Thursday, September 30, 2010

Completed I-Spy Strip Quilt

It's done!
I actually finished it last Friday night. I got all obsessed and put together the back, quilted, and bound it all that evening! It was a late night -- but so worth it!

After counting there is a total of 76 DIFFERENT I-Spy fabrics in this quilt -- ALL SCRAPS!


After staring at the photos from my last post multiple times and reading all your comments and suggestions (thank you!) I ultimately decided I liked it ending with the colorful I-Spy borders.


For the back I dug out a few options for fabrics I had on hand. There were three "I-Spy-ish" options, but I liked this funny dog print best for theme and for color. I had 1 1/2 yards of it, and needed just a few more inches -- so HOORAY, I got to paw through more of my I-Spy scraps! :o) I created a long strip to set in, and laid it on top of the backing to see how it looked. All those spies got lost in the print! So, I looked around and found I had a couple strips of black scrap fabric sitting on my cutting table. It was destiny! They frame the strip of spies just right, and give them some POP.




I really wanted to have a nice crisp finished edge, but I still wanted to stay with the I-Spy theme. Black fabric with tiny white paw prints! It's a very narrow binding (had to squeeze it out of the fabric), and I love how it finishes the quilt.

This quilt has been SO MUCH FUN to make! I truly enjoy embarking on projects without a finished product in mind; it really tickles and stretches the creative part of my brain in a way that starting with a plan just can't!

I counted carefully, and there is a total of 76 DIFFERENT I-Spy fabrics in this quilt -- ALL SCRAPS! I had everything on hand -- with the exception of that binding, which cost about $1.50 (a necessary expense; it's too perfect!). Even the batting was a leftover scrap.
TRIUMPH! :o)

15 comments:

p.s.phyllis sews said...

Awesome work in putting this together!
I have one done and a couple more that will be ready to show you soon, I hope!

Connie said...

How innovative! I LOVE. THIS. QUILT!

Brandy@YDK said...

It just looks like so much fun.

Candace said...

It's great! A little of this and a little of that and you have a masterpiece. I have a 9 month old great-grandbaby who gets excited over her quilts and kicks her little legs. She'd get plenty of exercise over your quilt.

Leslie said...

this looks so great. i like the new twist on the i spy

Carrie said...

I love it! And what makes it all the more awesome is it is completely from scraps! (well except for the $1.50 border)

Darling Petunia said...

GO CARE! :)

Cathy said...

It came out great!!! Love the stippling too!

handmadehappiness said...

it's ace love it!! x

Suzi said...

It's beautiful. It looks like a stack of books with the spine showing.

Heidi Lindsay said...

It looks AWESOME! Good work woman!

elliesue said...

Way to go Girl! you have triumphantly lived up to your blog name, and not only that have done a wonderful job, congrats.

Angela Pea said...

Care! It's so wonderful!

L Johnson said...

Care, the quilt is fantastic! Can't wait to see what you come up with next;) Have a wonderful weekend!

Cammie said...

I love it! I need to see it and play with it.

I keep meaning to tell you this, so you get it in a comment. You know on the 1st quilt ever project how so many of us had our squares turn out just a little small, consistently? I think they were 1/2 inch smaller or so. I think that we all may have assumed that the standard foot on our machine was 1/4 inch. It's 3/8 inch. Just 1/8 wider may have thrown everything off. Just a thought for you :)