Sunday, October 30, 2011

Blogger's Quilt Festival

Thanks so much for joining me from Amy's Bloggers' Quilt Festival 2011.

Here are the latest two quilts I've completed.  I Spy quilts for my sons.


I have two sons.  Wyatt is 4 and Owen is 3.  I have never been a fan of I Spy quilts, but when my sister-in-law showed us the one she made for her son, my kids went nuts over it, searching for each object with a surprising amount of enthusiasm.  I decided then and there that I needed to make my boys their own I Spy quilts, but I also needed to find a design that was more my style.

So I signed up for a couple online swaps for charm squares.  Both swaps were for 4 inch charms.  The first swap got me 200 I Spy squares, but most of the prints were really busy looking.  I put them on a shelf, waiting for inspiration to strike...  Then a color wheel swap started up and I jumped at the chance to add 200 more squares to my stash.  These squares were really nice because most of them were calmer prints or solids.  I sorted all 400 charm squares into piles by color & started making 16 patches.  It didn't take long to come up with the rest of my plan.  A rainbow aesthetic was sure to draw my kids' eyes.  I supplemented some from my stash and a couple friends helped me out with oranges and purples, which I seemed to be short on.


Assembling the blocks went really quickly.  I sandwiched the quilts right before I went on a weekend retreat & got 1 1/2 quilted while I was gone.  I used two different quilting techniques.  The first one was quilted with my walking foot in straight lines.  However, I felt like the quilt was really creeping with me, despite pinning in every other square.  This caused me to try something different in the second quilt.  I used my free motion foot and quilted really densely in a sort of flame/paisley pattern and I changed thread color in each section.  I love the look and feel of that type of quilting and I'll certainly do it again soon.  Using quilting gloves helped me keep a little more control over my progress.   I didn't pre-mark and of my quilting lines.  I just had some wine and got busy.


These will be Christmas gifts for my two boys.  I envision the quilts being used in our living room while watching TV, in the kitchen to make tents or in the back yard for impromptu picnics.

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11 comments:

Jolanda said...

Your quilts are so cute!!

Lydia said...

I love a good rainbow quilt and these are amazing!

Lauren P said...

I love the rainbow look! So cute!

laura said...

great i-spy quilts!

Lyanna L. said...

i spy quilts are fun and i love the idea of doing it with the rainbow colors. great job and thank you for sharing =)

Alli said...

I really like that you arranged them into rainbow colors -- it really helps organize the chaos of an I-spy quilt! :)

Allison said...

Had some wine and got busy! Love it!

Editfolt said...

Welcome Magyrországról. I really like your quilt. Beautiful colors, and stitching. I love the watercolors technika-

Rachel said...

Lovely! I'm sure your kids will enjoy them.

Benta At SLIKstitches said...

I love rainbow quilts, and I make a lot of I-spy quilts - this is a fab combination!

Quiltjane said...

The colours are amazing. Lucky kids.