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Finished I Spy Quilt

So, I don't really like having a lot of unfinished projects laying around. It makes me anxious and overwhelmed. It also makes me unproductive because I have a hard time deciding which project to commit my time to and often end up working on none of them. April is a craft heavy month with Easter and Samuel's birthday and I just could not start any of those planned projects without finishing up some. So, this is the week for finishing things.

First up, an smallish twin size I Spy quilt for my kids.
I Spy Quilt

I officially started this one in May or June of last year. I was making an I Spy Quilt for another little girl. By far the hardest part was cutting the squares. 150 fussy cut squares from 149 different fabrics (yes I repeated one large scale great print). So, knowing I would never ever want to do that again, I cut two sets at once. After Christmas sometime, I pulled out the second set and I've been working on it slowly ever since.
I Spy Quilt Borders and Binding

Once again I could not resist putting some fabrics beside each other.
I Spy Quilt Close-Up
The Cat in the Hat and goldfish.
Bacon and Eggs- I Spy Quilt
Bacon and Eggs
Monkey and Bananas- I Spy Quilt
Bananas and a Sock Monkey
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A Birthday Girl and the Best Birthday Present Ever.

As you've probably guessed from the pictures, Samuel loves this quilt. Every time I put it on the floor, he is all over it.
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I think this is going to be our official outside blanket this summer. I'm imagining lots of playing in the backyard, trips to the park and picnics.

One more crafty note- since this quilt was a keeper, I decided to experiment with something new. Fusible batting. I thought I could forgo the whole crawling around on the floor pinning everything together step. I was hoping for quick and easy. I was severely disappointed. It was not quicker. I spent forever pressing all the layers together. Then, it didn't work. It started coming apart before I even started quilting. I thought I could make it work but ended up having to rip out some of the quilting when the layers shifted and then pinning some places anyway. Thankfully, all the stiffness of the glue did wash out like it was supposed to. I really can't see myself ever using it again. However, I may try basting spray because of several good recommendations.

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balloongal said…
You are so creative. You are very inspiring. Thanks. I love reading about your projects.

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