I pulled out all of my novelty fabrics and past i-spy kits to put together two I-spy quilts. An i-spy quilt is typically made of novelty prints with little pictures to play a game of ‘i-spy’.
I love making i-spy quilts for baby gifts. They’re gender neutral and (hopefully) provide entertainment for older siblings as well.
I decided to try something different from my previous I-spy quilts. In the past I’ve used the Essex Linen as my off-setting squares. This time I decided to use the Riley Blake black Swiss-dot. I also laid out the colored blocks in color-spectrum order. I cut all my squares 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.
This particular quilt includes 98 novelty I-spy colored blocks and 97 black swiss dot off-set blocks (1 yard total).
I then pieced the squares together into rows of 13 blocks across and 15 blocks down (total 195 blocks) alternating I-spy and off-set blocks.
The finished size of this quilt is 39″ x 45″.
If you are careful, you can get away with 1 3/8 yards for the back. 1/2 yard for the binding.
I really like the texture that the dots give. I think it makes for a fun change giving it a little more of a vintage look.
The backing on this one is a piece that I’ve had in my stash forever. It’s an Alexander Henry print that I got years ago called Paris Park. It was the perfect backing for this quilt.
And I’m feeling proud that I actually put a label on the quilt.
I also made one with alternating i-spy blocks. It makes the quilt a little busier, but gives you lots more things to “spy”.
I love the little black and white Moda micro dot on for the binding.
For the backing on this one I used the Moda Passport map of New York City. I only had a yard so I pieced some cheerful clouds above the city. 🙂
I frequently try and stock pre-cut I-spy kits in my Etsy Shop. They’ll always be unique, depending on the fabrics available when the kits are cut. You can find them here.
Finally, thank you SO much for all of the kind words this week. They were a huge boost and lift. I could not do an adequate job of thanking you all individually, but please know each kind word meant so much.
I have been feeling so sad for Paris. It’s one of my favorite cities and I’m praying for Paris. It’s awful to see that there is so much bitterness and sadness in the world, but encouraging to see the outpouring of love and support that brings people together under adversity. Keep being kind and seeking out the beautiful. Don’t let ugly win!