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







Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Four Patch Spin quilt + Gingham Farmhouse Fabrics

Four Patch Spin quilt made by Andy of A Bright Corner using Gingham Farmhouse fabrics

Today I get to share with you a quilt I finished up last week before leaving for Quilt Market in Houston.  As a side note, I can't believe Halloween is just a couple of days away.  I still have some work to do on my son's costume-- yikes!  
Gingham Farmhouse fabrics found on A Bright Corner
The fabrics I used for this quilt are from a new line from Poppie Cotton called Gingham Farmhouse.  This line is filled with tiny ginghams, pretty florals, little houses, and sweet bunnies.  Aren't those gingham bunnies adorable?  You can see the entire Gingham Farmhouse line here.



Four Patch Spin quilt made by Andy of A Bright Corner using Gingham Farmhouse fabrics

The pattern I used is called Four Patch Spin and I'll have a PDF downloadable version of the pattern ready later this week.  It's fat quarter friendly (my favorite) and measures 40" x 56" but I'm thinking of adding a few more sizes to the pattern before sending it out into the world.  We all love having more size options, right?

Four Patch Spin quilt made by Andy of A Bright Corner using Gingham Farmhouse fabrics

I wanted to soften all of the straight lines in this quilt a little so I chose a loopy quilting design called Knit 1 Purl 2.  It's a computerized edge-to-edge design and it's one of my favorites - I've used it several times before.  On a related note, you can see my favorite edge-to-edge quilting designs here in this Pinterest board.

The backing is a Moda Bella Solid called Butter (9900-28) and it goes so well with the soft yellows in the Gingham Farmhouse line.

Four Patch Spin quilt made by Andy of A Bright Corner using Gingham Farmhouse fabrics

Quilt details:
40" x 56"
Pattern: Four Patch Spin (pattern coming soon)
Fabric: Gingham Farmhouse by Poppie Cotton
Quilting
Knit 1 Purl 2 (edge to edge computerized design)
Backing: Moda Bella Solid, Butter 9900-28


Four Patch Spin quilt made by Andy of A Bright Corner using Gingham Farmhouse fabrics

And if you'd like to see more projects using Gingham Farmhouse, you can follow along on the dates below!  Gingham Farmhouse fabrics are available now - ask at your local quilt shop, or you can find it here online.

Gingham Farmhouse fabric tour


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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Two Baby Quilts + Perfect 5 Quilts Book

Today I get to share a couple of fun & quick projects from the Perfect 5 Quilt Along with the Fat Quarter Shop.

Two baby quilts by Andy of A Bright Corner - charm pack quilt patterns from Perfect 5 Quilts book

Perfect 5 Quilts is the newest book from It's Sew Emma.  It includes 16 quilts that are all Charm Pack friendly and they all use the new Perfect 5 ruler from Creative Grids.


Perfect 5 Quilts book by It's Sew Emma found on A Bright Corner blog

As part of the quilt along, this week I'm sharing the Icebox Cookie block:


Icebox Cookie quilt block found on A Bright Corner - charm pack quilt pattern from the Perfect 5 Quilts book by It's Sew Emma

...and the Sugar Cookie block:


Sugar Cookie quilt block found on A Bright Corner - charm pack quilt pattern from the Perfect 5 Quilts book by It's Sew Emma


Both of these quilts came together really quickly and each project uses just one Charm Pack.  I love that!  It seems like I always have a single Charm Pack hanging around and I love finding new ways to put them to good use.


Icebox Cookie baby quilt by Andy of A Bright Corner - a charm pack quilt pattern from Perfect 5 Quilts book

For the Icebox Cookie quilt I used a 5" Stacker of Rhapsody (by Sedef Imer for Riley Blake Designs).  The quilt calls for a 1/2 yard of an accent fabric so I chose one of the Blossom prints (by Christopher Thompson for Riley Blake Designs).  I love how the green Blossom print fits right in with the Rhapsody fabrics!


Icebox Cookie baby quilt by Andy of A Bright Corner - a charm pack quilt pattern from Perfect 5 Quilts book

For the Sugar Cookie quilt I used a Charm Pack of Strawberry Jam (by Corey Yoder for Moda).


Sugar Cookie baby quilt by Andy of A Bright Corner - a charm pack quilt pattern from Perfect 5 Quilts book

Since the quilt only needs 36 (5") squares, you can pull out the prints that don't have as much contrast to your background and put them in your scrap bin to use for a different project.


Sugar Cookie baby quilt by Andy of A Bright Corner - a charm pack quilt pattern from Perfect 5 Quilts book

If you're doing the sampler version with the quilt along, you can find the single block instructions as a downloadable pattern here.  Keep in mind that you will also need to purchase the book because that will tell you what size to cut the pieces for each block.


Perfect 5 Quilt Along with the Fat Quarter Shop


Perfect 5 Quilt Along with the Fat Quarter Shop

All of the information for the quilt along including the schedule, fabric requirements and a link to each week's blocks can be found here on the Jolly Jabber blog.

And if you're new to A Bright Corner take a minute to look around!  Along the top of the page you can find links to my patterns, a full list of my tutorials, and you can read more about me.  Along the right hand side, you'll find links to where I hang out on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest) as well as a way to subscribe to my newsletter.  

Thanks for stopping by, and happy quilting!



Sugar Cookie baby quilt by Andy of A Bright Corner - a charm pack quilt pattern from Perfect 5 Quilts book

Quilt details:
40" x 40"
Pattern: Sugar Cookie Quilt from Perfect 5 Quilts book by It's Sew Emma 
Fabric: Charm Pack of Strawberry Jam (by Corey Yoder / Moda Fabrics)
QuiltingNew Moon Loops (edge to edge computerized design)
Backing: Coordinating mint colored flannel from my local quilt shop





Icebox Cookie baby quilt by Andy of A Bright Corner - a charm pack quilt pattern from Perfect 5 Quilts book


Quilt details:
50" x 50"
Pattern: Icebox Cookie Quilt from Perfect 5 Quilts book by It's Sew Emma 
Fabric: 5" Stacker of Rhapsody (by Sedef Imer / Riley Blake Designs) and yardage of Blossom (by Christopher Thompson / Riley Blake Designs)
Quilting: Soho (edge to edge computerized design)
Backing: Coordinating pink colored flannel from my local quilt shop




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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Cheer Up Quilt

I'd like to officially introduce you to Cheer Up, the newest quilt pattern in the A Bright Corner pattern shop.

Cheer Up quilt pattern by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner - A Fat Quarter pattern in four sizes

Back in 2014 when I first released the Cheerful quilt pattern, I loved the larger block size (perfect for those large-scale prints) BUT.... I knew that someday I wanted to write a version using the same block but scaled down to a smaller size. 

And so Cheer Up was born!  

Cheer Up quilt pattern by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner - A Fat Quarter pattern in four sizes

I consider Cheer Up to be sort of a "little sister" to Cheerful.  With smaller blocks and a different layout, she's just a bit sassier than her older sister.

Cheer Up quilt pattern by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner - A Fat Quarter pattern in four sizes

The pattern uses either Fat Quarters (my favorite!) or yardage, and includes instructions for four sizes of quilt: 

Crib: 50"x 56"
Throw: 68" x 77"
Twin:  68" x 87.5"
Queen:  86" x 98"

This version I'm sharing today is the throw size and used 12 Fat Quarters.

Cheer Up quilt pattern by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner - A Fat Quarter pattern in four sizes

And here's a little peek at the quilt back -


Cheer Up quilt pattern by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner - A Fat Quarter pattern in four sizes

My original inspiration for the colors in this quilt came from this sweet house print.  

Its from a line called Make Yourself At Home (Kimberbell Designs / Maywood Studios.)  I absolutely love it, but I couldn't use it on the front of the quilt because of the white background.  

Any blocks using this print would just disappear right into the background.  I wanted to use it in a way that would let it stand out.

Pieced quilt back by Andy of A Bright Corner - a fun way to use a favorite print

So I decided to piece a fun quilt back and use the house print on the backing.  It's been awhile since I've done a pieced backing like this and I'd forgotten how much I love the results!  

Pieced quilt back by Andy of A Bright Corner - a fun way to use a favorite print

Usually I just want to make the backing as fast as possible so I can move on to the quilting.   

But in this case I'm glad I took the time to piece a backing.  I love being able to enjoy that darling house print!

Cheer Up quilt pattern by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner - A Fat Quarter pattern in four sizes

You can find both PDF (instant download) and paper Cheer Up patterns here in the A Bright Corner pattern shop.


Quilt details:
68" x 77"
Pattern: Cheer Up quilt pattern 
Fabric: Assorted prints 
QuiltingTwo Simple (edge to edge computerized design)
Backing: House print from the Make Yourself At Home line by Kimberbell Designs / Maywood Studio.  The rest are coordinating solids from my stash.




Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Confetti Cotton Solids + Skipper Quilt

Skipper quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner - a fat quarter quilt made with Confetti Cotton Solids from Riley Blake Designs

I've been sewing with a lot of solids lately and I've sure had fun trying out some new-to-me color combos.  It's good to get outside of your comfort zone every once in a while, right?

For this re-make of my Skipper pattern, I chose 10 different colors of Confetti Cotton Solids from Riley Blake Designs.  I was going for kind of an end-of-Summer-but-not-yet-Fall look to the group.  How'd I do?

Confetti Cotton Solids from Riley Blake Designs - found on A Bright Corner

I love the richness of the fuchsia, purples, and Jade color - but the yellow helps keep things on the more "summery" side of things, and brightens up the whole group.

Here's the full list of colors used:

Denim, Jade, Purple Mountain Majesty, Fuchsia, Raspberry, Grass, Clover, Beehive, Purple, and Iron.  The sashing is Light Gray, and the binding is Denim.

Skipper quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner - a fat quarter quilt made with Confetti Cotton Solids from Riley Blake Designs

The Confetti Cotton Solids are some of my most favorite solids to work with - they have a nice hand to them.  They're soft, and drape nicely without being thin.  They press well and have a nice, crisp crease without needing steam.

Skipper quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner - a fat quarter quilt made with Confetti Cotton Solids from Riley Blake Designs

The pattern I used is called Skipper.  I released this one two years ago and I've wanted to do an all-solids version ever since!  I can't believe it's taken me this long to get around to it.  Sheesh!

Skipper is a fun pattern, and it's a fat quarter friendly quilt (my favorite).  The blocks look more complicated than they actually are - I promise!

You can find PDF copies of Skipper here, and paper copies here.

Skipper quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner - a fat quarter quilt made with Confetti Cotton Solids from Riley Blake Designs

For the backing on this quilt I chose a Swiss Dot in Gray from Riley Blake Designs - it coordinates without competing for attention.  

And for the quilting I did a loop design called Wish Bone.  I wanted an all-over design that would add a little texture (since there's none in the fabrics themselves) and something with some curves to it to soften all of those angles in the blocks.  Wish Bone was perfect!

Skipper quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner - a fat quarter quilt made with Confetti Cotton Solids from Riley Blake Designs

If you make a Skipper quilt, I'd love to see it!  Tag me on Instagram (@abrightcorner) and be sure to use #skipperquiltpattern and #abrightcorner so we can all see what you've created!


Quilt Details:
58" x 72"
Pattern:  Skipper (throw size)
Fabric: Confetti Cotton Solids (Riley Blake Designs)
colors: Denim, Iron, Jade, Purple, Beehive, Raspberry, Grass, Clover, Purple Mountain Majesty, Fuchsia, Light Gray (sashing)
Quilting: Wish Bone (edge to edge computerized design)
Backing: Swiss Dot in Gray (Riley Blake Designs)


Skipper quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner - a fat quarter quilt made with Confetti Cotton Solids from Riley Blake Designs


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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Rainy Day Sewing + Sidewalk Quilt

Sidewalk Quilt by Andy of A Bright Corner // pattern from Rainy Day Sewing book

Today I get to share with you a my latest finished quilt, and a beautiful new book by Amy Sinibaldi and Kristyne Czepuryk called Rainy Day Sewing.

Rainy Day Sewing book found on A Bright Corner

Rainy Day Sewing is the sweetest book, filled with pretty photos and inspiring projects. I had a hard time deciding which one to make first!  (You can find Rainy Day Sewing here on Amazon.)

After some deliberating, I decided to make this sweet baby quilt to give to a friend of mine who just had a little boy.

Sidewalk Quilt by Andy of A Bright Corner // pattern from Rainy Day Sewing book

The quilt is called Sidewalk Quilt and I chose to use some of the oh-so-soft Moda Woven fabrics.  Most of these are from the Bonnie & Camille wovens, but there's a couple of Picnic Basket wovens mixed in as well.  And they are seriously SO SO soft - perfect for a baby quilt!

Sidewalk Quilt by Andy of A Bright Corner // pattern from Rainy Day Sewing book

The pattern calls for charm squares, but I used yardage instead - use what ya' got, right?

Sidewalk Quilt by Andy of A Bright Corner // pattern from Rainy Day Sewing book

I wanted the background fabric to have some character. So instead of a plain solid fabric, I used one of the Bonnie & Camille Wovens because it has a subtle print, but also some really nice texture.  (If you click on the photo you'll be able to see more detail.)

Sidewalk Quilt by Andy of A Bright Corner // pattern from Rainy Day Sewing book

This little quilt measures 48" x 48" and is perfect for newborn snuggles. 

Sidewalk Quilt by Andy of A Bright Corner // pattern from Rainy Day Sewing book

You can find Rainy Day Sewing here on Amazon, or here on The Fat Quarter Shop

Want to see more projects from the book?  Hop on over to Instagram and follow these quilters to see what they make!

Rainy Day Book Tour

Sidewalk Quilt by Andy of A Bright Corner // pattern from Rainy Day Sewing book

Quilt Details:
48" x 48"
Pattern: Sidewalk Quilt from the book Rainy Day Sewing
Fabric: Moda Wovens (mostly Bonnie & Camille Wovens)
Quilting: Asterisk (edge to edge computerized design)
Backing: Moda Bella Solid Ruby Ice (color 9900-169)


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