Thursday, January 19, 2017

One Hour Basket

 One of the first things I do each morning is walk around the house and open up all of the blinds and curtains.  And I mean ALL of them.  January and February are not my favorite months - mostly because the days are so short and the sunshine is fleeting.  To help with the lack of sunshine, I try to bring in plenty of bright colors to my home...and take a vitamin D pill ;)

This week I made this fun and easy basket to use in my kitchen.  It didn't take me long at all and I love that yellow!

One Hour Basket tutorial

First of all, here's the link to the tutorial I followed: One Hour Basket tutorial.  But I really want to talk about this cheery, bright fabric that I used.  Our January has been so gray and loooong - and these fresh lemons are just what the doctor ordered.  Can't you almost smell the lemony scent?  

Tutti Fruitti fabric from Blend

These are from a line called Tutti Fruitti designed by Maude Asbury for Blend Fabrics.  In the line there's also these fun watermelons...

Tutti Fruitti fabric from Blend

...and these cherries.  I have plans for these cherries!

Tutti Fruitti fabric from Blend

But it was the lemons that were calling to me the other day.  (You can find Tutti Fruitti fabrics online at Hawthorne Threads)

One Hour Basket tutorial

Now back to the One Hour Basket - I had seen plenty of them around instagram and I love that it's a free tutorial.  It's designed by Kelbysews and you can find her free downloadable tutorial here on Craftsy. It really did take me about an hour to make and I love the generous size.  Fabric baskets and bins like this are so handy for storing all sorts of things.  

Interested in more baskets, boxes and bags?  Check out these pinterest boards-

Pinterest board full of great bag ideas


Pinterest board full of great ideas for fabric baskets, boxes and bins

Monday, January 16, 2017

Patchwork Quilt Along

Fat Quarter Shop Patchwork Quilt Along 2017

Hey there! Guess what?  It's the first week of the Fat Quarter Shop Patchwork Quilt Along!  

Each year the Fat Quarter Shop hosts a charity fundraiser quilt along and this year's will benefit the Make-A Wish foundation (The Fat Quarter Shop and Moda Fabrics will match up to $20,000 of the donations raised.)

Fat Quarter Shop Patchwork Quilt Along 2017

On the 15th of each month, a free pattern for the next set of blocks will be available on the Jolly Jabber - the blog for the Fat Quarter Shop.  There are kits available here,  but you can also just sew along using your favorite fabrics from your stash.  

The blocks won't take long to make - each block only measures 5.5" square.  I would recommend making all 6 at once - cut everything that you need, and then you can just sit and chain piece!  


Patchwork Quilt Along with the Fat Quarter Shop

Each month you'll make 6 of that month's block in whatever fabrics you choose.  I decided (after much deliberation!) to do a scrappy quilt in reds, aquas, greens and navy. I love this month's block - called "Souvenir of Friendship."  You can download the free pattern here, and watch the video tutorial for this block here.


Cute tiny blocks using Bonnie and Camille fabrics

 You can find more information here on the introductory post on the Jolly Jabber.


Patchwork Quilt Along 2017 with the Fat Quarter Shop

And here's the list of the bloggers that will be sewing along throughout the year:

Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl (@jedicraftgirl)
Amy of Diary of a Quilter (@diaryofaquilter)
Andy of A Bright Corner (@abrightcorner)
*Bonnie of Cotton Way (@bonniecottonway)
*Camille of Thimble Blossoms (@thimbleblossoms)
Debbie of Happy Little Cottage (@happylittlecottage1)
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio (@greydogwoodstudio)
Heidi of Buttons and Butterflies (@buttonsandbutterflies)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Melissa of Oh How Sweet (@ohhowsweet)
Pat Sloan of PatSloan.com (@quilterpatsloan)
Renee of Sewn with Grace (@sewnwithgrace)
Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane (@downgrapevinelane)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Taunja of Carried Away Quilting (@taunjalynn)
Tina of Emily Ann's Kloset (@emilyannskloset)
Carrie Nelson/Miss Rosie of Moda Cutting Table

And there's also a Patchwork Quilt Along Facebook group here - you can share your blocks, ask questions and get to know some of the other quilters that are sewing along!


Monday, January 9, 2017

French Market Tote Bag Tutorial

We're finally getting back into the swing of things around here now that we're all healthy, the big snow storm is over and the kids are back in school.  We sure had a bumpy start to 2017!  

Back in November I shared a couple of tote bags with you and today I'm adding a step by step tutorial for the bags.  When I make tote bags I love to choose a complementary liner fabric - but with most tote bag patterns you don't get to appreciate the liner.  I designed this bag so that a strip of the liner peeks out at the top.  So go ahead and choose two of your favorite prints for this bag because you'll get to appreciate both!

 French Market Tote Bag tutorial from A Bright Corner

Supplies:  
1/3 yard main bag print
3/4 yard bag liner and handles
18" x 45" piece of interfacing (for this bag I like Pellon 809)

Cut:  
Main bag print:  Cut 2 @ 11" x 18"
Bag liner:  Cut 2 @ 15" x 18"
Bag handles:  Cut 2 @ 5" x 28"
Interfacing:  Cut 2 @ 10.5" x 17.5" and 2 @ 2" x 17.5" and 2 @ 1" x 27.5"

Step 1:  Apply the 10.5" x 17.5" piece of interfacing to the wrong side of the main bag print.  Interface the top 2" of the wrong side of the bag liner (see diagram).  Place the 2" x 17.5" piece of interfacing 1/4" down from the top and 1/4" away from each side of the liner as shown.  

French Market Tote Bag tutorial from A Bright Corner


Step 2:  Make handles.  Fold each of the 5" x 28" handles in half lengthwise, with wrong sides together and press well.  Open and place one of the bag interfacing pieces (1" x 27.5") right along the folded line you just created.  Press interfacing in place.  

French Market Tote Bag tutorial from A Bright Corner

Next, fold long raw edges of handle in to the center, and press.  Fold strap along the first fold line and press.  Raw edges of the strap should be encased inside the strap now.  Top  stitch along both long edges, and once down the center of the strap.  Set straps aside for a later step. 


Step 3:  Place main bag sections right sides together.  Using a 1/4" seam, stitch along sides and bottom of bag.   Next, place bag liner sections right sides together.  Using a 1/4" seam stitch along sides and bottom, leaving about 5" open on the bottom to use for turning the bag in a later step.  



French Market Tote Bag tutorial from A Bright Corner

Step 4:  On the top edge of the main bag piece, measure in 5" from each side and mark with a pin.  

French Market Tote Bag tutorial from A Bright Corner

Open main bag section and pin handles in place, where you marked with a pin (5" from sides). 

French Market Tote Bag tutorial from A Bright Corner

Handles should be pinned to the right side of the fabric, with handles hanging down into the bag.  Baste handles in place and remove pins.  

French Market Tote Bag tutorial from A Bright Corner

Step 5:  To box corners, with right sides together fold corners together so that the side and bottom seams line up.  Measure down 1.5" from the point and draw a line.  Line should be 3" long from edge to edge.  



French Market Tote Bag tutorial from A Bright Corner

Sew along drawn line, and trim to about a 1/4" seam allowance.  

French Market Tote Bag tutorial from A Bright Corner

Step 6:  Turn main bag section right sides out.  Place main bag section inside bag liner with right sides together.  Align raw edges and side seams and pin.  Be sure that bag handles are hanging down and will not be caught in the seam.   

French Market Tote Bag tutorial from A Bright Corner

Using a 1/4" seam, sew all the way around the top edge of bag.  Using the 5" opening in the bag liner, turn bag right sides out.  Top stitch the 5" opening in the liner closed.  Push bag liner down inside of bag, leaving a 2' section of liner (where the interfacing is) showing on the outside of bag.  Press well.  

French Market Tote Bag tutorial from A Bright Corner

Step 7:  Top stitch handles down to the liner section as shown in the photo below.  

French Market Tote Bag tutorial from A Bright Corner

Top stitch along top edge of liner (now the top edge of bag) and along the line where the liner meets the main bag section (see photo below)

French Market Tote Bag tutorial from A Bright Corner


Your French Market Tote Bag is done!  


French Market Tote Bag tutorial from A Bright Corner


Looking for other bag tutorials?  Check these out:

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Zoo Dwellers Quilt Tutorial Reboot

Once upon a time (a.k.a. waaay back in 2011) I designed a quilt for the Riley Blake blog called Zoo Dwellers.  I was cleaning up some older links on my blog last month and decided that the Zoo Dwellers pattern needed a reboot!  I've come a long way since I first started writing patterns and this new version of the pattern is much simpler, the pattern layout is cleaner and easier to read and follow.


Zoo Dwellers free quilt pattern from A Bright Corner


For this new version of Zoo Dwellers I used fabrics from the new Road Trip line designed by Kelly Panacci for Riley Blake.

Road Trip fabrics Kelly Panacci Riley Blake Designs

I'm such a fan of bright colors - especially reds and greens.  So this collection of prints is right up my alley.  And they're a great fit for the Zoo Dwellers quilt because the pattern really lets the prints be the star of the show.

Zoo Dwellers free quilt pattern from A Bright Corner

You can see more of the Road Trip fabrics here.  And you can also find them now in stores, and online here at the Fat Quarter Shop or Hawthorne Threads


The Zoo Dwellers quilt is a quick one to put together.  There are no blocks to make, and no fussy seams to line up.  All you need is 7 fat quarters and just over a yard of background fabric.  

Zoo Dwellers free quilt pattern from A Bright Corner


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