If you're a REAL quilter, you have at least one UFO (unfinished object) and one WIP (work in progress) stashed in the closet or stacked on a shelf. Maybe you just need quilting suggestions, or maybe a fresh eye from a new online friend can help with block arrangements. How about a UFO swap? Any UFO conversation is welcome.

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Comment by Penelope on November 30, 2011 at 8:19am

@LInda   LOVE this I-spy idea.  Since I have a niece having a babe, I can slowly start one.  What do you do?  A different "object" in each one?  Love that large letter fabric.  Know the name of it?  She's a math teacher, so I need numbers and letters. It's GREAT- is that scrabble fabric on the borders?

Comment by Amy Christianson on November 30, 2011 at 7:54am

Nancy - I love the idea of swapping materials.

Linda - I love your I Spy Quilt. I really want to start one.

Comment by Nancy Gardner on November 29, 2011 at 9:47pm

How much fun Linda, I bet they love to play the game with it. 

Comment by Linda A. Stone on November 29, 2011 at 8:29pm

I made each of my grandchildren an I Spy quilt ..... I have scanned the pictures   ..... let's see if this will work.

Comment by Nancy Gardner on November 29, 2011 at 7:50pm

Jeanne, I like your blocks. yes I was just thinking the size of the block. Because my quilt called for 6 inch blocks, that is what I collected. Amy there are so many cute ideas for quilts if you google images I spy. I copied several to my computer. I am making one for my daughter, but I know I have way more blocks than I will use. I am going to make one for my grand niece in a different pattern, didn't want to do the same thing twice. If we all found a fat quarter and cut it into 6 inch squares, that would be 9 blocks. If we each sent 8 blocks to a common person, and there were 8 people swapping we would receive back 8 different blocks. If we sent 2 fat quarters worth we would get 16 blocks back. I haven't done a swap here, does anyone interested in doing the novelty block swap have an idea of how that gets started?

Comment by Amy Christianson on November 29, 2011 at 7:29pm

I want to make my daughters (2 & 4 years old) and I Spy quilt for when we are driving. I hate to play I spy in the car because you are moving and they don't always get the items before they go by. So I thought that would be fun for them.

Comment by Jeanne Jordan on November 29, 2011 at 5:40pm

Here's a pic of some of the dog fabrics, to give you an idea:

Comment by Jeanne Jordan on November 29, 2011 at 5:35pm

Nancy, Do the images have to be 6", or could the novelty be smaller just as long as the block was 6"?  i.e., like a 6" square 9-patch block with the item in the center patch.  I have coffee cups, coffee pots, tea cups; dogs, cats & various other critters; red hat, shoes & purses; butterflies & dragonflies, gardening utensils, mushrooms, flowers, nurses, assorted vegetables, and probably more. Is that what you use? 

Comment by Nancy Gardner on November 29, 2011 at 4:59pm

Debi, Jeanne, Cynthia, I was surprised at how quickly I was able to gather my fabrics. I first went through all my stash looking for novelty images, then I posted a quest on and had two responses of trading and purchasing for .25 a block. I received 47 blocks that way. I have found several cute quilts that aren't as complex as the one I posted, from a wonky square, to a star with the block in the middle. Just google images of I spy and go through the images you will find lots. We should see if there are enough quilters interested in doing a novelty block swap and see if can't be hosted here. My blocks that I have collected are 6 inch. Does anyone know how to do that? 

Comment by Cynthia Warren on November 29, 2011 at 2:10pm
@Debi. Making an I Spy for your family to enjoy sounds like a great idea for you! I am sure that if you use Google or your search engine of choice that you can find all sorts of (free) patterns or ideas for I Spy quilts. The one Nancy posted the other day was one of the prettier ones I've seen. But I have also seen them in other layouts. I have never made one, but I am sure you will have great fun looking for fabrics and selecting a design.

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