Do you have an I Spy quilt on your to-make list? The hardest part about an I Spy project is finding and collecting all the different fabrics. Check out our I Spy quilting fabric category to find lots of fabrics that would work great. Once you collect all your fabrics, here’s a few projects to try.
Make an I Spy banner for your kitchen eating area, or for a child’s room. Use a solid fabric for the back of the banner pieces. From 10 I Spy squares cut 10 triangles. Cut 10 triangles from a solid fabric. With right sides together sew along each long side. Turn right side out and press. From the same solid fabric, cut a 3″ wide strip about 60″ long. Press in half and then fold each side in to the center and press again. Tuck each I Spy triangle inside this strip about an inch apart and sew right along the open edge the entire length of the strip. Fold over each end of the strip a few inches and tack it down to make a loop for hanging.
I Spy placemats can create a fun activity for the kids as they are waiting for their meal to be ready.
Many patterns can be modified to create I Spy quilts.
In Patch of Posies, replace the color centers of the squares with I Spy fabrics.
Ribbonworks will frame your fabrics nicely.
The charm pack pattern, Baby Charms, is ideal for I Spy squares. It would make a great quilt for tummy time.
A fun way to collect enough different pieces is to find a swap – or start one yourself. Search yahoo groups, or blogs, or suggest it at your next guild meeting. If you want to start one yourself, here’s how it works: Find 10 quilters (including yourself) that are interested. Each person selects 10 different fabrics and cuts 10 4″ squares from each. You should be able to get 10 4″ squares from one fat quarter. One person (you?!) collects all of these squares, deals out one of each of the 10 fabrics into 10 separate piles. When finished each of the 10 piles should contain 100 4″ squares of different fabrics, which are then distributed to the participants. You may get a few duplicates but most of your fabrics should be different. Then you are ready to choose a project and sew!