Friday, October 5, 2012

I Spy A Friday Finish

Being a Grandma is the best thing about getting older.  I'm "Marmee" to my two darling granddaughters.  I am having so much fun sewing "girly" stuff, as I raised only boys!

GD2 turned one year old this week.  To celebrate, I made (finished)  an "I Spy" quilt that I had started when my youngest niece was 2.  She is in Middle School now!

 
I think when I started collecting fabrics for "I Spy," I must have purchased a bundle of 4" square fabrics.  No other way to explain how many "fish" blocks there are in this quilt!  The border is made of Kona Cotton strips from their new colors.  They are arranged in the order of an old Girl Scout Song, "I Can Sing a Rainbow."

Red and yellow and pink and green, purple and orange and blue . . . I can sing a rainbow.

And bound in a black and white stripe -- thanks Ginny of Ruth's Stitchery for finding just the right stripe for me!

If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you can see some of my favorite blocks:  in the upper right-hand corner is a US Navy aircraft carrier (Uncle Jacob's ship).  Two blocks to the left of that is a fish on a yellow motorcycle (Uncle Justin rides a yellow motorcycle).  In the bottom row is a bear using a computer (Grandpa is a computer expert).

I wish I had thought to add some photos of all of GD2's grandparents and great-grandparents.  They all live a distance apart, and that would help her learn who everyone is, since she sees them so seldom.  Also, how could I not add a "sewing machine" block to represent Marmee?

One more photo so you can see Mr. Blue Suede Shoe's nice ankles:


Linking up to "Richard and Tanya's "Link a Finish Friday" and



I have lots of novelty fabrics left over from my "I Spy," would you like them?  Leave one (please!) comment on this post before next Friday and I'll let the Random Number Generator select a winner.  Be sure to include contact information if you're a no-reply commenter!



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68 comments:

  1. That is lovely! Little ones love those I Spy quilts so much. It sounds like you did a great job depicting family members in yours.

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  2. I love the blue suede shoes, a very nice quilt hanger you have there! I'm in a swap here in Oz on a Facebook page at the moment for I Spy fabrics so I hope to make one at some stage. We're swapping 5 x 10" blocks so I can either leave them larger or cut them into 2x5" charms. I'm thinking I might make a jar quilt if there are some prints which fit and then use the rest some other way. My kids are 17 & 20 so don't really need to make one, just want to! I love yours!

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  3. One day I'll make an Eye Spy Quilt!!!! LOVE yours!!

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  4. Me Me! Random number generator! Please pick me! I love I-Spys!

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  5. Such a beautiful and FUN quilt! I love making kid quilts with bright fabrics

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  6. I've made several I spy quilts and I'm always looking for new novelty fabric, so yes, please pick me! thanks!

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  7. What a GREAT Quilt!! Love it!! YES!! I would LOVE to win your leftovers!! LOL Whoooohoooo!!! Have a Grandgirlie that would looove an I Spy quilt too!

    Thanks for chance to win! :)

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  8. Oh yes please, I'd love to make a quilt like yours!

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  9. I would love to win some i spy fabrics. I'm just starting to collect some for my own I spy quilt. Thanks so much for offering.

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  10. Oh, how adorable! I love these quilts but have not made one. :) I would love to win fabrics and when I make the quilt, post it on my blog. :)

    Thanks for sharing the picture of the quilt and the scraps.

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  11. I love your I-spy quilt Marti! I would love to make one too!

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  12. What a great quilt! It is particularly special because some of the blocks have a personal connection to you. I have always wanted to try making an "I Spy" quilt so this prize would be just the motivation. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  13. Love the quilt. I've yet to make a full quilt but when I do I think it will be an I Spy.

    I'd love to have some of your novelty remnants (novelty prints are my favorite).

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  14. What a great I Spy quilt. Wish I had grands to sew for. Thank you for the chance to win.
    thelady at hotmail dot com

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  15. I've been saving theme fabrics to make Eye Spy quilts for our great niece/nephews, so my fingers are crossed - thank you for the opportunity :)

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  16. Very creative and fun.. I didnt know about this fabric.. what a fun way to gift someone. thanks

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  17. What a beautiful quilt you made. I would love some of your extra blocks

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  18. I love I spy quilts! When my son was little he had a ring with photo holders on it -- big plastic ones, designed for a child -- and we put photos of his far away relatives in it. It was a great thing -- I wonder if they still sell those?

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  19. This is just so cute...love all those adorable fabrics and your border!! Thanks for the sweet giveaway!

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  20. My daughter would LOVE a quilt like this - she loves looking at books with lots of hidden objects. How much more fun would it be to cuddle under a blanket with them? Thanks for the chance to win!

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  21. Great quilt - I would love to make one :) And would love to win some charms to go in it!!! Thanks for the chance!

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  22. An " spy quilt" is on my list (there are so many quilt no my list...), and your's look so nice! the block with the lightbulb is a goos one!

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  23. I love I spy quilt. Very pretty and cute :)

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  24. An I-spy quilt is on my list of things to make so if you do have extra fabric I would love to give it a another new home.

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  25. I love the way you added those special "personal" blocks - a great idea - though it's as shame you didn't add the pictures and a sewing machine - next time?? I'm about to receive some blocks for an I spy quilt which I plan to add to..so some different fabrics will add extra variety (though I think I have worn out Mr RG)

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  26. Love the blue shoes. haha. I did the same thing I started a quilt for my sisters' boyfriends grand daughter and didn't get it finished and now she is 3. Oh well some day.

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  27. In my last quilt, I got bored with meandering, so I started stitching the names of our family into the squares and I told Jacob about it. So now, whenever I use that quilt, I have to show him his name. I think he is the perfect age for an I Spy quilt, I will have to get on that!

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  28. Great quilt! I would love the leftovers! Thanks for the chance!

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  29. I so love the blue suede shoes. Oh, and the quilt is adorable.

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  30. I love the quilt! I would love the fabrics to make one for my grandsons too. Thanks for the chance :)

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    1. Kate, did you realize you're a no-reply commenter? If you win, I have no way to contact you!

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  31. Oh, wow
    I have collected 70 I Spy blocks, 4" square, but am looking for more. This would be so cool. I love your binding on this quilt so thanks for yet another great idea.

    Stoney Monte

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    1. Stoney, my quilt has 100 squares -- you're almost there! Did you realize you're a no-reply commenter? If you win, I have no way to contact you!

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  32. Love the quilt! That border and the binding are especially perfect (I might have to "borrow" that idea). :)

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  33. What a great quilt! Well done for finishing it.

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  34. Great quilt. I would love to win your leftovers to add to some I have so I can make one of my own. Thanks for the chance.

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  35. Yes yes i would give it to my niece she would love it!
    V_theberge@hotmail.com

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  36. Linda colcha,poderia fazer sua ideia para meus netos...Obrigada pela oferta.
    tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

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  37. Thanks for a chance to win.
    Thanks,
    Peggy
    Peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

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  38. Hi Marti! Love the I Spy Quilt. My (only) grandson turned one a week ago! I'd love to win to make him an I spy quilt. The fish thing's neat--his room is done in an underwater theme.

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  39. I'm in the process of collecting fabric to make two I Spy quilts for my granddaughters. Since I want them to be different, this is quite an undertaking. I need all the help I can get! Thanks for the great give away opportunity.

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  40. I love the I Spy quilt and the fact that some of the squares "fit" your family is especially cool.
    By the way, I'm in Scotland so, if that's too far for posting, please feel free to leave me out of the giveaway. :o)

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  41. I would love to make an I Spy quilt for my grandson and granddaughter. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  42. What a lovely idea for a quilt. I know that your Grandaughter will cherish it. Thank you for the chance to win the fabric!

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  43. This is wonderful. I love the bright colors and the many objects to keep the eyes busy. Great for children.

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  44. Being a grandma is pretty awesome isn't it? The I-spy quilt was what my grandson let me help him make we had a lot of fun.Thank-you and Thank-you for the give away chance.Becky
    derry04@yahoo.com

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  45. I was reading your article and explaining it to my daughter she loved your quilt so she and I are going to start working on one for her.We both Thank-you for the chance I love others extras they are so much fun to recieve.Again thank-you for the give away.Gil
    onehitters20@yahoo.com

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  46. I'd love to make an I Spy Quilt! Thanks for a chance to win some of this fabulous fabric! :)
    bcgeates at netbistro dot com

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  47. Thanks for the great givaway chance :)

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  48. i would love them. Thanks for the chance!

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  49. Wow, what a colourful array of fabric! Love it! awolk at rogers dot com

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  50. Oh, I know that song. "Listen with your heart, listen with your heart, and sing everything you see...", right? I still sing that to myself sometimes. Childhood songs stay with you.

    Thanks for the giveaway. I need to get started on quilts for my niece's kids--I finished one for her first, and she is now on her fourth. Yikes. :)

    wordygirl at earthlink dot net

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  51. Love your quilt!!! And being a grammy is pretty amazing isn't it? My mom and mom-in-law love it too! hehehehe

    kittyklaws13411 at yahoo.com

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  52. What a great I spy quilt. It has such great colors

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  53. Great blue suede shoes,(the legs aren't half bad either) Your quilt looks great & I'm always on the lookout for more I spy fabrics. Thanks for the chance to win some.
    lyn.robyn.smith@gmail.com

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  54. Wow, that's a cool quilt! Thanks for the giveaway.e
    ecogreenashley@gmail.com

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  55. Love the quilt and the ankles. These quilts are so much fun for kids and adults.

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  56. Thanks for the chance to win those I-Spy novelty prints. All the fathers and grandfathers of my grandnieces are fishermen, so fish squares would work just fine for an I-spy quilt! My brother has already taken some of the grandnieces cane fishing too! Your stripe binding is wonderful - excellent choice. This is very generous of you.

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  57. Oh! I'm prepping and gathering fabric for my first quilt to be an I-Spy for my kids for Christmas, this would be perfect! Thanks for the chance! :)

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  58. Love that quilt!!!
    craftnursequilt(at)gmail(dot)com

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  59. I'd love to win your leftovers! Great job on the quilt.

    Hugs
    Naomi

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  60. This is such fun, I have a niece that would love a quilt like this. Thanks for the chance to win some cute fabric.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  61. Oh your quilt is lovely....gd2 will love it! I have 3 granddaughters after raising only boys so I do understand (also one grandson I could never forget!) It would be amazing to win your leftovers. Thanks so much.

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