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Friday, May 13, 2011

Blogger’s Quilt Festival

I don’t have any brand new finish to show, in fact no finishes from this year yet…. But this quilt was finished on December 24th. 

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I started making this I Spy quilt for my granddaughter about five years ago, just after I took up quilting again.  I had a lot to learn (not that I’ve learned it all yet) and this quilt definitely was part of my learning curve.  I made templates for the hexagons and triangles out of a stiff plastic.  These worked okay, but as pieces were cut, tiny slivers were lost and the shapes morphed.  By the time I was sewing everything together these were not pieces that fit perfectly.

Collecting the pictures for the quilt was fun.  This was before I knew about on-line quilt stores.  I begged from everyone I knew, and got a lot of pieces from the scrap box at the Alaskan quilt store I go to from time to time.  There is a definite theme of animals and the out-of-doors to the charms; not really a “girly” theme, but then my granddaughter has her “outdoorsy” side. 

I chose blue for the setting triangles, because that was what I could find, that or red and I thought red was too much for my girl. 

Once the rows were made I and I went to join them, I discovered that they didn’t match up, thanks to the poor cutting.  The quilt got shelved for several years.  I looked at it once in a while but couldn’t think of how to fix it. 

Then my quilting skills improved, and along with that my ability to think outside of the box, and the pattern, grew.  I decided that a small sashing between the rows would fix the problem, and it did quite well I believe. 

My granddaughter received this quilt for Christmas in 2010, only five years late!

She picked the backing herself.

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I am still learning to machine quilt…..

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I had great fun “writing” the label into the border.

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Thanks for coming by and checking out my quilt.  Please be sure to visit

Amy's Creative Side to see other beautiful quilts in the show.

Janet

36 comments:

  1. What a great quilt for a little girl. I love "I Spy" quilts. It never gets boring, and you always discover new things through the years.

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  2. That's good to know about the templates changing. It sure looks like it turned out well and I bet your granddaughter loves it!

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  3. What a darling I Spy quilt! And your quilting looks wonderful! I'm sure your granddaughter loves it!!

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  4. I'm addicted to hexies and love the way you put yours together :) Thank you so much for sharing the quilt and the story!

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  5. Adoring all the quilting techniques you have chosen for this quilt. TY for showing it off:)

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  6. How inspiring that you were able to finally take it out, find a solution to the technical difficulties, and get it finished!

    I've enjoyed reading more of your blog and seeing the real North!

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  7. You would never know that you had any sort of misgivings about this quilt ever. It is really wonderful. It's the most special I Spy I have ever seen.

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  8. I just had to comment - we share the same name! You should be proud of your quilt. It's lovely.

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  9. I'll bet she loves that quilt.

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  10. A very fun and pretty quilt. It will be well loved.

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  11. Oh my, those hexagons are so cute! You've put lots of work in your quilt :)

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  12. Really nice I spy quilt. Have been collecting and cutting lots of pieces to make two for my children's kiddos. Also entered a swap at green apple orchard's site so waiting those pieces to come. Mine won't be as beautiful as yours with it's octagons, though! Lucky granddaughter. Thanks for sharing and have a great day

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  13. Great work, You are very brave to go back to something like that, i usually just leave it as is!

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  14. What a darling "I Spy" quilt! And you quilting - I think it's great! I aspire to it!

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  15. This is such a great idea for an I Spy quilt. I love the huge range of fabrics you have used. It is so colourful and cheerful!

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  16. Great quilt, and your quilting looks really good!

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  17. Your granddaughter is going to cherish this quilt for years to come.
    Deborah

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  18. I am working on my grandmothers' flowergarden quilt, LOVE hexies. Your quilt is beautiful, maybe I 'll make one for our grandchildren..

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  19. Beautiful quilting! I agree it is hard to sometimes think outside the box. I am glad you got it finished. I bet she loves it!

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  20. You did a great job solving that problem, and your machine quilting looks fantastic. Sometimes a difficult thing needs to percolate a little before you come to just the right solution.

    Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my entry.

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  21. I have made an I Spy quilt very similar to that. I always swear off of hexagons but end up doing just one more. I gave the first one I made to my eldest daughter's kids and it has held up quite well. If you ever need any more kid-friendly prints, let me know.
    ps. I love the flowers that have replaced the snowy scene!

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  22. I love I Spy quilts, and this one is so fun. Very nice idea - writing in the border like that!

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  23. I like it better with the sashing, so a mistake was a great thing! Great job finishing it up after it sitting for so long! Your granddaughter will love it for years to come!

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  24. That's a darling I Spy quilt! And I love your story of it, glad that you persevered and got it done. I think the sashing really sets it off, so good job! The quilting looks great!

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  25. How cool ! I absolutely love this kind of I-Spy-Quilts, I did one like that some years ago (only I used yellow for the triangles). I love your version with the sashing - very clever idea!

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  26. Hello Janet, enjoyed seeing your I Spy Quilt....I love making hexagons....well done with your machine quilting...to learn machine quilting is on my to do list...Warm Regards, Lyn

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  27. Great finish! And the idea to put the sashing between the rows was brilliant - I will have to remember that! I have had a I-Spy quilt in the works for probably 10 years. In fact a friend still brings me fabrics for it once in a while. I will finish it someday - LOL!

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  28. What a whimsical quilt! Your granddaughter is one lucky girl!

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  29. Love your I Spy quilt; definitely a much more sane undertaking!

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  30. Better late than never! I like that your granddaughter got to choose the backing. It's a bright, beautiful fun quilt!!

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  31. What an amazing quilt. It is just fantastic.
    I am sure the wait was well worth it!

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  32. I like that you quilted 'I Spy' into the quilt.

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  33. This is brilliant! I love the "I spy" quilting!

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  34. What a fun quilt! I am sure your granddaughter loves it. I can see why it took a while to make. It turned out great!

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