Friday, November 17, 2017

A Bow Tie Quit

I have an update to share with you today!  Almost two years ago I created this quilt from some yummy Liberty lawn fabric-

Bow Tie block and quilt pattern from A Bright Corner

I love traditional quilt blocks and this quilt is made from the classic bow tie block.  Can you see it?

Bow Tie block and quilt pattern from A Bright Corner

 I recently updated my original tutorial for this quilt by adding a printable PDF pattern for it.

Bow Tie block and quilt pattern from A Bright Corner

I know that printable PDF patterns are so convenient so I added this one to my craftsy shop.  Have you bought patterns from Craftsy?  I love that any PDF pattern you buy stays  in your pattern library and you can refer back to it and download it over and over - super helpful if you're like me and keep losing downloaded patterns.  

Bow Tie block and quilt pattern from A Bright Corner

I've been wanting to make an updated scrappy version of this quilt and this week I started with these two blocks.  

You can read my original blog post for this quilt here - and see a few more photos as well.  And find the printable PDF pattern here.  

Happy sewing!



Bow Tie quilt block and tutorial by Andy from A Bright Corner

Bow Tie quilt block and tutorial by Andy from A Bright Corner

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Patchwork Quilt Along Block Eleven!

We're on the second to the last month of the Patchwork Quilt Along with the Fat Quarter Shop!  This month's block pattern is called Spinning Tops - you can find the free block pattern here (scroll down to the bottom to see all of the block patterns).  

Patchwork Quilt Along

If you haven't joined in yet, don't worry - it's not too late!  The Fat Quarter Shop still has some kits available here.  And you can find all of the block patterns here.

Patchwork Quilt Along

Even if you just made one of each month's blocks, it would create a cute mini quilt!  I'm getting excited about starting to piece the quilt top.  I took a few minutes to add just a few of the blocks to my design wall yesterday.  They all look so great together - I wanted to keep going!    

Patchwork Quilt Along with the Fat Quarter Shop

The list of bloggers who are sewing along is below, and you can also join the Facebook group and see what quilters around the world are creating!  


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

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Swap Talk - All About Quilt Block Swaps

Today I'm talking swaps!  I've been a part of many block swaps and exchanges and I've loved them all.  I recently finished this quilt - it's made from blocks sewn by quilters from around the country.  I love the scrappy look it has and I love knowing that many talented hands went into making it.  

low volume plus quilt

So what is a swap?  It's a way for quilters to make and exchange quilt blocks with one another.  Usually the swap is set up in such a way that each quilter puts in a set number of blocks, all the blocks are put into a group or pool, shuffled and then a different set of blocks is sent back to each quilter.  Another option is for quilters to be assigned to one another to do a direct swap - for example my blocks would go to you, and your blocks come to me.  

Everything you wanted to know about quilt block swaps!

Why should I join a swap?
Swaps are a great way to get a scrappy look!  For this low volume plus block swap, I made 20 blocks from the same few fabrics, but I received 20 blocks made from dozens of different prints - so fun!

Meet new people and make new friends.  Every swap I participate in  results in me gaining a new friend.  You get to swap with people from around the country - sometimes around the world!  I have a quilt from 2009 that has a couple of blocks in it from Jodi Nelson (a.k.a. Pleasant Home).  At the time I didn't know her, and now we're friends - even all these years later!  

How can I find a swap to join?  
Most of the time I hear about swaps in different local quilt groups and guilds that I visit.  I also hear about them online on Instagram and Facebook.  If you're looking for a swap, ask your local guild or quilt shop, and ask around online.  Or...you can start your own swap!  (see below for tips).  

This low volume plus swap that I joined was organized through instagram.  We could only use Bonnie and Camille fabrics and we all followed the same plus block pattern.  We could request to get certain color blocks back and I requested red, aqua and navy.  I'm really happy with how the finished quilt looks!

Everything you wanted to know about quilt block swaps!

If you do join a swap...
  • Start small - most swaps are set up so that you can send in as many blocks as you want, and you get back the same number you send in.  If it's your first swap, try signing up for just a small amount of blocks, maybe 5 or 10.  See how you like it!  
  • Give what you'd like to receive.  Use your favorite prints, do your best work, follow the pattern, press your blocks, package them well for shipping/trading.  Think of this as the golden rule of quilting - give blocks unto others that you would want others to give to you.
  • Don't procrastinate - Don't wait until the day before the deadline to start your blocks.  Trust me on this one.  You'll be stressed, and the whole experience will be a lot less enjoyable.  
  • Participate in the group - if there's a way to communicate with the group (group text, Facebook group, IG hashtag) do so!  Encourage others, comment on their posts, share your progress.  This is where you get to know your fellow swappers and make friends.  



Thinking of organizing a swap?

  • Start small - set up a swap with just a friend or two, or your local guild.  Consider putting a limit on how many people can join - it could grow to an unmanageable size quickly!
  • Have a plan - Be clear with the rules (fabric choices, block pattern, finished block size, how many blocks does each person make?)  Decide ahead of time how the blocks will be swapped - will you all meet together to help swap?  Or will one person take care of the swapping and then hand out blocks next time you meet?  Make sure the pattern is readily accessible to all participants.  There are thousands of great block tutorials and free patterns out there! 
  • Set a deadline- Set a deadline for people to sign up by, and a deadline for people to have their blocks finished.  If blocks need to be mailed, have a "ship by" deadline as well.
  • Remember the details-  If you can clearly state all details up front, you'll spend less time answering emails and messages as the swap goes.
  • Have fun! - Give people a way to share their process, either with a hashtag on instagram or a private facebook group.  Encourage members to share photos of fabric choices, blocks in progress, and definitely share the finished quilts - that's the fun part!  Having a way to share will also help to motivate all group members to keep working to meet the deadline.  When I see the great blocks others are creating, it makes me get my rear in gear and start sewing!

low volume plus quilt

Some blocks that are great for swapping




Finished quilt details
block pattern here
67" x 78" (42 blocks)
quilted with Good Vibrations quilting design



Everything you wanted to know about quilt block swaps!

Tips for quilt block swaps and exchanges



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