I like to use the Essex cotton/linen blend by Robert Kaufman as the off-set blocks because they give some added texture and contrast to the quilt. (You can find it here, and here.) Not to mention when the quilt is washed, the linen shrinks and crinkles up so nicely, giving the quilt a nice vintage feel. I have a simple pattern for this i-spy quilt in my etsy shop.
I had the perfect backing in my stash – a Moda print by Jan Figuroa from a few years ago with more items to spy! The quilting is a simple meander loop by Melissa of Sew Shabby Quilting.
- 1 3/8 yard fabric for front (I used Mystique Black Petal)
- 1/6 yard fabric for stripe (I used Mystique Gray Stripe)
- 1 5/8 yard cotton fabric for back (I used 60″ wide minkie and needed 1 3/8 yards)
- fat quarter for circle (I used Peony)
- fat quarter for letter (I used Charcoal)
- 1/2 yard for binding (I used Charcoal)
I’ve had a bunch of new babies to make quilts for recently and liked the idea of using the large-scale prints – like the large Chevrons – as the feature design for the quilt, and then personalize a little by adding a contemporary monogram. In this case, the chevrons also create a perfect guide for the quilting. This quilt was quilted by Melissa Kelly who added the cute pebbles to set off the monogram circle.
I decided to add minkie to the back of one of the quilts. Both are crib sized. Melissa also custom quilted this one as well.
One more fun thing to share. (This one also makes me break out into a cold sweat!) I am going to be teaching this fall at Riley Blake’s Fabric Fest. (What, what, what??) I will admit to getting slightly nauseous when I saw my name on the same schedule as Eleanor Burns, Nancy Zieman, and Lori Holt. That song from Sesame Street “One of these things is not like the others…” kept running through my head.