28 October 2011

Bloggers Quilt Festival - I Spy Quilt!


Hi! It's time for the Blogger's Quilt Festival again over at Amy's Creative Side!  This is the 2nd time I'm participating, and only my 3rd finished quilt ever!  My first Blogger's Quilt Festival entry was my Max and Whisker's quilt that I made last spring for the hubby.

This quilt is the I Spy Quilt made from the charm pack and pattern from Amy Smart - her Etsy shop is here, and she blogs here.  

This idea came about this past summer because one of my husband's oldest friends was expecting his first child.  I thought that the quilt made so much sense for a baby.  As the baby grows, they will be able to identify so many colors and objects on the quilt.  Amy included a wonderful selection of motifs, animals and patterns!

Quilt Stats:
Name:  I Spy Quilt
Fabrics: Charm pack from Amy Smart
Pattern: I Spy Quilt pattern from Amy Smart
Size:  39 inches square

Block detail

I tried my first decorative machine stitch along the edge of the 1st border (the navy one).

White flower machine stitched edge along navy border

Back view of the loopy quilting on the floral border + the edge of the label

There's a hand-embroidered patch on the back that with the blue floral as the border that tells the name of the baby and our names.   I used a linen-y tan color for the alternate blocks.  I quilted straight lines on all the blocks, and tried my FIRST EVER free-motion quilting on the floral border.  It turned out better than I thought - between washing and the floral print, I covered a lot of sins! (although the stitching is quite visible on the back - don't look too close - yikes!)

Detail of the blocks - LOVE the toaster!
I also machine stitched the binding on the back using a zig zag stitch.  This worked really well, and I think it will be much stronger than a hand stitch for a quilt that will be washed A LOT.

On the back fence
Folded on the lawn

The entire quilt!


  1. What a darling quilt! I especially like the neutral you used. I too think quilts should be a baby's first learning tool. :) Happy Quilting!!

  2. I love your I Spy! Great job! I made one for my son (the other side of my hockey quilt) and I love it. And Amy will never steer you wrong- she makes great patterns, I am making a Christmas one right now with one of her kits and patterns!

    Very nicely done, Lily :)

  3. Hi Lily. This is a great quilt. Just perfect for a baby. Love the fabrics. Great work with the quilting. Such a lovely gift!

  4. aw, what a super sweet quilt! congrats!

  5. Anyone can see all the work that went into this and for this reason it will last for years and years, maybe even into the baby's childrens lives. A thought occurred to me that if someone saved clothing for years from a certain child, squares from each piece of clothing could be used to make a memory quilt. Wish I had done that. Jo

  6. What a lucky baby. It really is beautifully made with lots of love. I'm still too scared to try FMQ but yours looks really good. I'm also going to check out this zig zag binding method. Will definitely be a lot stronger than hand stitching. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Wonderfully crafted, and such beautiful colors!


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