Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Disappearing Nine-Patch: I-Spy Version



Here's how to make an I-Spy version of the Disappearing Nine-Patch. It's SO EASY, but it looks like you spent FOREVER on it! I am assuming throughout this tutorial that you are familiar with the Disappearing Nine-Patch pattern -- I have previously posted specific step-by-step instructions on that quilt pattern, which you can find here.


What you need:

~ 88 - 4" I-Spy squares (From time to time I host swaps where you can join in and trade with others to collect these!)
~ 1 1/8 yd fabric for sashing (mine is white)
~ 1/3 yd fabric for setting squares (mine is blue)
~ 1 7/8 yd fabric for backing
~ 3/8 yd fabric for binding
~ crib size (45"x60") batting


What to cut:

From sashing fabric:
~ 88 - 4" white squares
~ 17 - 2"x4" white rectangles

From setting square fabric:
~ 22 - 4" squares
~ 20 - 2" squares

From binding fabric:
~ 5 - 2 1/2" strips -- sew end-to-end to create one long strip

Finished Quilt Size:
41 1/2" x 56 1/2" (nearly crib size)


Here is the KEY to setting up your blocks -- the lower right corner's I-Spy always needs to face the same direction no matter which way you turn the block. I made my lower right corner's I-Spy always right side up.


STEP ONE: Sew together the center rows on all your blocks. Start by sewing a white square to every blue square. Then sew another white square to the opposite side of every blue square -- creating 22 rows of white-blue-white.


STEP TWO: Place your stack of I-Spy squares right side up (with the bottom edge of the I-Spies closest to you) to the right of your stack of white squares. Fold one I-Spy over one white square like shutting a book, and sew the right side seam with a 1/4" seam allowance. Repeat until you run out of white squares.


STEP THREE: Open all your sewn squares and stack them with the I-Spy square on the left. Place your I-Spy squares to the right, with the top edge of the I-Spies lined up to the edge of the white square, as shown in the photo.


STEP FOUR: Take the top I-Spy square from the right hand pile and fold it like closing a book over the left hand pile. Sew the right side seam with a 1/4" seam allowance.


STEP FIVE: Press your rows! Press the seam allowances toward the darker fabrics (toward your setting square fabrics and toward your I-Spies).


STEP SIX: Set up your rows as shown. CAREFUL -- It DOES matter which way those rows are set up! Close one I-Spy row over one setting square row like shutting a book. Sew right seam with 1/4" seam allowance, matching seams on the rows.


STEP SEVEN: Set up your rows as shown -- again, be CAREFUL! It matters which way those rows face! Close right side I-Spy row over the left side like shutting a book. Sew right seam with 1/4" seam allowance, matching seams on the rows.


STEP EIGHT: Press seam allowances to one side. (I pressed mine towards the I-Spies.)


STEP NINE: Cut your nine-patches into quarters as shown, measuring and cutting carefully. Your sashing and setting squares are DONE -- with the exception of the bottom row of your quilt and the right side vertical row of your quilt -- which you will piece together using your white rectangles and 2" squares.


You're ready to lay out your squares and sew them together!!


Wasn't that EASY??

(I never could decide whether I would have preferred an additional border on this quilt -- but it would be simple to adapt the pattern to allow for it!)

49 comments:

Wendy said...

I sort of figured it out while I waiting for this post! I can't wait to start. I think I must have close to 88 different prints by now to make this!

You are a genius! It is totally perfect and easy too.

Jen said...

Don't tell me you whipped up this quilt at the same time as you were making the gray and yellow one for the tutorial?!? It totally wouldn't surprise me :) And I'd just like to get through the laundry most days!

Megan said...

Well Care--you are an amazing woman. I was wondering how it was a disappearing nine patch. I might just have to give it a try. Of course I have to finish my other one first!

Crystal Hendrix said...

OH I LOVE IT!!! I am SOOO going to make this!! I am going to add it to my June list of quilts to make though since I have so many!! But I LOVE IT!!! And I think from your last swap and with some fabric I bought recently I think I can make 3 quilts!! One for each of my boys!!!Thanks for showing and sharing your wonderful talents!!

kpmattingly said...

Amazing! Love it Love it Love it! Great Job!

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

Great tutorial! I love this style of I Spy quilt. I have a hard time lining up my sashing normally so this is a great way to do it.

Ben and Amanda said...

Well, now that you have my addicted to quilting I'll have to make a quilt like this next.
Are you planning on having another swap anytime soon?

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Wow, this is gorgeous! Thanks so much for the details, I'll be linking.

snapeaholic said...

I've been wanting to do any I-Spy quilt for some time for my younger son. This tutorial definitely makes it tons easier than I originally thought! I can't wait to start quilting at the end of the year - sooner if I get my clothing projects finished quickly!

Heidi said...

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Miss Muffin said...

Oh, so beautiful!

kickincattle said...

This quilt is really cute.

--- Ruth --- RuRebo --- said...

Wonderful and easy pattern!

Jennifer said...

how, that has to be the easiest sashed quilt pattern! Gotta try this!

Sandra :) said...

What a fantastic design - thanks for a great tutorial - I need to get some more eye spy charms and get cracking on this wonderful quilt!

allsewnup said...

This is an amazing tutorial. Thank you for a simple way to make this quilt.

Carolyn

mabblab said...

This is BRILLIANT! I am about to make a baby quilt for a friend & she liked a similar pattern, but I was intimidated by all of the piecework on the sashing. This solves that problem!

Thanks for the tute!

katkeen said...

I made a quilt using this tutorial and wanted to link back to you. (Im not sure if Im doing that right?) Thanks so much for the awesome tutorial! :)

My quilt

http://craftymomma2.blogspot.com/2010/08/my-first-quilt-yeah.html

kelly said...

this is what i'm going to make with my squares from the swap! i can't wait!!!

Tara said...

Thanks for the wonderful tutorial! I just made my daughter a quilt using it.
Here's where I blogged about it:
http://loving-my-world.blogspot.com/2010/09/i-spy-quilt-finished.html

Thanks!

Lunt Family said...

Thank you so much for your amazing tutorial. I have been looking for this kids of pattern to make quilts for my kids coordinating bunk beds and I never would have fiqured out the quartering and I would have made it so much more difficult. Can't wait to start now.

Manda said...

When you quilted, you quilted the interior of the squares? By hand?

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growingfree said...

I used your tutorial to make 2 quilts for my kids...thank you so much! It was fun to gather all the I-Spy squares and see them come together.

http://growingfree.wordpress.com/2010/12/24/the-quilts-are-done-enough/

craftytammie said...

i'm giving away an I-spy charm set at my blog! 88 4inch squares, perfect for this tutorial! :)

http://craftytammie.blogspot.com/2011/02/i-spy-charms-giveaway.html

Cindy said...

I just finished pressing my spoonflower i-spy squares!! Woohoo! I made 27 squares because I wanted a slightly larger quilt using more squares...hopefully I'm not biting off more than I can chew. Thanks for such great detail in this tutorial! I posted pics to both the spoonflower and your flickr groups. :-)

Cindy said...

Care,
I've now cut my squares, laid them out and am in the process of sewing my rows together. I have a couple of "novice quilter" questions in regard to seams. As I was learning to sew, I was always told to press the seams open. I don't know if that's old school, or if it's just that I've never quilted before but pressing seems to one side is new for me. As I sew my pieces together I see how nicely they go together. A couple of times I've had to finger press a seam in the opposite direction that I had pressed it. Have you had that happen with this pattern or did I do something wrong? I've also had a couple of squares that I couldn't press the other way because they were already sewn down in one direction, so both seams had to go to the same side. Should I be worried about that looking bulky? And once I sew my rows together does it matter which direction those seams are pressed? I know...lots of questions. :-/ Thanks for any help you can give me.

martilindsey said...

I just realized that I've come back to this tutorial several times and never left a comment. I've made 2 "boy" I-Spys..one with red sashing and denim setting and the other woth brown sashing and blue dot setting squares. Both turned out great!

I came back becasue now I'm going to make a "girl" version with pink sashing and pink/green floral setting squares. Can't wait to finish it!

Kari @ The Purple Quiltapotamus said...

I love love love this tutorial! Thank you so much! I had a vision of how I wanted my eye spy to look I just had no idea how to put it together but thanks to your tutorial I'll be able to put it together in no time! Thank you again.

Suzanne said...

Oh my! I am giddy with excitement. Thank you for this. I have wanted to try the disappearing 9 patch forever and have tons of i spy fabrics cut already. Can't wait to try it!

Wonderbunnie said...

I LOVE this pattern!! I can't believe how SIMPLE yet AMAZING it turns out to be! IT's now my go to pattern and I've used it several times. I have a few diff versions on my blog, THANK YOU THANK YOU for this!!

Kama said...

I have made this quilt twice and have needed 19 rectangle pieces each time instead of the 17 you call for. My quilt is also 11x8 squares. I love this tute

Kama said...

I have made this quilt twice and have needed 19 rectangle pieces each time instead of the 17 you call for. My quilt is also 11x8 squares. I love this tute

Liz said...
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Liz said...

I finally completed and gifted my versions, and noticed like Kama that I needed extra rectangle pieces. But I love the finished look. Thanks again for all the great inspiration you share with us!

http://married-with-ufos.blogspot.com/2012/02/happy-valentines-day.html

Kris @ everywhereorange.com said...

Thanks for this great tutorial!! I finally started an i-spy quilt for my son today. I got all the squares cut and then somehow I finished sewing the top tonight. I was so excited to get it together. i love how yours doesn't have a border but I am thinking about doing a border on mine... still deciding :) anyway, thanks for the great inspiration!!

b said...

What a great and easy pattern. Check out my creation!
http://fridaysoff.ca/2012/03/i-spy-with-my-little-eye-something-that-is/

wannabequilter.com said...

Thanks for the tutorial!
Here's my almost finished version!
http://wannabequilter.com/2012/03/28/wip-wednesday/

Denise :) said...

I was sent to your tutorial from another blogger -- the process you use is brilliant!! I have several I Spy quilts in my future and this is definitely the method I'm going to use to construct them all!! Thank you! :)

Patricia affonso said...

Oh this quilt brings back wonderful memories of the great quilts my grandma used to make while I was little with leftover fabrics after sewing clothes. Her designs were intricate. God bless quilters and their patience and most of all the immense love with which they build the same. Long live quilts And the memory of those who create them

charly said...

This is one of the best tutorials I've seen. I made this quilt and will post pics as soon as I get a chance. Thank you very, very much for sharing!

Samantha Warmbrodt said...

I am using a mixture of cotton and flannel for my eye spy squares. What material do you use for the sashing, setting, backing and binding?

Sharon said...

I made an I Spy quilt for my granddaughter, and it was a lot of fun. I didn't worry about which way my I Spy fabrics faced - just put them every which way, and then I didn't have to worry about "which way is up". That way she can see patches no matter which way she's looking at the quilt. I also set mine differently than yours.

You can see mine here: http://www.indigothreads.blogspot.com/2012/01/getting-there.html

Megan said...

I love your quilt. I featured it today on the At Play Blog!
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If you have any other free tutorials you would like added to our site visit www.craftsatplay.com to submit them.

Megan

Debby said...

I love this! Thank you!

and Happy New Year!

Evelyn said...

I want to make this for my daughter for graduation for when she goes to an apartment so it needs to be queen size. What do I need for material and how many blocks, etc.???

jude3944 said...

THAT'S A GREAT TUTORIAL. HAVE A NEW GREAT GRANDBABY DUE IN AUG WILL HAVE TO TRY THIS THANKS SO MUCH

Cinda Day said...

I am excited to try this pattern. Thank you!

Ronna Wilson said...

I am new to quilting only made 4 so far. One was the disappearing nine patch. I love your take on this. I will be starting this quilt soon..... Rock Hill SC