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.
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.
I am still learning to machine quilt…..
I had great fun “writing” the label into the border.
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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.ReplyDelete
That's good to know about the templates changing. It sure looks like it turned out well and I bet your granddaughter loves it!ReplyDelete
What a darling I Spy quilt! And your quilting looks wonderful! I'm sure your granddaughter loves it!!ReplyDelete
I'm addicted to hexies and love the way you put yours together :) Thank you so much for sharing the quilt and the story!ReplyDelete
Adoring all the quilting techniques you have chosen for this quilt. TY for showing it off:)ReplyDelete
How inspiring that you were able to finally take it out, find a solution to the technical difficulties, and get it finished!ReplyDelete
I've enjoyed reading more of your blog and seeing the real North!
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.ReplyDelete
I just had to comment - we share the same name! You should be proud of your quilt. It's lovely.ReplyDelete
I'll bet she loves that quilt.ReplyDelete
A very fun and pretty quilt. It will be well loved.ReplyDelete
Oh my, those hexagons are so cute! You've put lots of work in your quilt :)ReplyDelete
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 dayReplyDelete
Great work, You are very brave to go back to something like that, i usually just leave it as is!ReplyDelete
What a darling "I Spy" quilt! And you quilting - I think it's great! I aspire to it!ReplyDelete
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!ReplyDelete
Great quilt, and your quilting looks really good!ReplyDelete
Your granddaughter is going to cherish this quilt for years to come.ReplyDelete
I am working on my grandmothers' flowergarden quilt, LOVE hexies. Your quilt is beautiful, maybe I 'll make one for our grandchildren..ReplyDelete
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!ReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my entry.
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.ReplyDelete
ps. I love the flowers that have replaced the snowy scene!
I love I Spy quilts, and this one is so fun. Very nice idea - writing in the border like that!ReplyDelete
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!ReplyDelete
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!ReplyDelete
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!ReplyDelete
This is so sweet!ReplyDelete
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, LynReplyDelete
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!ReplyDelete
What a whimsical quilt! Your granddaughter is one lucky girl!ReplyDelete
Love your I Spy quilt; definitely a much more sane undertaking!ReplyDelete
Better late than never! I like that your granddaughter got to choose the backing. It's a bright, beautiful fun quilt!!ReplyDelete
What an amazing quilt. It is just fantastic.ReplyDelete
I am sure the wait was well worth it!
I like that you quilted 'I Spy' into the quilt.ReplyDelete
This is brilliant! I love the "I spy" quilting!ReplyDelete
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!ReplyDelete