Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Making Progress

So this project is one that I started about four months ago and have been working on it slowly (SLOOOOO…WWW….LLLLY)  since then. 

These solid fabrics were sent to me by the lovely people at American Made Brand and I’ve enjoyed creating with them!  I just love the combination of vibrant solids with scrappy low volume prints so that’s what I’ve gone with for this project.  (You can see my first post about American Made Brand cotton solids here.)

  Bright squares quilt idea

Each 8.5” square has four (2.5”) squares of low volume inside.  Last night I was playing around with the layout and I think I’ve finally settled on this.  Whaddaya think?  Anything stand out to you in the picture above?

American Made Brand solids with low volume prints

The next step with this project is to create the sashings that will go between blocks.  I’ll be using more 2.5” squares of low volume along with some longer strips of low vol.  If I’ve done my math correctly (fingers crossed) I should have all of the low volume cut.  Now I just need to put in a good movie and get sewing!

stack of scrappy low volume squares

Monday, September 8, 2014

A Little Inventory

I’m heading out of town in a few days for a fun sewing weekend with friends and I’ve been making a pile of projects to take with me.  I’m hoping to get all of these at least started, and maybe a few of them finished.  Wishful thinking?  Perhaps.  It’s better to take more projects than you’ll need, right?  I wouldn’t want to run out of things to sew!

Scrappy navy prints

First off is this stack of navy prints.  I want to make a whole quilt of the Scrappy Susannah block using just navy prints and maybe a yellow or mint in the center.  So these are the navy prints all cut to size and stacked.  Any input on what color I should use in the block centers?  I'm still trying to decide!

Stack of fabrics

Next up is this fun stack which will be used to test the throw size of one of my upcoming patterns.  I’ve made a table topper size and loved it, but I’m still playing with the size of the sashing and posts. 

Fabulously Fast Quilts - a book by Amy Smart

I’ve had this stack of Art Gallery prints for about a year now and I’m suddenly itching to put them to good use.  I’m considering using them in a quilt from Amy Smart’s book, Fabulously Fast Quilts

Story Book Classics fabric and Cross Stitch quilt pattern

And this is the one I’m most excited about!  My friend Amber recently released this Cross Stitch pattern and I’ll be making it with these Story Book Classics prints.  You can find a PDF version of the Cross Stitch pattern here, and a paper version here.

Anyone want to place bets on how many of these I can get done in 3.5 days?

Friday, September 5, 2014

An Irish Chain quilt and free quilt pattern

Are you ready for a red and white overload?  If you're not a fan of the red/white color combo then consider yourself warned.  You may just want to move on to the next blog post.

Back in April I was asked to make a quilt to donate to a charity auction.  I had a short amount of time to finish it, so I knew I needed something fast, but impressive.  A simplified Irish Chain quilt was the answer!  It needs just a handful of jelly roll strips and some background fabric and you're on your way.

The center part of the quilt top is all strip pieced so it's quick to put together.

The addition of the white inner border and larger red outer border was an afterthought.  I got some helpful feedback from Instagram friends and added the borders.  I'm glad I did - I LOVE what the borders add!  (and side note:  I love Instagram.  The quilting community there is huge, very encouraging and quite inspiring!)

Once I had the quilt finished, I wrapped it up for delivery and then had a hard time letting it go!  So within a few weeks I had made another one - for myself.  To keep.  I changed a few things up so I'm saving that one to show another day.   

Since then (and with the blog post about my most recent Irish Chain quilt) I've had a lot of questions about how I made my quilts.  Instead of doing a tutorial I decided to just write up a pattern that you can download and print.  (The pattern is for this particular Irish Chain quilt with two borders.  The finished quilt measures 56" x 68")  The pattern will be available as a free download through the rest of September and then available for purchase after that.  

You can find the pattern here in my Craftsy shop.  

If you make an Irish Chain quilt I'd love to see it!  Tag me on Instagram or Facebook, or add your quilt to the Sewing with A Bright Corner Flickr group.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Chance of Flowers Irish Chain quilt

Chance of Flowers Irish Chain quilt

This afternoon I had a few quiet minutes to myself so I hurried and put the binding on this flowery irish chain quilt.  

This is the third irish chain quilt that I've made this year and it's safe to say that this pattern is now one of my go-to favorites.  It whips up so quickly and it is a great way to use up any 2.5" or 3" squares (or strips) that you may have on hand.  

Chance of Flowers Irish Chain quilt

As I was doing the binding I decided that this is pink plaid one of my most favorite binding prints.  I've used it on two different quilts now, and I have enough yardage left to use it on maybe two more bindings!  (All of the prints used on this quilt are from the Chance of Flowers line by Sandy Gervais)

The perfect fabric for a quilt binding!

This quilt got the "swirly ribbons" treatment for quilting design.  I've been doing so many variations of swirls lately that somewhere mid-quilt I think I started doing kind of a loopy-swirl thing but then I got myself back on track.  Haha!

Chance of Flowers Irish Chain quilt

The finished measurements are 53" x 60" and now I think I'll give it a wash to let it get all nice and crinkly!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Quilt Block Tutorial–The Scrappy Susannah

September is my month to host the Imagine circle of Do. Good Stitches and I’ve chosen a scrappy version of the Susannah block for our group. 

This block is a fantastic way to use up some scraps since all of the needed squares are either 3.5” or 4.25”.  Here’s the tutorial!

Scrappy Susannah Quilt Block tutorial 1a

For one (12.5") block you’ll need:
  • 8 (3.5”) print squares
  • 4 (3.5”) white or background squares
  • 2 (4.25”) print squares
  • 2 (4.25”) white or background squares

block tutorial 1

1.  On the two (4.25”) white squares, draw a diagonal line or fold in half and finger press.

block tutorial 2

2.  Place each 4.25” white square right sides together with a 4.25” print square.  
Sew about 1/4” on both sides of the drawn line.

block tutorial 3

3.  Cut along the drawn line to make two half square triangles (HST).

block tutorial 4

4.  Open HSTs, press and trim each HST to be 3.5”

block tutorial 5

5.  Layout squares as shown.

block tutorial 6

6.  Using a 1/4” seam, sew squares into rows.  Press each row.
(I prefer to press seams open at this point)

block tutorial 7

7.  Sew rows together, matching seams, and press block.
Block should measure 12.5”

block tutorial 8

And there you have it!  Pretty easy, right?  For our group quilt we’ll be using this color palette:

Summer Meadow color inspiration

Navy blues, royal blues, greens and yellows.  I was going to choose a fall colored palette but I just can’t bring myself to let go of Summer just quite yet!

For those of you not in our Imagine group, if you make a Scrappy Susannah block I'd love to see it!  Tag me on Instagram or Facebook, or add your block to the Sewing with A Bright Corner Flickr group!

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Leftover Conundrum

 Leftovers are just a part of life, right?  Every once in a while, after finishing a quilt I’ll find I have enough leftovers to possibly make another whole quilt – a small one, but still a whole quilt!  And I’m always torn.  Should I just add the fabrics to my stash (which is arranged by color) and let it go?  Or just keep going and make that second quilt.

What do you do?

Flirty charms was made with leftovers, as was Honey Honey, Hometown Healing, and Sweet Baby Boy.

Cute flowery Irish Chain quilt from A Bright Corner

And now I have another to add to the list.  I had some 3” strips leftover from this quilt and with the addition of a bit more Kona Snow, I knew I could make a small throw sized quilt.  So I got to work.

With the combination of strip piecing and chain piecing it was a fast project.  In about an hour I had a stack of blocks:

Nine patch blocks

And not long after that I had a quilt top (I did have to make a trip to my local shop to get a bit more Kona Snow).  The quilt top measures about 52” x 60” and I'm hoping to get the quilting done on it this weekend.  Hooray for leftovers!  

Cute flowery Irish Chain quilt from A Bright Corner

Linking up to Finish It Up Friday with Crazy Mom Quilts

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Easy Pencil Case Tutorial

School is back in session here in Utah and with that comes the purchasing of new school supplies.  Anyone else LOVE shopping for school supplies?  I love new boxes of pens and pencils and do even get me started on a new box of crayons!  

Well after a few days of school, my son started complaining about how frustrating it was to have to dig his pencils out of the bottom of his backpack for each class.  To solve the problem I made him a snap-shut pencil case.  They're perfect for this sort of task because they're quick and quiet to open and close.  

His pencil case was so fun to make that I just made a few more that afternoon for a couple of friends.  Today on the Therm o Web blog I have a tutorial showing how you can make a bag too.  

Easy pencil case tutorial found on A Bright Corner

What makes this such a fun bag?  No zippers, velcro, snaps or buttons.  Instead, two strips of tape measure are used.  No really!  

You can use an old tape measure, or like me you can buy an inexpensive one.  This one was $2.  I pulled the tape out all the way to the end and found that they provided an easy way to detach the tape from the casing.  Perfect.  

Easy pencil case tutorial found on A Bright Corner

Use a pair of sharp scissors to cut the tape to the length you need but be warned - this will most likely ruin the scissors.  I have a pair that I keep around for things such as this.  But they really don't work well for paper or fabric-ish type cutting anymore. 

 Be sure to round the corners and cover them with a bit of tape so those sharp edges don't cut holes in your lovely new snap bag.  

Easy pencil case tutorial found on A Bright Corner

These really are quick little bags to sew and they make nice gifts.  In fact, a few of my family and friends just might be seeing these at Christmas!     

Easy pencil case tutorial found on A Bright Corner

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