Thursday, December 5, 2019

Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts Book Tour, Part 1

We're on the final few days of the book tour for Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts, but I wanted to do a recap of the wonderful projects shared for the first half of the tour.  

Each of these quilters is so talented and it's been a real treat to see them put their own spin on the projects!

We started off with Jen Van Orman (Heritage Threads) who shared her delightfully pink Stellar quilt:

Stellar quit by Heritage Threads found on A Bright Corner - pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts Book by Andy Knowlton

I love how even her low volume prints had pink in them!  

Stellar quit by Heritage Threads found on A Bright Corner - pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts Book by Andy Knowlton



Holly Lesue (Maker Valley, here on IG) followed that up with her take on Stellar, using low volume prints that coordinated with each color of star - so clever!

Stellar quit by Maker Valley found on A Bright Corner - pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts Book by Andy Knowlton


And it's cat-approved by her furry friend Jack:
Stellar quit by Maker Valley found on A Bright Corner - pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts Book by Andy Knowlton



Then Amy Chappell (Ameroonie Designs) shared her mini-quilt / table topper version of the Penelope pattern: 

Penelope quilt and table topper by Ameroonie Designs found on A Bright Corner - pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts Book by Andy Knowlton

It's so cheery in Lori Holt's Cozy Christmas fabrics, and that scrappy pieced border adds real charm!

Penelope quilt and table topper by Ameroonie Designs found on A Bright Corner - pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts Book by Andy Knowlton



Next up was Nadra Ridgeway (Ellis and Higgs) who took one block from the Winsome quilt pattern and turned it into this sweet pillow:

Winsome pillow by Ellis and Higgs found on A Bright Corner - pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts Book by Andy Knowlton

She used a linen for the background and the pretty florals are prints from her various fabric lines with Riley Blake - such a great combo!

Winsome pillow by Ellis and Higgs found on A Bright Corner - pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts Book by Andy Knowlton



Then Kristina Brinkerhoff (Center Street Quilts) shared her Lucky Star quilt.  These large star blocks were the perfect way for her to use the darling Little Red in the Woods prints (Riley Blake Designs):

Lucky Star baby quilt by Center Street Quilts found on A Bright Corner - pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts Book by Andy Knowlton

Such an adorable baby quilt - I love how she fussy cut those pink block centers!

Lucky Star baby quilt by Center Street Quilts found on A Bright Corner - pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts Book by Andy Knowlton



Amy Sinibaldi (Nana Company) then shared her oh-so-dreamy version of the Cut Glass quilt:

Cut Glass quilt by Amy Sinibaldi found on A Bright Corner - pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts Book by Andy Knowlton

I used bold, bright, high-contrast colors for the original book quilt, but I'm in love with her softer color palette - so delicate!

Cut Glass quilt by Amy Sinibaldi found on A Bright Corner - pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts Book by Andy Knowlton



Next was Jessica Dayon who used the Early Bird line (Bonnie & Camille / Moda Fabrics) to make her version of Sunny Day:

Sunny Day quilt by Jessica Dayon found on A Bright Corner - pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts Book by Andy Knowlton

I love her choice of the aqua for the sashing and scallop border.  Don't you just want to cozy up with the quilt and read all afternoon?

Sunny Day quilt by Jessica Dayon found on A Bright Corner - pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts Book by Andy Knowlton



Then Amanda Niederhauser (Jedi Craft Girl) showed us her take on the Lucky Star pattern:

Lucky Star by Jedi Craft Girl found on A Bright Corner - pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts Book by Andy Knowlton

I thought this was pretty clever - she took three of the blocks from the Lucky Star pattern and turned them into a Christmas table runner!


Lucky Star by Jedi Craft Girl found on A Bright Corner - pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts Book by Andy Knowlton



Next up was Sharon Burgess (Lilabelle Lane) and I love her version of the Penelope quilt:

Penelope Quilt by Lilabelle Lane found on A Bright Corner - pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts Book by Andy Knowlton

And how cute are her little photo bombers in the photo above?  Sharon used her stash of Bonnie and Camille fabrics to create this lovely quilt.  That aqua floral print she used for the border makes the perfect frame!

Penelope Quilt by Lilabelle Lane found on A Bright Corner - pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts Book by Andy Knowlton



And the last one for our round up today is this Venture Out quilt by Samantha Dorn (Aqua Paisley).   

Samantha used prints by Aneela Hoey and I LOVE the vibrant colors + the crisp white background.  This is very much my style and I could totally see this hanging on my own wall!

Venture Out quilt by Aqua Paisley found on A Bright Corner - pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts Book by Andy Knowlton

The quilt is marvelous, but I also can't help looking at that stack of quilts in her cabinet!

Venture Out quilt by Aqua Paisley found on A Bright Corner - pattern from the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts Book by Andy Knowlton


Such a wonderful variety of projects!  There are a few days left in the tour and I'll be back next week to share the last projects.  Meanwhile, you can follow along using the links below.

Have you added the Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts book to your Christmas list yet?  

Books have sold out (for now) - at Fat Quarter Shop, Target.com, and Barnes and Noble but you can still get copies on Amazon, and I also have autographed copies available in my shop with free shipping to the US.  

If you're a shop owner, you can find the books wholesale through United Notions, Checker, and Brewer.






Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts book tour



Monday, November 18, 2019

Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts Book Tour

I have some fun news- my Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts book has been shipping to stores over the past week!  And those of you that pre-ordered it through Amazon have been receiving your copies as well.  I've absolutely loved all of the messages letting me know how excited you've been to get a copy and to start sewing - thank you!

Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts book by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner - twelve fun fat quarter quilt projects to sew and love

Starting today, I'll be sharing more of the projects in the book - there's 12 quilts in all!  For the next couple of weeks I'm hosting a book tour with a group of super talented quilters who are joining in.  I'm really looking forward to seeing what they create.

Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts book by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner - twelve fun fat quarter quilt projects to sew and love

Each of the twelve projects in the book is Fat Quarter friendly.  My hope for this book is that it becomes a reference book of sorts for you.  

Grandstand quilt pattern from Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts book by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner - twelve fun fat quarter quilt projects to sew and love

So often I see quilters (my friends, people in quilt shops, and even myself!) pick up a bundle of fabric and declare their love for it, but then the very next thing they say is, "but I don't know what to make with it."  I wanted to help solve that problem! 

Sunny Day quilt pattern from Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts book by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner - twelve fun fat quarter quilt projects to sew and love


The table of contents is arranged so that you can quickly see what you can make with that pretty bundle of fabric.  

Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts book by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner - twelve fun fat quarter quilt projects to sew and love

The projects range from baby size quilts to queen size and I made them as easy to piece as possible, and included short cuts and quick-piecing techniques scattered throughout.  

Winsome quilt pattern from Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts book by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner - twelve fun fat quarter quilt projects to sew and love

If you don't yet have a copy of Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts, you can find one

  • You can also purchase Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts here from Martingale and receive a free e-book version to use on your tablet or laptop.  How's that for convenient?


Game Night quilt pattern from Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts book by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner - twelve fun fat quarter quilt projects to sew and love

Want to follow along on the book tour?  Here are the dates and the participants.  If you're on Instagram that's one of the best ways to follow along.  I'll also be doing a weekly re-cap here on my blog so you can check back here as well.   

So let's get started!  Click that first link below to see what Jen created.


Nov 18:   Jen Van Orman - Heritage Threads
Nov 19:   Holly Lesue - Maker Valley
Nov 20:   Amy Chappell - Ameroonie Designs
Nov 21:   Nadra Ridgeway - Ellis and Higgs
Nov 22:   Kristina Brinkerhoff - Center Street Quilts
Nov 23:   Amy Sinibaldi - @AmySinibaldi 
Nov 25:   Jessica Dayon - Jessica Dayon
Nov 26:   Amy Smart - Diary of a Quilter
Nov 27:   Amanda Niederhauser - Jedi Craft Girl
Nov 28:   Andy Knowlton - A Bright Corner
Nov 29:   Sharon Burgess - Lilabelle Lane Creations
Nov 30:   Samantha Dorn - Aqua Paisley Studio
Dec 2:   Lindsey Weight - Primrose Cottage Quilts
Dec 3:   Bev McCullough - Flamingo Toes
Dec 4:   Christopher Thompson - The Tattooed Quilter
Dec 5:   Amber Johnson - Gigi's Thimble
Dec 6:   Melissa Corry - Happy Quilting Melissa
Dec 7:  Amanda Castor - Material Girl Quilts



Here's the list of quilters by their Instagram name.  Check to make sure you're following each of them so you don't miss a thing! 


Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts book by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner - twelve fun fat quarter quilt projects to sew and love







Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Four Patch Spin quilt + Gingham Farmhouse Fabrics

Four Patch Spin quilt made by Andy of A Bright Corner using Gingham Farmhouse fabrics

Today I get to share with you a quilt I finished up last week before leaving for Quilt Market in Houston.  As a side note, I can't believe Halloween is just a couple of days away.  I still have some work to do on my son's costume-- yikes!  
Gingham Farmhouse fabrics found on A Bright Corner
The fabrics I used for this quilt are from a new line from Poppie Cotton called Gingham Farmhouse.  This line is filled with tiny ginghams, pretty florals, little houses, and sweet bunnies.  Aren't those gingham bunnies adorable?  You can see the entire Gingham Farmhouse line here.



Four Patch Spin quilt made by Andy of A Bright Corner using Gingham Farmhouse fabrics

The pattern I used is called Four Patch Spin and I'll have a PDF downloadable version of the pattern ready later this week.  It's fat quarter friendly (my favorite) and measures 40" x 56" but I'm thinking of adding a few more sizes to the pattern before sending it out into the world.  We all love having more size options, right?

Four Patch Spin quilt made by Andy of A Bright Corner using Gingham Farmhouse fabrics

I wanted to soften all of the straight lines in this quilt a little so I chose a loopy quilting design called Knit 1 Purl 2.  It's a computerized edge-to-edge design and it's one of my favorites - I've used it several times before.  On a related note, you can see my favorite edge-to-edge quilting designs here in this Pinterest board.

The backing is a Moda Bella Solid called Butter (9900-28) and it goes so well with the soft yellows in the Gingham Farmhouse line.

Four Patch Spin quilt made by Andy of A Bright Corner using Gingham Farmhouse fabrics

Quilt details:
40" x 56"
Pattern: Four Patch Spin (pattern coming soon)
Fabric: Gingham Farmhouse by Poppie Cotton
Quilting
Knit 1 Purl 2 (edge to edge computerized design)
Backing: Moda Bella Solid, Butter 9900-28


Four Patch Spin quilt made by Andy of A Bright Corner using Gingham Farmhouse fabrics

And if you'd like to see more projects using Gingham Farmhouse, you can follow along on the dates below!  Gingham Farmhouse fabrics are available now - ask at your local quilt shop, or you can find it here online.

Gingham Farmhouse fabric tour


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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Two Baby Quilts + Perfect 5 Quilts Book

Today I get to share a couple of fun & quick projects from the Perfect 5 Quilt Along with the Fat Quarter Shop.

Two baby quilts by Andy of A Bright Corner - charm pack quilt patterns from Perfect 5 Quilts book

Perfect 5 Quilts is the newest book from It's Sew Emma.  It includes 16 quilts that are all Charm Pack friendly and they all use the new Perfect 5 ruler from Creative Grids.


Perfect 5 Quilts book by It's Sew Emma found on A Bright Corner blog

As part of the quilt along, this week I'm sharing the Icebox Cookie block:


Icebox Cookie quilt block found on A Bright Corner - charm pack quilt pattern from the Perfect 5 Quilts book by It's Sew Emma

...and the Sugar Cookie block:


Sugar Cookie quilt block found on A Bright Corner - charm pack quilt pattern from the Perfect 5 Quilts book by It's Sew Emma


Both of these quilts came together really quickly and each project uses just one Charm Pack.  I love that!  It seems like I always have a single Charm Pack hanging around and I love finding new ways to put them to good use.


Icebox Cookie baby quilt by Andy of A Bright Corner - a charm pack quilt pattern from Perfect 5 Quilts book

For the Icebox Cookie quilt I used a 5" Stacker of Rhapsody (by Sedef Imer for Riley Blake Designs).  The quilt calls for a 1/2 yard of an accent fabric so I chose one of the Blossom prints (by Christopher Thompson for Riley Blake Designs).  I love how the green Blossom print fits right in with the Rhapsody fabrics!


Icebox Cookie baby quilt by Andy of A Bright Corner - a charm pack quilt pattern from Perfect 5 Quilts book

For the Sugar Cookie quilt I used a Charm Pack of Strawberry Jam (by Corey Yoder for Moda).


Sugar Cookie baby quilt by Andy of A Bright Corner - a charm pack quilt pattern from Perfect 5 Quilts book

Since the quilt only needs 36 (5") squares, you can pull out the prints that don't have as much contrast to your background and put them in your scrap bin to use for a different project.


Sugar Cookie baby quilt by Andy of A Bright Corner - a charm pack quilt pattern from Perfect 5 Quilts book

If you're doing the sampler version with the quilt along, you can find the single block instructions as a downloadable pattern here.  Keep in mind that you will also need to purchase the book because that will tell you what size to cut the pieces for each block.


Perfect 5 Quilt Along with the Fat Quarter Shop


Perfect 5 Quilt Along with the Fat Quarter Shop

All of the information for the quilt along including the schedule, fabric requirements and a link to each week's blocks can be found here on the Jolly Jabber blog.

And if you're new to A Bright Corner take a minute to look around!  Along the top of the page you can find links to my patterns, a full list of my tutorials, and you can read more about me.  Along the right hand side, you'll find links to where I hang out on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest) as well as a way to subscribe to my newsletter.  

Thanks for stopping by, and happy quilting!



Sugar Cookie baby quilt by Andy of A Bright Corner - a charm pack quilt pattern from Perfect 5 Quilts book

Quilt details:
40" x 40"
Pattern: Sugar Cookie Quilt from Perfect 5 Quilts book by It's Sew Emma 
Fabric: Charm Pack of Strawberry Jam (by Corey Yoder / Moda Fabrics)
QuiltingNew Moon Loops (edge to edge computerized design)
Backing: Coordinating mint colored flannel from my local quilt shop





Icebox Cookie baby quilt by Andy of A Bright Corner - a charm pack quilt pattern from Perfect 5 Quilts book


Quilt details:
50" x 50"
Pattern: Icebox Cookie Quilt from Perfect 5 Quilts book by It's Sew Emma 
Fabric: 5" Stacker of Rhapsody (by Sedef Imer / Riley Blake Designs) and yardage of Blossom (by Christopher Thompson / Riley Blake Designs)
Quilting: Soho (edge to edge computerized design)
Backing: Coordinating pink colored flannel from my local quilt shop




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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Cheer Up Quilt

I'd like to officially introduce you to Cheer Up, the newest quilt pattern in the A Bright Corner pattern shop.

Cheer Up quilt pattern by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner - A Fat Quarter pattern in four sizes

Back in 2014 when I first released the Cheerful quilt pattern, I loved the larger block size (perfect for those large-scale prints) BUT.... I knew that someday I wanted to write a version using the same block but scaled down to a smaller size. 

And so Cheer Up was born!  

Cheer Up quilt pattern by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner - A Fat Quarter pattern in four sizes

I consider Cheer Up to be sort of a "little sister" to Cheerful.  With smaller blocks and a different layout, she's just a bit sassier than her older sister.

Cheer Up quilt pattern by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner - A Fat Quarter pattern in four sizes

The pattern uses either Fat Quarters (my favorite!) or yardage, and includes instructions for four sizes of quilt: 

Crib: 50"x 56"
Throw: 68" x 77"
Twin:  68" x 87.5"
Queen:  86" x 98"

This version I'm sharing today is the throw size and used 12 Fat Quarters.

Cheer Up quilt pattern by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner - A Fat Quarter pattern in four sizes

And here's a little peek at the quilt back -


Cheer Up quilt pattern by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner - A Fat Quarter pattern in four sizes

My original inspiration for the colors in this quilt came from this sweet house print.  

Its from a line called Make Yourself At Home (Kimberbell Designs / Maywood Studios.)  I absolutely love it, but I couldn't use it on the front of the quilt because of the white background.  

Any blocks using this print would just disappear right into the background.  I wanted to use it in a way that would let it stand out.

Pieced quilt back by Andy of A Bright Corner - a fun way to use a favorite print

So I decided to piece a fun quilt back and use the house print on the backing.  It's been awhile since I've done a pieced backing like this and I'd forgotten how much I love the results!  

Pieced quilt back by Andy of A Bright Corner - a fun way to use a favorite print

Usually I just want to make the backing as fast as possible so I can move on to the quilting.   

But in this case I'm glad I took the time to piece a backing.  I love being able to enjoy that darling house print!

Cheer Up quilt pattern by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner - A Fat Quarter pattern in four sizes

You can find both PDF (instant download) and paper Cheer Up patterns here in the A Bright Corner pattern shop.


Quilt details:
68" x 77"
Pattern: Cheer Up quilt pattern 
Fabric: Assorted prints 
QuiltingTwo Simple (edge to edge computerized design)
Backing: House print from the Make Yourself At Home line by Kimberbell Designs / Maywood Studio.  The rest are coordinating solids from my stash.




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