Monday, April 21, 2014

I Spy Quilt, Part 1 -The quilt begins!


I am so grateful for some cyber friends that sent me some pieces to use for the I Spy quilt I am making for my grand children.  Pauline, Linda, Pam and Rachel, Kori, Suzette and Donella, Sherri and Cecile, Diane, Wendy and Laura -  thank you  SO much your your help!  I am so amazed at the prints they sent me! I know there's alot of fabric I have never seen, but these are beyond what I  thought I could see! They are just perfect, unique images  for an I Spy quilt. While looking through the pieces, I kept telling myself "its for the kids! It's for the kids! You can't have it!" I am so excited to start working on the quilt again. 

This is the way I am making the blocks. 3x3" I Spy center square with 1" sashings all around. I call them sashings, others may call them "borders". Either way, I chose this way of construction to set off the images better. I have seen many with the image pieces just all sewn together and no organization and to me they just look messy, busy and cluttered. I want the kids to do a little searching for the items, but I don't want them exhausted after doing so! The white borders/sashings just work well for this reason.


So far I have 12 blocks per row which makes the rows 60" long(wide) which is what I want, so
I need to make 12 rows...and here is only 4!  I will be making more blocks and rows this week. I want the finished quilt to be 50"x50" plus border and binding, so I can either take off one block from these 4 rows and make only 11 blocks per row or just make the quilt 60x60, plus border and binding.
Is there such thing as a quilt being TO BIG? 
With 3 little girls crawling around on it...maybe not! I  have the option of  adding a 1" colored sash in between the white sashes when assembling the quilt to maybe break up the white sashing a bit..maybe not every row with a colored strip, but such one every couple of rows for aesthetic effect! I'll be testing that idea this week also. An Idea I got from from talking to a cyber friend... I was wondering how to make it easier for the "caller" to call ALL the items to spy..without being down there to and to know what is there to call....Hulamoon suggested a little notebook, listing all the squares. That way the "caller" could look at the book, choose an item and call it...with nearly 100 items to choose from, searching for them in the quilt can be rather cumbersome for the caller, but with the book...I'll just put a pocket on the back of the quilt to hold the book and BINGO! Works like a charm!

Here it is so far.....
piece quilting






Thank you so much  Pauline, Linda, Pam and Rachel, Kori, Suzette and Donella, Sherri and Cecile,Diane, Wendy and Laura-for helping me out. I SO appreciate it and enjoy our "cyber friendship"! The kids are going to love it and I even think that the 12 yo grand son might even have a bit of a interest to play with us! I will post progress as it happens...so..... stay tuned!


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23 comments:

  1. Never such thing!!! Your eye spy is going to be fun and I'm sure well loved!!!

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    1. I also like the idea of creating a "callers" book!

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  2. This is so cute! Quilting is one thing I wish I knew more about. Thanks for visiting Night Owl Corner....just stopping by to check out your blog too!

    Linda
    www.nightowlcorner.com

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  3. How fun! The bigger the better as far as I'm concerned!

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  4. I need to make one of these for my daughter! Your version with the white sashing is simple and classic (in a good way), very nice!

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  5. I love it! I have been saving fun fabrics for an I spy quilt as well, it is great to see how you have put the squares together. I look forward to seeing what you do with it!

    Emily at backtothecraft.blogspot.ca

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  6. What a fun quilt! With one grandson and another on the way, I may be making and I Spy quilt before long as well :).

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  7. What a nice quilt. I like the white sashings.

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  8. I LOVE it! What a great quilt! Love the white sashings!

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  9. that will be such a fun quilt for your grandchildren. I've been thinking about making one for my nephew, I'm going to have to start collecting fabric scraps pretty soon!

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  10. This is going to be wonderful.x

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  11. What a great quilt!!! Can't wait to see it all finished! I'm sure the kids are going to love it :-)

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  12. I like the white sashing, it gives the eyes somewhere to rest. Great idea with the caller's book. I'm sure the girls will have a blast!

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  13. You have so many great ideas, Cheri! How sweet of all your friends to have sent you some pieces to make more blocks. This is certainly going to be sew much fun for the kids!

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  14. I think it looks great! I've done a couple of iSpy quilts and I love them!

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  15. your I Spy looks great so far! I love how there is so much to "spy" in these quilts.

    Thanks so much for linking up to Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  16. I'm so happy you commented on my blog so that I was able to find yours. This is such a cute idea for a quilt for kiddos. I am slowly plodding away at individual quilts for each of our six grands -- 3 down and the last 3 are in process. I am going to subscribe to your blog via email so I can get more great ideas!

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  17. As a grandma I think this is a fantastic idea and quilt! : ) As a quilter, I think the same !:)

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  18. I am totally in love with this idea and want one of my own!! I think this will be a great present for my grandson for Christmas so I better get started!

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  19. This is going to be such a fun quilt for the kids!!!

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