Monday, January 13, 2020

Game Night Quilt - The Christmas Version

I'm sharing my latest quilty finish with you today, and yes, yes I know, I know.......it's a CHRISTMAS quilt.  I'm sure we're all tired of seeing reds and greens.  I'm the same way.  But I decided when I started this quilt in November that I'd slow down and allow myself to enjoy the process

Game Night quilt - a fat quarter Christmas quilt by Andy of A Bright Corner from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts book

I let go of the self-imposed deadline of Christmas and as a result I was able to really enjoy every step of making this quilt - from choosing the fabrics from my stash, to picking a perfect backing (which you'll see in later photos.) 

The pattern for this quilt is called Game Night and you can find it in my book, Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts. 
Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts book by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner - great ideas and patterns for fat quarter quilts!

Find Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts here on Amazon, or grab an autographed copy here from my shop, or tell your local quilt shop to order copies!  

Game Night - a fat quarter Christmas quilt by Andy of A Bright Corner  - quilt pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts book

The Game Night quilt pattern uses 10 fat quarters (plus background fabric).  But for my version I used red, green, and black prints from my stash and my scrap bins.  I tried to use a different red print and green print for each block, and I love the result!

(You can see the original Game Night quilt in this blog post)

Game Night - a fat quarter Christmas quilt by Andy of A Bright Corner  - quilt pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts book

Don't let the circles scare you away from trying this quilt!  In the instructions I give you two options to choose from - a more traditional applique technique, and a fusible applique method - that's what I used here.

Game Night - a fat quarter Christmas quilt by Andy of A Bright Corner  - quilt pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts book

 I used Heat n Bond Featherlite for my fusible webbing and then a machine blanket stitch (it's a setting on my machine) to secure the circles.  Easy peasy.  And I step you through it in the book.  If you prefer the more traditional method of applique I provide instructions for that as well. 


Game Night - a fat quarter Christmas quilt by Andy of A Bright Corner  - quilt pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts book

One of the really nice things about finishing a Christmas quilt AFTER Christmas is that I was able to find a cute backing fabric in a 50% off sale at my local quilt shop.  These little peppermint circles are from the Sweet Christmas fabric line by Urban Chiks (Moda fabrics). 

Game Night - a fat quarter Christmas quilt by Andy of A Bright Corner  - quilt pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts book

Now comes the hard part, folding it up and putting it away for the next 10-ish months.  Or maybe I'll just let it sit here on my ladder for a week so I can enjoy it a little :)

Game Night - a fat quarter Christmas quilt by Andy of A Bright Corner  - quilt pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts book

Game Night quilt - a fat quarter Christmas quilt by Andy of A Bright Corner  - quilt pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts book

Quilt details:
59"x 73"
Pattern: Game Night (from Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts book)
Fabric: Red, green, and black prints from my stash & scrap bins
Quilting: Soho
 (edge to edge computerized design)
Backing: Peppermint Polka Dot, Marzipan color (Sweet Christmas by Urban Chiks for Moda)



Game Night quilt - a fat quarter Christmas quilt by Andy of A Bright Corner  - quilt pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts book

If you make a Game Night quilt I'd love to see it!  Be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook (@abrightcorner) and use the hashtags: #gamenightquilt and #abrightcornerpatterns

Game Night quilt - a fat quarter Christmas quilt by Andy of A Bright Corner  - quilt pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts book

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Vinyl Project Bags + Homestead Life Fabrics

Vinyl project bags by Andy of A Bright Corner - with a link to the tutorial

Well hello everyone!  I'm sharing a quick little project today - one that I've been meaning to make for over a year now - vinyl project bags.  A friend of mine has a set of these and loves them.

She uses them to store her quilt WIPs and kits, and I've also seen people use them for their cross stitch, crochet, and english paper piecing projects.

Homestead Life fabrics by Tara Reed and Riley Blake Designs - found on A Bright Corner

The fabrics I used for my bags all come from the new Homestead Life line by Tara Reed (Riley Blake Designs).  You can find Homestead Life in shops now, including here at the Fat Quarter Shop.

I love the sweet florals combined with the chunky gingham prints!


Vinyl project bags by Andy of A Bright Corner - with a link to the tutorial

I made two different sized bags - the large bags are 13" x 13", and the smaller bag is 8" x 11".

I made this smaller one to hold pens and markers - perfect!

Vinyl quilted project bags by Andy of A Bright Corner - with a link to the tutorial

And I added hanging loops to the two larger bags so they could be stored on a hook or on a hanger in a closet.

Vinyl quilted project bags by Andy of A Bright Corner - with a link to the tutorial

There are a lot of different tutorials out there for making vinyl bags.  I mostly followed this one by Center Street Quilts.  After looking around at several other tutorials, I decided I liked her method the best.   She also has great photos, and clear instructions.  She pieced her bag backing but I just used a solid piece of fabric for mine.

Vinyl quilted project bags by Andy of A Bright Corner - with a link to the tutorial

Once you get the idea of how they're constructed, it's not hard to adjust the bag sizes to fit your needs.

Vinyl quilted project bags by Andy of A Bright Corner - with a link to the tutorial

This set of bags is meant as a gift for someone, but I'll definitely be making more of these for myself!

Vinyl quilted project bags by Andy of A Bright Corner - with a link to the tutorial

Want to see other versions of vinyl project bags?  These were some other helpful tutorials that I found:

Easy WIP Project Bag with Vinyl (YouTube video by The Fat Quarter Shop)
Vinyl Project Bag Tutorial by Thimbleanna
Vinyl Project Bag Tutorial by The Quilting Nook
Vinyl Project Pouch Tutorial by Center Street Quilts


Homestead Life fabrics by Tara Reed and Riley Blake Designs - found on A Bright Corner

And you can see more of the Homestead Life fabrics here on the Riley Blake Designs site, and you can find Tara Reed's blog here.

Happy sewing!





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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts Book Tour, Part 1

We're on the final few days of the book tour for Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts, but I wanted to do a recap of the wonderful projects shared for the first half of the tour.  

Each of these quilters is so talented and it's been a real treat to see them put their own spin on the projects!

We started off with Jen Van Orman (Heritage Threads) who shared her delightfully pink Stellar quilt:

Stellar quit by Heritage Threads found on A Bright Corner - pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts Book by Andy Knowlton

I love how even her low volume prints had pink in them!  

Stellar quit by Heritage Threads found on A Bright Corner - pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts Book by Andy Knowlton



Holly Lesue (Maker Valley, here on IG) followed that up with her take on Stellar, using low volume prints that coordinated with each color of star - so clever!

Stellar quit by Maker Valley found on A Bright Corner - pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts Book by Andy Knowlton


And it's cat-approved by her furry friend Jack:
Stellar quit by Maker Valley found on A Bright Corner - pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts Book by Andy Knowlton



Then Amy Chappell (Ameroonie Designs) shared her mini-quilt / table topper version of the Penelope pattern: 

Penelope quilt and table topper by Ameroonie Designs found on A Bright Corner - pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts Book by Andy Knowlton

It's so cheery in Lori Holt's Cozy Christmas fabrics, and that scrappy pieced border adds real charm!

Penelope quilt and table topper by Ameroonie Designs found on A Bright Corner - pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts Book by Andy Knowlton



Next up was Nadra Ridgeway (Ellis and Higgs) who took one block from the Winsome quilt pattern and turned it into this sweet pillow:

Winsome pillow by Ellis and Higgs found on A Bright Corner - pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts Book by Andy Knowlton

She used a linen for the background and the pretty florals are prints from her various fabric lines with Riley Blake - such a great combo!

Winsome pillow by Ellis and Higgs found on A Bright Corner - pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts Book by Andy Knowlton



Then Kristina Brinkerhoff (Center Street Quilts) shared her Lucky Star quilt.  These large star blocks were the perfect way for her to use the darling Little Red in the Woods prints (Riley Blake Designs):

Lucky Star baby quilt by Center Street Quilts found on A Bright Corner - pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts Book by Andy Knowlton

Such an adorable baby quilt - I love how she fussy cut those pink block centers!

Lucky Star baby quilt by Center Street Quilts found on A Bright Corner - pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts Book by Andy Knowlton



Amy Sinibaldi (Nana Company) then shared her oh-so-dreamy version of the Cut Glass quilt:

Cut Glass quilt by Amy Sinibaldi found on A Bright Corner - pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts Book by Andy Knowlton

I used bold, bright, high-contrast colors for the original book quilt, but I'm in love with her softer color palette - so delicate!

Cut Glass quilt by Amy Sinibaldi found on A Bright Corner - pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts Book by Andy Knowlton



Next was Jessica Dayon who used the Early Bird line (Bonnie & Camille / Moda Fabrics) to make her version of Sunny Day:

Sunny Day quilt by Jessica Dayon found on A Bright Corner - pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts Book by Andy Knowlton

I love her choice of the aqua for the sashing and scallop border.  Don't you just want to cozy up with the quilt and read all afternoon?

Sunny Day quilt by Jessica Dayon found on A Bright Corner - pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts Book by Andy Knowlton



Then Amanda Niederhauser (Jedi Craft Girl) showed us her take on the Lucky Star pattern:

Lucky Star by Jedi Craft Girl found on A Bright Corner - pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts Book by Andy Knowlton

I thought this was pretty clever - she took three of the blocks from the Lucky Star pattern and turned them into a Christmas table runner!


Lucky Star by Jedi Craft Girl found on A Bright Corner - pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts Book by Andy Knowlton



Next up was Sharon Burgess (Lilabelle Lane) and I love her version of the Penelope quilt:

Penelope Quilt by Lilabelle Lane found on A Bright Corner - pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts Book by Andy Knowlton

And how cute are her little photo bombers in the photo above?  Sharon used her stash of Bonnie and Camille fabrics to create this lovely quilt.  That aqua floral print she used for the border makes the perfect frame!

Penelope Quilt by Lilabelle Lane found on A Bright Corner - pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts Book by Andy Knowlton



And the last one for our round up today is this Venture Out quilt by Samantha Dorn (Aqua Paisley).   

Samantha used prints by Aneela Hoey and I LOVE the vibrant colors + the crisp white background.  This is very much my style and I could totally see this hanging on my own wall!

Venture Out quilt by Aqua Paisley found on A Bright Corner - pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts Book by Andy Knowlton

The quilt is marvelous, but I also can't help looking at that stack of quilts in her cabinet!

Venture Out quilt by Aqua Paisley found on A Bright Corner - pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts Book by Andy Knowlton


Such a wonderful variety of projects!  There are a few days left in the tour and I'll be back next week to share the last projects.  Meanwhile, you can follow along using the links below.

Have you added the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts book to your Christmas list yet?  

Books have sold out (for now) - at Fat Quarter Shop, Target.com, and Barnes and Noble but you can still get copies on Amazon, and I also have autographed copies available in my shop with free shipping to the US.  

If you're a shop owner, you can find the books wholesale through United Notions, Checker, and Brewer.






Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts book tour



Monday, November 18, 2019

Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts Book Tour

I have some fun news- my Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts book has been shipping to stores over the past week!  And those of you that pre-ordered it through Amazon have been receiving your copies as well.  I've absolutely loved all of the messages letting me know how excited you've been to get a copy and to start sewing - thank you!

Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts book by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner - twelve fun fat quarter quilt projects to sew and love

Starting today, I'll be sharing more of the projects in the book - there's 12 quilts in all!  For the next couple of weeks I'm hosting a book tour with a group of super talented quilters who are joining in.  I'm really looking forward to seeing what they create.

Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts book by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner - twelve fun fat quarter quilt projects to sew and love

Each of the twelve projects in the book is Fat Quarter friendly.  My hope for this book is that it becomes a reference book of sorts for you.  

Grandstand quilt pattern from Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts book by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner - twelve fun fat quarter quilt projects to sew and love

So often I see quilters (my friends, people in quilt shops, and even myself!) pick up a bundle of fabric and declare their love for it, but then the very next thing they say is, "but I don't know what to make with it."  I wanted to help solve that problem! 

Sunny Day quilt pattern from Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts book by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner - twelve fun fat quarter quilt projects to sew and love


The table of contents is arranged so that you can quickly see what you can make with that pretty bundle of fabric.  

Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts book by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner - twelve fun fat quarter quilt projects to sew and love

The projects range from baby size quilts to queen size and I made them as easy to piece as possible, and included short cuts and quick-piecing techniques scattered throughout.  

Winsome quilt pattern from Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts book by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner - twelve fun fat quarter quilt projects to sew and love

If you don't yet have a copy of Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts, you can find one

  • You can also purchase Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts here from Martingale and receive a free e-book version to use on your tablet or laptop.  How's that for convenient?


Game Night quilt pattern from Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts book by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner - twelve fun fat quarter quilt projects to sew and love

Want to follow along on the book tour?  Here are the dates and the participants.  If you're on Instagram that's one of the best ways to follow along.  I'll also be doing a weekly re-cap here on my blog so you can check back here as well.   

So let's get started!  Click that first link below to see what Jen created.


Nov 18:   Jen Van Orman - Heritage Threads
Nov 19:   Holly Lesue - Maker Valley
Nov 20:   Amy Chappell - Ameroonie Designs
Nov 21:   Nadra Ridgeway - Ellis and Higgs
Nov 22:   Kristina Brinkerhoff - Center Street Quilts
Nov 23:   Amy Sinibaldi - @AmySinibaldi 
Nov 25:   Jessica Dayon - Jessica Dayon
Nov 26:   Amy Smart - Diary of a Quilter
Nov 27:   Amanda Niederhauser - Jedi Craft Girl
Nov 28:   Andy Knowlton - A Bright Corner
Nov 29:   Sharon Burgess - Lilabelle Lane Creations
Nov 30:   Samantha Dorn - Aqua Paisley Studio
Dec 2:   Lindsey Weight - Primrose Cottage Quilts
Dec 3:   Bev McCullough - Flamingo Toes
Dec 4:   Christopher Thompson - The Tattooed Quilter
Dec 5:   Amber Johnson - Gigi's Thimble
Dec 6:   Melissa Corry - Happy Quilting Melissa
Dec 7:  Amanda Castor - Material Girl Quilts



Here's the list of quilters by their Instagram name.  Check to make sure you're following each of them so you don't miss a thing! 


Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts book by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner - twelve fun fat quarter quilt projects to sew and love







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