Friday, November 12, 2021

Fast Track Quilt in Golden Hour Fabrics

 I've made a few different versions of the Fast Track quilt pattern but this one is definitely at the top of my list of favorites! And I thought this one deserved to be photographed out in the pretty fall colors at one of our local parks. 

Fast Track quilt pattern by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner - a modern jelly roll quilt pattern or layer cake quilt pattern

Fast Track pattern

A friend of mine helped me name this pattern and it truly is a fast one to make. 

Fast Track is a pre-cut friendly pattern that has a modern look to it, but really suits any fabric that you use - even solids and scraps. 

Fast Track quilt pattern by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner - a modern jelly roll quilt pattern or layer cake quilt pattern

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Holly Jolly Tree Skirt in Holly Holiday Fabrics

In the process of updating the Holly Jolly Tree Skirt pattern earlier this year, I ended up making several versions to test the pattern changes. And I get to share one of those tests with you today!

Holly Jolly Tree Skirt pattern by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner - includes three sizes and two fabric options - now Jelly Roll friendly!

This is the Holly Jolly Tree Skirt made with Holly Holiday fabrics. I love the pairing of these cheerful fabrics with the pattern!

Holly Holiday came out earlier this year, but you can still find some in shops (here from Fat Quarter Shop, and here on Etsy).

Holly Jolly Tree Skirt pattern by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner

Friday, November 5, 2021

Dinner Party Quilt Pattern in Notting Hill Fabrics

This Dinner Party quilt pattern has been out for a short time now but I haven't yet shared the details! 

Dinner Party is a pre-cut friendly pattern in four sizes, and makes a fun and modern quilt that's perfect for showing off your favorite fabrics.


Dinner Party quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner -  a pre-cut friendly quilt in four sizes

Because of these nice large blocks, this is a perfect pattern to use with your favorite medium and large scale prints. 

Love large florals? Or novelty prints? With Dinner Party you don't have to cut them down too small - use them and let them be the star of the show. 

Or take Dinner party in a more modern direction with solids.

Dinner Party quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner -  a pre-cut friendly quilt in four sizes

These gorgeous Notting Hill prints were my inspiration for this pattern. I wanted to be able to use a single set of 10" squares (Layer Cake or 10" Stacker) and enjoy the larger florals, plaids and polka dots. 


Notting Hill fabrics found on A Bright Corner

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Winter Magic Quilt Pattern

I have a new pattern to share with you today- just in time for your Christmas and holiday sewing. 

Introducing Winter Magic!

Winter Magic quilt pattern by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner

I've been loving large-scale statement quilts lately and this one was a fun challenge to design.

Winter Magic is a unique take on a medallion quilt. I love the look of medallion quilts but not the exactness in seam allowances that they require. I designed this quilt to have the look of a medallion without the tricky piecing. 

The pattern makes a 78" x 78" quilt

Winter Magic quilt pattern by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner

Find Winter Magic patterns (paper and PDF) in my shop here or PDF versions on Etsy here

Winter Magic quilt pattern by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner

Friday, October 8, 2021

Clear Sky Quilt Scrappy Version

I've been able to get a few of my WIP quilts finished up lately and I'm looking forward to sharing them! This quilt is my most recent finish - I just finished binding it over the weekend. It is a scrappy version of my Clear Sky pattern-

Clear Sky quilt scrappy style

I stitched this up during the recent Clear Sky Quilt Along that I hosted throughout August and September.

It was a lot of fun, and I have to say...I've learned that quilt alongs are a great way to make a quilt! Personally, as a participant, I like having the schedule to follow (and to keep me motivated) and it's so great to see all the different versions that people are making right along side of you. If you've never joined one, try it sometime!

Clear Sky quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner

Friday, October 1, 2021

Split Stars Quilt - Summertime Version

 This quilt has been a couple of years in the making! I started it back in 2019 when some of these prints were first available. It's been my slowly-but-surely project ever since.

Split Stars quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner

Do you have one of those? A project you enjoy working on, but you take your time and just let it be finished when it's ready to be finished?  I have a few projects like this, and they're so much more enjoyable than the ones I rush to finish (go figure!)

Split Stars quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner

For the fabrics in this quilt, I had a fun time pulling prints from several different lines. 

Most of the fabrics come from a line called Orchard which was designed by April Rosenthal for Moda Fabrics. I used some of those prints as a jumping off point and added in a few coordinating prints from other Moda lines. This color palette just screams "SUMMERTIME!" to me.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Holly Jolly Tree Skirt Pattern

I've been working over the last month to give a fresh new look and an update to one of my best-selling patterns, the Holly Jolly Tree Skirt. It's now in the shop, just in time for your Christmas sewing!

Holly Jolly Tree Skirt pattern - has three sizes and Jelly Roll instructions - pattern by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner

The pattern now comes in full-color booklet form, or instant download (PDF) option. But I figured while I was at it, I might as well add some of the most-requested features to the pattern. 

Holly Jolly Tree Skirt pattern by A Bright Corner - now with three sizes and Jelly Roll instructions

Use Yardage or Jelly Roll

One of the most common questions I get about the Holly Jolly Tree Skirt is, "can I use a Jelly Roll to make this"? And now the answer is an easy "YES!"

Holly Jolly Tree Skirt pattern - has three sizes and Jelly Roll instructions - pattern by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner

With one Jelly Roll (40, 2-1/2" strips) you can make any of the three sizes of tree skirt (small, medium, large). And using a Jelly Roll makes this tree skirt come together even quicker. I love being able to see all of those lovely prints!


A Jelly Roll tree skirt pattern called Holly Jolly - pattern by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner - quilted Christmas tree skirt pattern

Here's a look at the two versions (wider strip option & Jelly Roll option) side by side so you can see the difference. I love them both for different reasons:

Holly Jolly quilted tree skirt pattern - in three sizes and has Jelly Roll instructions - Jelly Roll Tree Skirt pattern

With the wider strip option you can see more of each print - that works really well for medium scale prints like the red floral in the photo above.

But with the Jelly Roll option you get to see a bigger variety of prints. So this is a great option when you love a fabric line and you want a beautiful variety of prints and colors in your tree skirt. 

Holly Jolly Tree Skirt pattern by A Bright Corner - now with three sizes and Jelly Roll instructions

Three Size Options

In addition to new Jelly Roll instructions, the pattern now also has three size options. Probably the second most asked question I get is how to make the tree skirt smaller or bigger. And now those instructions are a permanent part of the pattern!

Small - diameter 43"- 44" (good for tree height 4 1/2 - 6 feet)
Medium - diameter 49" - 51" (good for tree height 7 - 7 feet)
Large - diameter 58" - 59" (good for tree height 9+ feet)

diameter is measured at the widest point of the tree skirt before quilting
(All of the photos in this post are showing the medium sized skirts)


See the back of the pattern cover for all of the details:

Holly Jolly Tree Skirt pattern by A Bright Corner

Christmas Morning Fabrics

Both of the versions that I'm sharing today are made with fabrics from the Christmas Morning line designed by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics. It's a beautiful line, with perfect reds, slightly olive greens and the most gorgeous gray prints.

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Holly Jolly Tree Skirt pattern - a quick to piece quilted christmas tree skirt idea

Christmas Morning is selling quick - so if you want to make a tree skirt I'd snag your fabrics quick. Some of the prints are already hard to find!

Holly Jolly quilted Christmas tree skirt pattern by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner


both paper copies and PDF (instant download) available


Quilt shops can order wholesale through Checker or Brewer. 
Contact me (abrightcorner@gmail.com) for more info.

Holly Jolly quilted Christmas tree skirt pattern by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner

The pattern gives instructions for adding ribbon ties to help keep the tree skirt in place around the tree, but they are optional. In fact, I left the ribbons off of our family's tree skirt and it stays in place fine. 

However if you have little ones, or furry friends that like to play under the tree I'd recommend adding the ribbon ties.


Holly Jolly quilted Christmas tree skirt pattern by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner

Did you know? 

  • Even though it is not a square or rectangle shape, you can still have your longarm quilter quilt your tree skirt for you! 

  • You can make a reversible tree skirt! Choose a favorite print for the backing - one that coordinates with the binding (maybe a fun plaid? Or a novelty print?) and you'll have the option to flip the tree skirt over to change your look. Check out this older post to see an example of one I made years ago. 

  • Don't have a Jelly Roll but love the look? Cut your own 2-1/2" strips. The back of the pattern gives you the total number of strips you'll need for each size of tree skirt. 

  • Holly Jolly is a quilted Christmas Tree skirt pattern so the instructions are similar to a quilt pattern. No templates or paper pieces are needed. Instructions include how to cut and piece fabrics together as you would for a traditional quilt. The only special tool you'll need is a long ruler with a 60 degree marking on it (like this one, or this one)

Holly Jolly Tree Skirt Pattern by A Bright Corner - three sizes and Jelly Roll option now available


Tree Skirt Details:

QuiltingSoho (edge to edge computerized longarm design) was used on the wide strip tree skirt, and Two Simple design was used on the Jelly Roll version.



Want to make a version like this one? Here are the fabric requirements for the specific Christmas Morning prints:

1/2 yard each of the following six prints

Christmas Morning fabrics found on A Bright Corner - you have to see what she made with these!

Plus 1/2 yard for binding: I used the red dot from the Christmas Morning line.

(for the Jelly Roll version, use one JR of Christmas Morning, with the red dot for binding)





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Holly Jolly quilted Christmas Tree Skirt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner - three sizes and Jelly Roll friendly!


Holly Jolly quilted Christmas Tree Skirt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner - three sizes and Jelly Roll friendly!





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