Wednesday, November 10, 2010

MY I-Spy Quilt

My obsession with 2 1/2" I-Spy squares has been renewed. Over the past year+ of more intensive I-Spy obsession (including numerous swaps I have hosted and joined!), I've been working here and there on a quilt for MY bed. I've been collecting 2 1/2" I-Spy squares for YEARS, and during 2010 I have been adding borders to them little by little.

Here is my collection so far -- 216! They are all completely different squares with completely different borders. Needless to say, this takes a lot of dedication and patience and mostly OBSESSING. The borders have come from my ridiculously full scrap bins. Did I mention each border is from a completely different fabric? :o)

I am getting closer and closer to my goal of a queen-size I-Spy quilt for my bed!

Why for my bed? Well, when I was little my parents' bed was an impromptu gathering place. My siblings and I would end up there during the day with one or both of my parents, sometimes all of us at the same time and sometimes not. I have fond memories of just hanging out there, thinking and chatting with my parents. I want my bed to be the same kind of comfortable gathering place -- a good place -- a happy place -- to chat and hang out with my kids, learn a little more about their lives and thoughts, and just BE. And wouldn't it be fun to look at all the hundreds of little I-Spies while we're at it??

Here are a few examples of my squares. Each finished I-Spy is 2", and will have a finished border of 3/4". (Small squares mean I can pack more I-Spies in there!!) I have thoughts on the layout, but haven't settled 100% on that.

Anyway, just thought I would share this week's obsession. Yesterday alone I added borders to 51 squares in my stash! :oD

11 comments:

Denise said...

I think you need a 12 step program lol. It will be fabulous when you get it done! Cant wait to see it.

Kris @ everywhereorange.com said...

Care, you amaze me!!!! I just got my 112 from the crafterhours swap and i was just reviewing the idea post you did for them. I can't wait to start my first i-spy project!!

Michelle said...

That is such a great idea! Maybe I should start saving squares from all of my weird little scraps. Just in case...

Papgena Made It said...

That's obsession! a cool one but an obsession never the less! :)
It will be amazing!!!!

EHC said...

Don't feel bad, there's the word "obsessively" in your blog name for a reason! :0

I think I'm getting hooked too though--I can hardly wait to get the return fabrics from I-Spy Swap #5!

Jen said...

You are obsessed! But I think it will be fabulous when you complete it, and I know your family will make many memories as a result :)

thegardnerthree said...

I love, I love it, I love it! What a happy memory. Lee has shared that with me, too. Wonderful!

Christie, Describe Happy said...

I'm having fun obsessing about these vicariously through you! I can see how you can get hooked on them.. they are so darn cool! They will make a beautiful gathering place for little ones!

Jess said...

they are adorable! and what a beautiful and fun thing to look at with your kids!

Cheryl said...

If you put those together back to back and make a binding they make the cutest books.

Ms Muffin said...

Oh my, your squares look amazing! This is going to be an AWESOME quilt!!!! I can not wait to see it! Imagine - queen-sized I-spy-quilt! I think I have NEVER seen one! It is gonna be awesome!
And I can not believe you are making a border for each one. Wow, you DO have patience!
Have a great weekend!