I Spy With My Little Eye...A Finish!
I am always amazed at how much I can get done if I actually work on something. I started collecting fabric for I-Spy quilt 4 years ago and finally finished it yesterday. It all started when I saw Amy Smart's vintage inspired I-Spy quilt. I had always thought that type of quilt was too busy, crazy and (I have to admit) cheesy but her fabric choices made it super cute.
The neighbor girls helped hold up the quilt. Thanks!
I didn't feel like I should be too picky about foot and hand placement since they weren't my own kids/husband. :)
So I bought one of her 3 1/2" charm packs and started collecting fabric. I swapped some fabric for I-Spy type prints, used some from a Japanese fabric exchange and found quite a few in my own stash. There are almost 200 different fabrics in the quilt. Insane!
I pulled the bag of charms out from under their layer of dust this winter and used them as leaders and enders, but last week I just decided to work on it full time and finish it up.
If I had it to do over I would probably choose a light tan for the background squares like Amy did so the whitish blocks would stand out more, but then again maybe not. Most of the blocks do look great against the white. I would also have removed any fabrics that I didn't absolutely love. I thought it wouldn't matter if I didn't personally like every print included, but it bugs me. Not a deal breaker, but something to keep in mind for other quilts.
All in all, I still think I-Spy quilts are busy and crazy but this one is my type of busy and crazy. It will be fun looking at all of the different fabrics because while there a few I don't like there are Tons that I Love. (I'm looking at you Heather Ross, mushroom and fairy tale prints.)
Finished size: Approx. 57" x 69"
Fabric: 3" (finished) charms and Kona unbleached PFD (my favorite off-white)