Yes, you read that right, this post is about the I Spy Quilt – wahoo!
I signed up for a couple of swaps. I probably wouldn’t have done anything with the squares – you know, waited a few years while they sat starring at me, but when Kimbo sent the squares back she sent a letter saying everyone could showcase their quilts by Nov 1st. The nerve of her, expecting me to actually follow through to the end with a craft project…..
But look – I actually finished it! I thought it would be perfect for taking to all those outdoor things – mainly, my son’s flag football games, so the other kids could have a place to sit and be entertained all at once. We’re well into the season, so I almost didn’t make it, but I can still tote it along to the final 2 games.
So a quick rundown – - if you are a real quilter, you might want to avert your eyes……
First off, I participated in 2 different swaps. I cut a bunch of the same fabric into squares, then mailed them off and the swap host puts everyones fabric into a big pile then divys it out, so I got back a bunch of different fabric squares. Perfect – except for that the 2 swaps I signed up for were different sized squares – whoops.
So what I did was laid out the squares into larger square pods. Each larger square had 2 big squares and 6 small squares inside of it. I sewed those 8 squares together into their pod. Some I Spy quilts have plain fabric between each square, but I liked the look of them all touching, jumbled together (make it tougher on those kiddos!) I placed everything out, but of course lost track while I was moving piles from one place to another, so the quilt looks nothing like this pre-layout:
Since I wanted an outdoor blanket, I knew I was backing it with denium. For durability, and because I have a huge pile of discarded overalls from my uncle (he knew I couldn’t say no to trash clothing). Since I wanted to back it with denium, I didn’t think I could quilt it very well – sounded too thick to swirl around, etc. So I just took my pod things, put a piece of batting under them, and quilted them individually. There’s a name for this type of quilting, without the back on – I don’t know what it is.
My pile of progress:
Then I took those quilted squares (well, they’re kind of rectangle-ish) and sewed them together – - see the back, you can tell what I’m talking about:
Then I sewed a bunch of jeans together haphazardly for the back. To hold the front to the back, I sewed down a few rows, just straight. Here’s sewing the rows:
In this picture you can see I sewed in a couple of ties when I put the binding on:
That way when I’m traipsing onto the football field with 3 kids in tow and dragging various chairs, jackets, etc, it’ll be easily transportable – I can hand it to a kid to carry and if they drop it, it won’t come unfolded or anything. All tied up:
And of course, the fun of playing with it – - it’s been a huge hit so far. The younger kids can point out things and name what they see, etc. The older kids can read the cards and hunt around.
I love my I Spy Quilt – - you should make one! Underneath it all, it’s just sewing straight lines – you can do it!
Along those lines, I have extra squares I’ll sell for $20, including shipping, if anyone wants them – just email me, mandybeez at gmail. They are the ones I didn’t use because they weren’t my taste, they were duplicates (whether exactly or in theme, like there were several owl fabrics), or I just ran out of room – I didn’t want a huge quilt.
My quilt: 40 large squares (6 inches) and 120 small squares (4 inches)
The leftovers for sale: 59 large squares and 82 small squares (if I counted right!)