Monday, August 8, 2011

I Spy Quilt Top Finished

 So here's my latest I Spy Quilt which will be a birthday gift for my niece.  As you can see, this time I separated the blocks into rows. 
 This quilt design passed the trial run by my I Spy testers (my kids).  As suspected, when they played the game, they would say it's "in this row" or "in the big middle part" or "at the end of a row" as a clue if we didn't guess right away, exactly as I hoped.  I think it is important when designing an I Spy quilt to divide the squares into sections somehow to make the game easier/less frustrating(and more interactive) to play.
 I followed my usual trend of using a nice muted subtle sashing.  I had a few other possibilities picked out, but this orange just made everything come alive!
 The quilt measures about 49 by 53.  If you would like to make one like this yourself, here are some stats and measurements ...
 I used 143 I Spy squares.  They are all 4 inch squares.  The I Spy rows were 13 squares long and there are 11 rows arranged as shown in the photos.  I think rows of 12 squares long would still make the quilt a nice size for a toddler, and actually a more rectangular shape, but I wanted to use as many squares as possible.
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The sashing is cut at 2.5 inches wide.  I cut 16 strips of sashing going across the fabric selvage to selvage.  I think I used about 1 1/4 yards of fabric and I had some leftover.
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I arranged all the squares on the floor first rather than chain piecing anything.  I think it is best to completely arrange them all to distribute colours, busy verses plainer patterns, and content (you don't want 3 prints with bugs on them right in a row)
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It will take 3 yards for backing.
My niece's birthday isn't until the end of October, so I've got lots of time to get this quilted.
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Thanks for stopping by!
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Posted by Riel Nason on The Q and the U

19 comments:

Frog Quilter said...

Bright, happy and fun. All the good elements of great quilt.

Shasta said...

It is a lively fun quilt. Great tip to break into describable sections to make it easier to talk about.

Lynne said...

Another great idea - rows instead of blocks! Amazing! Thanks for the continuing inspiration!

Hands Sew Full said...

....."Nice muted subtle sashing".... Oh my gosh...you are hilarious! Made my morning laugh! Your quilt, as usual, is beautiful Riel. I am hoping to find a five inch eye spy swap and make one as well! How is the book release going?

Needled Mom said...

I love the orange!!! What a fun quilt for little ones too.

Debbie said...

how fun is that! wow.

Cathy said...

are you going to quilt this one yourself?

It looks great!

Vesuviusmama said...

You must have so much interesting fabric to keep making these ISpy quilts. Very nice!

Suzanne said...

I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who methodically lays out i spy fabrics before sewing them.

Great job on her quilt. Did you get it done so early so you would have time for all of your Halloween quilts? :-)

Toni said...

The quilt looks very fun! I love your tip about breaking up the sections for easier spying. I need to make one of these for my boys!

Margaret said...

Love this quilt and I am sure your neice will too!

Your friend in stitches
Margaret

The Cozy Quilter said...

I love making I spy quilts! I even made one with orange sashing once. Yours is nice and bright.

Live a Colorful Life said...

This is such a great quilt. And you can never go wrong with orange. Well, ALMOST never...

MimiQuilts said...

I love your I Spy quilts! So many ideas, I want to make one for my daughter!

Allison said...

very nice - I like the orange sashing. And, being a last-minute stitcher myself, I'm very impressed with how far ahead of time you have pieced the top :)

Selvage Quilter said...

Wow, this is a fun quilt! I love to explore all the interesting fabrics. I love the one with all the faces (to the left of the Canadian Maple Leaves).
Karen

Anonymous said...

I love it! I'm currently doing some I Spy quilts and need to get some pics for webshots(quilt938) I did 4 in 2008 but didn't get finished pics since I finished them out of town and delivered them then and didnt' have my camera with me.

I just basted 4 - someone suggested I quilt the top directly onto fleece instead of using batting and the kids seem to like it ok so *shrugs* I'll keep doing it. but I'm currently quilting them and started cutting for another - got Picture Play Quilts by Ami Simms- and it's in horizontal rows like yours only 3 sizes 1 row each and I'm thinking I may switch to your pattern or at least use it for another - very striking. I've never really liked orange but did another I Spy with 2 colors of orange making 'L's so it looks like a zig zag and it's much more striking than the 2 colors of pink I did for the sister in the same pattern. Orange really makes a statement and I love it in the I Spy quilts!

gonna check out the rest of the blog!

Susanna

Anonymous said...

There are some great fun prints in there. I have actually started a small collection of suitable fabrics and it will be finish on after two days, Well, I like to appreciate for best work.
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Barb Thompson said...

glow in the darks squares! How cool is that!!!