Monday, June 26, 2017

Pinwheel Block tutorial with Tri-Recs Rulers + Ruler Giveaway!

Pinwheel block tutorial using Tri-Recs rulers

I'd like to share with you how I used the Tri-Recs rulers to make the pinwheel blocks in the Pinwheels & Patchwork quilt  (free pattern here.)  And if you don't already have a set of these handy rulers, stay tuned to the end of the post for a chance to win a set from the Fat Quarter Shop!

Pinwheel block tutorial using Tri-Recs rulers

I bought these Tri-Recs rulers years ago and then they sat for a looong time because I didn't know how to use them!  Now that I know, they're super handy and you can do all sorts of fun blocks with them.  Today I'm just showing the pinwheel block, but once you get the hang of them, you can start just creating!

The pinwheel block for today is really just four triangle-in-a-square blocks that have been rotated and sewn together.  Let's get started!

First of all, cut a strip of fabric that is 6.5" x WOF (width of fabric).  You can keep it folded (the way it comes off the bolt) and that way you'll be cutting two triangles at a time.

Pinwheel block tutorial using Tri-Recs rulers


Line up the "Tri" ruler on the strip of fabric as shown.  That nice flat edge on the top of the ruler is helpful here!  See how it lines up with the top of the fabric strip?


Pinwheel block tutorial using Tri-Recs rulers

Use a rotary cutter to cut out one triangle, then flip the ruler over and line it up along that just-cut edge.  You're ready to cut another triangle!  Keep going along the length of the strip of fabric, cutting out as many triangles as you need.  For one block we only need 4 triangles.

Next up we'll be cutting the side triangle pieces using the "Recs" ruler.  Once again, cut a strip of fabric that is 6.5" x WOF.

Tips for using Tri-Recs tools and rulers

See that notch on the top left of the Recs tool?  That notch will come in handy when you start piecing the block.  So make sure you trim that notch from the fabric as you cut!

Pinwheel block tutorial using Tri-Recs rulers

  Line up the ruler as shown, and cut one triangle. 


Pinwheel block tutorial using Tri-Recs rulers

As before, flip the ruler over and cut another one.  And then just keep flipping and cutting all the way down the length of the strip.  For our one block you'll only need 8 of these side triangles.

Pinwheel block tutorial using Tri-Recs rulers

Time to sew!  Arrange one triangle piece with two side triangles as shown.  We'll sew one side first.  

Pinwheel block tutorial using Tri-Recs rulers

Flip the side triangle over so the two pieces are right sides together.  Notice the bottom corner of the triangle?  

Pinwheel block tutorial using Tri-Recs rulers

That notch you cut in the side triangle piece helps you line it up with the larger triangle.  The notch should line up with the bottom edge of the large triangle. 

Pinwheel block tutorial using Tri-Recs rulers

Stitch along the side of the triangle with a 1/4" seam. 


Pinwheel block tutorial using Tri-Recs rulers

Flip open the side triangle and press.  I recommend pressing open.

Pinwheel block tutorial using Tri-Recs rulers

Now line up the second side triangle - making sure that notch at the bottom is lined up.  Sew with a 1/4" seam. 

Pinwheel block tutorial using Tri-Recs rulers

 Flip open the second side triangle and press open.

Triangle in a square quilt block using Tri-Recs rulers

This triangle-in-a-square (TIS) block should measure 6.5" square.  Repeat to make a total of 4 TIS blocks.  Take a minute to trim off any little dog ears on each block.

Triangle in a square quilt block using Tri-Recs rulers

Arrange the four blocks as shown, taking note of how each one is rotated. 

Triangle in a square quilt block using Tri-Recs rulers
 Sew the top two blocks together, and the bottom two blocks together, with a 1/4" seam.  Press seams open.

Triangle in a square quilt block using Tri-Recs rulers

Now sew the two block halves together, being careful to line up that center seam.  Stitch and then press seam - this time press to one side.  The finished block should measure 12.5" square.  Fun block, right?  


Would you like to win a set of Tri-Recs rulers?  Just leave a comment below, telling me one thing on your Summer bucket list.  Giveaway ends Sunday July 2nd at midnight and I'll announce the winner here on Monday July 3rd.  And thank you to the Fat Quarter Shop for sponsoring the giveaway!  International entries welcome, one entry per person please.  

Tips for using Tri-Recs rulers and a fun pinwheel block tutorial


Want to see what else you can make with the Tri-Recs rulers?  Check out this pinterest board - filled with different ideas on what you can make using these two rulers!

And don't forget to go here and download the free pattern for the Pinwheels & Patchwork quilt.  Now that you know how to make the pinwheel blocks, this quilt's a breeze!  

Pinwheels and Patchwork free quilt pattern by A Bright Corner


Tips for using the Tri-Recs rulers and a fun pinwheel block tutorial






Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Patchwork Quilt Along Block Six!

Wow!  We're halfway through the Patchwork Quilt Along with the Fat Quarter Shop!

Patchwork Quilt Along with the Fat Quarter Shop

This month's blocks are called "Round the Corner" and boy are there lots of tiny pieces to work with!
(Download block pattern here)

Patchwork Quilt Along with the Fat Quarter Shop

I have a confession... I used a technique called Fusible Patchwork to make my blocks.  You can read more about it here.  The first time I did fusible patchwork, I drew my own squares on the interfacing.  But I recently found a pre-printed panel at my local quilt shop so all I had to do was cut out a 5 square x 5 square section (7.5" x 7.5") and it was ready to go!  (Panel is from Quiltsmart, 1" finished squares)

 Patchwork Quilt Along with the Fat Quarter Shop

Is that cheating?  Or just using a helpful technique?

Patchwork Quilt Along with the Fat Quarter Shop
I was going to just make one block with this method - just to try it out...and then follow the pattern instructions for the others.  But the first one was so quick and the points were so pretty, I just did all six blocks with this method!

Patchwork Quilt Along with the Fat Quarter Shop
Once I got the main part of the block done, I then realized I still had to deal with the corners.  So I used four 1.5" squares, drew a diagonal line and sewed right on the line.  I trimmed the seam allowance and then flipped the corners open and pressed.  It looks a little different than the block pictures in the pattern, but it will work!    (Read more about the fusible patchwork technique here.)


Patchwork Quilt Along with the Fat Quarter Shop

You can find the pattern for this month's blocks here.  And don't forget to make a donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation here.

Patchwork Quilt Along with the Fat Quarter Shop

The next set of blocks will be released on July 15th!  For some great inspiration, check out the Patchwork QAL facebook group.  There's some quilters that are making bigger blocks, and some that are only making one small block each month to make a mini quilt.  So much creativity!  And check out the bloggers below that are quilting along as well!

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, June 7, 2017

Breezy Quilt in American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine

I'm so excited to be able to finally share!  I have a quilt included in the August 2017 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine!  

Breezy quilt from the August 2017 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting, designed by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner
Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting magazine  ©2017 Meredith Corporation.  All rights reserved.
This is Breezy - a scrappy looking, yet fat quarter friendly quilt.  (I love when I can make a quilt that has a scrappy feel, but doesn't require all the work of finding and cutting scraps!)

Breezy quilt from the August 2017 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting, designed by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner
Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting magazine  ©2017 Meredith Corporation.  All rights reserved
The trick?  I mixed and matched fabrics from many designers and different collections to help give it that scrappy feel.  Melissa Kelley (Sew Shabby Quilting) did the quilting for me (Harbour Wave design) and I love how the swirls and waves in the quilting help to give the pinwheels some movement.  

American Patchwork & Quilting August 2017 issue
Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting magazine  ©2017 Meredith Corporation.  All rights reserved
You can see my project as well as the other featured projects from this issue here on the American Patchwork & Quilting website.  And this issue is now available in stores!




Monday, June 5, 2017

Comfort and Joy + Free PDF Pattern


Pinwheels and Patchwork free quilt pattern from A Bright Corner

I'm getting our Christmas quilting done early this year (and that's SO not like me)!  This last month I've been sewing with the new Christmas line from Riley Blake called Comfort and Joy.  It has the classic reds and greens, but also some great black prints that really make all the other colors pop.  (See all the prints here.)


Comfort and Joy fabric from Riley Blake Designs

When I first chose my fabrics for this project, I was on the fence about adding in that black plaid, but I'm so glad I did now!  I just love what it adds.  And aren't those snow globes charming? 

Comfort and Joy fabric from Riley Blake Designs

The quilt I designed to go with these prints uses a set of rulers I've had for awhile now - the Tri-Recs rulers from EZ Quilting.  Have you heard of them?  They're handy to have, and there are some great tutorials and patterns out there that use the Tri-Recs rulers.  Never used the Tri-Recs rulers before?  Or maybe you own them but aren't sure how to use them?  I'll be back on Friday with a photo tutorial showing how I made these pinwheel blocks.  

Pinwheels and Patchwork - a free quilt pattern from A Bright Corner

I'm calling this quilt Pinwheels & Patchwork.  It finishes at 60" x 69", and you can find a free PDF pattern to make your own Pinwheels & Patchwork here!  

Pinwheels and Patchwork - a free quilt pattern from A Bright Corner

And you can find the Comfort and Joy fabrics in stores now - although they were going fast at my local quilt shop, so don't wait too long or you'll miss out.  You can also find them online here at: Olie & Evie, Fat Quarter Shop, and Lou Lou's Fabric Shop.  

The swirly quilting design I did is a panto called Party Streamers from Urban Elementz


Party Streamers panto from Urban Elementz

 Thanks for stopping by!  You can see more projects made with Comfort and Joy on the blogs (and dates) below:


And don't forget to grab the free PDF quilt pattern for Pinwheels & Patchwork.  If you make one I'd love to see!  Tag me on Instagram (@abrightcorner) and use the hashtag #pinwheelsandpatchwork.






Friday, June 2, 2017

Stars and Stripes table runner -Free PDF Pattern!

Can I just tell you how happy I am that we've finally reached the season of sunscreen, flip flops and popsicles?  School is out, we've made our summer bucket list and we've already reached our maximum allotted hours of video games for the year hahaha!  

Stars and Stripes free PDF pattern for a quick and easy table runner

How about celebrating summer with a free PDF pattern for this Stars & Stripes table runner?  I designed this one a few years ago to sell as kits in a local quilt shop and realized I never shared the pattern here with all of you!  

You can download and print the free PDF pattern here.

Stars and Stripes free PDF pattern for a quick and easy table runner

This table runner comes together pretty quickly - I promise!  The stripe blocks are made with strip piecing, and the stars are raw edge appliqued with the help of your favorite fusible web product (I love Heat n Bond Lite.)

Stars and Stripes free PDF pattern for a quick and easy table runner

The table runner finishes at 12" x 36", and if you'd prefer a wall hanging, make three of the table runners and sew them together to make a 36" x 36" wall hanging.   


Stars and Stripes free PDF pattern for a quick and easy table runner

Now get outside and enjoy that sunshine!  But don't forget to grab the free PDF pattern here!


Looking for more table runner ideas?  Check out my table runner Pinterest board:

table runner pinterest board by A Bright Corner

Or how about some patriotic quilts and crafts?  Follow my patriotic Pinterest board:

Patriotic Pinterest board by A Bright Corner






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



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