Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Holly Jolly Tree Skirt Pattern

I've been working over the last month to give a fresh new look and an update to one of my best-selling patterns, the Holly Jolly Tree Skirt. It's now in the shop, just in time for your Christmas sewing!

Holly Jolly Tree Skirt pattern - has three sizes and Jelly Roll instructions - pattern by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner

The pattern now comes in full-color booklet form, or instant download (PDF) option. But I figured while I was at it, I might as well add some of the most-requested features to the pattern. 

Holly Jolly Tree Skirt pattern by A Bright Corner - now with three sizes and Jelly Roll instructions

Use Yardage or Jelly Roll

One of the most common questions I get about the Holly Jolly Tree Skirt is, "can I use a Jelly Roll to make this"? And now the answer is an easy "YES!"

Holly Jolly Tree Skirt pattern - has three sizes and Jelly Roll instructions - pattern by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner

With one Jelly Roll (40, 2-1/2" strips) you can make any of the three sizes of tree skirt (small, medium, large). And using a Jelly Roll makes this tree skirt come together even quicker. I love being able to see all of those lovely prints!


A Jelly Roll tree skirt pattern called Holly Jolly - pattern by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner - quilted Christmas tree skirt pattern

Here's a look at the two versions (wider strip option & Jelly Roll option) side by side so you can see the difference. I love them both for different reasons:

Holly Jolly quilted tree skirt pattern - in three sizes and has Jelly Roll instructions - Jelly Roll Tree Skirt pattern

With the wider strip option you can see more of each print - that works really well for medium scale prints like the red floral in the photo above.

But with the Jelly Roll option you get to see a bigger variety of prints. So this is a great option when you love a fabric line and you want a beautiful variety of prints and colors in your tree skirt. 

Holly Jolly Tree Skirt pattern by A Bright Corner - now with three sizes and Jelly Roll instructions

Three Size Options

In addition to new Jelly Roll instructions, the pattern now also has three size options. Probably the second most asked question I get is how to make the tree skirt smaller or bigger. And now those instructions are a permanent part of the pattern!

Small - diameter 43"- 44" (good for tree height 4 1/2 - 6 feet)
Medium - diameter 49" - 51" (good for tree height 7 - 7 feet)
Large - diameter 58" - 59" (good for tree height 9+ feet)

diameter is measured at the widest point of the tree skirt before quilting
(All of the photos in this post are showing the medium sized skirts)


See the back of the pattern cover for all of the details:

Holly Jolly Tree Skirt pattern by A Bright Corner

Christmas Morning Fabrics

Both of the versions that I'm sharing today are made with fabrics from the Christmas Morning line designed by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics. It's a beautiful line, with perfect reds, slightly olive greens and the most gorgeous gray prints.

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Holly Jolly Tree Skirt pattern - a quick to piece quilted christmas tree skirt idea

Christmas Morning is selling quick - so if you want to make a tree skirt I'd snag your fabrics quick. Some of the prints are already hard to find!

Holly Jolly quilted Christmas tree skirt pattern by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner


both paper copies and PDF (instant download) available


Quilt shops can order wholesale through Checker or Brewer. 
Contact me (abrightcorner@gmail.com) for more info.

Holly Jolly quilted Christmas tree skirt pattern by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner

The pattern gives instructions for adding ribbon ties to help keep the tree skirt in place around the tree, but they are optional. In fact, I left the ribbons off of our family's tree skirt and it stays in place fine. 

However if you have little ones, or furry friends that like to play under the tree I'd recommend adding the ribbon ties.


Holly Jolly quilted Christmas tree skirt pattern by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner

Did you know? 

  • Even though it is not a square or rectangle shape, you can still have your longarm quilter quilt your tree skirt for you! 

  • You can make a reversible tree skirt! Choose a favorite print for the backing - one that coordinates with the binding (maybe a fun plaid? Or a novelty print?) and you'll have the option to flip the tree skirt over to change your look. Check out this older post to see an example of one I made years ago. 

  • Don't have a Jelly Roll but love the look? Cut your own 2-1/2" strips. The back of the pattern gives you the total number of strips you'll need for each size of tree skirt. 

  • Holly Jolly is a quilted Christmas Tree skirt pattern so the instructions are similar to a quilt pattern. No templates or paper pieces are needed. Instructions include how to cut and piece fabrics together as you would for a traditional quilt. The only special tool you'll need is a long ruler with a 60 degree marking on it (like this one, or this one)

Holly Jolly Tree Skirt Pattern by A Bright Corner - three sizes and Jelly Roll option now available


Tree Skirt Details:

QuiltingSoho (edge to edge computerized longarm design) was used on the wide strip tree skirt, and Two Simple design was used on the Jelly Roll version.



Want to make a version like this one? Here are the fabric requirements for the specific Christmas Morning prints:

1/2 yard each of the following six prints

Christmas Morning fabrics found on A Bright Corner - you have to see what she made with these!

Plus 1/2 yard for binding: I used the red dot from the Christmas Morning line.

(for the Jelly Roll version, use one JR of Christmas Morning, with the red dot for binding)





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Holly Jolly quilted Christmas Tree Skirt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner - three sizes and Jelly Roll friendly!


Holly Jolly quilted Christmas Tree Skirt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner - three sizes and Jelly Roll friendly!





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Thursday, July 29, 2021

Clear Sky Quilt ideas + Quilt Along

I think it's so fun to play around with a pattern and try adding in different fabric combinations.  

This week I've been trying out some new ideas with my Clear Sky quilt pattern. The Clear Sky quilt along starts on Monday (August 2!) so I thought I'd share some of these mock ups to hopefully inspire you and help you decide which fabrics to use for your own version of Clear Sky!

Clear Sky quilt along with A Bright Corner - a fun modern star quilt pattern

Are you joining us for the quilt along? 

And if you'd like a copy of the Clear Sky pattern, visit my pattern shop



Okay - ready for some inspiration? First of all, here's the very first version of Clear Sky, made for the Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine back in 2020.

Clear Sky quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner - a modern sampler style star quilt

Monday, July 19, 2021

Clear Sky Quilt Along

 Hey friends! Want to sew along with me? Let's make a Clear Sky quilt together! Starting August 2nd (Monday) I will be hosting a Clear Sky Quilt Along.

Clear Sky quilt along with A Bright Corner

The quilt along will run for eight weeks:

August 2 - Sept 28, 2021


All of the information will be sent out directly to participants in a weekly email - including exclusive content and plenty of helpful tips for piecing your blocks, finishing your quilt, and keeping organized along the way.  

Clear Sky quilt - a modern star quilt pattern from A Bright Corner

Ready to join us? You can sign up here


It's free to join, no subscription or membership required. All you'll need is a copy of the Clear Sky pattern (find both PDF and paper copies here)

Clear Sky is on sale for $8 until Aug 2!

Clear Sky is a modern style sampler quilt, made up of eight of my most favorite star blocks. It looks great in prints or solids, and in the pattern there are extra details to make it easy for you to create a scrappy version of Clear Sky if you'd prefer. I'll be making my own scrappy Clear Sky for the QAL!

Clear Sky quilt pattern - a modern star quilt by Andy of A Bright Corner

Clear Sky finishes at 59" x 81" but if you're interested in making a different size I'll be including the details to make a crib size and twin size Clear Sky as a part of the bonus content in the quilt along. 


The email with those details will be sent out shortly but you'll only have access to that through the QAL so be sure to sign up!


Clear Sky quilt pattern - a modern star quilt by Andy of A Bright Corner


The quilt along runs for 8 weeks, and each week we'll be making just a few blocks. I know summertime can be crazy and I don't want this to be a stressful thing so we'll be taking it easy.

The schedule and details will be conveniently delivered to your inbox each Monday and all downloadable files and bonus content will be contained in those weekly emails as well. 

Clear Sky quilt in Kona solids - pattern available from A Bright Corner


If you're sewing along with us feel free to share your progress on Instagram using the hashtags:

#ClearSkyQAL

#ClearSkyQuilt

And if you're not on Instagram no worries - it's not mandatory. It's just a great way for all of us to see each other's work and cheer one another on!

star quilt block from the Clear Sky quilt pattern by A Bright Corner


Be sure to get your copy of Clear Sky here

And sign up for the quilt along here


Clear Sky quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner - a throw size modern star quilt


Want to start planning? Here is the list of fabric requirements for the 59" x 81" size Clear Sky quilt:


Clear Sky quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner

And the fabric requirements for the crib and twin sizes will be sent out in the quilt along newsletter soon-- along with the coloring sheets so you can start planning!


Want more details about the Clear Sky quilt? See this post here.


Clear Sky quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner


Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Clear Sky Quilt Pattern

You know I'm a sucker for pretty much every star quilt block out there. I don't know what it is...I just really love star blocks. So I decided to gather some of my favorites and put them all into one quilt. 

Today I get to introduce the Clear Sky pattern - a sampler-style star quilt made up of 8 of my favorite star quilt blocks. 

Clear Sky quilt pattern - a modern star sampler quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner


Use Yardage or Scraps

Clear Sky was originally written to use 10 different prints, with the prints paired up in groups of two. But in the process of testing the pattern I had a suspicion that Clear Sky would also make a fabulous scrap quilt. So I included extra details into the block instructions to make it super easy for you to make a scrappy Clear Sky.

I've already started my own scrappy red/white/blue Clear Sky quilt and I'm hoping to get it done in time to use this July!


Clear Sky quilt pattern - a modern star sampler quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner

Winterland Fabrics

I've made a couple of versions of Clear Sky so far (including one done with Kona solids) and I'll be sharing those soon. This version on the cover of the pattern is made with Winterland fabrics designed by Amanda Castor (Material Girl Quilts) for Riley Blake Designs. 

Winterland fabrics found on A Bright Corner blog - you have to click through to see what she made with them!


 I love this Winterland fabric line- there are 21 total prints (I've only used 10 of them in the quilt). The cool blues and grays are so beautifully contrasted by the warm reds. It was fun to pair up the prints for each block. I wanted each pairing to have some great contrast so the blocks could really shine.

Another great thing about Winterland is that it's not attached to any one particular holiday - so any project using Winterland can be used throughout the entire Winter season.  

(want to make a Clear Sky quilt in Winterland prints like the cover quilt? I've listed the specific fabric requirements later in this post)

Get your copy of Clear Sky here

both paper copies and PDF (instant download) available

Clear Sky quilt pattern - a modern star sampler quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner



Just as a note: Clear Sky patterns will be on sale for only $8 for a limited time!

Clear Sky quilt pattern - a modern star sampler quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner

Clear Sky Tips

I know my first reaction to most sampler quilts is usually something having to do with how complicated it looks and how long it will take me to finish. But let me tell you... Clear Sky is not nearly as complex as it may appear. 

There are 8 blocks, and there are 3 or 4 of each style of block. My first tip for you, is that I suggest making ALL of one block before moving to the next block. For example, make all three of block #1, then make all three of block #2, etc. With chain piecing techniques you'll find that you can get each set of 3 blocks done in no time. 

Star quilt block found on A Bright Corner - you have to click through to see what she did with this block!



A second tip is that I highly recommend you label your prints as soon as you cut them. I keep all the pieces for each print together in one stack with a piece of paper on top that tells me which fabric/print it is: "fabric A", "fabric B", "fabric C", etc. 

Prints are paired together in the blocks and stay that way through the entire pattern: A & B will always be together, C & D will be together, and so on. 

Clear Sky quilt pattern - a modern star sampler quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner


Clear Sky quilt along

I also have an announcement to share with you! There's a Clear Sky quilt along starting on August 2 (that's the first Monday in August). It will run for 8 weeks and along the way I'll share plenty of bonus extras  and exclusive content with the QAL participants. 

Sign ups are open NOW. Don't worry, I'll have several reminders between now and then as well. The quilt along is free to join- you'll just need a copy of the pattern and you'll be ready to go. 



Clear Sky quilt made with Winterland fabrics - modern star sampler pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner

Longarm Quilting

The quilting on this Winterland version is a computerized edge to edge design called Loopy Loops. I love how the little bit of curve in the stitching helps to soften all the angles in the quilt top while still keeping the clean, modern look of the quilt. 

For the backing I used a coordinating gray solid I found at my local quilt shop. 

Clear Sky quilt made with Winterland fabrics - modern star sampler pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner


I look forward to seeing your version of Clear Sky! What fabrics will you use? Maybe all solids? How about a super scrappy fall-colored one? Or maybe a version with a charcoal gray background - wouldn't that be stunning? 

Grab a copy of Clear Sky and start digging through your scraps to see what you can come up with. 




Quilt Details:
59" x 81"
Fabric: Winterland by Amanda Castor for Riley Blake Designs



Want to make a version like this one? Here are the fabric requirements for the specific Winterland prints:

Fabric A (1/3 yard): Winterland Hexi Holly Colonial
Fabric B (1/3 yard): Winterland Spruce Sky
Fabric C (1/2 yard): Winterland Snowflakes Colonial
Fabric D (1/3 yard): Winterland Flurries Sky
Fabric E (1/2 yard): Winterland Spruce Midnight
Fabric F (1/2 yard): Winterland Gingham Gray
Fabric G (1/2 yard): Winterland Cut Crystal Colonial
Fabric H (1/4 yard): Winterland Snowflakes Red
Fabric I (1/2 yard): Winterland Gingham Red
Fabric J (1/3 yard): Winterland Snowflakes Gray




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Clear Sky quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner - a modern star sampler quilt pattern



Clear Sky quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner





Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Holiday Celebrations Book + Midnight Magic 2 Fabric

Hello everyone! Today I get to share a new project with you, as well as a brand new book from Pat Sloan and a soon-to-be-released fabric line by April Rosenthal. Lots of new things coming your way! And there's a few giveaways as well so be sure to read through to the end for all the details. 

This has been kind of a strange month for me....Christmas projects and a Halloween project all in the same month and it's just barely June. What should I sew next? A Valentine's quilt? :)

(You're going to want to see the Christmas projects I've been cooking up...be sure you're signed up for my newsletter so you don't miss out. We also have two fun quilt alongs planned for later this year!)

Here's what I've been working on this week:



I made this 42" x 42" quilted wall hanging using a pattern called Liberty Hill, from the new book, Holiday Celebrations by Pat Sloan**. 

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Retro Stitchery

Well hello!  I've been working on something just a little different (for me) this past week and I have a fun new book to share with you today.

Embroidered patchwork pillow by Andy of A Bright Corner - using a pattern from the book Retro Stitchery

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Four Patch Spin Quilt Pattern

Oh just look how we're just cruising through March! 

I've been sewing with these Goose Creek Garden prints over the past week and the colors and florals are really making me SO very excited for spring to officially begin. 


Goose Creek Gardens fabric by Poppie Cotton found on A Bright Corner - she shares a free download for the pattern she uses

Goose Creek Garden is the newest line from Poppie Cotton (click here to see the shops that carry it). It has some pretty teal and berry colors as well as some warm yellows and some really lovely florals.

Goose Creek Gardens fabric by Poppie Cotton found on A Bright Corner - she shares a free download for the pattern she uses

I decided to make a version of my Four Patch Spin quilt in these pretty fabrics. This quick little pattern has become one of my favorite go-to solutions when I need a quick finish.


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