Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Black I-Spy Quilt -- COMPLETE!

It's done! And I love it! A quilt made from 100% black background I-Spy squares!

I decided to go with a nice bright pop of color for the inner border. And get this -- it's a matching game! For every I-Spy in the border, there is one to match in the center of the quilt! Ha ha, I love it!!

I decided this quilt needed to go to my nephew for Christmas. I ended up taking out a few squares that were originally in the quilt and replaced them with some squares that would be specifically fun for him. Not too much seam ripping -- I only took out four squares on the edges.


The bright turquoise-y blue came from my stash. It's four different prints, all in the same color. I even ended up with exactly enough left over to do the binding.


I backed the quilt with a luscious piece of fuzzy Ultra Cuddle from JoAnn. The color is a perfect match. And, get this -- when I got to the cutting counter there was EXACTLY enough left on the bolt to fit the back. And it was on sale! I even had a leftover piece of batting at home, also the exact size I needed. Serendipity!

All in all, I spent $5 for the backing -- and had everything else on hand. Not too shabby -- especially for a quilt that I absolutely ADORE!!

34 comments:

Red de rOuge said...

Your quilt is fantastic!!! I ADORE too!

Molly said...

Wow! I love the turquoise! You have one lucky nephew! I am going to have to start collecting for a black I-Spy now! You are such a bad influence!

Shana said...

Oh I love that so much!! Very cool!

Tanya said...

Lucky nephew!

kelly said...

yeah!!! it looks fantastic! i love it.

kpmattingly said...

Love this!!! I really need to learn to make one! :)

Manda said...

Love it!

Denise said...

I love the black and turquoise together! Now you need to make one for yourself ;)

Tiffany said...

That turned out awesome!! I love the color choice.

Bree said...

Love it! Great idea to do a matching game with it as well as the I-Spy.

Cerise said...

LOVE it!!

twigletqueen said...

Wow, it's gorgeous! This is the kind of thing that makes me want to start quilting!

Jen said...

Your nephew sure is a lucky little fellow- that quilt turned out really fun! What a cool aunt he has :) Now you need to make a all white background I-Spy quilt for one of your nieces!

Marianne said...

I LOVE your quilt! I love that color blue with the black- just beautiful! I finished 5 lap quilts for my kids and their spouses for Christmas and they loved them! These were the first pieced quilts I had ever made. I put photos on my blog if you would like to see.
I have started collecting fabric for I Spy quilts to make for each of my 6 grandchildren for next Christmas, which I am really excited about. I only just heard about I Spy quilts a few weeks ago and it sounds like such fun to do!

sandandstarfish said...

I LOVE it! Love the idea of the matching game around the outside as well. Very creative!

Amanda said...

It's looks amazing. Nice Job!

lemonadegal said...

I love this!! Now I will HAVE to save my black i-spy squares. I agree with Molly -- you are a bad influence. :)

Cammie said...

That is fantastic! Do you still have it or have you given it to your nephew? Was he shocked and thrilled with the masterpiece he was given?
The game idea is perfect too!

Bonney said...

Love it!

"JeanneG" said...

Very, very nice. What size is it? Not sure if you said. The blue was perfect for it.

Lynette @ My Craft Discovery said...

I love the colors of the backing and borders! It turned out fabulous!

Alisa said...

It is a beautiful quilt! Nice work.

casserole said...

Love, love, LOVE!! The black background is perfect!

L Johnson said...

Love the beautiful all black! Such a cool idea to use matching blocks for the border too!

Sheila said...

Nice meander quilting, too!

Country Girl in the City said...

It looks great!! Love the blue border color.

Stephanie said...

Amazing quilt!!!

christhequilter said...

fantastic

whiskerchase said...

I love it. Could you tell me how many different prints were in the middle and what size you cut them all? Also what size did you cut your inner boarder so you had the perfect size for all the matching game squares outside? I would love to make something similar for my son.

Care said...

Hi whiskerchase!

The center is 10 squares wide by 13 squares tall, and I used 4" cut squares -- a total of 130 in the middle. The blue border is cut at 2 1/4". There is a total of 54 squares around the border.

Hope that helps! It's a super simple design, but I love how it turned out! :o)

Care.

Wendy . . . said...

Hey Care - thanks for your thoughts! What I didn't mention was that we did another IVF cycle ... didn't work but life is good! I promised I will post more often again!! Take care...

Rose said...

So cool! I wish I had the talent for quilting! Or the patience!

Garilyn said...

I love it! That blue is fantastic!!!

Sleeping or Sewing said...

Oh! I just posted a comment wondering about this in December's post. Looks great! All the black squares are so nice!