My lovely book-blogging friend Amy asked me to make her daughter an iSpy quilt. If you’ve never seen an iSpy quilt, it’s made of a bunch of different fabrics, so that kids can search out different items. Plus it’s perfect for snuggles!
This is truly the quilt that a village built. In my stash, I had about half the number of prints I would need to make the quilt. Buying a quarter yard of fabric to get a 5″ square would be too expensive. So I asked a few friends if they had a couple squares they could spare. They said yes, and other friends chimed in, and before I knew it — I had TONS of iSpy squares! I have enough to make another quilt, if not two!
The neutral fabric is a Timeless Treasures crosshatch, and I think it allows the prints to really shine. I quilted it free-hand, using the squares as a guideline. Thanks to the advice of a bunch of friends on Instagram, I also stitched in the ditch around the squares, to hold everything together better.
Seriously — look how many great fabrics! Fishes! Apples! Birds! HEDGEHOGS. I used fabrics that would appeal to both boys and girls, making it wonderfully gender-neutral for any future kids Amy and her husband might have after little Emily.
It’s backed in Timeless Treasures Jungle Animal Toss fabric, which matches their nursery. I love how the quilting looks on the back. It’s hard to see in this photo (it’s so much fun taking frantic photos during a break in the storm), but it’s pretty great.
Packed it up and shipped it off to Amy and her family today. I hope she loves it as much as I do!
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