Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Coral and Gray Scrappy Quilt + Season to Taste Book

 There's been some scrappy sewing around here lately.  After all of the reds and greens of the holiday season I sure was ready for a new color palette!

Scrappy gray and coral quilt by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner - pattern is from the book Season to Taste

After auditioning some different color combos (green + yellow, navy + pink) I pulled these two stacks from my stash and they just clicked!

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Fast Track Quilt Along + Pattern Sale

Hey everyone!  Want to sew along with me in February? Starting February 1st I'll be hosting the Fast Track Quilt Along!

Fast Track quilt along with A Bright Corner

The quilt along will run for four weeks:

February 1 - February 28

and all of the information will be sent out directly to participants in a weekly email - including tips, inspiration, and helpful video tutorials. I can't wait to get started. 

Fast Track quilt along with Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner

Want to join in? Click here for the sign up page.  It's free to join - no subscription fee or membership required.  All you'll need is a copy of the pattern and the supplies and fabric to make whatever size of Fast Track you wish.


Weekly schedule:

Week 1: Fabric selection & cutting fabric

Week 2: Block construction

Week 3: Finish blocks & quilt top assembly

Week 4: Quilting & binding your Fast Track quilt

Fast Track quilt along with A Bright Corner

Details and other info will be conveniently delivered to your inbox each Monday morning so be sure you're signed up so you don't miss a thing!

Sign up here

Fast Track is quick to piece and fun to make. It's also a versatile pattern! You can use:

  • Jelly roll strips
  • Layer cake squares
  • Fat quarters
  • 1/4 yard cuts 
  • or even scraps!

Fast Track quilt along with Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner


Along the way we'll all be sharing our progress on Instagram

#FastTrackQAL

#FastTrackquilt

Not on Instagram? No problem! It's not mandatory - it's just a fun way for us to see everyone's creations and cheer each other on!


I'll have more details to share as we get closer to February 1st - in the meantime be sure your signed up for the QAL and start thinking about what size you'd like to make!

Fast Track quilt pattern by Andy Knowlton

You can grab a copy of the pattern here - on sale for $8 until the start of the QAL (February 1, 2021)

Fast Track quilt pattern by Andy Knowlton - A Bright Corner



Fast Track quilt pattern by Andy Knowlton - A Bright Corner









Thursday, December 10, 2020

Fast Track quilt pattern

 I'm so excited to be able to share my newest quilt pattern, Fast Track! It's a quick and easy quilt pattern that uses pre-cuts and includes four sizes of quilts.

Fast Track quilt pattern from A Bright Corner - uses jelly roll strips, layer cake squares, fat quarters, or yardage and pattern has four sizes


So far I've made three different versions of Fast Track and I've pretty much loved them all. I shared the first one a few weeks ago, and I have a red and gray Christmas version that I'll share next week. And I'm dying to make one with only solid fabrics - I'm just trying to narrow down which colors to use.  Any suggestions?

Fast Track quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner - unique strip quilt that is fun and easy to make - great for beginners and uses precut fabric or yardage

Super quick to piece

We all love how fast strip piecing is, and I designed this pattern to be a unique take on a quick and easy strip quilt. With Fast Track there is minimal cutting and very few seams in each block.  And with no points to match up, and no borders to add you'll be done with this quilt in no time.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Fast Track Quilt in Pure Delight Fabrics

 Hey friends! Today I get to introduce to you to a couple of new fun things.  

I've been sewing away over the past few weeks working on a new pattern and I'm super excited about it. I've made three different versions so far and I can't wait to share them all with you!

You'll have to wait just a bit longer though - just until after Thanksgiving when the patterns arrive from the printer. So consider this a little sneak peek.

Fast Track pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner - with Pure Delight fabrics from Riley Blake Designs - a fast quilt pattern that uses jelly rolls or fat quarters

This is Fast Track - a precut friendly, quick-to-piece pattern that you're going to love!

For this version of Fast Track I used some brand new fabrics - and as you can see, these prints brought a big ol' stack of sunshine to my sewing room. The colors and prints are so cheerful and bright.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Venture Out quilt in Backyard Blooms

This latest project falls into the "just for me & just for fun" category....so of course it ended up on the bottom of my list of priorities and took me awhile to make. Isn't that how it goes? :)

Venture Out quilt pattern in Backyard Blooms fabric - pattern from Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts book by Andy Knowlton

Back in July this new line from Allison Harris (Windham Fabrics) was released and I fell in love. The colors are very "me", I loved all of the different florals, and the chicken print was too good to pass up.

The line is called Backyard Blooms and you can still find some of the prints in quilt shops, or on Etsy - but I wouldn't wait - it won't last too much longer.

I wanted to leave the prints in bigger pieces so I could really appreciate them and I knew this Venture Out pattern would be perfect.

Venture Out quilt pattern in Backyard Blooms fabric - pattern from Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts book by Andy Knowlton


The pattern for Venture Out is in my book, Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts. Grab one here on Amazon*, or ask your local quilt shop to order some from their distributors. You can also find autographed copies here in my shop.

**This post contains affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission (at no additional cost to you) when purchases are made through links found in this post. Thank you!
Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts book by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner

The original Venture Out pattern calls for 14 fat quarters, but for this version I used only 9 FQ and made the quilt slightly smaller by removing one row and two columns. 

This pattern is one of the easier ones to adjust in size and I really like how this smaller throw size turned out (53" x 67"). You could also adjust it to make a larger Venture Out by adding rows and columns - just remember that you can get 5 blocks from each FQ and do the math from there.


Venture Out quilt pattern from Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner - a fat quarter pattern from the book Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts



Venture Out quilt pattern from Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner - a fat quarter pattern from the book Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts

Here's the version of Venture Out that's in my book. I used a variety of prints (not from a single line) in light, bright colors. 

I love seeing how a quilt changes just by changing up the fabrics - and I still have it in my head to make a version of Venture Out that's a little more moody - maybe with some deep navy, teal, plum, and gray prints!

Venture Out quilt pattern from Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner - a fat quarter pattern from the book Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts

For the quilting on this one I used a longarm design / panto called Rolling Hills. I discovered it in one of my favorite Etsy shops, 627 Handworks. She has some other fun quilting designs as well as some really cool foundation pieced block patterns.

Rolling Hills longarm quilting found on A Bright Corner - Venture Out quilt pattern by Andy Knowlton from Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts book

Quilt Details:
53" x 67"
Pattern: Venture Out - from the book, Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts**
Fabric: Backyard Blooms by Allison Harris for Windham Fabrics



**If you're a quilt shop, Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts books are available wholesale through Checker, Brewer, United Notions, and Martingale.


Plaid binding on a Venture Out quilt - pattern by A Bright Corner (blog post has link to pattern)



Venture Out quilt pattern from Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts book by Andy Knowlton - a fat quarter quilt pattern


Venture Out quilt pattern in Backyard Blooms fabric - quilt by Andy of A Bright Corner with link to pattern


Venture Out quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner - a fat quarter pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts book








Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Scalloped Quilt Border Tutorial

 Ever since sharing my Winsome quilt last week I've received a lot of questions about how I did the scalloped border. I admit that up until this month I was completely intimidated by the idea of scallops, and also a little afraid I'd mess up my quilt. 

So today I wanted to share a tutorial showing how I created the scalloped border.  Are you ready to try it? 

How to add a scallop border to a quilt - a tutorial by A Bright Corner - a foolproof way to make a scalloped edge on a quilt

First of all, here's what we're talking about. See the curved edges on the quilt below?  That's a scalloped border.  

Around the web you can find a variety of different tutorials and tricks to make scallops. Each technique seems to have a different "look" to them.  Some have deeper curves, some are more of a "wave" look -- personally I prefer the size and shape of these scallops. 

Plus the tool I used here* makes scallops SO easy and you can use this template for any size quilt.  I'm not one to buy a bunch of unnecessary rulers, but this is definitely one that I'm happy to have in my toolbox.  I've used it twice in the last month and I know I'll be using it again.

**This post contains affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission (at no additional cost to you) when purchases are made through links found in this post. Thank you!


How to add a scallop border to a quilt - a tutorial by A Bright Corner - an easy way to make a scalloped edge on a quilt

Ready to get started?  Here's what you'll need:

How to add a scallop border to a quilt - a tutorial by A Bright Corner - an easy way to make a scalloped edge on a quilt

You'll also need a quilt that has already been quilted and is ready for binding. I'd recommend having no less than a 2.75" or 3" border on your quilt.  Keep in mind that if your border is less than 2.5" or 2.75" then you'll be cutting into the block portion of your quilt top when you cut the scallops!

Step 1: Trim the edges of your quilt so they're even.  Sometimes after quilting the edges of a quilt can be a bit wavy and you'll want a nice, straight edge to work with. I went around my whole quilt and trimmed the border to be 3.25" all the way around.  


Step 2:  Ok. Time for just a bit of math - and this is the trickiest part, I promise! 

 Measure the width and length of the quilt top.  Subtract 4" from each.  For example:

width: 68" - 4" = 64"

length: 77" - 4" = 73"

Take these two numbers and refer to the chart on page 15 of the booklet that comes with the ruler. By looking at the chart* I can see that for the top and bottom edge of the quilt I can get 8 scallops that are each 8" long.  And on the sides of the quilt I can get 9 scallops that will be about 8" long.

So now I know I'll be making 8" long scallops.  It's okay if your scallops are different sizes, but you'll want them as close in size as possible. Having 6" long scallops along the top edge and 9" long scallops along the sides would be noticeable. But having 7.5" and 8" scallops would not be.

*If you want to skip the chart and do the math yourself, scroll to the very bottom of this post and I'll step you through it. You really have a lot more options when you do the math yourself so it's worth taking a look!



Step 3: Use a straight ruler and a marking tool/pen to mark a diagonal line through the border to the corner.  I started marking mine with a hera marker but then realized the markings don't show up in photos well, so I added the purple line so you could see what I meant.

How to add a scallop border to a quilt - a great tutorial by A Bright Corner - she makes it look easy!

Step 4:  From step 2, I've determined that my scallops will be 8" long. So I find the 8" marking on the scallop ruler and place that on the diagonal line.  Be sure to have the solid line of the ruler placed on the edge of the quilt. 

Place a pin to mark the 8" spot on the other end of the ruler (see the circle in the photo below).

How to use the Scallops, Vines and Waves template from Quilt In A Day - A Bright Corner shows how to use the ruler to make a scalloped edge on a quilt


Step 5: Mark two more scallops in the same manner - placing the 8" ruler mark on the previous pin and adding a new pin where the next 8" ruler mark is.  


Tutorial for using the Scallops, Vines and Waves template from Quilt In A Day - A Bright Corner shows how to use the ruler to make a scalloped edge on a quilt


Step 6: After marking three scallops, move all the way down to the next corner and start marking scallops heading to the left.  Any size adjustments to the scallops will need to be made on the center scallops so we're starting on the corners and working our way in to the center.  

Place the 8" mark of the ruler on the diagonal line as we did previously. Place a pin in the 8" mark on the left end of the ruler.  Then move the ruler to the left and mark the next scallop in the same manner (see photo above). 

Step 7: Keep marking scallops on each end a couple at a time until you meet in the middle.  The photo below is where I met in the middle of my quilt - see how that center scallop will be larger than 8"?  It looks like my measurements are way off, but no worries!  This is where the adjusting comes in.


Tutorial for using the Scallops, Vines and Waves template from Quilt In A Day - A Bright Corner shows how to use the ruler to make a scalloped edge on a quilt


Because my center scallop is too large, I can go back through the center 3 or 4 scallops and adjust each one to be just a bit larger than 8".  It is important that you only adjust the center scallops and not the ones on the corners.  

For my quilt, the center few scallops ended up being more like 8.25" long but that difference is not noticeable in the finished quilt.


Step 8: Repeat steps 4-7 for the opposite side of the quilt, and then for the top and bottom of the quilt.

On the top and bottom of my quilt my center scallop was too small.  So I needed to adjust the center few scallops just a bit shorter than 8". They were more like 7.75" long, but again that wasn't noticeable in the finished quilt.    


Step 9: Once all scallops are marked with pins, you're ready to draw the scallops.  I used a Fine Point Disappearing Ink pen (air and water soluble) to mark my scallops.  But you can use any non-permanent marking pen.  Fat Quarter Shop has a Sewline Air Erasable Fabric Pen here that would work great.

Be sure to line up the solid line on the ruler with the edge of your quilt! (see photo below)

Tutorial for using the Scallops, Vines and Waves template from Quilt In A Day - A Bright Corner shows how to use the ruler to make a scalloped edge on a quilt

Draw the scallop then move the ruler down, using the pins and the edge of the quilt to line up the ruler.

TIP:  Leave the pins in your quilt until you begin cutting!  I had to step away from my quilt and by the time I got back, some of my scallops had faded and I needed to re-draw them.  I was so glad the pins were still there!

Tutorial for using the Scallops, Vines and Waves template from Quilt In A Day - A Bright Corner shows how to use the ruler to make a scalloped edge on a quilt

Continue marking the scallops around the edge of the quilt until you come back around to where you began.  You can see in the photo below how the arc of the scallop matches up with the other one at the corner.

Tutorial for using the Scallops, Vines and Waves template from Quilt In A Day - A Bright Corner shows how to use the ruler to make a scalloped edge on a quilt


Once the scallops are drawn, use a pair of sharp scissors to cut along the drawn lines.  Remove pins as you go.

 
How to add a scallop border to a quilt - a tutorial by A Bright Corner - an easy way to make a scalloped edge on a quilt

Honestly, this was the nerve wracking part for me! Double check your scallops if you need to, then just take a deep breath and start cutting.  

How to add a scallop border to a quilt - a tutorial by A Bright Corner - an easy way to make a scalloped edge on a quilt

My corners had a bit of a point to them, which is not unusual (see photo below)...

I've always wanted to make a scalloped edge on a quilt - love this tutorial by A Bright Corner - she shows how to do it!

...so I just used my scissors to smooth out that curve. Much better!

How to add a scallop border to a quilt - a tutorial by A Bright Corner - an easy way to make a scalloped edge on a quilt

You did it! Well done. See....not that bad, right?  

Now you're ready to add the binding.  You'll need bias binding for this quilt which will help it to lay beautifully flat around all of those curved edges.  I cut my bias binding strips at 2.25 for this project.


Tutorial for adding a scalloped border to a quilt - tips and tricks from A Bright Corner

Binding this quilt works just like binding a regular quilt but at each scallop "valley" you'll stop at the bottom point, leave your needle in the fabric and pivot the quilt to line up the edge of the next scallop. Then keep going. 

The first few scallop "valleys" may feel strange to you but you'll quickly get the hang of it.  

Scalloped edge quilt tutorial - how to add a scalloped border on a quilt - a helpful tutorial from A Bright Corner

I do recommend machine stitching the binding to the front of the quilt, and then hand stitching it to the back of the quilt. Everyone has their preferred way of doing quilt binding so it's hard to say what will work best for you.  

Scalloped edge quilt tutorial - how to add a scalloped border on a quilt - a helpful tutorial from A Bright Corner

Some tips:

  • One thing I learned is that it's a lot less exact than I thought it needed to be.  Small adjustments in the middle few scallops are not noticeable in the finished quilt.  
  • The first time you make scalloped edges on a quilt will be the slowest.  Then you'll get the hang of it and it will be quicker next time - and more fun.
  • If you prefer more of a wavy edge instead of a true scallop, the same ruler will help you with that - another reason to have this ruler in your toolbox. There are separate instructions inside the booklet for doing a wavy edge, plus another section for adding applique vines to a quilt. It really is such a useful tool!
Winsome quilt by A Bright Corner - love the scalloped border - she share a helpful tutorial for how to add a scallop edge on a quilt

If you have any additional questions that I didn't answer just add them to the comments at the bottom of the post! 

And for more details about the quilt shown in these photos, visit this blog post.


How to add a scallop border to a quilt - a tutorial by A Bright Corner - tips for making a scalloped edge on a quilt


Want to figure out the math on your own?  Here's how:


Measure the width and length of the quilt top.  Subtract 4" from each.  For example:

width: 68" - 4" = 64"

length: 77" - 4" = 73"


Next, we want to find a number that we can divide them both by (or close enough).  This will help us determine the size of the scallop and how many will be on each side. 

In this case, I can divide 64 and 73 both by 8

64 / 8 = 8

73 / 8 = 9.125 (which is really close to 9 so we'll be rounding that down)

So now I know that across the top of my quilt I can make 8 scallops that are 8" long and down each side I can make 9 scallops that are 8" long.


Want to see another example?  Let's say you've made a baby quilt that is 45" x 45"

width: 45" - 4" = 41"

length: 45" - 4" = 41"

If I divide by 7, I get 5.85

So I can make 6 scallops per side that are about 7" long 

If I divide by 8, I get 5.125

Which means I could make 5 scallops per side that are about 8" long

If I divide by 4, I get 10.25

Which means I could make 10 scallops per side that are about 4" long


See how many options you have when you do the math yourself? I love that!

There is a bit of wiggle room and you really can play around with what size of scallop you want to have.  With a smaller quilt like a baby or crib size, I'd probably go for a shorter length of scallop.  But for a queen or king I'd use a longer scallop.  

When doing the math, there's no one right answer. Play around with the numbers and you can even go ahead and mark a few scallops on the quilt to see if you like the scale of the scallop in comparison to the quilt design!


 

How to add a scallop border to a quilt - a tutorial by A Bright Corner - tips for making a scalloped edge on a quilt

Be sure to pin one of these images so you can find this tutorial again later!

How to add a scallop border to a quilt - a tutorial by A Bright Corner - an easy way to make a scalloped edge on a quilt




Friday, October 16, 2020

Winsome Quilt + Woodland Songbirds Fabric

I took a look around my sewing room the other day and had to laugh - all four seasons were equally represented. I really should have gotten a photo of it. 

There was a completed fall-colored quilt folded on the chair, a Christmas quilt on the design wall, a stack of red, white and blue star blocks on my cutting table, and I was at my machine binding this very spring-ish quilt. 

This quilt is called Winsome and it's made with a fat quarter bundle of Woodland Songbirds fabric (Poppie Cotton).

Winsome quilt made by Andy of A Bright Corner - a fat quarter pattern - love the scallop border

Have you ever added a scallop border to a quilt?  I've always been completely intimidated by the idea, and honestly afraid I'd ruin a perfectly good quilt.  But then I found a secret weapon of sorts that makes scallops super easy and a lot less scary.

I'll be sharing a tutorial all about scallops next week so if you don't want to miss it, be sure to sign up for my newsletter  --you'll be notified when the tutorial is ready. 

Winsome quilt made by Andy of A Bright Corner - a fat quarter pattern - love the scallop border

 The Winsome quilt pattern needs just 10 fat quarters, but for this version I used a little of each of the 19 fat quarters in the Woodland Songbirds line. They're so pretty - I couldn't choose just ten so everyone got invited to the party ;)

Woodland Songbirds fabric from Poppie Cotton found on A Bright Corner - you have to see what she made with these fabrics!

Woodland Songbirds is the newest fabric line from Poppie Cotton (ask your local store if they've ordered it, or you can also find it on etsy from HunnieQuilt shop and PandoraLLC Shop.)*  It's such a soft and pretty line, and I love the contrast of the dark gray prints.

**This post contains affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission (at no additional cost to you) when purchases are made through links found in this post. Thank you!

Winsome quilt pattern from A Bright Corner - Woodland Songbirds fabric - I love the scallop border

The Winsome pattern is found in my book, Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts but the original quilt looked just a bit different.  The addition of the scallop border is new to this version and I'm in love!  I wish I could go back in time and add a scallop border to the original quilt. (You can see a photo of the original Winsome quilt below.)
Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts book by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner - so many great quilt ideas all fat quarter friendly

Winsome quilt pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts book by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner

Isn't it fun to see how a quilt changes with the fabric choices? 

I designed this quilt block to be a mix between a Card Trick block and a Pinwheel block.  It's a fun one because it LOOKS far more complicated to piece than it actually is - I promise!

Winsome quilt pattern by A Bright Corner - a fat quarter quilt with a unique pinwheel quilt block

Want to make your own version of Winsome?  You can find copies of Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts here in my shop (autographed copies & free shipping), here on Amazon, and here from Martingale.

Winsome quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner - a fat quarter quilt pattern and a unique pinwheel quilt block

Quilt Details:
63" x 72"
Pattern: Winsome - found in the book, Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts**
Fabric: Woodland Songbirds by Poppie Cotton



**If you're a quilt shop, Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts books are available wholesale through Checker, Brewer, United Notions, and Martingale.

Winsome quilt pattern with the Knit 1 Purl 2 longarm panto quilting design

If you make a Winsome quilt I'd love to see it!  Be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook (@abrightcorner) and use the hashtags: #winsomequilt #freshfatquarterquilts and #abrighcorner so we can all see what you create!



Would you like to see more projects made with Woodland Songbirds fabrics?  Check out the following makers who will be sharing their creations:


Monday  10/5/2020    http://www.happyquiltingmelissa.com/
Wednesday  10/14/20    https://thisandthatpatterns.typepad.com/
Friday  10/16/20    http://www.abrightcorner.com/
Monday  10/19/20    http://mywanderingpath.com/
Wednesday  10/21/20    https://amerooniedesigns.com/
Friday  10/23/20    http://theredfeedsack.blogspot.com/
Monday  10/26/20    https://www.nannygoatquilts.com/
Wednesday  10/28/20    http://blueribbondesigns.com
Monday   11/9/20    www.primrosecottagequilts.com





Winsome quilt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner - a fat quarter quilt pattern and a unique pinwheel quilt block

Winsome quilt pattern by A Bright Corner from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts book - love the scallop border


Woodland Songbirds fabric from Poppie Cotton found on A Bright Corner - you have to see what she made with these fabrics!

Winsome quilt pattern by A Bright Corner from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts book - love the scallop border


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