I-Spy Quilts

For Christmas, I made an I-Spy quilt for The Brood, which they love. I’m really happy they like it because they were pretty apathetic about the other quilts I made them (which is fine, I don’t expect a baby to have much of an opinion about which blanket they’re spitting up on). =D I almost wish I had made the quilt bigger with more blocks except that I didn’t want to sew more blocks…

I-Spy Quilt

I-Spy quilts require a bit of planning because getting enough blocks takes time. I think the best way is to join a swap group. I joined the I-Spy swap group on Yahoo Groups which is a very well run group. I participated in 4 swaps before I had enough blocks to make my quilts.

I made 2 I-Spy quilts at the same time, one for my brood and one for Aimee’s girls. Each quilt had 56 blocks and I used a staggered and framed block layout.

I-Spy Quilt

I decided to try sending the quilts out for quilting this time. I’m so glad I did because Melissa at Sew Shabby Quilting did a wonderful job and I love the results! This is computerized end-to-end quilting: flowers for Aimee and bubbles for mine.

I-Spy Quilt
I-Spy Quilt

I also made quilt labels for the first time. I embroidered them on my embroidery machine and hand sewed them in. (Names redacted to protect kiddo privacy.)

I-Spy QuiltI-Spy Quilt

And some final photos.

I-Spy QuiltI-Spy Quilt
I-Spy Quilt

I had a lot of fun making these so I wouldn’t mind doing it again. And good thing too as I have a ton of I-Spy blocks left from my swaps…

3 comments on I-Spy Quilts

  • Susan

    Love our quilts! I am inspired to start one but cannot find any current swaps. Any advice?

    • AJ (author)

      Sorry! I think I replied in the wrong place on the comment thread so you might not have gotten notified of my response:

      Did you check out the I Spy group on Yahoo Groups? They always have swaps going. You can check the schedule under Files to see what the upcoming swaps are.
      https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ISpyQuilts/info

      There are also people on Etsy that sell I-Spy block sets where you can buy an assortment of blocks.

      Hope that helps!

  • Lee

    The ISpyQuilts group on yahoo is doing an ABC swap right now. Stop by, sign up and join us. You will receive back one block represented for each letter A through Z.

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