Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I Spy Quilt Progress

I have wanted to make a true I-Spy quilt for sooooo long that now that I'm doing it I'm perhaps going a little overboard ... err, I mean trying to make it the biggest and best I can.
So far I have 400 different 4 inch squares which I'm sewing into 25 patches. I'm making 16 of these.

I love, love, love all the squares. The quilt is made of scraps of pretty much every novelty fabric I've ever had, plus fabrics given to me by so many quilty friends (including a fun I-Spy swap).

My kids are really excited for me to get this quilt done. They keep asking for updates.

You can see in the photo above that I am bordering each 25 patch with a solid.

I ordered 16 different Kona solids to use. As tempting as it was to just make the quilt a giant sea of patchwork since I love quilts made of simple squares, I wanted to use the solids to dress it up a bit, but more importantly, help make the I-Spy game easier to play. With 400 squares, finding an item could be tricky, so the colours can be used as hints. As in, "I spy something in the green square ..."

These are the Kona colours I have. I am tempted to put a border on the quilt too. I just don't know. I may actually be able to scrape up another 100 different squares, we'll see. Knowing me, it probably will end up with a border since I have this vision of the "ultimate" I-Spy quilt in my mind ...

Just a tip I thought I'd throw out there in case this is a new idea you want to try (maybe everyone already does this, I don't know) Anyway, I often fussy cut up panels to make really unique I-Spy squares. Panels are fabulous for getting fancy pictures to use. I bought the panel above last weekend for $2.19. Every dog on the family tree is different and cut out nicely into a 4 inch square. So the price of the panel was about that of a fat quarter, but I was able to get many more individual squares, all different, than I ever would have from a single fat quarter. I know many panels are more expensive than this, but even for a little more $$, it is worth it I think for a special quilt to thrill a child.

On other quilting fronts, look what Amy sent me!! Thanks so much!!!

And Jean from the KVQG. Selvages and some I-Spy fabric scraps. At the top is a vintage Robert Kaufman print of a dollhouse, perfect! Thanks!!!

And Nancy from the KVQG, who had given me a selvage mountain previously, had more! Thanks!!! Quilting friends are the best.

I'm linking up with WIP Wednesday. Click on over if you want to see lots of other great posts about what other quilters are working on.

16 comments:

A.J. Dub. said...

What a fun way to do an I spy! I am so glad you linked to WIP Wed!

Elizabeth D. said...

Very fun! You've got some seriously unique I-Spy squares, can't wait to see them start getting put together. I like the idea of adding borders to each block, too :)

Lee said...

What a fun, unique i-spy project! I love it. Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday. : )

Debbie said...

Your I Spy quilt is great! I love that you are bordering the 25-squares in the KONAs. And wow - great selvage stash!

Jennifer said...

I love I-spys. Yours is great. I can't believe all of the great squares you have! I'll be looking forward to seeing it finished!

kwiltmakr said...

Love your I Spy. It will be so cool when it is done and will provide hours upon hours of fun. Makes me want to start saving fabric for one.

LynCC said...

I Spy quilts are so much fun. :D

Crunchy Diva said...

what a fun i spy quilt. love it.

Amy said...

Love the I-spy.. using the solid around each section is nice idea..it will give the eye somewhere to rest.

Crystal Hendrix said...

LOVE the progress!! I like how you are adding the solid colors! I can't wait to see your finished quilt!! Add me to your kids!

Mary said...

I think that will be a great I Spy quilt.

Mary
http://www.quiltgenius.com

Mary Jo said...

I like your I Spy squares, especially with the solid borders. I can't believe you're using 400 squares!! I'm admiring how straight and matched up they are too!

Cathy said...

first of all, your new blog banner looks awesome!

And the I spy quilt is fantastic! It is making me think I should make one!

Kathy said...

Great Banner!

NanAppetit said...

I love the idea of an I Spy quilt that you can play a game with! My mother made a wordsearch quilt when I was little using the letters in my & my siblings' names. Some of the letters were in more than one name--kind of like the game "Boggle".

backed dezy said...

There are some great fun prints in there. I have actually started a small collection of suitable fabrics and it will be finish on after two days, Well, I like to appreciate for best work.
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