Monday, November 24, 2014

Jolly Pinwheels–a Jolly Bar free quilt pattern

Have you heard about the new Jolly Bar precut?  The Jolly Bar is a 5” x 10” precut that is exclusive to the Fat Quarter Shop.  You can see all of the Jolly Bars (and patterns) available here.  I got the chance to play with this Boathouse (by Sweetwater) Jolly Bar last week and see what fun idea I could come up with.

Boathouse Jolly Bar

Before I show you the finished quilt, I want to show you these fabulous Boathouse fabrics.  I’ve always loved nautical prints and colors and this line is right up my alley.

Boathouse Jolly Bar

The quilt I designed is called Jolly Pinwheels and I’ve created a free downloadable (and printable) pattern as well!  The finished quilt measures 57” x 63.”  It was fun to work with a precut that fell between the charm pack and the layer cake.  Sometimes I find that the charm square is too small for what I want, and the layer cake is just too big.  It's nice to have another option now!

Jolly Bar quilt pattern

The Jolly Pinwheels pattern shows a fast and easy way to make the half square triangles (used on the top and bottom borders) at the same time you’re making the blocks.  

Jolly Bar quilt

I wanted to give the appearance of wind swirling around the pinwheels so I quilted it with all over swirls.

Jolly Pinwheels quilt pattern

My youngest son and I went down to the lake near our house the other day to see if it was frozen yet (and to throw rocks, of course!) and I brought the quilt along to get some photos.  It was such a gorgeous, clear day and the water was so perfectly calm.  

Jolly Pinwheels quilt

The harbor area was a bit frozen – the smaller rocks we threw sat on top of the ice, but larger rocks smashed right through with a very satisfying sound.  We had a fun hour down at the lake and honestly if you're needing to take photos of a nautical quilt you really should head to the nearest body of water, right?  

Jolly Pinwheels quilt pattern

You can find the free pattern here  or print it right from the window below.  If you make a Jolly Pinwheels quilt I’d love to see it!  To see the other Jolly Bars available, click here.  Would you like to win one?  The Fat Quarter shop is giving away a Jolly Bar to one of my lovely readers!  To enter the giveaway for a Jolly Bar of your choice, just leave a comment below.  Any ol' comment at all.  That's it!  Giveaway will be open until Saturday, November 29th at midnight.  I'll announce the winner here on Monday Dec 1st.

Be sure to stop by and see the other Jolly Bar quilts created by some other blogging friends:

Amy from Diary of a Quilter
Dana from Old Red Barn Co.
Denise from Pieced Brain
Vickie from Spun Sugar Quilts
Lorna from Sew Fresh Quilts
Stephanie from The Modern Sewciety

Friday, November 21, 2014

A Head Start

Happy Friday everyone! 

My plan for the morning was to work on some quilt ideas that needed to be done in the next few weeks.  However, I’m not so good at setting aside time for the “thinking” types of projects projects.  I tend to procrastinate those.  I much more prefer the “doing” kinds of projects!  So today instead of finalizing design ideas for those future projects, I pulled out my scrap bins and started making some small string blocks. 

Small string blocks

I thought maybe I'd make 4 blocks and then do other things, but I started up a movie and before I knew it, I had 18 blocks done.  It was a delightful way to spend the morning!

So now I’ve found that I’ve gotten a great head start on my next project, but still need to work on those “thinking” projects.  Or maybe I’ll go make cookies.  Or vacuum.  Or clean up the stringy mess from this morning.  Or…..

Small string blocks

Friday, November 14, 2014

A New Home for a Whirled Quilt

In the past few days I’ve been trying to get some flower blocks done that will be used in a block swap this weekend.  I intended on showing those blocks in today’s blog post but when I went to take the photos, I discovered that my camera battery was completely drained.  Doh! 

So instead I have some photos of a quilt I finished last month and never got around to blogging about.  In October I made two quilts from my Whirled quilt pattern.  I showed the first one here

Whirled quilt

This second one was made simply because I fell in love with the fabric in the border.  I mean come on!  It’s pretty, isn’t it?  I think I’d love a whole cloth quilt made from this!

In My Room fabric by Jenean Morrison for Free Spirit

This print is from a line called “In My Room” designed by Jenean Morrison for Free Spirit.  I found it one afternoon as I was browsing in a local shop that I don’t visit very often.  I immediately fell in love with it! 

Whirled quilt

I found several fat quarters to pull in the pinks, greens and peachie colors from the border.  The gray dot for the inner border and binding were a bit trickier, but I love what I ended up with.

Whirled quilt in pinks

The finished quilt measures 50” x 64.”  I quilted it with a meandering loop pattern with a few double loops thrown in – one of my favorite all-over quilt designs.  And this pretty little quilt has found a new home!  One of my sisters has claimed it and it is on it’s way now to Northern Idaho. 

Whirled Quilt in pinks

For more information about the Whirled quilt pattern, you can see this blog post.  The pattern is available in my pattern shop here, in my Craftsy shop here, and on Etsy here.  In all three shops the PDF is available as an instant download once payment is complete.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you all have a great weekend!  (hooray for Fridays!)

Linking up at Finish it up Friday with Crazy Mom Quilts

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Washi Tape Christmas

Today I’m a part of the Handmade Christmas Decorations blog hop!  The nice people at Stitch Craft Create organized a month-long blog hop to showcase a few of their Christmas crafty books.  The book I chose to work from is called Washi Tape Christmas by Kami Bigler.

Washi Tape Christmas book

I was really drawn to this book because of the cute projects and fun ideas, including many that kids can do too!  Plus I’m always looking for an excuse to use some of my washi tape collection.  When I’m out and about in craft stores, It’s hard to pass up a cute washi tape roll, am I right?  So I end up with lots of great washi tapes and I’m always on the lookout for ways to use them. 

Washi Tape

Today I took two of the projects from the book and made them into one:

Washi Tape Christmas

First, I printed the Christmas Tree template from the book right onto some white cardstock.  Printing a template is super easy when you have the e-book version.  Just right click, go to “print” and then select the page number to print.

Washi Tape Christmas

I gathered all of my green colored washi tape and my small hole punch.

Washi Tape

I randomly placed strips of tape over the tree outlines.

Washi Tape Christmas

Then using sharp scissors, I cut out each tree.

Washi Tape Christmas

I used the small hole punch to make a hole at the top, just big enough for a piece of string.

Washi Tape Christmas

Then I wrapped a few tea lights in washi tape (another craft from the Washi Tape Christmas book). 

Washi Tape Christmas

I put the little candles in a small cellophane bag and punched two holes in the top.  The string threads through the holes and helps to keep the bag closed.

Washi Tape Christmas

And there you have it!  I’ll definitely be making a few more of these for teacher gifts this Christmas!

Hop on over to see the rest of the blog hop schedule  - there’s a post every day of November!  You can see more of the e-books and downloads available from Stitch Craft Create here.  They not only have full e-books, but also single craft, sewing and quilting patterns that are available as downloads.

And now I'll be getting back to some serious sewing!  I have a nice stack of quilt tops that need quilting, along with a few new projects that need to be started.  Off I go!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Handmade Holidays Blog Hop

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 Welcome to the 4th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! A few years ago we were looking online for handmade gift ideas and thought it would be great if there was a resource dedicated JUST to handmade gift ideas. Enter the Handmade Holidays hop! We've gathered over 100 of our creative blogger friends in the craft industry as well as some of our fellow product manufacturers to bring you a plethora of inspiring gift ideas you can make now to give to your friends, family, and colleagues. Pin and bookmark these ideas for this holiday season and to use throughout the year! Each day of the hop features approximately 30 gift projects and you can "hop" from one blog to another to check them all out.

My handmade gift idea is a framed burlap monogram.  This is quick to make, is a no-sew project and makes a great personalized, handmade gift!

Framed burlap monogram tutorial - great idea for a personalized handmade gift!

You'll need:

  • a frame (mine has an opening of 10" x 13"), 
  • a piece of burlap slightly bigger than the size of the opening, 
  • a piece of fabric, also about the size of the opening.
  • Heat n Bond Ultra 

First, find a frame you'd like to use and remove the board that's used as the frame backing.  

Framed burlap monogram tutorial - great idea for a personalized handmade gift!

Place the board over the burlap and either trace around the board and cut the burlap to size with scissors, or just cut around it with your rotary cutter.

Framed burlap monogram tutorial - great idea for a personalized handmade gift!

Great!  Your burlap background is ready to go.

Framed burlap monogram tutorial - great idea for a personalized handmade gift!

Next, print out the letter you would like to use.  Be sure to print the mirror image of the letter!  

I created a PDF of some of the most common first letters of last names.  You can download and print it here.  The letters included are K, W, M, S, R, C, P, and A.  The letters are already mirror image and ready to print and use.

Using a pencil, trace the letter onto a piece of Heat n Bond Ultra.  Heat n Bond Ultra is great for no-sew projects like this.  I love this stuff!

Framed burlap monogram tutorial - great idea for a personalized handmade gift!

Cut out around the lines, but not directly on the lines.  Leave about 1/4" space around the letter.

Framed burlap monogram tutorial - great idea for a personalized handmade gift!

Following the instructions on the package, and with the paper side up, iron the letter onto the wrong side of a piece of fabric.

Framed burlap monogram tutorial - great idea for a personalized handmade gift!

Using nice, sharp scissors, cut out right on the lines.

Framed burlap monogram tutorial - great idea for a personalized handmade gift!

Peel off the paper backing.

Framed burlap monogram tutorial - great idea for a personalized handmade gift!

Place a piece of scrap fabric down on your ironing board, then the piece of burlap.  If your frame has a mat, lay the mat in place.  This will help you determine the placement of the letter.  Place the letter where you would like it.  I used a small ruler to make sure the space along the top, bottom and sides was even.

Framed burlap monogram tutorial - great idea for a personalized handmade gift!

Without disturbing the letter, carefully remove the mat and iron the letter in place.  This is when it's nice to have the scrap fabric underneath the burlap.  Since the burlap is a loose weave, some of the adhesive from the Heat n Bond Ultra might get through onto your ironing surface.  That scrap fabric will protect it!

Framed burlap monogram tutorial - great idea for a personalized handmade gift!

Let the burlap cool for a few minutes, then place into the frame.  And just like that you have a quick, personalized, handmade gift!

Framed burlap monogram tutorial - great idea for a personalized handmade gift!

Are you ready for lots more creative handmade gift ideas and projects?? Follow along on our blog hop! Simply click on each of the links below to be taken to that post with additional information and photos on how to create a handmade gift project. Have fun and pin away!

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
Ellison Educational Equipment
ICE Resin
Neat and Tangled
Therm O Web
Walnut Hollow
Elizabeth Craft Designs
Rowland Technologies
Graphic 45
Hydrangea Hippo
Pink and Main
The Buckle Boutique
Tami Mayberry Art & Design - Tami Mayberry 
Jamie Dougherty - Jamie Dougherty Designs
Elizabeth Craft Designs - Raquel Mason
Meagan - The Charming Farmer
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L - Angela Ploegman
Carolyn Dube - A Colorful Journey
Pink and Main - Mistyana Wright 
The Buckle Boutique - Niki Wilson
It’s Sew Lorine - Lorine Mason   ‎
Therm O Web - Andy Knowlton 
L. Grace Lauer - Uniquely Grace
Clearsnap - Meihsia Liu
Snap Lizzie - Lizzie Sanchez
Graphic 45 - Katie Zoey Ho
Charity Wings  ICE Resin - Tatiana Allen
Polly Carlson - Pieces by Polly
Ellison Educational Equipment - Jan Hobbins
RoseRedd Paper Studio - Rochelle Washington

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Scrappy Susannah quilt tops

Back at the beginning of September I had a tutorial here on my blog for a quilt block called the Scrappy Susannah.  I’ve recently gotten some questions and emails about what a full quilt would look like.  Well now that I’ve received all of the blocks from my Do. Good Stitches group, I can show you what it’s starting to look like!

First of all, here are all of the 12” blocks laid out randomly.  The group members could choose to use either navy, royal blue, green or yellow for their blocks. 

Scrappy Susannah quilt

I’m still trying to decide if I want to add sashing between the blocks, which would look like this:

Scrappy Susannah quilt

About mid-September, I pulled out all of my favorite navy blue prints and made this quilt top (it’s still waiting to be quilted).  With this version I think I’m really liking the no sashing look. 

Scrappy Susannah quilt

And just to show you kind of a different look, here are the same Scrappy Susannah blocks but using the fabrics from Mirabelle (designed by Joanna Figueroa for Moda). 

Scrappy Susannah quilt

And then the same quilt, but without sashing. 

Scrappy Susannah quilt

And then here’s one more because I was curious what a Christmas version of Scrappy Susannah would look like!  This one is made using Solstice by Kate Spain.  And again, I think I prefer the no-sashing look.  What do you think?  Sashing or no sashing??

Scrappy Susannah quilt

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Stair Steps–quilt pattern tutorial

In the past couple of days I've received a lot of questions about how I made my bonus project from the Fat Quarter Shop's Fat Eighth Frenzy quilt pattern.  So I wrote up a quick tutorial to show you how I did it.  

The technique is a pretty handy one to keep in your toolbox of quilty ideas!  I remember a little over a year ago I was admiring an intricate-looking quilt top at a local shop and the woman who made it kindly explained this technique to me.  I've been itching to use it ever since.

Stair Steps quilt tutorial

Stair Steps quilt tutorial 
47" x 48"

You will need:
leftover triangles from the Fat Eighth Frenzy quilt pattern (at least 60 triangles)
1/3 yard for the inner border
3/4 yard for the outer border
3/8 yard for binding
3-1/4 yards backing

First of all, take all of the leftover triangles from the Fat Eighth Frenzy quilt.  Pair them together so there is good contrast between the two (i.e. light / dark or solid / print).  Sew the two triangles together and press open to make one half square triangle. 

Stair Steps quilt tutorial

Trim the half square triangles.  Mine were all about 8” (give or take a bit) so I trimmed them down to all be 7.5”.  My big Bloc Loc ruler makes quick work out of trimming HSTs!

Stair Steps quilt tutorial

You’ll need 30 trimmed HSTs for this project.  If you have fewer HSTS, you could make a smaller quilt, a table runner version or even a throw pillow. 

Stair Steps quilt tutorial

Next, cut each HST into three equal strips of 2.5” each.  Keep in mind that the direction of the HST will matter in the end!  Cut half of the HSTs facing in one direction and the other half facing the other direction, as shown in the diagram below. 

cutting diagram

Now working with the strips from just one of the sliced up HSTs, leave the center strip where it is and swap the two end strips.

Stair Steps quilt tutorial

Stair Steps quilt tutorial

Using a 1/4” seam, sew them back together.  This block should measure 6.5” x 7.6”.  Repeat these steps to make all 30 blocks. 

Stair Steps quilt tutorial

Layout all of the blocks as you would like them.  This was one layout that I considered, but in the end I went with this one below (five blocks in each row, six rows, blocks laid horizontally with peaks and valleys matching up.)

Stair Steps quilt tutorial

Sew the blocks together into rows, and then sew the rows together. 

Time for borders!  Measure the length of two sides and the length through the center of the quilt.  Find the average of that number and cut two inner border strips to be 2.5” by the average length.  Sew those to the sides of the quilt top.  Next measure the top and bottom of the quilt as before, cut inner border strips to that length (and 2.5” wide) and sew to the top and bottom of the quilt top. 

Repeat to add the outer border.  The outer border should be cut at 5” x average length.  Baste, quilt and bind as desired!

Stair Steps quilt tutorial

If you make your own Stair Steps quilt I’d love to see it!  Tag me on Instagram (abrightcorner), shoot me an email or add your photo to the Sewing with A Bright Corner flickr group.

Stair Steps quilt tutorial
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