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Selfish Quilting

After a string of quilts for other people, I decided it was time for a little in-the-family crafting.
Samuel's I Spy Quilt
This is a direct descendant of these quilts. I know you're not going to believe me, but I really don't like I Spy quilts. Well, I like the idea of them but in actuality I find them too busy. This is the fourth in a series of quilts looking for a better I Spy quilt. The first two, I tried a limited color scheme and white checkerboard blocks. The third- Daphne's quilt from the last post- I kept the white blocks and added a double border to kind of contain the business of the multicolored blocks. This one (hopefully the final one) is definitely not a traditional I Spy quilt.
There are twenty blocks- each with a different I Spy sort of fabric in the center with two borders. I kept the limited blue and green color palette.
I pretty much love these blocks.
Instead of batting, there is just a layer white flannel between the top and backing. First, because it makes for a lighter, summer-weight sort of quilt. Second, because it was what I had on hand.
The back is pieced because I had almost enough fabric.
There are two stripes because it seems I couldn't quite measure the first time around.
I finished it on Thursday night (after starting it the Thursday before!)and its had quite the busy weekend. It's been dragged to Salt Lake to the children's museum and Bountiful for a barbecue and to church this morning. Like any good baby quilt, it's been used for tummy time, for swaddling, to cover up while breastfeeding, to mop up spills, and as a sunshade. Yep, it really needs to be washed now.


balloongal said…
Way to get good use out of it from the very beginning.
kathy said…
Love it! I'm with you, I'm really not a fan of normal I Spy quilts.
pss said…
I enjoy visiting your blog...and i LOVE this quilt!!!
Gale's Goodies said…
Pretty quilt! I love how you have gotten so much use out of it already. It will be well loved!
Katie B. said…
Really pretty! I love the green/blue color combo. And I like that it's kind of a more modern take on the I Spy. Your little guy will have fun pointing out the animals/numbers/etc when he gets a little bit bigger.
I LOVE this I Spy quilt! I agree that they're normally too busy - this is a great modern twist. Great work.
Leserlee said…
I love this one! And of course I love the colors. I'm wondering how an I Spy quilt would look with more blocks and a little less border. Or smaller blocks. That way you still get lots of blocks to I Spy with. Just a thought.
Erica said…
Very nice! I love your more modern, clean line version of the traditional, I-Spy quilt. I love the calm blue and green color palette, too.

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