Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Not-So-Fancy Fancy-Nancy Quilt

What do you get when you sew a really simple quilt top including fun Fancy Nancy fabric?  A Not-so-Fancy Fancy-Nancy Quilt.

We are HUGE fans of Fancy Nancy at our house.  If you're not familiar with Fancy Nancy...she's a little girl who LOVES to be fancy and to use fancy words.    Sometimes being fancy creates problems to be solved though, and each book teaches 5-7ish "fancy" words to increase kids vocabulary.  Add to that the fact that Robin Preiss Glasser's illustrations are absolutely amazing, and you've got some wonderful books.

Fancy Nancy books were some of the first "real" books that Katie loved enough to make it worth her effort WANT to read.  And now several years later, Becca is every bit as much in love with them.  Of course, now several years later we have collected even more Fancy Nancy books.  I'm not sure whether I'm proud or ashamed to say that this isn't even all of our books...just the ones we could find the day we were taking pictures.  I pick most of them up at thrift stores or used book websites.  Fancy Nancy Books (affiliate link) make great gifts for girls around 4-6 years old, and there are tons to choose from.

And in fact today, just before writing this our copy of the newest Fancy Nancy Book just arrived in the mail.  Fancy Nancy and the Wedding of the Century. (affiliate link)  The girls were reading it without seconds of walking into the house from the post office.

Anyway, a couple years ago when Katie had outgrown the books and Becca wasn't quite in love with them, I found some fun Fancy Nancy fabric on clearance at JoAnns...that right for around $4 a yard.  I figured it would be perfect for a hospital quilt for some little girl in love with Fancy Nancy, so I cut it into 6 inch strips...and they sat on my self for around a year.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Easter Fun Round-Up and Weekly Block Party Link-Up

Boy, did I have a good weekend. Thursday through mid-day on Saturday some friends and I went up to a mountain cabin and had our own low-key sewing (and some were scrapbooking) retreat while the Hubby watched the kids.  It was awesome...and I got 4 quilt tops done.  I'm looking forward to showing you those soon, but now I better kick in into high gear to get ready for Easter this week...Enjoy the party!

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This week's party is hosted by Beth from Hungry Happenings

Thanks for joining us all this week.
It's finally beginning to feel like spring, and it's hard to believe Easter is next weekend.
I've been busy making all sorts of Easter edible crafts
including Polka Dot Candy Eggs and Cocoa Krispies Easter Bunny Treats
 and I'm so excited to see what you have been creating for your own blogs this week
- Beth

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Little Guy Floppy Tie Tutorial - Baby Tie Onesie

With Easter right around the corner, I thought it would be a good time to re-post my Little Guy Floppy Tie Tutorial.  I shared it several weeks ago on Someday Crafts

'Tis the season to make sure our little guys have a spiffy new set of church clothes.  With my older son, his church clothes used to drive me crazy...particularly the shirts.  He looked so cute dressed up, but the button-down shirts seemed bulky and uncomfortable for such a little guy, and the shirts never seemed to stay tucked in...not to mention trying to get a tie to stay on a little guy.

So with our youngest I've gotten smart and made him tie onesies.  I've made a couple versions, but my favorite is this Little Guy Floppy Tie onesie.  This puts a new twist on the classic tie onesie.

Instead of having the whole tie sewn onto the shirt, the tie is loose and just the "knot" part of the tie is sewed down.

My little guy loves having the tie to play with.  I love that I don't have to fight him to keep the tie on and the tie never gets lost.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

120+ Fabrics Inspired by Children's Books

We love fabric and we love children's we really LOVE fabric inspired by our favorite children's books.  Since we've been celebrating books all last month here at Pieces by Polly...and we're pretty much always celebrating fabric around here, I thought it would be fun to do a little of both.

I've rounded up links to over 120 fabrics inspired by Children's books, plus you can enter my giveaway for some fun book fabric panels here.

While, I'm generally not a fan of licensed fabric (sorry, Dora the Explorer, Seahawks, and Tinkerbell fans...those fabrics just aren't for me!), I do have a huge weak spot for fabric inspired by the art in our favorite children's books...even more so when the illustrator themselves were involved with designing the fabric.  With the right fabric, you can turn any project into something that will inspire your kids to love books.

It can be surprising hard to find discover some of these collections, if you don't already know what's out there (try googling "book fabric" and you're likely to be searching for a while.)  So...I thought I'd do a round-up of some of my favorites.  A big thanks to my fabric sponsors who all suggested a few lines I didn't know about...including some lines that they didn't carry themselves.

Fabric lines go in and out of print, just like books.  Actually...not quite like books because many fabrics tend to go out of print within a year or two...sometimes the fabric company reprints popular lines...and sometimes not.  I've been working on this post for a couple weeks, and at the time I found the fabric, all of the links went to active listings.  Inventories of fabric shops can fluctuate quickly.  If the shop I've linked to, no longer carries the fabric, try doing a Google, Etsy, or eBay search to see if you can find it somewhere else.

And if you know of fabric likes that are based on children's books that I missed, please let me know in the comments.  I'd love to add to this post or do a follow up post as new lines come out.

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems for Cloud 9 Fabrics
I decided to start out with this fabric because it is currently my favorite book fabric.  If you haven't been so lucky as to come across Mo Willem's books, you need to go to your library or favorite bookstore and find some.  They weren't around when I was a kid, but they are FUNNY and they're easy to read...perfect for beginning readers who need a FUN read to draw them in.  If you follow Cloud 9 Fabric on Instagram, you may have seen this post that implies they're working on a Knuffle Bunny line, but I'm really keeping my fingers crossed that Mo Willems and Cloud 9 fabrics will come up with Elephant and Piggie fabrics before all my kids grow out of their books.  (Anson's only 2 that gives them a few years.) 
The Pigeon Chorus Line Repeat, The Pigeon Frenzied, Organic Pigeon Speak, The Pigeon Dreams!, Pigeon Cheater Print, Pigeon Feathers Mint/Blue, Organic Pigeon Stripes, Pigeon Feathers White,

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Andover Fabrics - We've loved the Very Hungry Caterpillar around here for a LONG time.  Back when Becca turned one (and my blog was very young), I made her a special Very Hungry Caterpillar shirt and skirt, and we also made her a Very Hungry Cateripillar Cupcake Cake.  I am in LOVE with this Very Hungry Caterpillar Line by Eric Carle for Andover Fabrics.  Now that I've done several things with Dr. Seuss, I may just need to move on to Eric Carle as my next fabric obsession.  I am definitely going to have to get my hands on some of these.
Mostly left to right and top to bottom: Very Hungry Caterpillar Fat Quarter plus Panel from Sisters and Quilters, Very Hungry Caterpillar-Large, Very Hungry Catterpillar Abstract Dots, Very Hungry Caterpillar Yellow Numbers, Very Hungry Caterpillar Scattered Dots White, Very Hungry Caterpillar Grass Red, Very Hungry Caterpillar Dots MultiVery Hungry Caterpillar Panel, Very Hungry Caterpillar Small Scattered Fruit, Very Hungry Caterpillar Green Grass, Very Hungry Caterpillar Grass Blue, Very Hungry Caterpillar Food Stripe

Goodnight Moon from Cloud 9 Fabrics and Quilting Treasures - We've probably got 3 or 4 copies of Goodnight Moon at our house.  Both of our adopted kids received copies from their birth parents as babies and we've been given a couple other copies as well.  It's so hard to pick a favorite...but my favorite just might be the little yellow mice print.
Goodnight Moon Half-Yard Bundle from Honey Bee Good, Goodnight Moon Organic Mouse Yellow, Goodnight Moon Green Bunnies, Goodnight Moon Diagonal Stripes Yellow and Green, Goodnight Moon Stars by Quilting TreasuresGoodnight Moon Orange Bunnies, Goodnight Moon Organic Red and White Balloon, Goodnight Moon Diagonal Stripe Blue and White, Goodnight Moon Cats and Kittens Yellow, Goodnight Moon Half Moons, Goodnight Moon Panel,

Book Themed Fabric Giveaway from You Keep Me in Stitches!!

I've been working on an epic post about book themed fabrics for a couple weeks.  As part of my research, I emailed my awesome sponsors to find out what fabrics they knew about both, both in and out of their shops.
Patty from You Keep Me in Stitches and Granma's Treasures responded with not only a lot of suggestions, but offered to do a giveaway of some of her favorite panels to be turned a soft book or a quilt.

And even better...we're going to have 5 (That's right FIVE!) winners, so your chances are really good.  Up for grabs are these fun panels...

Busy Town On the Move by Richard Scary for Quilting Treasures
Busy Town To the Rescue Panel by Richard Scary for Quilting Treasures
A Fuzzy Duckling (Little Golden Book) Panel by Quilting Treasures
Fairy Tale Friends Panel by American Jane

And last but not least...The Shy Little Kitten (The Little Golden Books!)
PLUS you can get 15% off your purchase from You Keep Me in Stitches right now by entering the code "BIRTHDAY15" as the code at check out.

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

14 Bunny and Carrot Projects + This Weeks Block Party Link Up

Welcome to this weeks Block Party. Sorry for the late posting. I was enjoying the start of Spring Break and totally spaced it...
Darling and delicious bunny and carrot projects just in time for Easter and Spring - Rae Gun Ramblings

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Welcome to the party! Hi friends, it’s Marissa here as today’s host! ere are a few of my recent posts that I’d love you to check out when you get the chance:
And for the features, today I'm excited to share some awesome bunny and carrot projects to get us in the mood for Spring.
Darling and delicious bunny and carrot projects just in time for Easter and Spring - Rae Gun Ramblings
Bunny Snack | Duct Tape Bunny Art | Sunshine Carrot Soup | Yarn Carrots | Stuffed Carrots |Bunny Money | Bunny Banner | Bunny Iron Ons |Felted Bunnies |Chocolate Bunnies |Carrot Treat Bag | Peep Pillow | Ballerina Peeps | Bunny Buns
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Friday, April 4, 2014

A Peek of Things to Come...

Things have been pretty quiet here on the blog the last several much so that I've had a couple of different bloggy friends email me to make sure everything was okay. 

We're doing great!  Just busy with life and craft projects and not enough time to write about them.  I did have a happy moment today when the newest The Pigeon Needs a Bath (affiliate link) came in the mail.  We almost never buy brand new books (mostly get them used), but I just couldn't resist.  It's the newest Pigeon book that just came out...

...and we love The Pigeon at our house...If you follow me on Instagram and/or Facebook, you'll know that  Becca had a birthday, and while it wasn't a big party, I was having a bit too much fun making Pigeon themed gifts for her.

I'll be sharing the details for those soon.
Plus the last couple posts have been ones that I scheduled to do before things got pretty crazy.  I'm really proud of how my Wee Wander Quilt turned out.  You can find the free tutorial for here.

I've also finished up a couple of quilts and other fun things along the lines of For the LOVE of Books.
Bonus points if you can guess what book this outfit comes from...

I'm also almost ready to share a book post highlighting a ton of book themed fabrics.  I promise that one is coming early next week along with a giveaway!

And speaking of giveaways, Tiffany D. is the winner of the Triangular Pot Holder Giveaway... Tiffany, I'll be emailing you!

I just haven't gotten much time at the computer to write about all this, but now that most of my big projects are out of the way, I'll be doing a bit more blogging.  (Probably...this coming week is Spring Break, so you never know what will happen.)
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