Sunday, June 20, 2010

i-Spy Quilt!

So I have been obsessed with i-spy quilts for awhile.. After I saw this and this I just wanted one for my little one. I even considered paying $75 and buying one off of Etsy here. But I didn't. I was lucky enough to be able to sign up for one of Care's I-spy swaps over at Obsessively Stitching and got to make my own.

Now I have never really made a quilt before. I made a t-shirt quilt. But beccuase I so poorly put the binding on and didn't machine quilt it altogether (just hand tied it in a few places) I don't consider it to be a REAL quilt. This one though is legit. The only thing I didn't do was free motion quilting. I just quilted in diagonals and really liked how it turned out. Many quilting in my little basic singer is a chose. Quilts are heavy. I am glad I did it this way. I don't know if I could do a quilt any other way in my machine.

My in laws were/are here for Father's Day and they watching my little one while I spent hours - it wasn't as hard as I thought - to make this quilt. Here is the process and the finished results:

First I laid out all my i spy blocks to put them in some kind of order and to make sure I didn't have too many with the same color background next to each other.

Then I sewed pairs of fabrics together and then pair os pairs together to make rows of four. Note how in the above picture I used post it notes to mark my 1/4 inch seam. I don't think I sew very straight so this kept me in line - it totally helped! I read about how to do this on some blog but not sue which one. I consider myself not a self taught quilter, but a blog taught quilter!

I sewed the three rows of four together to make my 15 total rows. Then I sewed all my rows together to make my top

I didn't photograph the nex steps but I then added my green border, and quilted the three layers (the back, the batting and the top together) and sewed on my binding, first the back side with the machine and then the front by hand. It was a long weekend and I am glad myin laws were here to help because I hate having projects left unfinished because I do all my work in my kitchen since we live in such a tiny house. Here is the completed quilt.


HarmSkills said...

seriously, that is incredible!

is an etsy shop in your future????

Beth & Tim said...


You did such an awesome job Em!


FourJedis said...

Gorgeous! You did a great job. I've always wanted to learn to make a quilt, but am scared, so I just hoard fabric and do nothing with it instead! :) Very nice!

Lynn Leitch said...

That is beautiful Em. I love it! I might need some tutoring though because I didn't really understand some of your "technical" terms.