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.
She choose lots of Sarah Jane prints and colors. (Those narwhals get me every time.) My sisters and I have been Sarah Jane groupies for a long time. It’s so fun now that we can play with her art via fabric as well. I threw in a few more prints in the colors she chose and I love the way it’s turned out.
I love the balloons print too. This new little gal has an older brother that LUVS balloons. So this print is in there for him. Maybe he can play I-spy with some of the other pictures in the quilt too. I’ve found that big brothers are often in need of good forms of distraction when new babies show up.
When I asked her what design she wanted, my sister was drawn to hexagon quilts. Which kind of freaked me out a little. I love hand-sewing hexagons together english-paper-pieceing style but had only ever completed small projects. The thought of a bigger quilt felt daunting to me.
Until I took a class from Kati about machine pieceing hexagons. So awesome! She has great tutorials here and here showing how she does it. Takes some patience, but so much faster than hand sewing. I also found an awesome 9″ Hexagon die from AccuQuilt for my GO cutter and got it for myself for Christmas. Made the cutting SO slick. I think it’s my new favorite die. I plan to put it to good use.
The custom quilting on this quilt was done by Emily of Emerson Quilting. I love how she custom quilted each hexagon. All of Emily’s work is done free hand. Check out her website to see some of her amazing samples and great pricing. If you’re looking for Sarah Jane fabrics they are still available at Fat Quarter Shop and Poppy Seed Fabrics.
- Showcase bright, bold solids and modern fabrics–perfect for stimulating Baby’s senses
- Choose from 14 small quilts that can be easily completed in time for the baby shower
- Rely on clear instructions and illustrations for each inviting design