Friday, May 15, 2015

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

A couple of weeks ago in our quilt group we each brought 12.5” quilt blocks to donate to a charity quilt.  We were also asked to bring the instructions to make the block as well.  I've always loved the very traditional “Weathervane” quilt block, so that's what I chose to make.  And since I wrote up the instructions for my quilt group, I thought I would also share them here! 

Here’s what you’ll need:

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Print 1: 
4 @ 4.5” square

Print 2:
1 @ 4.5” sq,
4 @ 2.5” sq, and
4 @ 3.25” sq

Cut 12 @ 2.5” square
4 @ 3.25” square

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Step 1:  On the 4 (3.25”) background squares, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner with a pencil.

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Step 2:  Place each 3.25” background square RST (right sides together) with a 3.25” print square.  Sew about 1/4” on each side of the drawn line.

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Step 3:  Carefully cut along the drawn line.  Press HSTs open with the seam allowance toward the print side.

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Trim each HST to be 2.5” square.  You need 8 total (2.5”) HSTs.

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Step 4:  As shown in the photo, lay out 2 HSTs, 1 (2.5”) background square and 1 (2.5”) print square.

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Sew the top two squares together using a 1/4” seam.  Repeat for the bottom two squares.  Press seams away from the HSTs.

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Sew the top and bottom units together, matching center seam.  Press seam open. 

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Repeat to make 4 of these Unit A blocks.

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Step 5:  On 8 of the 2.5” background squares, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner with a pencil. 

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Step 6:  Place one 2.5” background square RST on one corner of a Print 1 (4.5”) square. 

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Sew on the drawn line.  Trim 1/4” away from stitching. 

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Fold open the corner and press. 

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Step 7:  Place a second 2.5” background square RST on an adjacent corner of the 4.5” print square. 

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Sew on the drawn line.  Trim 1/4” away from seam.

  Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Fold open the corner and press.

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Repeat to make 4 Unit B blocks.

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Step 8:  Lay out block elements as shown in the photo. 

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Sew into rows using 1/4” seam.  Press seams of row 1 and 3 towards the center.  Press seams of row 2 away from center.

Weathervane Quilt Block tutorial

Sew rows together, matching seams.  Press.  And you’re done! 

Block should measure 12.5” square. 

Friday, May 8, 2015

Throw and Baby size Hello Washi

Happy Friday!  I wanted to show you two more Hello Washi quilts that I’ve made in the past few months -

This throw sized version was the first one I made.  It’s made from two charm packs from the Late Bloomers line of fabric (Moda).  I just loved the rich, fall colors in this line. 

Hello Washi quilt pattern

In the pattern, there are instructions for three different block variations. The one I used here is the monochromatic version – with each block made from prints with similar colors.  So the shape of the block stands out more than each individual strip. 

Hello Washi quilt pattern

I backed this quilt in some flannel to make it perfect for using in the fall months. 

Hello Washi quilt pattern

This next quilt is the baby sized version of Hello Washi.  For this quilt I used cuts of yardage instead of precuts.

Hello Washi quilt pattern

It was this version of the quilt that helped me name the pattern.  I thought the bright, geometric strips of fabric looked like my favorite rolls of washi tape.  And washi tape, although cute by itself, is so fun when combined with other strips of washi tape!

Hello Washi quilt pattern 
This line is called Simply Sweet from Riley Blake fabrics.  It’s an older line, but you can still find bundles of it on etsy. 

Hello Washi quilt pattern

Out of all three Hello Washi quilts that I made, this one is my favorite.  I just wish I had made it as a throw size.  When it’s not a part of a trunk show, this one hangs on the wall above my longarm.  It’s so cheery!

You can find PDF patterns for Hello Washi in my shop, on ETSY and on Craftsy.  For just a few more days, get 25% off the PDF in my shop by using the code "mayflowers".

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

A New Quilt Pattern – Hello Washi

Today I’m sharing one of my new patterns – finally!  This pattern has actually been done for quite some time, but I’ve only had it available as a paper pattern, and not a PDF.  I’m happy to say that it’s now available as a PDF (instant download) now in my shop, on ETSY and on CraftsyHello Washi quilt pattern
Hello Washi is jelly roll and charm pack friendly, and has measurements and instructions for four sizes (baby, throw, twin and queen).  The quilt I’m showing today is the baby size and it only needs 1 charm pack to make the center portion of the quilt (you need additional yardage for the background and border). 

Hooray for finding ways to use those favorite charm packs that we’re all hoarding saving!  I know I’m not the only one!

Hello Washi baby quilt

I made this baby size (46” x 46”) Hello Washi quilt from the “Bobbins and Bits” line from Moda.  It was hanging in a local quilt shop for awhile but it has now come home to live with us!  

Hello Washi baby quilt

I’ll be back on Friday to show two more versions of Hello Washi.  You can find the pattern in my shop, on Craftsy, and here on Etsy.  And to celebrate this new addition to the Bright Corner pattern family, you can get 25% off Hello Washi in my shop by using the code “mayflowers.” 

And before I forget - the winner of the Scrap Happy Sewing book is…Untitled-1 Pat!  Congratulations to Pat, and thank you to all of you!  I love reading your comments and kind emails!

[Pat, please shoot me an email so I can get your info for the giveaway - abrightcorner (at) gmail (dot) com]

Friday, May 1, 2015

Scrappy Strawberry

Have you heard about Lori Holt’s new book, Farm Girl Vintage?  I’ve seen bits of it here and there around Instagram but it wasn’t until I saw it in person and had a friend show me how awesome it is that I had to buy it for myself. 

Farm Girl Vintage book

There are a few projects in the book that are now on my to-do list, but one little block went immediately to the top of the list -

Scrappy Strawberry block 4

I just thought this little strawberry block was so sweet!  I pulled out my bin of 2.5” squares and found my favorite reds along with a few greens.  It didn’t take me long to make the one block. 

Scrappy Strawberry block 3

I quilted it last night, and bound it this morning while I caught up on some podcasts.

Scrappy Strawberry block 2

Sometimes these quick little projects are so fun.  It’s nice to start and finish something in the same week :)

Scrappy Strawberry block

The finished block measures 12” and I added a 2” border all the way around to frame it up. 

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great Friday (yay for Friday!) and if you haven’t had a chance to enter the book giveaway on my last post, be sure to click back and leave a comment.  Giveaway ends on Monday!

Oh and Lori is doing a Farm Girl Vintage sew along - you can join in over on her blog!  It will be fun to see what everyone creates!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Scrap Happy Sewing + Book Giveaway

Hi friends!  Today is my stop on the Stash Busting blog hop which means I get to talk about a gorgeous new book by Retro Mama (Kim Kruzich) and sew with some of my favorite scraps - sounds like a great way to spend a Monday!

Scrap Happy Sewing book

First of all, I love the photography in this book.  I'm a sucker for pretty books!  And then as you flip through, there are so many great scrappy projects.  I really had a hard time choosing which project I wanted to make first.

These pincushions are high on my to-do list (top left pic) as are those cute apple pot holders below them.  I think I’ll make a couple of those pot holders for teacher thank you gifts.
Scrap Happy Sewing projects
I also love this scrappy tote bag, and heaven knows I have plenty of scraps to use on any (and all) of these projects.
Craft on the Go Tote Bag

The project I chose to make first ended up being one of these Cozy Four Square pillows.  The instructions were clear and well-written and I was able to sew the pillow in a couple of hours one evening.  I think it actually took me longer to decide which scraps to use than to make the pillow haha.

Cozy Four Square pillow

Each night at bedtime I read a bit with my youngest son in his room, and I usually use one of his larger stuffed animals as a pillow.  Hello uncomfortable!  So this new scrappy pillow already has a home and a very specific use  - gotta love that!  And I do love an excuse to dig through my scrap bins to find fun bits to use up.

Cozy Four Square pillow

I really do love this book and I think you will too!  You can buy your own copy of the book and eBook here, and if you'd like to win an eBook copy of Scrap Happy Sewing, just leave a comment below!  (Please 1 comment per person, giveaway ends Monday, May 4th at Midnight.)  Thank you to the kind people at Stitch, Craft, Create for hosting both the blog hop and the giveaway.

Be sure to visit the other stops along the blog hop - it's a whole month filled with scrappy ideas!

Thu April 2nd - Retro Mama
Tue April 7th - SCC
Wed April 8th - S.O.T.A.K Handmade
Thu April 9th - Fabricworm
Fri April 10th - Clover & Violet
Mon April 13th - Robot Mom Sews
Tue April 14th - Vivid Felicity
Wed April 15th - Cut To Pieces
Thu April 16th - Straight Grain
Fri April 17th - Sew Take A Hike
Mon April 20th - Vintage Grey
Tue April 21st - Miss Print
Wed April 22nd - Pink Penguin
Thu April 23rd - Hello Creative Family
Fri April 24th - Follow the White Bunny
Sun April 26th - Cynthia Shaffer
Mon April 27th - A Bright Corner
Tue April 28th - Sew Justine Sew
Wed April 29th - LRstitched
Thu April 30th - Pieced Brain

And you lucky UK residents can also visit Stitch Craft Create here, to enter another giveaway - this one including a pretty bundle of fabrics and two great stash-busting books.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Titch Mini Quilt

Titch mini quilt pattern

This last weekend I finally had the chance to quilt and bind my mini quilt from March.  I first talked about this pattern here.  It’s called Titch from Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co and it sure was fun to make!  I had never worked with such tiny pieces before!

My Titch mini has found a home right next to my Division test quilt – that’s the one I made when I was first testing out my Division pattern.  The blocks are regular size, so I wouldn’t exactly call it a mini-quilt.  I love seeing it up there though!

Titch mini quilt

I’d been kind of frozen with indecision about how to quilt this little thing.  I kept going back and forth with different ideas and then on Saturday I just decided that a finished quilt is always better than an unfinished one so I just started quilting.

  mini quilt
In the end I love what I did simply because it’s done!  One more project crossed off my WIP list for the year – yay! 

So now that the Titch Mini is on the wall, I realize that I need another mini to fill the hole on the top left corner.  Do you have any recommendations for me?  What’s your favorite mini quilt pattern?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A Little Hexie Project + giveaway winner

english paper piecing

Over our Spring Break last week I decided to start a little english paper piecing project (say that 3 times fast!)  I was out of town, up in Spokane WA and had forgotten to bring my current epp project with me.  So I stopped by one of the quilt shops and picked up a few supplies – enough to get me started. 

english paper piecing hexagons

While I was there, one of the helpful employees pointed me in the direction of this thread:

english paper piecing thread

She said it’s the best thread for epp and it’s the ONLY thread she uses.  With a glowing recommendation like that, I figured I’d better try it out.  Even after using it just for these few hexies, I’m sold.  Normally my stitches are completely visible from the front, but as you can see below, the stitches barely show.  I’m a believer.  The woman recommended this particular color of thread too – she said it pretty much blends in to everything.  So there you go!  I’m passing along the tip to you!

english paper piecing hexagons 
And now, for what you’ve been waiting for – the winner of the Home Executive Planner giveaway is….random

Heidi [Banks of Frog Creek] !!  Congratulations Heidi!  Thank you all for entering.  Now I've got to get back to that pile of laundry.  For me, that's the WORST part of taking a vacation - all of the laundry that needs to be done once you're home - ugh!

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