Sunday, March 19, 2017

Awesome Animals - Crafts, Recipes and Fun and the Weekly Block Party Link-Up

15 Different ways to have fun with animals today!  You and your kids are going to love these animal crafts, recipes, and other ideas.

From spring chicks and caterpillars to cosy polar bear and sheep there are some awesome animal projects that will be sure to supply hours of fun for the little ones.

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Marissa here from Rae Gun Ramblings. I am so excited Spring has finally arrived! And when I think of Spring I think animals. Here are a few other fun projects for you to check out!
Knock-off recipe for The Great Harvest's famous cinnaburst bread - Rae GUn Ramblings
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Amazing Harry Potter Themed Bedroom

Check out this awesome Harry Potter themed bedroom...I love everything about this...the banners...the walls, the quilt!

I love it when readers send me photos of projects they've done.  This was sent to me Nikki and I'm sharing it with her permission.  She used my 4-House Hogwarts Harry Potter Quilt Pattern to make a twin-sized quilt as the perfect finishing touch to her child's bedroom remodel.

I think they did a stunning job!

The 4-House Harry Potter pattern is available in my Etsy Shop here.

And I also have a separate Single-House Harry Potter Quilt Pattern available here.

Or you can purchase them both together.

Or if you don't know how to sew, I sell made-to-order quilts of all types in my Pieces by Polly Quilt Shop.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Pi Hot Pads for Pi-Day

Math geeks all over the world celebrate Pi-Day on March 14th.  (You know...3.1415926 and all that.)  You'll be able to really geek-out your friends with these Pi Hot Pads.

(Disclaimer: Fairfield World and RJR Fabrics sent me some of the supplies to make these projects and Fairfield World compensated me for this post.  All opinions, ideas, and enthusiasm are 100% my own.)

You can go for the Pi Puns and grab your favorite pie filling in fabric form.  We had fun with this Cherry Pie.  (White fabric is Encyclopedia Galactica by Andover Fabrics.)

Or you can go for completely math-themed fabrics.  We loved the Geekery line by Sue Marsh for RJR Fabrics.  This uses Scientifically Speaking in White and Black as well as Graph paper in green.

Or you can go for classic black and white.  (Check out my favorite Coconut Cream Pie recipe here.)

You can find my complete step-by-step pattern and tutorial for making these Pi-Hot Pads on the Fairfield World site here.

You might also like my recent MATH paper-pieced quilt here.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

MATH Quilt Pattern - Free Paper Piecing Pattern featuring Geekery Fabrics

This Free MATH Paper Piecing Pattern makes a great Mini Quilt or Throw Pillow or could be added into a larger quilt.  I tend to collect math and science themed fabrics, and this was a great way to show some of them off.  With Pi-Day coming up soon, I really wanted to do some Math-Geek sewing.

Many thanks to RJR Fabrics for providing me with a bundle of their Geekery Fabrics by Sue Marsh to play with.  And thanks as always to Fairfield World for providing me with batting and compensating me for this post.  All opinions, ideas, patterns, and enthusiasm are 100% my own. This post contains affiliate links.

Our oldest daughter has never really liked math despite being reasonably good at it.  We pressured her a bit to join math team last year.  (As want us to drive you to volleyball games every weekend...then you'll do math team at lunch.)  Thanks to her wonderful math teacher/coach last year, she signed up more willingly this year, and now thanks to two years with some excellent math teachers/coaches, she says math is her favorite class.  It makes this math-loving-mama super happy.

So when math team ended this year, we wanted to do something special for her we whipped up a little math mini-quilt.  It could also make for a great quilted pillow.  We wanted it to be small enough she could display it in her classroom where she has another quilt hanging.

If you're just starting out with foundation paper piecing, this is a GREAT pattern for beginners...nice big pieces and not very many of them...and each block is a single pattern piece.  I've got two sizes for you to choose from.  I used the 9.5 inch blocks which just requires you to tape the paper pieces together to make the paper big enough. Or if you don't want to hassle with that, you can use the 7.5 blocks that print out on a single piece of paper.

If you're not already familiar with paper-piecing there are lots of simple tutorials online to help with the process.  I like this tutorial.

Here's what you'll need to make your own:

A Few Notes about the Pattern:

Pattern pieces each have a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  They're in PDF form.  When you go to print them be sure that your printer is set to print them ACTUAL SIZE.

Paper- Piecing Patterns are always when you print them, they will looked "flipped" from how the block appear in my quilt.

To round out the gift we also slipped in our favorite Math Book.  Despite the title, This is NOT a Math Book really IS a math book, but it's also a really neat art book that shows connections between art and math and doodling and has some fun activities.

(Below is a sneak peek my sister-in-law from Bond with Books put together.)

For other fun math and Pi-Day Activities, you can check out this post...

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