Monday, April 9, 2012

I*Spy Quilt

I've posted a bit about it before, but my husband's cousins have two adorable little girls and we spend time together every Friday night.  They were over at our house one day (which they find boring since we don't have cable or kid stuff haha) and I was trying to think of something for us to do.  We were down in my sewing space and I decided that I'd pull out the charms I got through the I-Spy Charm Swap and we could lay them out and play a little game.  That was when E informed me that it was almost her birthday and sweetly requested that I use these "pretty fabrics" to sew her a quilt as a present.  Melted my heart!! So the only logical thing to do was start planning and cutting. 

I have a tutorial *almost* done so hopefully I can get it up later this week - but I just couldn't wait to share the quilt until then.

Without further ado - The I*Spy Quilt!

I*Spy Top
Top & Back


I used 96 different charms and combined them with Kona White for the background.  I had the different colors of polka dots in my stash (they're from Connecting Threads) and backed it in purple gingham by Michael Miller and bound it in a Bella purple (not sure the name).

This was also the first big project I free-motion quilted on my home machine!  I won't deny that I need some more practice but once it's all washed and crinkly everything fades together.  I will definitely be doing some more FMQ at home soon.

The gift was a huge hit, she loved it and snuggled up with it that night!! Her older sister also informed me that if E didn't like it that she'd take it :) - Guess I better get working on a quilt for her too!

Keep your eyes peeled for the tutorial soon!

Linking up at Manic Monday over @ Sew.Happy.Geek


I've decided to add this quilt as my entry for the Festival of Half Sqauare Triangles over at Canoe Ridge Creations since everything except the border and back is made from a HST!  Be sure to check out the other entries.


  1. kelsey! this is so so adorable and i bet she just loves it so so much! great work!

  2. What a fun quilt this is! I just love the different border prints and the backing and then the solid purple binding! Great colors and design!


  3. adorable! I just participated in a swap that had some ispy - cute way to use.

  4. This is just cute as can be! What a lovely job. I'm looking forward to the tutorial!

  5. So pretty! I wouldn't mind snuggling up with it, either.

  6. love it !! melts your heart when the kids love your quilts !

  7. Such a fun quilt! I really like the colorful borders and your quilting looks great!

  8. What a great gift and a great use of all those ispy fabrics! Congrats on FMQ your first big quilt on your machine, that is quite the accomplishment!

  9. I really like that you made your I spy into pinwheels! Most that I've seen have just been squares. The pinwheels make it extra fun!

  10. What a luckily girl - you're really kind!

  11. Beautiful quilt and lucky little girl, fo sure.

  12. love this version of an i spy- it is so interesting and still very coherent. great work.

  13. It's really lovely, what a great way to make an eye spy quilt.

  14. What a great idea for a HST quilt! How fun.


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