Monday, September 30, 2013

My Bright Corner

 Is anyone else dragging today, or is it just me?  I feel a little foggy headed today for some reason.  I’m looking forward to spending my afternoon here:

My sewing room

I’m (finally) almost done with my Pow Wow / Florence quilt top and then hopefully I’ll be doing some quilting tonight. 

Quilt rows

I made good progress on the Pow Wow quilt Friday night while the boys were on a campout.  But then the next morning I took a look at what I had done and realized the top and bottom borders were pretty awful.  Ok really awful.  So off they came.  I’ll get to make a second attempt at the silly borders this afternoon.  Wish me luck. 

Pow Wow quilt borders

Monday, September 23, 2013

Hitting the Ground Running

Do you ever just have so much fun that you get a headache from it?  I get fun headaches.  Bad ones.  That was me yesterday.  I guess I had just reached my maximum allotment of fun for the week and my head just exploded in pain.  Nothing but sleep would help. 

Florence Fabric by Denyse Schmidt

In the end I would say that the pain was worth it though.  My weekend at the Sewing Summit was wonderful – full of friends, classes, sewing and delicious food.  But now it’s Monday again and despite how worn out I am I have to get back to work.  There’s laundry and dishes and homework to help with.  And more sewing to do. 

Florence Fabric by Denyse Schmidt

I took two projects with me to work on during the open sew this past weekend.  I got a good chunk of work done but there’s still more to do.  This afternoon I was working more with the stack of Florence (Denyse Schmidt).  I’m really loving these fabrics.  All of them.  Usually in a fabric line there are a few prints I love, several that are just ok and then a few I don’t care for at all.  Not so with Florence. 

My goal for today is to get all of the flying geese made.  I’m about 2/3 of the way there. 

trimming flying geese blocks

The pattern I’m using included an option to create an extra little HST (half square triangle) at the same time I’m making the flying geese.  As I trim the seam allowance I toss the HSTs into this bin to use later.  I’m already looking forward to figuring out something fun to do with those. 

trimming half square triangles

I can hear the kids digging around upstairs looking for an after school snack.  That’s my cue – off I go!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Fabric Stack Friday

I realized the other day that I haven’t done a Fabric Stack Friday in awhile.  To make up for it, I have two for you today! 

First is a stack of half yard cuts from Art Gallery Fabrics.  I added in a few Kona solids so I’d have enough for a throw size quilt top.  (The solids are cactus, iron, and caribbean).  I’ll be working on this quilt this weekend at the Sewing Summit.  The line is called Urban Mod and you can find bundles here and here.

Art Gallery Fabric

My second stack is a bundle of fat eighth cuts of Florence by Denyse Schmidt.  I had a “love at first sight” moment when I first saw this line at spring market.  I got this bundle from a new friend of mine.  Amanda’s shop is Westwood Acres and she always has the most lovely bundles of fabric.

Florence fabric stack

Hope you have a great weekend!  

Monday, September 16, 2013

Looking Ahead

 I have quite a busy week ahead of me.  My to-do list is quite long – well, to be honest I don’t have one well organized to-do list like I probably should.  Instead I have like 15 scraps of paper scattered about with little notes to myself on them.  What’s on my list?  Among other things- printing patterns, finishing a display quilt for Fabric Mill, hair appointment, dentist appointments for the family, buying jeans for kids, a trip to Costco, oh and prepping for this:


So looking forward to this weekend!  I missed the last two Sewing Summits and I’m excited to finally be able to go.  Who else will be there this weekend?

Also on my to-do list this week:  Put away this stack of quilts!  As I walk upstairs this is my view:

stack of quilts

This is a half wall that is between our stairs and the entryway.  I have these five quilts laying here waiting for their photo shoot.  Some of them I’ve already photographed but I want to make sure I have enough good pics before I fold up the quilt and put it away.  My family is so patient with me and my stacks of quilts everywhere. 

Alright – off I go back to work!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Change of Plans

Usually when I buy a stack of fabric I have a pretty clear idea of what I’m going to do with it.  I had what I thought was a great plan to use this number print (Reunion by Sweetwater).  But when it came time to start cutting and sewing I had second thoughts. 

Reunion fabric by Sweetwater

My original idea was going to be large rectangles of the number print with one 3” red circle appliqued on each rectangle.  Boring.  Instead, I decided to add these dots (Mingle from Robert Kaufman) and do simple framed squares.  I love how it keeps the number fabric as the focus, but the dot fabrics add color and whimsy. 

fun and bright throw quilt

The quilt is a nice throw size: 47” x 65”

fun and bright throw quilt by A Bright Corner

I did a solid backing in the light blue (keepin’ in simple people) and the binding is a gray print from the Ten Little Things line by Jenn Ski.  I was hoping to use more of the gray dots for the binding but didn’t have enough in my stash and didn’t have the patience to wait for an online order to arrive. 

fun and bright throw quilt by A Bright Corner

I’m calling this quilt “Run the Numbers” and it’s listed in my etsy shop.

fun and bright throw quilt by A Bright Corner

Happy Friday the 13th everyone.  Have a fun weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Woodland: a free quilt pattern

We had one enormous thunderstorm blow through the valley on Saturday.  It was crazy!  Neighbors, family and friends had basements flooded, trees and fences blown down and trampolines tossed around.  We were lucky though – the only damage here was that my sunflowers were leveled.  The storm brought with it the feel of fall.  Time to bring out the rich colors of Autumn.

I wrote a little about this quilt yesterday and thought I’d show you a bit more of it. 

Cute fall quilt and a free quilt pattern!

The quilt is a nice lap size:  43” x 56” and was so quick to put together.  I was working with scraps and bits from my stash so I started by cutting everything into 2.25” x 9” strips.  Then I sewed them into sets of four and put them up on the design wall.  It took just a few minutes to rearrange things so I liked the distribution of colors. 

Woodland quilt and free quilt pattern

Then I sewed the strips into columns and sewed the columns together.

Usually when I’m working on a new idea I scribble everything on a piece of graph paper – measurements, math, fabric ideas, etc.  This is just the front side of my page for this quilt project.  The backside has the finished measurements and basic instructions in case I ever want to duplicate the quilt. 

scratch page

Normally I would just stick the page into a file, but with this project my finished notes were too much of a lovely mess.  I decided to type everything up in Illustrator so it was neat and tidy.  Since I’ve done the work, I might as well share, right?  You can view, download and/or print the pattern for Woodland here Please only use the pattern for personal use. 

If you make your own version of Woodland I’d love to see it!  You can add it to the Sewing with A Bright Corner flickr group or if you’re on instagram just tag me (@abrightcorner)

flickr button 250 px square

Woodland: a free quilt pattern from A Bright Corner

I’m linking up to Quilt Story’s Fabric Tuesday

Monday, September 9, 2013


 I’m feeling a little haphazardish today.  Is that even a word?  I have about a dozen things that need some attention today but I know I can’t get to them all.  I'm halfway through my day and I just realized that I was darting from one thing to another without really accomplishing anything.  Not a good strategy Andy.

This weekend I was finally able to get some good photos of my most recently finished quilts but here they sit on my computer until I have time to go through them.  I did dig through and find this one photo.

Pretty Fall Quilt

This quilt came from a stack of leftovers from these two tutorials I did last year.  I added a bit of Wee Woodland fabric and I was able to get a small throw size quilt. 

fallen leaves table runner tutorial

Cute Thanksgiving Banner using burlap

I’ll be back tomorrow with more photos of the quilt and a free pattern to boot!  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Sewing with Scraps

 One of my favorite things about belonging to the do.  Good Stitches group is that once each month I have a good excuse to pull out my scrap bins and dig through them.  I keep telling myself that I’ll do a scrap quilt for myself one of these days, but I never get around to it.  There’s always so many other projects in the queue.

scrap bins

These are my August and September blocks:

quilting bee blocks

quilting bee blocks

The tutorial for the September blocks can be found here.  The block is called “Boy’s Nonsense” and my friend Amanda wrote a fantastic tutorial for it.  She added in a couple of really helpful tips that make this block a quick and easy one to whip up.  Her measurements are spot-on too.  My blocks finished at exactly 12.5”.   Go and check it out!

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