Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Driven to Quilt

I have been bitten by the quilting bug. I have decided to sew an I Spy Quilt for my cousin’s little girl. I’ll be seeing her in August when we go to England on holiday. But I am sure when I get started I am going to want to make for the other little ones in the family as well!

Basically an I Spy quilt consists of many different squares of fabric with items easily identifiable by a child. So you can play the childhood game, I Spy with them. Now this means buying an awful lot of fabric so that you don’t have repeats.  I looked around for swaps, unfortunately I found a few but they didn’t want to include anyone outside of the US. Eventually  I did find one and I have sent off my three packages of fabric and in a few weeks should receive 30 different fabrics back.

I am going to be making a disappearing 9 patch quilt that I saw on the Obsessively Stitching Blog

I will post my progress!

Normally, if I (or someone else) can't wear it, I don't sew it, however over the years I have done some quilting. When the boys were little I made a dinosaur quilt and a zoo quilt using the paper piecing method. These are from the book "Patchwork Quilts for Children", by Margaret Rolfe.  I also took all my old fabric scraps and make a little quilt.

Circa 1997

Circa 1997

Circa 2000

I have also turned a lot of my old running t-shirts into a warm and snuggly quilt. I made one for my younger son as well. These all float around the TV room and the basement for snuggling under while watching TV.

Circa 2004

Circa 2010

For my older son I have the squares cut out ready to go. My husband has also sorted out his old cycling t-shirts for me to make into a quilt!

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