Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Rise and Shine quilt + Playful Precut Quilts book

Is it starting to feel a little more like fall yet where you live?  I've been noticing how much earlier the sun is setting lately, and today it's only supposed to be around 57 degrees.  That's a welcome change to the 100+ temps we've been having lately!  

Rise and Shine quilt in Kona cotton solids by Andy of A Bright Corner - pattern from the Playful Precut Quilts book by Amanda Niederhauser

Today I get to share an all-solids quilt with you in some fall-ish colors.  It's been so fun to work with a little different color combination (for me.)  Usually I'm sewing with red, navy, aqua and / or green.  Some times you just have to switch things up, ya know? 

Rise and Shine quilt in Kona cotton solids by Andy of A Bright Corner - pattern from the Playful Precut Quilts book by Amanda Niederhauser

For this quilt I used a pattern called Rise and Shine, from the new book, Playful Precut Quilts by Amanda Niederhauser (Jedi Craft Girl).  

This is her first book and it's SO good!  It's filled with 15 different projects - all using precuts.  And one of the great things about the book is that all of the blocks are 12" so they can be mixed, matched, and inter-changed.  I love that!  

For my version of the Rise and Shine pattern I used this bundle of Kona cotton solids (colors are from top down: Ice Peach, Foxglove, Plum, Everglade, Sage, Seafoam, Sienna, Salmon, Butterscotch, Mustard)

Kona cotton solids bundle found on A Bright Corner - love this fall inspired fabric bundle.  You have to see what she made with these fabrics!

Here's Amanda's original Rise and Shine quilt, made with the bright and cheerful Welsummer fabrics by Cotton + Steel.
Rise and Shine quilt from the Playful Precut Quilts book by Amanda Niederhauser - post has a  link to the book

I think it's so fun to see how different a quilt looks when the fabrics are changed!  I did also choose to do a single border in the same gray I used for the sashing (Kona Shitake).

Rise and Shine quilt in Kona cotton solids by Andy of A Bright Corner - pattern from the Playful Precut Quilts book by Amanda Niederhauser

I backed the quilt in a snuggly gray minky, and used some simple wavy line quilting to keep the focus on the blocks.  And for the binding I used the Everglade Kona solid.

Rise and Shine quilt in Kona cotton solids by Andy of A Bright Corner - pattern from the Playful Precut Quilts book by Amanda Niederhauser


You can grab your copy of Playful Precut Quilts here on Amazon.

And you can read more about this fun book on Amanda's blog here.  She's hosting a blog tour over the next several weeks so be sure to stop by each quilter's site to see what they create!  (Scroll down to see the full schedule)

Rise and Shine quilt in Kona cotton solids by Andy of A Bright Corner

Quilt Details:
58" x 71"
Pattern: Rise and Shine from Playful Precut Quilts book 
Fabric: Kona cotton Solids (colors listed above)


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Rise and Shine quilt in Kona cotton solids by Andy of A Bright Corner - pattern from the Playful Precut Quilts book by Amanda Niederhauser

Sep 8Andy Knowltonabrightcorner.com
Sep 11Beverly McCulloughflamingotoes.com
Sep 14Kristina Brinkerhoffwww.centerstreetquilts.com
Sep 18Melanie Collettehellomellydesigns.com
Sep 21Gracey Larsonburlapandblossompatterns.blogspot.com
Sep 25Christopher Thompsonthetattooedquilter.com
Sep 28Amy Chappellwww.amerooniedesigns.com
Oct 2Jessica DayonJessicadayon.blogspot.com
Oct 5Amy Smartdiaryofaquilter.com
Oct 9Melissa Mortensonpolkadotchair.com
Oct 12Jodi Nelson pleasanthome.co
Oct 16Amber Johnsonwww.gigisthimble.com


Rise and Shine quilt in Kona cotton solids by Andy of A Bright Corner - pattern from the Playful Precut Quilts book by Amanda Niederhauser


Rise and Shine quilt in Kona cotton solids by Andy of A Bright Corner - pattern from the Playful Precut Quilts book by Amanda Niederhauser

Kona cotton solids bundle found on A Bright Corner - love these fall inspired colors

















Saturday, September 5, 2020

Hello Washi quilt + Bloomington Fabrics

You know.... there are times when I see a new fabric line and just fall in love with it.  And I really want to make something with it, but just don't know WHAT.  That's what happened when I spotted a Bloomington charm pack at my local quilt shop a couple of months ago. 

Hello Washi baby quilt by A Bright Corner - pattern is precut friendly (charm squares or jelly rolls) and comes in four sizes: baby, throw, twin, queen

I was there shopping for something else but on a whim I added the Bloomington charm pack in to my order that day.  I love charm packs because they let me sew with fabrics I love but it's not a big $$ commitment.  Know what I mean?

And if you're anything like me, you probably have a few of those "I love this so much!" charm pack purchases laying around, waiting to be used.  

Hello Washi baby quilt  - pattern uses charm squares or jelly roll strips and comes in four sizes: baby quilt, throw quilt, twin quilt, or queen size quilt

Here's where I can help you.  This Hello Washi quilt pattern makes a baby sized quilt using just one charm pack and a bit of a border fabric.  

Hello Washi quilt block  - pattern uses charm squares or jelly roll strips and comes in four sizes: baby quilt, throw quilt, twin quilt, or queen size quilt

There's very little waste - you'll use 36 of the charm squares, but there's always a few super low volume prints in the bunch that just won't contrast enough against the background.  Just toss those into your scrap bin and save them for later.  

I love the woven look to these blocks!  They give you the chance to play with different fabric combos within the fabric line.  

Sweet baby quilt - Hello Washi quilt pattern from A Bright Corner - uses 1 charm pack of Bloomington fabric

And with only nine blocks, this baby size sews up quick.  

The pattern also has instructions for three other sizes of quilts - throw, twin, and queen.  And you can use either charm squares, jelly roll strips, or yardage- so the pattern is super flexible.  


Sweet baby quilt - Hello Washi quilt pattern from A Bright Corner - uses 1 charm pack of Bloomington fabric

Hello Washi quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner - pattern uses charm packs or jelly roll strips and comes in four sizes, baby, throw, twin, queen

I'm loving hand stitching lately so I decided to hand bind this quilt.  If you're a hand binder I highly recommend using thread gloss of some kind on your thread.  It helps it glide right through the fabric, and prevents tangling.  

Quilt binding and Unicorn Thread gloss Aurifil Thread

My favorite type of thread gloss is Unicorn Thread Gloss from Robot Mom Sews.  They come in the most lovely scents and the small containers are perfect for on-the-go sewing.  

Hello Washi baby quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner - perfect for using a charm pack or jelly roll strips

For the quilting I used a longarm design called Scribble Hearts from 627 Handworks (find it here on Etsy).  It's a super sweet design that works so well with these floral fabrics.  

Hello Washi baby quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner - perfect for using a charm pack or jelly roll strips


You can find Hello Washi patterns available in my shop as either a PDF (instant download) or paper pattern.  Want to see other versions and sizes?  See this post, this post and this one.




Hello Washi baby quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner - perfect for using a charm pack or jelly roll strips


Quilt Details:
46" x 46"
Fabric: Bloomington by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics


Scribble Hearts quilting on a Hello Washi baby quilt - pattern by A Bright Corner

Scribble Hearts quilting on a Hello Washi baby quilt - pattern by A Bright Corner

Hello Washi baby size quilt made with Bloomington Fabric - by Andy of A Bright Corner - perfect charm pack or jelly roll quilt with four sizes

Hello Washi baby size quilt made with Bloomington Fabric - by Andy of A Bright Corner - perfect charm pack or jelly roll quilt with four sizes

Hello Washi quilt pattern baby quilt Bloomington Fabric



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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Windy City Quilt Pattern

Windy City is the newest pattern in the A Bright Corner shop!  

After sharing my first version of Windy City, done in bolder ombre style fabrics (see it here), I was really craving one made with some floral, summery prints. 

Windy City quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner - perfect for using jelly roll strips or layer cakes

I fell in love with the Summer Sweet fabric line and knew it would be so great for these twisty star blocks.  Isn't Summer Sweet the perfect name for this fabric line?  It's so summery and fresh - like a bowl full of sherbet.

(Summer Sweet is designed by Sherri & Chelsi for Moda Fabrics.)

Windy City quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner - perfect for using fat quarters, jelly roll strips, or layer cakes

Windy City pattern is a really flexible pattern!  You can use any of these:

  • precut 2-1/2" strips (Jelly Rolls)
  • 10" squares (Layer Cakes) 
  • yardage
  • fat quarters (my favorite)



Windy City quilt pattern by A Bright Corner - a fun star quilt pattern in four sizes great for jelly roll strips

These star blocks are fun to make and easier than they look - I promise!  There are no Y-seams (a lot of you have asked!) and the pattern has plenty of full-color diagrams to help step you through everything.      

Penny likes to sneak into the shot - she comes running when I have my camera!

Windy City quilt pattern by A Bright Corner - a fun star quilt pattern in four sizes great for jelly roll strips

The pattern has instructions and diagrams for four sizes of quilt: crib, throw, twin, queen.  

This version of the quilt is the throw size and I used 1/4 yard cuts of ten different prints.  But you could easily use 10 FQ as well and get the same look. 

Windy City quilt pattern - by Andy of A Bright Corner - fun pattern that uses fat quarters or jelly roll strips

Grab your copy of Windy City here, and if you make a Windy City quilt I'd love to see it-- use the hashtags #windycityquilt and #abrightcorner so we can all see what you create!



Windy City is available as either a PDF (instant download) or paper pattern


Soho longarm quilting design pantograph on a Windy City quilt made by Andy of A Bright Corner

Quilt details:
55" x 66"
Pattern: Windy City 
Fabric: Summer Sweet by Sherri & Chelsi for Moda Fabrics
QuiltingSoho (edge to edge computerized design)


Pieced on a Juki TL-2010Q using Aurifil Thread (50 wt color: 2021)


Windy City quilt pattern from A Bright Corner - a layer cake pattern in four sizes but you can also use jelly roll strips, yardage, or fat quarters

Windy City quilt pattern from A Bright Corner - perfect fat quarter pattern but it also can be made with jelly roll strips, layer cake squares, or yardage

Windy City pattern by A Bright Corner - fun quilt pattern that uses precut fabric and has four sizes: crib, throw, twin, queen

Windy City quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner - this would be a perfect pattern for using a jelly roll or fat quarter bundle

Windy City quilt pattern from A Bright Corner - use your favorite Moda jelly roll or layer cake or use a fat quarter bundle for this quilt

Windy City quilt pattern by A Bright Corner - love these unique twisted star quilt blocks

Windy City quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner - a great way to use layer cake fabrics or jelly roll strips - also can use fat quarters or yardage!

Windy City quilt pattern from A Bright Corner - fun twisted star blocks - a great jelly roll quilt pattern but you can also use layer cake, FQ or yardage too!

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Windy City Quilt + Gem Stones Brights

Lots of new things coming your way today!

I'm working on a new quilt pattern and I get to share a bit about it today along with a peek at some new fabrics.

Windy City quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner - a jelly roll friendly quilt made with Gem Stones Brights fabrics.

The pattern is called Windy City and it will be available in my shop in a couple of weeks.  It's currently being tested and edited and I'm also working on two other versions in different sizes to share with you soon!  Edited to add:  Windy City is available now here in my shop!

Windy City quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner - a jelly roll friendly quilt made with Gem Stones Brights fabrics.

It's a fun quilt to piece, and these star blocks are a great way to play with color and contrast. 

This is the throw size of the quilt and it measures 55" x 65"

Windy City quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner - a jelly roll friendly pattern in four sizes and looks great in ombre fabrics

The fabrics I used for this version of Windy City are from a new line called Gem Stones Brights designed by Planted Seeds Designs (Riley Blake).  Gerri previously released a line of Gem Stones prints with deeper, rich colors but these new additions are so bright and vivid - I wish you could see them in person!

Gem Stones Brights fabrics found on A Bright Corner - fun ombre fabrics to use in your favorite quilt patterns

All of the Gem Stones prints are fun to work with because they have a gradient to them that runs from one selvage to another as you can see in the photos below.  

Gem Stones Brights fabrics found on A Bright Corner - fun ombre fabrics to use in your favorite quilt patterns

Having that gradient on each 2.5" strip really makes for a unique look to each block!


Windy City quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner - perfect for using jelly roll strips or scraps

 You can find Gem Stones Brights now in stores, and the Windy City quilt pattern here in my shop.


Windy City is available as either a PDF (instant download) or a paper pattern


Windy City quilt pattern - perfect for using jelly roll strips and it looks great in ombre fabrics like Gem Stones Brights from Riley Blake Designs

Quilt details:
55" x 66"
Pattern: Windy City (pattern available here)
Fabric: Gem Stones Brights by Planted Seeds Designs (Riley Blake)
Quilting: Two Simple (edge to edge computerized design)



Windy City quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner - these star blocks are so fun and the pattern comes in four sizes

Windy City quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner - a jelly roll friendly pattern in four sizes and looks great in ombre fabrics


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