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Monday, June 30, 2008

"I spy" Quilt

I saw this idea for an "I spy" quilt on Make and Take's blog and knew that I wanted to copy it.
I completed one for my niece in Missouri who just turned one, (a belated present) and I'm going to make 2 more for my baby girl and my nephew. All three of them were born within 6 weeks of each other! I'm making them small so that they are good travel blankets/ travel games, and I have a better shot at actually completing all 3 blankets if they are this small!

I bought a bunch of different fabrics: cows, chickens, fish, clouds, flowers, trains, butterflies, watermelon, strawberries, ect. I only bought 6 inch strips of each fabric, so it was pretty cheap. I washed all of them and ended up with a gigantic pile of wrinkled fabric strips. Might have helped if I didn't leave them in the drier for 3 days.

I ironed all those strips. Whew... that looks much better. Doesn't that stack of fabric look so nice and organized?

I made this "stencil" with a 5 inch square inset. I used it on about half of the fabrics to center the main object, as you can see with the butterfly. Then I cut them out by hand. With some of the fabric, like the dog print above, I used my rotary cutter to make quick 5"x5" squares. That's the easier way to do it....

Then I sewed, sewed, sewed away until I had all the little squares put together. I put a yellow fleece fabric for the backing, and a green silky border.

Here it is one more time...What do you think?

Here's a picture of the birthday day girl checking out her present.


Carole said...

This is very cool. I like the idea a lot. I also can completely relate to the fabric sitting in the dryer for 3 days. :)

Lisa said...

You are so talented!

I'm still just trying to get a laminater. (how do you spell that?).

Jane said...

That is so great! I love the size. I am working on an I SPy quilt for the Linus Project. Well, it doesn't have to be twin sized, but it has to be at least crib sized. It's taking me forever... and tons of prints!

Anonymous said...

How do you find time to do these things? I mean, I'm single and without children and can't even fathom finding time to quilt. Although I remember a time when I did . . . wanna trade lives for a bit? We might both feel rejuvenated ;-) ~Erin

Little Sweethearts said...

I hadn't heard of an "I spy" quilt before, but it looks really great!

Bound to be fun for the little ones!



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