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 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.
Comment by Debi Montgomery on November 29, 2011 at 2:01pm

The more I think about the I Spy quilt, the more I want to make one.  We have nine grandchildren, it would be so much fun to throw it out and all of us play with it. I can't wait to get started...then I will have a UFO to talk about :)

Any suggestions would be appreciated, I don't even know where to start.  Is it something I can design myself or would I be stealing someone's idea? I will start shopping tomorrow :)  Pattern and fabric, check....  ideas please.....

Comment by Jeanne Jordan on November 29, 2011 at 12:26pm

@Nancy, thanks for the info.  Sounds like a fun one to make.  (Too bad my dogs can't play.  Well, they could play with it, but it would never look the same again.) I suppose I could always print pictures onto fabric & make one for my husband.  OK, better finish the one I'm working on for him first.  :-)  

Comment by Debi Montgomery on November 28, 2011 at 7:35pm
Nancy, thanks for the great idea. That will help with the scraps for strings and I get to make another quilt in the process. It seems like I could use any pattern I like...I like stars...and use novelty prints to play. OR is there specific "I spy" fabric? Again, thanks for the help!
Comment by Nancy Gardner on November 28, 2011 at 3:39pm

Jeanne, an I Spy quilt has no repeats on the novelty prints. Then a child could play with another child or mom or dad saying I spy... a fireman's hat. Then the child would look all over the quilt to find the fireman hat. It takes awhile to gather up enough fabrics to make this kind of quilt, but I think it is great for visual discrimination or vocabulary development. 

Comment by Jeanne Jordan on November 28, 2011 at 2:00pm

@Nancy, What is an "I Spy" quilt?  I've heard of it, and have a vague idea from your website, but I don't quite understand how it works.  But, it sounds like fun, too.  @Debbie, I'm not sure what the pattern looks like, but could you add one new fabric to give you enough squares?  Spread it around in enough blocks so it appears to have been planned all along.  Or, could you substitute one (or more) fabrics that are very similar to the ones you're using?  Or, you could always make it a crib size (for the new granddaughter) instead of a larger size. 


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