2.28.2014

I Spy Economy Block Scrappy Quilt


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I Spy Quilt

I am so excited to share another finished quilt with you today - the Scrappy I Spy Quilt!

I made this scrappy little quilt as an I Spy blanket for my little man,
full of quirky little things and bright colorful patterns for him to look for and point at.

And considering how loudly he squeals when he sees it, I think he likes it!

I Spy Quilt

Earlier this year I read about the Economy Block Quilt Along
and thought that would be the perfect pattern for this I Spy quilt.
I initially used the Economy Block tutorial written by Red Pepper Quilts,
but ended up getting a bit sneaky...

I love clean, more modern looking quilts with plenty of negative space.
I also don't have the largest stash of quilting fabrics yet, especially of novelty prints,
and knew incorporating a solid would help stretch my stash.

Instead of piecing another square of print fabric around each economy block,
I used a full white block in between each patterned block.
I then added a rainbow border, complete with white sashing.

I Spy Quilt

I Spy Quilt

The backing of the quilt is a warm fuzzy flannel,
and makes the quilt so warm and heavy!

My little man's favorite part of his current favorite blankie is the little silky tag,
so I knew I needed to add a little silk ribbon tag for him to hold onto.

I Spy Quilt

I Spy Quilt

This project was sponsored by Tide Pods and Gain Flings from Target,
little packets of laundry soap you can just grab and throw into the washer.
I was sent a handful to try, and they were fantastic!

I've always been a fan of Tide,
it smells so good and it's the only detergent I've found that actually cleans
my little man's oatmeal covered shirts, haha.

I wish so badly I had these little flings back when we were living in an apartment
and had to climb three flights of stairs to do our laundry.
Carrying all our laundry, a giant thing of detergent,
and a baby that wanted to climb the stairs all by himself (but clearly couldn't)
just got to be a little too much sometimes...
Being able to carry just a little Tide Pod would have been much easier!

I Spy Quilt

I Spy Quilt

Little things go a long way, not just in laundry but in all parts of life.

This scrappy little quilt holds a lot of meaning for me.
Some of the fabrics I used are scraps I've been holding onto for years.
There are bits from my grandma who taught me how to sew when I was little,
from my aunt who is still one of my biggest crafting fans,
from college when I was getting my degree in clothing construction,
and new pieces from this new blogging and quilting journey I'm on!
There is even a scrap from the bunting I made for my wedding!

All of these tiny pieces of fabric came together
to make a bright and cheery quilt for my little man
to both entertain and comfort him.

I hope that this little quilt will be a treasure for him when he grows up,
just like the little bits of fabric it's made of have been treasures for me :]

I Spy Quilt

4 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! I wish I could see it in person!

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  2. I LOVE this quilt!! What is the size of your center blocks? And what size did you cut the other pieces to make the "economy block?"

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  3. This is gorgeous! I'd love to use this as inspiration for a quilt made out of the onesies my daughter has outgrown.

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