple floral border frames everything beautifully!  The finished quilt measures 35" x 40".

Sweet Daisy baby quilt by Andy of A Bright Corner.  Quilt pattern from A Stitch In Time english paper piecing book by Sharon Burgess

You can find the A Stitch In Time book here on Amazon, and if you're on Instagram go and check out the other projects from the book under the hashtag: #astitchintimeepp.  It's been fun to see what others are making from the book!

Sweet Daisy baby quilt by Andy of A Bright Corner.  Quilt pattern from A Stitch In Time english paper piecing book by Sharon Burgess

The fabrics for this quilt are all from the newest line from Lella Boutique called Garden Variety (Moda) and they should be in your local quilt shop now!  But I'm guessing they won't last long.  At my local shop several of these bolts were already looking pretty thin.


Quilt Details:
35" x 40"
Pattern:  Sweet Daisy baby quilt from A Stitch In Time book
Fabric: Garden Variety by Lella Boutique for Moda
Quilting:  Fanciful Flyers computerized edge-to-edge design
Backing:  Flannel from Marcus Fabric

Sweet Daisy baby quilt by Andy of A Bright Corner.  Quilt pattern from A Stitch In Time english paper piecing book by Sharon Burgess

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Friday, November 23, 2018

Poinsetta Quilt Block + Vintage Christmas Sew Along

Happy Friday!  I have a cute little quilt block to share with you today as a part of the Vintage Christmas Sew Along with the Fat Quarter Shop.  

Poinsetta quilt block by Andy of A Bright Corner - from the Vintage Christmas quilt book


This little poinsetta block measures just 6.5" x 6.5" and the pattern for this block can be found in the Vintage Christmas book by Lori Holt.  Have you heard about this book?  It has 42 different Christmas blocks - such as a snowman, candy canes, jingle bells, stars, stained glass, and a wreath.

Vintage Christmas book by Lori Holt found on A Bright Corner

Each block comes with instructions for both the 6" size and the 12".  And then the last half of the book is filled with great projects to inspire you!  You can mix and match the blocks to make things like table runners:

Vintage Christmas book by Lori Holt found on A Bright Corner

...cute placemats...

Vintage Christmas book by Lori Holt found on A Bright Corner

...and of course quilts...

Vintage Christmas book by Lori Holt found on A Bright Corner

...and more quilts.  All instructions for these projects are included in the book.

Vintage Christmas book by Lori Holt found on A Bright Corner


You can find the Vintage Christmas book here from The Fat Quarter Shop.  Each Friday we're sewing along with the Jolly Jabber (the Fat Quarter Shop blog).  It's not too late to join in, or sew along at your own pace - you still have plenty of time to get some of these darling projects done before Christmas.  

I'll be back with my second block of the quilt along in a few weeks!
Happy sewing,
--Andy


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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Splendid Sampler Blocks

First of all, Happy Thanksgiving to my friends here in the USA.  I hope you have a wonderful, relaxing weekend filled with family, friends, fun, and of course food!

I just wanted to share my latest few Splendid Sampler blocks with you. The book is now available and we're sewing blocks from the book - four blocks each week - but you can choose to do all of them or just one or two each week!  

This week's block is actually a bonus block so it's a free block pattern not found in the book.


Splendid Sampler block made by Andy of A Bright Corner

It's designed by Pat Sloan and it's called Magic Squares.

Last week's block was also a bonus block- this one was designed by Jane Davidson and it's called The Last Leaf


Splendid Sampler block made by Andy of A Bright Corner

You can find the free pattern for this block here.

These next three blocks are ones that are from previous weeks but can also be found in the book.


Splendid Sampler block made by Andy of A Bright Corner

This one is called Around Four Corners designed by Rachael Daisy.  It's a pretty clever design, and I love the optical illusion created by the circles!

This block below is called Ticker Tape and it was designed by Debby Brown.


Splendid Sampler block made by Andy of A Bright Corner

It's a foundation pieced block which really helps with the accuracy of all of those interlocking seams!

This next block was a fun one.  It's called Hashtag Love designed by Jane Davidson.


Splendid Sampler block made by Andy of A Bright Corner

It's a quick little applique block and I just used some Heat n Bond Lite and a straight stitch to finish off the pieces.  

I do love the mix of techniques used in the book - we've tried foundation piecing, applique, embroidery and traditional piecing. If you haven't joined in the fun yet, you can still order the book here on Amazon.



There's a Facebook group to join here where everyone is sharing their blocks and tips.

And you can read more about the Splendid Sampler Sew Along here on the official website.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
--Andy

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