Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Split Stars Quilt in Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine

Split Stars quilt by A Bright Corner from Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine

I'm so excited to be able to share that I have a quilt in the latest issue of Love Patchwork & Quilting!  And to my delight...it's on the cover!  Issue 51 is available now in the UK, and will be heading to the US soon.

Love Patchwork and Quilting issue 51

  My inspiration for the quilt came from this photo I found on Pinterest:

Succulent inspiration for a quilt
I immediately fell in love with the color combo!  I took a screen shot of the photo on my phone, and used it at the quilt shop as I chose the colors of Riley Blake Confetti Cottons I wanted to use.  Here's the stack that I pulled off the shelves in the shop:

Confetti Cottons Riley Blake Designs

I'm a long time fan of mixing aqua & green together (here, here and here), but I love what the purples add to the group!

You can see sneak peeks of the other projects from the issue here on the Love Patchwork & Quilting site.  And watch for issue 51 to hit your news stands.  I know I'll be stalking my local Barnes & Noble for the next couple of weeks!




Thursday, August 17, 2017

A Piece of Cake!

It's really been a summer filled with Christmas quilts!  This is the third one I've worked on this month (I'll share the others soon), and I have to say it's a little strange to go out and photograph a Christmas quilt when it's 90+ degrees outside and there's plenty of green grass around!  

Surprise quilt from the book A Piece of Cake by Peta Peace

Today I'm sharing a quilt that I made from this fun new book:

A Piece of Cake book by Peta Peace

A Piece of Cake - Sweet & Simple Quilts from Layer Cake Squares written by Peta Peace (a.k.a. She Quilts A Lot).  The book is filled with great quilt designs, lovely photos, and easy-to-follow instructions and diagrams.  

When I fall in love with a new fabric line, often I'll buy a layer cake of it.  A charm pack isn't quite enough, and I find layer cakes to be more versatile than a jelly roll.  But then the layer cake sits there until I figure out what to make.  This book will be a great resource - it has so many great quilts, all layer cake friendly! 

Surprise quilt from the book A Piece of Cake by Peta Peace

The quilt I chose to make is called Surprise.  It finishes at 56" x 71" and I used a layer cake of North Woods designed by Kate Spain.  The line came out last summer and I've been holding on to this layer cake since then - looking for the perfect pattern.  I love the little presents!

Surprise quilt from the book A Piece of Cake by Peta Peace

I backed this quilt in a soft mint flannel - it will be perfectly cozy come December!  For the quilting I used a longarm panto from Urban Elementz called Cake Walk. 

Surprise quilt from the book A Piece of Cake by Peta Peace

You can see more projects from the book by following along on the blog tour.  We've already seen three fun quilts from Sedef, Jemima, and Samantha - and there's plenty more to come!  You can also check out some other quilts from the book on Instagram with the hashtag #apieceofcakebook.

14 Aug Sedef - Down Grapevine Lane
15 Aug Jemima - Tied with a Ribbon
16 Aug Samantha - Aqua Paisley Studio
17 Aug Andy - A Bright Corner
18 Aug Kirsty - Bonjour Quilts
20 Aug Alison - Cotton Factory
21 Aug Carrie - Moda Fabrics
22 Aug Nadra - Ellis and Higgs
23 Aug Angie - Gnome Angel
24 Aug Tara - Tara Sews
25 Aug Jules - The Creative Retreat
26 Aug Kristyne - Pretty by Hand
27 Aug Kimberly - Fat Quarter Shop
28 Aug Lissa - Moda Lissa
29 Aug Amy - Diary of a Quilter
30 Aug Kerry - Kid Giddy & Cat - Hello from Cat on Instagram
31 Aug Jane - Modern Makers Retreat
1 Sept Kate - Never Enough Hours
2 Sept Jodie - Vintage Ric Rac
3 Sept Sharon - Patches Indooroopilly (in store & online!)
4 Sept Amanda - Material Girl Quilts
5 Sept Amber - A Little Bit Biased
6 Sept Xanthe - Wife Made
7 Sept Rachel - Family Ever After
8 Sept Jenny - Martingale
9 Sept Amy - Nana Company
10 Sept          Peta - She Quilts A Lot





Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Patchwork Quilt Along Block Eight

Wow!  We're already on the eighth set of blocks for the Patchwork Quilt Along with the Fat Quarter Shop!  Just four more sets until we can start putting our quilt top together. 

Rolling Nine Patch quilt block  - A Bright Corner

This month's block pattern is called Rolling Nine Patch, and you can find a link to the free pattern here on the Jolly Jabber Blog (scroll down to find the Rolling Nine Patch block).

Rolling Nine Patch quilt block  - A Bright Corner

I started storing my blocks in these stackable wire baskets from the Container Store.  I was finding that the more I moved, arranged and touched the blocks the more they were fraying.  This way my finished blocks can stay in the basket all safe and sound until it's time to piece the quilt top.  

Rolling Nine Patch quilt block  - A Bright Corner

The list of bloggers who are sewing along is below, and you can also see what quilters from around the world are making in the Patchwork QAL Facebook group.  I'm so glad there's a place for everyone to add photos of their blocks, and ask and answer questions!  

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

Patchwork Quilt Along with the Fat Quarter Shop


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Five Fat Quarter Fun - Preppy Quilt Pattern

This month I was invited to be a part of the Five Fat Quarter Fun series with Amber & Amanda (Gigi's Thimble & Jedi Craft Girl).  Boy, I tell you - it was a fun challenge to design a quilt using only five fat quarters plus a little yardage.  I went through a few different options but quickly settled on this Argyle inspired quilt, called Preppy!
Preppy - a free quilt pattern by A Bright Corner

This is one of those quilts that looks more complicated than it actually is!  And for those of you who haven't tried making a quilt on point before this would be a great time to try it!  

Preppy finishes at 50" x 60", and uses 5 fat quarters and some yardage for the sashing and background.  You can download the free PDF pattern HERE.  

Gingham Girls fat quarters

I love these Gingham Girls prints (designed by Amy Smart for Penny Rose Fabrics) and I've been looking for just the right project to use them in.  They were the perfect choice for this Preppy quilt.  And I added in the navy swiss dot (from Riley Blake) as well.  

Diagonal Plaid longarm quilting design / panto

The quilting is a design called Diagonal Plaid which I thought worked great with all of the other diagonal lines in the quilt, and it also added some great texture! 

Preppy - an argyle inspired free quilt pattern by A Bright Corner

If you make a Preppy quilt I'd love to see it!  Be sure to tag me (@abrightcorner) as well as Amber and Amanda (@gigisthimble @jedicraftgirl) and use the hashtags #preppyquilt and #fivefatquarterfun so we'll be sure to see it! 

And if you've missed the other Five Fat Quarter Fun patterns, you can find them here on Amber's blog and here on Amanda's blog.  They do a new pattern on the first of each month and it's so fun to see what they come up with each month!  Have you made any of their 5 FQ Fun quilts??

 Don't forget to download the PDF for the Preppy quilt pattern here!


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