When I last checked in, I had completed Peter Rabbit, Fancy Nancy, and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. I've finished up 3 more since then and am already working feverishly on the next batch. Without further ado, here are Pinkalicious by Victoria & Elizabeth Kann, Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney:
I've tried to match colored corners to the illustrations, but its not going to be possible for every single one. Still, I've liked adding some of the novelty prints of Sarah Jane and Lizzy House here and there - just enough to get a peek of a Peep or a bicycle or some toy rockets.
And of course some pretty florals and ginghams for little Half-Pint Laura.
I already have big plans for the back that include an adorable discontinued bookshelf print I found online...but one thing at a time.
Since it's fairly obvious that I'm not using licensed prints, I wanted to share how I'm making these blocks. I'm taking digital pictures from the books that I found online (or in one case where I couldn't find anything, scanning an illustration straight from the book) and printing them out through my inkjet printer on printable fabric. I go through the instructions for pressing so that it becomes colorfast, then sew away! The texture of the fabric is slightly stiffer than regular cotton, but I'm dealing with smaller squares framed in regular quilting cotton so its not an issue. All of my character squares are slightly different sizes, but I add my white fabric on all four sides as a border and then trim down to 8.5". Then it's off to the colorful converging corners!
I'm assuming that because I'm making this for use in my own home and my own girls that this isn't any kind of copyright issue, but I'd be curious to hear reader's input on it or if you've done anything similar for personal use! It would be pretty cool to be able to turn around and make more of these for other book-loving families out there, but if I ever did make one to sell, I'd seek out regular licensed character prints and fussy cut those. But I'm getting ahead of myself...better just finish my own first!
So even though you can only see bits and pieces, here's what the bigger picture is going to look like...loving it!!
Back to the sewing machine - Charlie and Lola are calling me...
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