I love how the I Spy Quilt turned out, it’s so fun. Can’t wait to share all the details! This post may contain affiliate links.
I Spy Squares Swap
I signed up for a couple of swaps. It was fun to see what squares were shared! If you don’t have a swap to participate in, I’d highly recommend grabbing I Spy Squares from Etsy – you get tons more variety than trying to create your own squares.
I Spy Picnic Blanket
I thought it would be perfect for taking to all those outdoor things – mainly, my son’s flag football games, so the other kids could have a place to sit and be entertained all at once. We’re well into the season, so I almost didn’t make it, but I can still tote it along to the final 2 games.
So a quick rundown – – if you are a real quilter, you might want to avert your eyes……
How to make an I Spy Quilt
I participated in 2 different swaps. I cut a bunch of the same fabric into squares, then mailed them off and the swap host puts everyones fabric into a big pile then divys it out, so I got back a bunch of different fabric squares. Perfect – except for that the 2 swaps I signed up for were different sized squares – whoops.
I’d highly recommend finding I Spy Squares HERE.
I laid out the squares into larger square pods. Each larger square had 2 big squares and 6 small squares inside of it. I sewed those 8 squares together into their pod.
Some I Spy quilts have plain fabric between each square, but I liked the look of them all touching, jumbled together (make it tougher on those kiddos!) You can lay everything out to get a visual idea of your quilt:
Picnic Blanket Backing
Since I wanted an outdoor blanket, I knew I was backing it with denim. For durability, and because I have a huge pile of discarded overalls from my uncle. I pieced those together until it was a piece big enough for the whole back of the quilt.
Quilting an I Spy Quilt
Since I wanted to back it with denim, I didn’t think I could quilt it very well – sounded too thick to swirl around, etc. I was worried about all the layers.
I took each “pod”, or square of squares, put a piece of batting under them, and quilted them individually. There’s a name for this type of quilting, without the back on – but I’m not sure what that is called.
My pile of progress:
Then I took those quilted squares (well, they’re kind of rectangle-ish) and sewed them together – – see the back, you can tell what I’m talking about:
To hold the front to the back, I did some minimal quilting. I layered the quilt top on top of the denim quilt back and sewed up and down a few rows, just straight.
I Spy Quilt Cards
DIY I Spy Quilt
In this picture you can see I sewed in a couple of ties when I put the binding on:
That way when I’m traipsing onto the football field with 3 kids in tow and dragging various chairs, jackets, etc, it’ll be easily transportable – I can hand it to a kid to carry and if they drop it, it won’t come unfolded or anything. All tied up:
And of course, the fun of playing with it – – it’s been a huge hit so far. The younger kids can point out things and name what they see, etc. The older kids can read the cards and hunt around.
I love my I Spy Quilt – – you should make one! Underneath it all, it’s just sewing straight lines – you can do it!