Saturday, July 12, 2014

Pretty in Pink Bargello Quilt

I started this 2 years ago. It is a gift from my daughter and she had to move in with me for a bit, so I wasn't able to get it done. When she moved out, I got it out and finished and assembled...still have to do the binding, but am waiting till I can get around to creating a great label for it.

What do you think about how it turned out? It measures 57"x62". I cut strips of 15 different prints/solids of pink tones and hues (how much fun was that to be able to buy so many pieces of fabric...and not break the bank....I only had to get half a yard of each!  I cut strips from 1" wide to 2.5" wide. Then laid them in the order I chose, and then sewed the strips together lengthwise...and then you cut them into strips that have the order and I cut them 1"-2.5" wide. Then..just play with it and lay the strips out to the pattern you want, matching the colors to make the pattern you want. Sounds hard, but once you get started, it will make sense.If you have the prints in the order you want, the rest is easy...just tedious!


 I chose these fabrics at first, but then dropped the white dot and solid dark pink as they just didn't fit. I purchases 1/2 yard each of 11 fabrics, but when done, it only made a quilt that measured 38x70. A twin size is 60x80. So, moral of this story, if you want a twin size quilt, get 1 yard of each color.  Place the fabrics in the order of your choice. I went light to dark and used prints to make the transition happen nicely. I didn't end up using the white dots or the dark solid pink. Just didn't look so great.
Using post it notes, number each fabric in the order you want them to go.
 I prewashed, pressed and starched before cutting. Then cut strips of each fabric measuring 2,1/2" by width (salvage to salvage) of the fabric. Fabric is no longer 44/45" like it was back in the day. Now, some is 36" and 40/42 ". So I cut strips from all the fabric and laid them in the order I chose. I sewed 5 sets of 11 fabrics each.









 Due to the fact that the fabrics were different widths off the bolt...the sewn sets came out with uneven ends. So I just took the shortest length and cut the set all the same length on both sides of the section I chose to press the seams open to hopefully help the bulkiness later on when I FMQ'd it.

This is what was cut off to even the sections. Keep one of them and with a black marker, number the sections of fabric the order in which you have chosen the pattern to be.

 Once you have your 2,1/2 inch strips cut, sew them together by lengths in the order you chose. You will have 5 sections. Sew the width sides together making a tube.
Lay the tube so that your number 1 fabric is at the top and then smooth it out. Using your rotary cutter, cut strips of the tube in various widths. I found that narrow strips allows the color to travel up the quilt faster and wider strips add width and move more slowly through your quilt So I chose to cut mine narrow. I cut 1, 1,1/2, 2, 2,1/2 strips..remember there is 1/4 seam on each side so a 1 inch cut strip will sew finish 1/2 inch strip.

 Starting with Number 1, cut between #1 and #11. To make the motion in the quilt you have to lay it out like this, and place the colors/squares as you want them and then cut the top end of the tube to the section you need to have it lay in the placement you have chosen. In this picture, none of the tubes have been cut open..just laid out in the order I want. Once I decide the order, I go back to the top first strip and make the cut in the appropriate place.To get the "wave" motion, you can either match seams in the two strips, or match center of previous strip to seam of the new strip. I matched center to seam in this one, but next one, I will match seams. I think I'll get better flow and motion that way. Also, these squares are 2,1/2" tall by the width I cut them,.... next time I will cut the strips and the lengths so they are 1 inch square finished
I played for awhile with the order and finally decided on the left here. Once the layout has been decided, you just take strip after strip and sew them together. I left the layout on the kitchen table, and brought my sewing machine out to the kitchen and was able to sew them one after the other instead of running back and forth to my sewing room or trying to pin all those thin little strips and hoping I keep them straight!


It is my first attempt at bargallo. It was an okay pattern, lot of work organizing it. I went from my kitchen table to my queen sized bed for laying the strips out to make the proper waves, but it was relatively easy to assemble. ..just cumbersome! I was hoping for a more wavy pattern instead of such specific "points", but learned half way through that to get a wavy pattern,  you have to cut squares, not rectangles! Next time I attempt a bargello, I will cut .5x.5 inch, 1x1 inch and 2x2 inch strips. That way I think I'll be able to better make the swirl and curves that I like.

I used fleece for the back. Hated doing the FMQ with fleece. It was hard to move it around. But, it turned out pretty good. I used a wide meander FMQ. She wants a soft, cuddly kind of quilt to wrap up in... not a stiff and heavy quilt! I hope this is okay! 

I know this sounds like a LOT of hard work...well, in a way it is, but only until you get the hang of it.  The two hardest parts to me was  figuring out the color scheme, as I am terrible at putting colors together. Second, space. My sewing machine was in my bedroom and I had no work space...except the kitchen table. So I was mainly wearing myself out going back and forth! I laid the strips out in the order I wanted on the table, then I would stack up 10-15 strips in that order and take them to my bedroom and llay them out in same order on my bed (behind my sewing machine) and sew them together, then go get the next group from the table....and back and forth like that. But again, once I got the hang of it, it wasn't that hard...just literally a lot of sewing straight seams! And when done I pressed all seams one way.
  Now I have to decide what border/binding to put on. I am thinking the dark pink. I notice that the darks and lights were to close together in density and it kind of looks just like dark pink moving into light pink and you can't even hardly see the patterned prints that are in there.  Something else to keep in mind for next time, or if you are considering making a bargello...don't graduate the colors to closely!

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Horses and Butterflies Equal Memories

2 Christmas' ago. I made each of my grand children a quilt.  I wanted to make each quilt from a favorite thing that the child liked. I started one with the butterflies for my second oldest grand daughter,
 then 6 years old. She liked butterflies..she called them "flutterbies".

Well, I got the quilt top done, and it hit me. She may like butterflies,(who doesn't?) but she REALLY LOVES horses...so why am I giving her butterflies! So I set the butterfly quilt aside and made her a quilt with horses. The design was based on the Serendipity books about magical horses that I used to read to her and she loved hearing them. I am sure our reading times with those wonderful horses will be a memory she will treasure! This is the series of Serendipity books...these two were her fav's.

(More about this quilt later). So on the quilt rack the butterflies went.

 A year later, I needed a TV watching  blanket, so I decided to finish this WIP and use it for ME!  The butterfly quilt has a thin, fleece back (pink zebra print!) and NO batting. I wanted it to be soft and cuddly so I could wrap myself up  while watching TV so it needed to be soft and "bendable" as possible. So I used the fleece and the quilt top only and it worked out perfectly! I FMQ'ed meander stitch throughout, outlining a butterfly or two in each block. The butterfly colors are bright and shiney against the black background because the fabric has tiny little sparkles in it..and they really do sparkle!  It turned out really nice, and warm and cuddly! It measures appx 60x60". Each block is 12x12 with 2" yellow sashings and cornerstones.  

 


Here is the butterfly quilt for ME!

The colors of the cornerstones are matching colors of the butterflies. I had originally gotten the pink zebra fleece for the back as that zebra print in any color was  a favorite of young girls at that time. Now..it just is warm and cuddly and colorful for me!


The memory here? Since I started it for my grand daughter
..every time I use it, I think of her!

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

A "Symbolic" Memory Quilt


A "Symbolic" Memory Quilt
 
A Quilt and a Pillowcase = Memories for a lifetime

I am a memory person. I hold them, keep them, make them, display them, remember them and encourage others to do so also... especially my grand daughters. I keep telling them to keep a journal because when they hit mommy's age (notice I didn't say MY age!) they won't remember so many of the wonderful things from their past. I even got them wonderful little journal notebooks from time to time, but far that isn't going so well! They say don't like to write! So I started making them  things that they can  use that will also hold their memories.

When my grand daughter, Ashleigh was 2-4 years old, I did her day care. So to have some "down" time or to get ready for nap, I'd tell her stories about her favorite book and security items. She loved the bear in the Corduroy books. Especially this story    
as in the book there is a night watchman that is dressed in police blues and her daddy is a police officer..so she thought that was her daddy!

Her favorite little softie thing she carried. she called "Silkey Bear" (her favorite item). It was a bear head with a little blanket around it, trimmed in silk binding. She she named it Silkey Bear.  I'd tell her stories about Princess Ashleigh (that started as she was all "into" the Disney princesses at that age) and the stuffed animals she had. I did it kind of like the Raggedy Ann Stories where the animals are all still while the child is in the room or playing with them but when the child leaves, the animals come to life. You younger readers might liken it to current-day Disney's "Toy Story"  Princess Ashleigh was always going off to school and when the dolls/animals heard the school bus drive away, they knew they could get up and go on an adventure, making sure they were back in their beds before Princess Ashleigh came home from school!



Long story short...I wanted to make her a quilt about this favorite time of ours so she would always have the memory. I drew design after design. I had visions of steps, gardens, fences..everything in the story! I even bought fabric to create  areas of the story. But sadly, I couldn't pull it together.   Well, out of no where one day, I  had the brain storm! Instead of making a quilt depicting the story,  I went with a different connotation. Symbolism! I decided to make a Symbolic Memory Quilt! The quilt is small enough for her to play with her dolls on!
This is the finished quilt....>>>>>>>>>>>>

The story I told always started out with Cordoroy and Silkie Bear waking up when they heard Princess Ashleigh running out of her bedroom and down the stairs. When they heard the school bus drive away taking Princess Ashleigh  to school, they knew it was okay for them to get up and start their day! They would scurry out  of the house, down the back porch steps, follow the fence along the back yard to the far back corner where they would crawl under the locked gate to the strawberry garden. Once in the garden, they would scurry around looking for Sunny Bunny (her daddy/my son had a pet rabbit named that when he was a kid), who lived in the garden  and he always had a delima  that  the bears would help solve. But they had to be back in their beds before the school bus rambled up the street with Princess Ashleigh.

I decided to depict the story with colors as symbols instead of the actual impressions.  I have a hard time taking pictures that are perfect in the colors, so the colors didn't come out right. Next to the green binding is a purple boarder, then the diamonds are brown with white dots. The dark pinwheel is really purple, not brown and the other pinwheel is red, not orange!


The area to the left with the two little friends,  represents Ashleigh's bedroom. The fabric has bedroom things on it. The border of brown diamonds represents the backyard picket fence the bears would follow to the garden. The pinwheels signify the "characters" in the story....green for Cordoroy because of his green overalls, Pink for Silkie Bear as he is pink, Red for Sunny Bunny as his mouth would get red when he ate strawberries (this really happened with the real Sunny Bunny when we fed him strawberries!) and the pinwheel that looks brown in the photo is really purple...Ashleigh's favorite color, which symbolizes Princess Ashleigh in the story. So..the two little bears start in Princess Ashleigh's bedroom (where they are snapped to stay in place when not being played with), they go out along the diamond border (back yard fence) and any of the brown sashings represent the gate to the garden and then the little bears can just wander the garden as she tells the story.

I cut out one of the Cordoroy bears from the fabric and made it an actual stuffed bear and then designed my own Silkie Bear from some pink fleece (both are about 4" tall), sewed snaps on their backs and on the quilt in the area of fabric that symbolized Princess Ashleigh's bedroom. This way Ashleigh can un-snap the little bears to take them on the "walk" to the strawberry patch!
 
This is a close up of the characters and the fabric I found to make the Cordoroy bear. Silkie Bear is a small piece of fleece from my scrap basket!







  







This is the back. I couldn't figure out something that went with the Cordoroy theme, but Ashleigh loves four leaf clovers, so what better back to have!   I made a label, bigger than usual, and printed on computer fabric,  the starting of the story.."As Cordoroy and Silkie Bear heard the school bus ramble down the road, they knew it was time to get up!....." and a little more like I described above. Now she will never forget how the story starts and know that she is the one that makes up the rest of it! Hopefully one day when she has a little girl she can recreate the wonderful story times! I gave the quilt to her for Christmas last year. She loved it. And she says she does tell the story to her dolls while sitting on the quilt. 

  
QUILT CONSTRUCTION
The pinwheels are 4, 6x6" HST's (half square triangles) and the diamond fence is 4, 3x3 HST's. Just a turn of an HST creates a different block!The brown sashings are 1" wide and the "bedroom" piece is one large piece.A purple 2" border and 1 inch green binding to finish.
But that wasn't the beginning!  
While I was trying to design the quilt, I stumbled on these Cordoroy panels at an online store and just had to have them.  I thought I would be able to use them to make the quilt, but couldn't make that happen. One weekend, I was blessed with Ashleigh being able to spend the whole weekend with me, and she begged to do some sewing...and since I was making pillow cases at the time, I thought I'd teach her to make a pillowcase and advance her sewing talent that I have been teaching her. And then it hit me, what better fabric to use than these panels of her favorite little bear! I cut the pieces and had them waiting for her when she go here and taught her how to make a pillow case!  She was 7 when she made it and it turned out great! She uses it to this day! 


Here's the story about that.....
                                                        

Both of us made so many memories with these two small projects! Just goes to show...you don't need much to make a memory for a lifetime!



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Monday, June 9, 2014

Make Heart Block from HST's.

Our auto mechanic was going to be a daddy soon, so I decided that since he does good deals for me on my car maintenance, I would make him a quilt for his child. I waited till birth to know to make for a boy or girl. Little Brenna Jane was born!  I forgot to measure the quilt before giving it, so it is probably around 45x45". This was my first attempt at the Heart block using HST's but it worked out great, real quick and easy! HST's are my favorite piecing to make.

I made the HST's with (if memory serves!) 3,1/2x3,1/2 inch squares. This made a 12x12 (finished) block. I used white and green, purple and pink with mini, mini white dots. The hearts are made with 16 HST's of the appropriate color combination. The two bottom corner squares are a whole, white square and 4 whole colored squares are the middle of the heart. Each heart is 8 HST's, 2 whole squares in white and 4 whole squares in a color. Quick, easy and so many heart-y options!

I used 2" sashings in yellow with the blue as the cornerstone and binding. I searched (and searched) the internet for printout of the alphabet in 3 inch height. I printed out on tracing paper and cut them out  and then used as pattern to cut from the fabric, backed with iron-on interfacing and then appliqued the letters onto yellow fabric with a narrow zig-zag stitch.
The back is a yellow baby print of little ducks and lambs. I FMQ'ed with meander stitch the whole quilt. It turned out really nice.
 
Half square triangles are my favorite piece to make. I highly recommend a triangle square up ruler...My personal preference is Eleanor Burns Quilt in a Day, 6,1/2x6,1/2 inch template.  This makes squaring up the HST's so that they are all the exact same size and perfect for assembly. Just lay the line on the seam and trim! I have also found that QIAD templates are a bit less expensive than others and I prefer the black print on a clear template as opposed to yellow print on a clear template
                                                                        

Although I searched and searched ...and searched...online for 3" letters, I wish I had had a stencil to trace them from so I went after wards and bought these stencils...works great! I specifically wanted block style letters as they are easier to applique than curves and just getting back into applique, I wanted to start the easy way first. But once "back in the saddle" I got these "chubby" style. They are much cuter than the block style, don't you think? With  a stencil, you can trace directly onto the fabric. No pattern required!
And you can get your letters in any size. I chose 3" because I thought it was big enough to be seen prominently, yet small enough to not overwhelm the quilt. Plus, the longer the name, in my opinion, the smaller the letter..unless you want the name to be the main focus of the quilt. In that case, choose a larger stencil                                                                                              
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I'm Taking The Plunge!

With summer here, and hot temps... summer PJ's are a must. Every year I search and search and can't find any I like. They are either "Aunt Edna" from the movie "Vacation" , house dress looking things that I am to young to have to wear, or they are slinky, skimpy little things that I am to old to be wearing! But last winter I found a style I like...a man's shirt looking style. Comfortable, long sleeves and looks nice.
I bought 3 and loved them all winter! So, I figure, if they work for the winter, I can make them work for the summer. Just make short sleeves and a light weight fabric.  So I went to the fabric store. Wow.. I love saying that, "Went to the fabric store!"

Now, even tho I started sewing all my own clothes when I was age 10 (I made my first skirt out of upholstery fabric!) and I sewed all my own clothes all through High school including both my Jr and Sr Prom gowns...and then as I continued sewing my clothes, I sewed all my daughters clothes until in the 6th grade, she asked so sweetly, "Mom, can I have a store bought dress?". I stopped sewing clothes after that and went into other areas.. like home decor and quilting and some other crafts. That was about 25 years ago!

So, the point is... I haven't sewed any clothes in about 25 years! I looked through the pattern books (good grief, are those things expensive!) and the shirt patterns for women..wouldn't work as they are to tailored, so I went to the men's section. I figured a man's shirt can be altered down much easier than a regular shirt can be altered up to fit more loosely and  comfortable for sleeping. 
So I found this pattern, and  thankfully it was 40% off! Good grief, patterns are so expensive now!
So I measured the night shirt I had and compared them to the measurements on the pattern. 
Turns out I am a man's size 38... I think. I think I was measuring right, but just in case...

I am cutting a size 40... with the intentions of... it is easier to alter down, than to alter up. I can always cut the pieces smaller or take larger seams etc if I cut a larger size

I wanted something other than flannel, so I found this 100% cotton "shirt" fabric (that is what is said on the bolt). It is thicker than a quilting cotton and not as stiff and rather soft....so I think it will be perfect. I got another piece..black background and a hawaiian floral print. But.. I do plan on using some "junk" fabric to make a mock shirt first to do any alterations needed before cutting this beautiful fabric... that was $12 a yard but thanks to my 50% off coupon I was able to get 2,1/2 yards or each.
So I took out the pattern pieces and found the ones I wanted and used a green marker and a black liner to mark the size 40 lines so I don't get confused with all the lines of 6 different sizes on the pattern










So that is where I am right now. Tomorrow I will start cutting out the pattern on the "junk" fabric. "Junk" fabric is what I find at the thrift store...a cotton or poly, but not a print I want to use for anything but to use like this.
I sure hope I remember all the tricks of the trade and can make this pattern work. If it does, I will make the black one and then...and this is very "iffy".. I might try making some blouses for myself, since it it hard to find any that fit and that I can afford! And...who knows.. might get back into clothes again! I have 3 little grand daughters and they'd all like some pretty dresses!


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Friday, May 30, 2014

Another Fun Way I Spend my Time!

As much as I love quilting and sewing and handmade crafts...there is one other thing that I enjoy doing. Hummingbirds have been a favorite of mine since I can remember. They are so cute and small and colorful! And did you know..the "hum" you hear is their wings flapping at an seemingly astronomical speed...not them actually "humming". However, they do chirp, squeak and tweedle...and sometime rather loudly!

I wrote about my current endeavor to bring the hummingbirds home in this article.... 



 
 I invite you to click on over and check it out. All the pictures were taken by me or my grand daughter on my patio and back yard. Any hands you see are ours! Above the bird is sitting on my finger at their regular  feeder, but Kellie was the one that learned to feed them by hand - meaning her finger was the perch on a small feeder she held in her hand!!



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May Flubs, finishes and FUN!

Well, May 2014 has come and gone. Hot summer heat is on the horizon! Sad thing about that is my sewing room faces southeast..and gets ALL the sun All day long from the time the sun comes up to the time it sets. Needless to say..it is the hottest room in the house. I can only be in there until about noon and after that...not until about 7pm. Even with central AC, that room stays hot. I have the windows tinted, and a bamboo shade on the outside and thermal curtains hanging behind faux wooden blinds on the inside and a ceiling fan... and still...just to hot to sew during the day. So I schedule to do sewing in the mornings and other things the rest of the day.

But May, was rather slow. I had my 14 year old grand daughter 2 weekends and she is all that counts when she is able to visit, so no sewing then! I fell and twisted my ankle last weekend when she was here. Was rather bad and I spent 3 days in a row icing and raising and I still hobble on a cane..but it is getting better! But..no sewing this past week! 2 weeks of no sewing! But I lived through it. Us sewers are tuff girls!

But a few good things for the month of May! I finally got an external hard drive to copy all my photos onto and have them all in one place and off my PC hard drive. I was able to sit at the PC and elevate my foot and I also got 2 new articles done for a venue I write on. Here they are if you'd like to take a look!

How To Enjoy Hummingbirds In Your Patio
This is my personal experience since last summer of attracting hummingbirds to my patio...and I  live in the high desert...hot, dry, dust and windy...who'd ever thought precious, dainty little h-birds would be around that terrain! All the pictures I took myself or my grand daughter took




How To Make Homemade Craft Clay Again, a personal experience with homemade clay and what I've done with it (and as always, including a memory!)  A 10 year collection of my grand daughters...preserved in homemade clay!








In the sewing department....

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Fat Quarter Swap.. I got my packages!!!

I just received the package from the 2 swap partners I had in the May Kool Beenz FQ Swap. This was my second time/month participating in the swap and it is so much fun, I have signed up for June already! It is just so much fun to get something special in the mail...a mini christmas! And ALWAYS items I can use!

Here's what my swap partners sent me!


 These fat quarters are awesome! And thread and buttons to go with the colors! I don't know about all of them, but that one with the sunglasses print.. I have been intending on making some draw string style bags for my many pairs of sunglasses...this print will be perfect! I'll never be saying "wonder what's in that bag?" How perfect!

This set of beautiful blues and blacks...I would never have thought to pair those two colors! But these are beautiful! What am I going to do with them?
That is going on my "night time" thinking topic list. Lights are out, I am not tired so I think..and plan and create what I want to do "next". And the little pattern there... CUPCAKE pot holders! I love cupcakes. I even write about them....Ideas for Decorating Cupcakes  What a perfect swap!

I have already joined but if you want to join, click here >>>> Kool Beenz Fat Quarter Swap for June. Or on the left sidebar below is her button. Either way.... sign up! Places are limited, so HURRY!!!!  A new swap every month, but you don't have to join every month....just join the months you want to participate!


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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Cutting Your Fabric - couple of "how-to's"

This is a great blog post about how to cut fabric for a quilt. It talks about how many strips/squares of what size you can get from a fat quarter and how to measure fabric for the back and so many more things...all about cutting your fabric to get what you need without wasting any! Pretty cool.

How to Make a Quilt - Cutting your fabric

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

"I Spy With my Little Eye"... a Finished I Spy quilt!!! YEA!!!!

Well, it is finally finished! My much anticipated  "I Spy" quilt for my grand kids!  It has been a long road...mostly just trying to figure it out, but with the help of some wonderful cyber friends who helped me collect some of the most amazing and awesome fabric images to use to "spy"...I got it finished!

Here's how it started...... I Spy, Part 1    and      I Spy, Part 2 


And now it is FINISHED!!!! 



I wanted the images to be (finished) 3x3 squares - 169 of them! I sashed the squares with white 1 inch sashings because I wanted the sashing to separate the squares so it didn't look cluttered and messy .
 I added 2, 2" borders and a final binding.
It measures 70x70"


The back is a colorful flower bed sheet sheet. I did a little notebook with all the items to "spy" and made a pocket out of the label on the back for the little book to go in. Now, one can have the book and choose from any page, and item for the others to "spy".


The creation of the quilt wasn't all fun tho! I enjoyed so much collecting the pieces and even sewing the sashes on was quick and easy and even fun. I was so looking forward to putting it all together!  I was disappointed tho, that in spite of how hard I tried to make sure everything was even and straight, when I went to sew the sashed rows together, seams didn't match. I don't know what I did wrong. But oh, well, because it was so large and so many squares, it wouldn't be that noticable. Or so I thought hoped!

When I went to do the top stitching,  I decided to just sew around each square...about scant 1/4" on each side of each seam. That way the square was accentuated and no stitching was done over the image. But because the seams didn't match when I sewed the sashes together, the seams used as a guide were then crooked. Now it was noticable!!! Nothing I could do do about it, so I just did the best I could at making the lines straight and just finished it off. I kept telling myself...."the kids won't notice! The kids won't notice! They will be having so much fun...they won't notice!"

 Here are a few of the squares..


"I spy with my little eye......a red car, a dolphin, a cheerleader, bouquet of daisies
 "I Spy with my little eye....
some pencils, a pink butterfly, hot dogs on the grill and a yellow teddy bear with a green sweater
I Spy with my little eye....Red lips, little cars, Raggedy Ann and Andy, a unicorn
















 

" I Spy with my little eye...
a sewing machine, a watch, a lobster, a camera"














 
And in the end, that is all that matters anyway..that the kids have fun with the I Spy quilt, made for them by their loving Grandmother, Nanny (that's me!) We will make some great memories! I wonder what they will say when they have it to give to their kids and tell  about when their grandma made it and gave it to them!!

I have some extra "I spy" pieces, I am comtemplating creating a quilt/board game similar to CandyLand. I was raised on board games and putting the game on a quilt just makes it all better. I made a hopscotch quilt (will blog about that soon!) and the girls loved it..none could hop in the square right, which just means they need practice on balance and coordination...and that is one thing Hopscotch offers...practice on balance and coordination!

P.S. When I took it over to the kids..they didn't notice!

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