Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Moda Bella Solids Sale

Hey there!  I wanted to give you a heads up - right now at the Fat Quarter Shop, all Moda Bella Solids are on sale  at a great price.  I'm going to be stocking up - especially on my favorite background, Bleached White.


Bella Solids by Moda Fabrics

Moda Bella Solids are the Basic of the Month so they're all 20% off.  That makes yardage only $5.59/yard!  

That's too good of a deal, and I don't even have to bundle up and drive in the snow to the quilt shop.  I'm trying to limit myself, but it's difficult.  So far these are the ones I've got on my list - this group has a summery vibe to it, don't you think?




But then these Spring colors caught my eye too.  Pretty, right?




The sale goes until the end of the month so I have a couple of days to think about it still :)

Oh, and the sale includes pre-cuts (charm packs, layer cakes, jelly rolls) and fat quarter bundles too - if you prefer to shop by pre-cut instead of yardage!


Fat Quarter Shop Basic of the Month Sale


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Friday, February 16, 2018

Little Miss Pattern Sale

Hey everyone I'm just popping in for a minute to let you know that the Little Miss quilt pattern is on sale right now for only $5.  Sale will only last until Sunday at midnight so don't delay or you'll miss out.  After midnight the price returns to $9.  

Little Miss quilt pattern - jelly roll or layer cake quilt pattern designed by Andy of A Bright Corner

Sale price applies to both PDF patterns and paper patterns!

Little Miss is a Layer Cake (10" squares) or Jelly Roll (2.5" strips) friendly pattern and includes measurements for four sizes of quilts - crib, throw, twin & queen.

This one, made with Riley Blake Confetti Cotton solids is a crib size (44" x 55").

Little Miss quilt pattern - jelly roll or layer cake quilt pattern designed by Andy of A Bright Corner

And this one is a throw size (55" x 66") and was made with a jelly roll of First Romance designed by Kristyne Czepuryk (Pretty By Hand) for Moda.  

Little Miss quilt pattern - jelly roll or layer cake quilt pattern designed by Andy of A Bright Corner



If you make a Little Miss quilt I'd love to see it!  Tag me on Instagram (@abrightcorner) and use #littlemissquilt and #abrightcorner.  Or tag me on Facebook too!

Happy sewing!
--Andy

Little Miss quilt pattern - jelly roll or layer cake quilt pattern designed by Andy of A Bright Corner






Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Sew Organized Part 4: Quilting Projects

This is our last week of the Sew Organized series, and for this final installment I'm sharing ideas for organizing and storing projects -  all of those UFOs and WIPs (Unfinished Objects and Works In Progress).  The hope is that if we can keep them organized, then we'll be more likely to finish them, right?  


If you missed Sew Organized parts 1-3 you can find them here:

Great tips for storing and organizing all of your quilting projects - from A Bright Corner

First, I want to talk about ways to just keep track of what projects are currently being worked on.  There are a few great types of planners out there that are built just for quilters and crafters (Quilters Planner and Patchwork Planner to name two.)

But if you're not wanting a full calendar & planner system for your projects there are also several printables available that help you list and track your projects.  

One of my favorites is this Quilting Organizer Pack from Maker Valley
Great tips for storing and organizing all of your quilting projects - from A Bright Corner

and I also like these Quilt Project Planner free downloads from Hello Melly Designs.

Great tips for storing and organizing all of your quilting projects - from A Bright Corner

Patchwork Posse also has a set of planner pages - including pages for a daily to-do list, quilting goals, and even a blank tracker that you can customize to fit your needs.  

Great tips for storing and organizing all of your quilting projects - from A Bright Corner

I've been using the Quilting Organizer Pack from Maker Valley and I keep it on a clipboard that hangs on the bar with my rulers.  You can see it on the right in the photo below.  It's handy to grab and so it's more likely that I'll keep it updated and refer to it often.  

It's great because it helps me keep track of what stage each of my WIPs is in.  I can see which projects need sashing or borders - and which ones are waiting for backing to be pieced, or binding added.  And when I finish something, it's SO satisfying to be able to cross off a completed project!

Great tips for storing and organizing all of your quilting projects - from A Bright Corner

Alright.  Now that we're keeping track of the projects, we need places to store all of them! 

When considering how to store projects, keep a few things in mind.  First of all, if the project will be taking you months to complete, find a more permanent solution for storage.  If you'll be moving the project to go to a retreat, or just from room to room (such as a hand piecing or EPP project) then find a portable storage solution.  

One of my favorite storage tools are these ArtBin Super Satchels.  

Great tips for storing and organizing all of your quilting projects - from A Bright Corner

They're about 14" x 14" - perfect size for storing 12.5" quilt blocks.  They have sturdy latches that stay closed even when the bin is stuffed full, and there's a handle which is so nice! 

They stack beautifully, but they can also stand on end.  I keep these three on the bottom row of my closet - out of the way, but easy to grab when I need to. 

Great tips for storing and organizing all of your quilting projects - from A Bright Corner

You can find them at JoAnn (use a coupon!), and here online.  I've also heard that they're at Walmart but I haven't checked myself to be sure.  There are some similar ones here online as well, but I can't vouch for their quality.  

I also love using these stackable wire baskets from the Container Store.  And I do mean love.  Really love.  If I had space, I'd get more of them.

Great tips for storing and organizing all of your quilting projects - from A Bright Corner

They come in multiple sizes, have handles for carrying, and I can easily see what's inside.  When stacking, the handles flip to the inside so the weight of the next basket rests on the handles and not on the contents of the basket.  

The baskets stack perfectly on these shelves in my cutting table, but in the past I've also just kept a few stacked next to my sewing machine for easy access. 

Great tips for storing and organizing all of your quilting projects - from A Bright Corner

I mostly use these baskets for projects that will last over a long time - like the Patchwork Quilt Along from last year.  I could keep adding my blocks to the basket each month but not have to handle them much. 

Great tips for storing and organizing all of your quilting projects - from A Bright Corner

In a taller version of the same baskets I'm keeping all of the fat quarters I need for this english paper pieced project that I've been working on.  I can take the basket with me to the tv and pull from it as I work and watch movies, and then tote it back to my sewing room for storage when I don't need it. 

Great tips for storing and organizing all of your quilting projects - from A Bright Corner

I also have a few drawers available and I keep projects in there as well.  I try not to though, because --interestingly enough -- the ones that go in the drawers don't get worked on as much!  You know, the whole out of sight out of mind thing.  


Tips for storing and organizing all of your quilting projects - from A Bright Corner



Tips for storing and organizing all of your quilting projects - from A Bright Corner


Here are some other ideas that I think are pretty clever!

These vinyl project bags designed by Amanda Jean Nyberg (Crazy Mom Quilts) can be made in pretty much any size you'd need!

Tips for storing and organizing all of your quilting projects - from A Bright Corner

They have a zipper closure and would keep project supplies and quilt blocks dust free and organized.  A friend of mine made some of these with handles on the top and she hangs them in her closet - freeing up much needed shelf space.  You can find the pattern for these here in Amanda's Craftsy shop.  

Tips for storing and organizing all of your quilting projects - from A Bright Corner

I also like this wire drawer storage idea from All People Quilt  -- easy to see what's inside but still keeps everything organized and tidy looking when the drawers are closed.  You can find similar ones here on Amazon.

Tips for storing and organizing all of your quilting projects - from A Bright Corner

This idea (also from All People Quilt) is clever:  A baker's rack with each sheet tray being used for a WIP.  You can easily slide out the tray and carry it to wherever you need to work and then return it to the rack for storage.  And there's wheels on the cart too!

Quilting project storage and organization tips from A Bright Corner

And one more....

How about these plastic drawers?  I found these on Pinterest and the photo doesn't connect to a website or blog, but these Sterilite drawer organizers from Target look similar and they're wide and deep enough to hold 12.5" quilt blocks!

Quilting project storage and organization tips from A Bright Corner

How to do you track and store your WIPs?  Have any great tips to share?  I'd love to hear them!  

Need even more WIP storage ideas?  Check out my Sewing Room Organization pinterest board and be sure to follow me because I'll keep adding great ideas to the board as I find them!  

And if you missed Sew Organized parts 1-3 you can find them here:
Sew Organized Part 1: Tips for Storing Quilting Tools and Rulers
Sew Organized Part 2:  Tips for Storing Patterns, Magazines and Books

Sew Organized Part 3:  Storing and Organizing Fabric and Scraps


Happy quilting (and organizing) everyone! 
--Andy

Great tips for storing and organizing all of your quilting projects - from A Bright Corner

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Second Look Sunday: Charming Lucy free quilt pattern

Happy Sunday!  It's the second Sunday of the month which means it's time for another installment of Second Look Sunday - where I share a quilt or tutorial that I've done sometime in the past ten years here on A Bright Corner.  I know a lot of you are new around here and this gives me a chance to share some of my old favorites!

Charming Lucy a free charm pack quilt pattern from Andy of A Bright Corner

This month I'm revisiting a free pattern I wrote back in 2012 called Charming Lucy.  You can see the original one here.  This new version is made with a charm pack of  Lulu Lane (designed by Corey Yoder for Moda Fabrics).  

The pattern needs just a single charm pack and one yard of background fabric.   Sometimes I just fall in love with a fabric line and I just have to make something with it!  That's how Lulu lane was for me.   

Charming Lucy a free charm pack baby quilt pattern from Andy of A Bright Corner

This little quilt finishes at 35" x 35" and makes a sweet baby gift -but I have a friend who made a Christmas version and used it as a table topper!

Charming Lucy a free charm pack quilt pattern from Andy of A Bright Corner

You can find the free pattern here.  For personal use only please - thank you!  

If you make a Charming Lucy quilt I'd love to see it!  Tag me on Instagram (@abrightcorner) and use #charminglucy and #abrightcorner.  Or tag me on Facebook too!  

Happy sewing!
--Andy


Charming Lucy a free charm pack baby quilt pattern from Andy of A Bright Corner


Thursday, February 8, 2018

Little Miss + Layer Cake Giveaway

Hey everyone - I'm just popping in for a minute this morning to let you know about a giveaway that's happening over on @abrightcorner on Instagram.

  Little Miss quilt pattern and Project Red Layer Cake giveaway from A Bright Corner



Olie and Evie (@olieandevie) and I are teaming up on a Valentine's giveaway - but it's only happening over on Instagram!  A Project Red layer cake and a Little Miss quilt pattern go to one lucky winner and a Little Miss pattern goes to a tagged friend.  

Little Miss is one of my favorite layer cake friendly quilt patterns!  You can read more about it here


Olie and Evie is an online quilt shop that carries pre-cuts, yardage, kits, patterns, and tools & notions too.  And they also do longarm quilting!  You can see their shop here and see all of the longarm designs here.  

Want to enter the giveaway?  Find @abrightcorner on Instagram and enter there.   It only goes through Saturday so don't wait!  Best of luck!





Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Sew Organized Part 3: Fabric and Scraps

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Welcome to part 3 of our Sew Organized series.  Today we're talking all about fabric - ideas for storing and organizing yardage, pre-cuts, fat quarters, scraps...all of it.  

Fabric storage and organization, tips and ideas from A Bright Corner

First of all I want to just say that there's no one best way to organize your fabric.  We all create differently and we're all inspired by different things.  

If you already have a system in place that works for you, great!  I'd love to hear any tips and ideas you have to share.  

If you don't have a system yet, take a minute to think about how you choose fabrics when starting a quilt.  Do you first reach for a particular designer?  Or do you look for certain colors first?  Or maybe you like to work in specific styles, like Civil War era?

To be honest, I use a combination of all of these!  Here's where I store most of my fabric stash. 

Fabric storage and organization, tips and ideas from A Bright Corner

As you can see, I use a combination of shelves and bins to organize and store everything.  

Storing by Color

When I start a project I often begin with colors in mind.  So it's most helpful to me to have my yardage stored by color.  

Fabric storage and organization, tips and ideas from A Bright Corner

I try to keep myself limited to one stack of each color but as you can see in the photo below my aqua and green stacks have overflowed and are taking over the purple and brown spots.  Time to thin those out a little!


Fabric storage and organization, tips and ideas from A Bright Corner


I also prefer to sort my scraps by color but you could also sort them by size.  My scraps are stored in the bins on the very top shelf and everything is just stuffed in there.  When I need to dig through for a scrap project it's kinda fun to just dump the whole bin out and make a colorful mess.  Clean up is easy because I just stuff everything back in, click on the lid and put it back on the shelf.  

Here's another way to store fabrics by color:

Fabric storage and organization, tips and ideas from A Bright Corner
photo from Lori Holt, Bee in My Bonnet
This is a view of Lori Holt's storage - cute baskets with everything sorted by color.  


Storing by Size

There are a few sizes which are handy to keep separate from the others.  Anything about fat quarter size or bigger is folded on the shelf.  Everything else is sorted by size or stuffed into the scrap bins.

Orphan jelly roll strips and leftover binding strips (2.5" wide) get put together in this bin.  This is sure handy if I ever want to make a scrappy binding!  

Fabric storage and organization, tips and ideas from A Bright Corner

I corral charm packs in this bin - which makes them easy to find when I'm ready to make a charm pack friendly quilt. In this bin I also have a stack of hand cut low volume charm squares.  This bin keeps them from fraying and I can easily grab a few to add in to projects!


Fabric storage and organization, tips and ideas from A Bright Corner

And 2.5" squares go into this bin.  These are so great for small projects and scrap projects like these!  Sometimes if I don't have an immediate use for a mini charm pack, I'll open it up and put all of the mini charms in here with these squares. 

Fabric storage and organization, tips and ideas from A Bright Corner

I don't have a ton of jelly rolls, fat quarter bundles or layer cakes.  A few are kept in the closet, and my favorites are on a shelf and do double duty as cheerful decor!

Since pre-cuts like this are already conveniently bundled up there's not many storage options besides keeping them on a shelf or in a box or bin somewhere...

Fabric storage and organization, tips and ideas from A Bright Corner

...or displayed in a lovely cabinet like this one!  I love it with the cake stands on top and the bundles of fabric all arranged inside.

Fabric storage and organization, tips and ideas from A Bright Corner
Photo from Jessie Lathroum / Inside the Paper Box



Storing by Designer or Style

If you have a favorite designer it's nice to be able to find everything from that designer without doing a lot of digging through everything else.  I have a friend who loves everything from Fig Tree & Co. and keeps all of her Fig Tree prints together on the shelf.  I have two bins set aside for Bonnie & Camille fabrics. Another friend of mine is a huge fan of Lori Holt and keeps Lori's fabrics separate from the rest of her stash.  

Fabric storage and organization, tips and ideas from A Bright Corner

 You could also sort by style - all reproduction prints together, all low volume prints together, all Civil War together, etc.  Most of my stash is very similar, but I do keep my 1920-30s reproduction prints together in one bin - and I've been using them a lot lately and have found it handy to have them all together like this.  


Fabric storage and organization, tips and ideas from A Bright Corner

I also keep I-spy fabrics (mostly juvenile prints) in a box together and all Christmas prints together.  When I want to make a Christmas quilt I start in that bin and then add in some basics and blender prints from my stash.  


Need ideas on WHERE to store all of that fabric?  
(click on the photo for more information)

How about in drawers:

Fabric storage and organization, tips and ideas from A Bright Corner
Photo from My Fabric Obsession


Stand alone shelves:

Fabric storage and organization, tips and ideas from A Bright Corner
Photo from Tallgrass Prairie Studio


Or in a filing cabinet?

Fabric storage and organization, tips and ideas from A Bright Corner
Photo from The Thinking Closet




This hanging storage was meant for shoes - but works great for fabric:

Fabric storage and organization, tips and ideas from A Bright Corner
Photo from Bryn Alexandra


Plastic bins like these fit great underneath a bed or under a desk:

Fabric storage and organization, tips and ideas from A Bright Corner
Photo from Flamingo Toes

And I love this idea - an over the door shoe organizer that's now used for scrap storage.  The clear pockets make it easy to see just what's in there: 

Fabric storage and organization, tips and ideas from A Bright Corner
Photo from Pioneer Valley Girl

And another fun idea for scraps - mason jars in rainbow order!

Fabric storage and organization, tips and ideas from A Bright Corner
Photo from Canoe Ridge Creations


There's really so so so much out there for fabric storage and organization ideas and I know I've just scratched the surface!  If you have any tips and ideas you'd like to share, comment below.

Want to see even more ideas?  Check out my Sewing Room Organization pinterest board - and be sure to follow me because I'll keep adding great ideas to the board as I find them!


Next week will be our final week and we'll be talking about organizing projects.

Did you miss part 1 and part 2?  Find them here:
Sew Organized Part 1: Tips for Storing Quilting Tools and Rulers
Sew Organized Part 2:  Tips for Storing Patterns, Magazines and Books




Fabric storage and organization, tips and ideas from A Bright Corner

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