Friday, October 29, 2010

Quilt Festival

I am joining in the fun again with Amy's ever-famous Quilt Festival!

This fun 40"x56" I-Spy quilt is the result of 76 different I-Spy fabrics -- ALL SCRAPS. I am obsessed with I-Spy, and have kept all the skinny little leftover bits from my swap fabrics. The result was a huge pile of strips -- I still have at least this many more!

I dove into this project without a plan. First I laid out all the strips and created two piles: boyish and girly. Then I separated the boyish ones by width. I cut matching widths from some white fabric I had on hand and sewed both ends of one 20" strip to both ends of each strip, creating a loop. Then I cut the white strip randomly so I would end up with varying lengths of white on either side of each strip.


I laid them out how I liked them, sewed them together, trimmed the excess white fabric away, and added more I-Spy borders.


I had this cute doggy print on hand, but it was just a few inches shy of being the right size for the backing. No problem -- I created a strip with more scraps for the back, bordering it with some black fabric scraps for some POP.


I had everything on hand except for that 1/4 yard of tiny doggy paw prints that I purchased for the super skinny binding -- and that only set me back about $1.50. Not bad for an entire baby quilt!

I really enjoy the process of making quilts without a pattern or a plan -- not to mention the challenge of using only what I have on hand. There's just something about it that really tickles my creative side! I can't wait to do it again!


27 comments:

Michelle said...

Very cute!!!

Linda said...

I love this twist on the I-Spy quilt. It's very cool.

Debbie said...

Now I know what to do with the odd strips from a strip swap! Great idea. Thanks

Dolly said...

I like it ! I like the front AND the back !
I like the quilting, too !

Rebecka said...

I love this style of quilt and I really like that you turned it into an Eye Spy. Great!

She Uses Her Words said...

Nice! Nice! I really like this. I also like I Spy. When I first looked at this in the thumbnail I was reminded of a stack of books sitting in my sewing room! I am becoming a follower! Karen

Nanabanana said...

Very great idea to use strips! Cute, cute, cute!

that ninch said...

What a very fun and novel idea for I Spy! Everything a child's quilt should be, imo, bright and colorful!

Hazle

Vicki said...

you did a great job with this one. Are you going to make a girly one too?

Staci said...

This is adorable! It first caught my eye because it looked like a stack of books. I'm a reader, and that would be a perfect quilt for me.
I love how you stitched the rows in loops. Very inventive.

Rachaeldaisy said...

This is such a clever idea for an eye spy quilt!! Its wonderful!!

Agnes said...

I think I'm going to have to make an I spy quilt for my girls! or perhaps some I spy place mats to keep their attention to themselves while eating out :)

Cheri said...

I too saw a stack of books. This is a really clever idea. Well done.

Liz, Quilt Adventurer said...

Love this! very eye catching.

Ms Muffin said...

Loving this. So cute! I too enjoy making things with stuff on hand ... It is somehow a really good feeling to make something new and useful without having to purchase anything ...

Jen said...

I like how you just casually throw together a quilt this detailed without any plan :) So talented!

BTW, Avery is loving her I-Spy book more than ever now :) She will sit and look at her books for the longest time, she's really studying and trying to understand what she's looking at. So cute!

Leslie said...

i love this quilt. it is so much fun

Rene' said...

Really fun quilt! Great use of your scraps! Thanks for sharing!

Chris said...

Great twist on the I Spy!

Esther said...

Love your quilt!Great idea for I spy.

Carol said...

Very clever layout for an I-spy quilt.

Angie @ CraftedAngles said...

What a cool concept for an 'i spy' quilt. This is a great varitation!

Angie - www.craftedAngles.com

Karen said...

This has turned out so well. The colours look great and so does the layout.
Great quilt.

Charming's Mama said...

Brilliant! What a great idea for using up "leftovers". Turned out great.

Cammie said...

You won a prize too! Yeah! and Congrats!

schmidt1016 said...

This is a terrific take on an I Spy quilt! And a clever method of creating the off-set lines. I'm going to have to remember this idea. Thanks!

Leslie S. in MN
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Eileen said...

a great vibrant quilt. love how you did it--would work with so many color combinations but as an i spy it's adorable. thanks for sharing and have a great day