Wednesday, May 25, 2011

I Spy Quilt Top Layout

 It seems I have been working on this I Spy quilt a long time ... or maybe it just feels that way because the kids keep asking me if it's done yet.  I love their excitement about it.  And it is finally close to finished.
 This is the first time I've shown it with the large squares sewn together.  There are 16 blocks made of 25  4 inch squares each and sashed in 16 different colours of Kona solids.  The sashing is 2.5 inches wide. 
 Across the top I'm adding this band of squares along with the letters spelling "I Spy."  The fabric I had to fussy cut the letters from only had lowercase letters so I actually used the lowercase "l" as an uppercase "I."  I just couldn't use a lowercase "i" so thankfully there was a solution.  I am kind of old school and can't stand seeing "I" as a word as lowercase.  Know what i mean ... ;-)
 So the quilt is currently at 469 squares, all different.  I certainly used many of the same fabrics over (good ones with large repeats), but the exact image isn't the same in any square.  And I thought I was done, but I want another 69 squares to put a border across the bottom.  It will be just like the one on the top to balance it out and make the whole thing more rectangular.  I have almost enough squares cut now.
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When I told my husband I was adding the last *few* squares, he said, "Why stop now, why not just go for 1000 squares? Then you could cover the whole room."  (Cut to me rolling my eyes)  I told him that smarty pants comments like that would end up on the blog. Anyway, as far as the quilt goes I will admit I am very much the sort to say, well I already put a lot of time in it, so what's a little more? It's totally worth it.  
Anyway, I LOVE it and hopefully within a couple of weeks I will be able to show it all quilted and bound.  (It will be going out to be quilted ... it is going to be about 90 by 108 I think ... )
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I'm linking up to W.I.P. Wednesday. And I'm going to try two new linkies for fun -- The Sundae Scoop, and The Sisters Sunday Link Party!  Happy Quilting! 

27 comments:

Rachaeldaisy said...

This is just wonderful!! I love way you've surrounded each group of squares in a different coloured border.

DeVona said...

Hi, Riel! Thank you for sending me a message! I wasn't aware of the " no reply" setting on my comment to you and don't know how to remedy it(may have to wait for one of my kids to help). Anyway, my email is deVona@tds.net if you ever need it!

If you really wanted 1000 squares, perhaps the backing could be "I spy" squares also?

I'm glad your daughter enjoyed your efforts! Your children are at a wonderful age now!

Cathy said...

I spy... a fabulous quilt!

Jackie said...

Fabulous... and your husband is funny=)

Lynne said...

Thank you again for inspiring DD and I for our "I Spy" quilt. The patches are cut but we have not yet decided on a layout - yours looks so good we may try something similar!

Thank you - it looks fabulous.

Jennifer said...

Awesome!

Rebecca said...

This is AMAZING. How did you manage to get so many different I spy fabrics?

Mary said...

What a great project! Really looks good. Should be a challenging I SPY for any kid to have fun with.

Elizabeth D. said...

Fun!! I love the way you put the letters into the blocks, it looks fantastic. I can see why your kids are excited!

lemonadegal said...

Thanks for the sweet comment on my zig zag.

I am amazed by all your I Spy squares!! I really love how you spelled out I Spy (and I'm with you on the lowercase i). I cannot wait to see the finish.

~Michelle

CityHouseStudio said...

I love the I spy squares!
There are so many to "spy" - WOW!
Beautiful job!

Tina said...

Amazing! I know what you mean about the lower case I. Although "i spy" has an iPad/iPod ring to it.

Live a Colorful Life said...

Riel, this quilt is amazing. I can already tell that hours will be spent enjoying it.

Husbands sure say funny things sometimes!

P.S. Your header is awesome!! From one selvage lover to another...

Debbie said...

oh my - just amazed by your I SPY. VERY cool!

patchworkdelights said...

Fantastic work! Well done!

Crystal Hendrix said...

Oh it looks so cute!! I am loving the words!

~Carla~ said...

Amazing quilt!!! I can see why your kids are excited!! :)

A Girl said...

Fantastic I Spy Quilt! I love how you added the bright colored border around each block. I made my son a I spy quilt years ago and we enjoyed playing many of a I Spy game together. Ahhh the memories...

Lisa said...

WOW! I thought my I-Spy quilt was challenging. Yours takes the cake. Best one I have seen, by far!

Jessica said...

Oh my this is stunning! I bet your kids are just itching to play with this, cant wait to see more!!

Kerstin said...

Lol, my husband also always has such a smart comment when I ask his opinion about a quilt... It looks fantastic!

M-R said...

What a fabulous I spy! Well done, Riel!

Rosa Robichaud said...

I just LOVE I-Spy quilts!!!!

Have made several of them, but not like yours....

Hmmmm.... I'm getting thoughts to make yet another one! LOL

Tks for sharing, Riel!

Rosa

Leanne said...

It is a wonderful quilt!

Melinda said...

I spy someone who has been very busy making a wonderful quilt!

Sandra said...

Husbands are so "funny". Great quilt.

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