Saturday, September 17, 2011

I Spy Quilt

I saw the cutest idea for a quilt online, called an "I Spy Quilt".  It is so fun!  A great idea for a young child who is just learning words! 

You need a lot of fabric scraps with interesting pictures on them in order to make this quilt.  I happen to have a bucket full of scraps leftover from all my rag quilt cutting.  So here is my version of the "I Spy Quilt".  I think it is better to make a smaller quilt for this project as it is more of a plaything than an actual "keep me warm" quilt. This quilt measures 36" x 22".

Materials you will need:
1 1/2  yards of solid fabric (for squares)
1 1/2 yards of fabric for backing
1/2 yard of  fabric for binding
1 small bag of batting
Lots of fabric scraps with interesting, fun things on them.

First I cut my rectangles 8 x 12


Then organize your scraps into 9 piles (one pile for each square) of complimentary fabrics.

I picked one fabric from each pile that I wanted to build the rectangle around.  Cut that piece a little bigger and place it on the rectangle.  Cut your other fabrics to fit into the rest of the rectangle.  Leave a 1 inch border around each rectangle.  This is my first Square!
Pin everything and sew it in place with a zig zag stitch along the raw edge.    I used a pink thread for this square. For a more finished look you can fold under the raw edges and iron in place then sew with the zig zag stitch.  Some of the fabrics look cute with a square placed on top of them.
Make 9 Rectangles this way then lay them out.
Sew the blocks together in rows of three using a 1/4" seam.  Then sew the rows together.
Add batting and binding.  For this quilt I did a simple zig zag in the ditch to hold everything together.  Your I Spy quilt is done!
This was a fun project and only took 1 day to make.  I think my granddaughter will like it.