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Friday, February 21, 2014

2014 Quilt #3

I first heard of I Spy quilts maybe 10-12 years ago, way before I had any grandchildren.
Each block of an I spy quilt uses novelty fabric and the fabric gets fussy cut so the design is featured in each block. 
The template I used is a 3 3/8 inch plexiglass square, which is small. If I was starting another I Spy quilt from scratch, I would use a 4 or 5 inch square. Some of the fabrics I would of liked to use had designs that were just too big. 
Anyway, I've been collecting novelty fabrics all this time and I thought there were finally enough to finish cutting out squares and sew up a quilt.
Every square is something different.

This one is for granddaughter Andie who will be 2 very soon.
It is all machine sewn and quilted. The backing has fish and mermaids riding dolphins. 


Little Andie was born early at 5 pounds  and took a helicopter ride to a bigger hospital on her first day of life. She spent a few days in the children's hospital. 

beautiful Andie
Then once she got home, she has never stopped growing and thriving.
No one would ever guess our tall almost 2 year old Andie was a Premmie.


Some of my  next quilts will be more I Spy quilts for Andie's cousins, JJ and Braeden. 
 
 
linking to the party at CreativeJewishMom.Com - craft schooling Sunday

28 comments:

  1. That's really cute and so is little Andie!:-)

    I have a bunch of scraps that are fun prints that would work well for something like this.

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    1. Hi Mary Ann, I thought of you today when we read the 3 baby Owls books, twice today. It is so sweet, I am glad you blogged about it.

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  2. Andie is a cutie! Love her outfit. Cute quilt. Love the backing too. Jaymee did a I Spy quilt for Ryan for Christmas one year. A queen size and we were looking at all materials for a square to use.

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    1. Lana, does Andie's outfit match Jaymee's wedding? I am thinking it was black and lime green too and it was so pretty .

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  3. I've never heard of those quilts but they are a great idea! Andie is going to love hers for a long, long, time!

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  4. That is a beautiful quilt for a beautiful little girl!

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  5. "I Spy" quilt is a new one for me ... I like the idea very much. Your granddaughter, Andi, is SOOOO cute!
    Blessings,
    Mrs.B

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    1. Thank you Mrs. B. The I Spy quilts are fun to sew.

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  6. Rhonda: Any child would love to have such a fun quilt. So many things to see! I will remember this idea. I have been reading your blog for several months but had trouble commenting until I set up my own blog. I bought two things entirely on your recommendation: the Wet Brush and after Christmas I found the popcorn air popper at CVS. Love them both! You have a lot of good ideas.

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    1. Aww, I am blushing with all these nice comments. It is very nice to meet you.
      I am glad you like the wet brush, I just got a second one to keep in the hall bath for my granddaughter when they take baths here.m

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  7. I love your title and the quilt. How cool! But I agree... small squares are a pain.

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    1. Thank you, I visited your blog today, you are amazing!

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  8. I have never heard of that quilt. What fun! Little Andie is adorable and I love her outfit!

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    1. Thank you. Andie's momma is a very fashionable hair stylist and Andie is always dressed cute.

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  9. Nearly two years old!!!! Gosh that sure flew by fast. Such a cutie. Love the quilt, and I am sure Andie will have hours of fun looking at the different squares.
    blessings, jill

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    1. It goes fast, Jilly. The days are long with little ones but the years are short.

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  10. I have made I Spy quilts, using hexagons, with two of each print. These can be used to play games with a child by "spying" a certain thing or matching two alike. Fun little quilts!

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    1. I like the hexagons and pairs idea, that is a new one to me.

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  11. Love Andie's quilt!
    I'd have sworn you made I-Spy quilts for Gavin and Elizabeth, too, didn't you?
    I've been collecting fabric to make some for my grands, but will do with larger squares. It needs to be a quick project or I lose interest. LOL.

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    1. No, I never made I Spy's for Gavin and Elizabeth. They will just have to help their younger siblings enjoy theirs. :)
      Bigger would be faster, even 6 inch squares would be good I think.

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  12. I Spy quilts are so much fun! Yours is great!

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  13. Andie is a cutie for sure! A great quilt for her!

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  14. When I was a little girl, I used to sit on my grandmother's bed with her and point to different pieces of her quilt and ask where each one came from and listen to her stories of the different garments she made for each of her children from flour sacks, or the fabric she bought at the general store for special occasions. I loved that tired old quilt and leaning into her arms and listening to her gentle voice telling stories about my dad and his childhood. I think that led to my fascination with I Spy quilts to this day.

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  15. Charm packs would make this go quickly in putting together. It's a pretty quilt and one that will be loved!

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  16. This is such a nice quilt and you are right...no one would guess. What a little sweetie she is! :) And lucky grand-child as well! :)

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  17. The quilt turned out really cute. I have a friend who has made about 50 I spy quilts, a little differently, and with 6" squares. They are fun, and I have made a couple. Her granddaughter loved hers so much, she has worn it out twice! She made me one, and when I was still living with my kids, everyone always wanted the I spy quilt while watching tv.

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Jeff and Rhonda

Jeff and Rhonda