Monday, July 12, 2010

I-SPY a sway part DEUX!

After numerous requests,  I am reprising my I-SPY swap. 
{The crowd goes wild...} 

We did this last July, and it was lots of fun.  And I ended up with a fabulous quilt!
The details:

  • The first 19 people to sign up here are in. Just leave a comment on this post, and make sure I have a way to contact you.
  • Each person will send (20) 4" squares from each of 10 novelty fabrics to me by August 1.  I'll have some details on how to sort them, and I will also need for you to send a stamped envelope so I can mail your squares back to you.
  • You will receive (200) 4" novelty squares (enough for 2 small I-SPY quilts or 1 large one) We're hoping to send packages out by August 15th, but that depends on how long it takes everything to come in. Live outside the U.S.? No problem! Just try to get your fabrics to us a little earlier.
  • I have some patterns drawn up that I will post so that you could arrange the squares in order to get a certain sized quilt.
A few thoughts and guidelines on the fabrics...
  • Please measure carefully and use a rotary cutter to cut your fabric
  • Many fabric stores have a dedicated novelty fabric section. But generally these
    are fabrics with objects... animals, food, people, etc. It may help to think in terms of things you could use for the I-SPY game. (I spy the letter G, I spy a sushi roll, I spy a monkey eating a banana, etc....)
  • In order to avoid duplicate patterns, go on a mission for some really obscure, hard to find prints that aren't available at the chain retailers.
  • No team prints or licenses characters (SpongeBob, Dora, etc.) So for example, a print with basketballs would be great, but a Dallas Mavericks print is not. Or a print with ducks wearing hats is great, but Donald Duck is not.
  • The object in the fabric should be distinguishable in a 3.5 x 3.5 square, which will be its finished size. Keep this in mind when choosing fabrics. Either go with smaller prints, or be ready to fussy-cut.
  • You can get (20) 4" squares out of a 1/4 yard cut of fabric or out of a fat quarter. So you'll need to purchase at least 2 1/2 yards of fabric.
What is an I-SPY quilt? It's a quilt made with novelty fabrics. And it's a wonderful toy to play I-SPY with. Great for traveling with kids or rest time or when you need something to occupy little ones. How to play? Take turns spotting something in the quilt, maybe "I spy, with my little eye, a frog in a tutu!" And the first person to point out the tutu frog on the quilt goes next, and so on. Hours and hours of fun!
If you want to participate, leave a comment on this post!

If you are not one of the first 19 people to comment but would like to be an alternate,  please go ahead and comment.  I'll contact you if someone drops out.

UPDATE:  The swap is now full.


  1. holding a space for Careese

  2. Oh I would but to reach you in time I'd have to send today :( maybe I'll start getting fabrics and cutting them now and will join in next time :)

  3. Count me in! I was thinking of doing an I Spy quilt for the wee ones. Sounds like fun.

  4. I would love to participate...I have not heard of this before, but it sounds fun!!

  5. I have tons of I-Spy stuff in my stash, I would love to join!!


    PS do the 20 squares have to come from one fabric? Or can it be 10/10 from 2?? Just wondering in case I have a smaller piece....

  6. Count me in! I'll be keeping my eyes open for some fabulous finds.

  7. I would love to be a part! Count me in and email me at

  8. I'm in, please. I want to make an I-spy quilt (or 2) for my nephews.

  9. I'd love to join...I've been trying to collect bits for an I-Spy quilt for ages! I don't have a blog-really should remedy that! But you can reach me by email at ljs742 at yahoo dot com


  10. I'd love to be part of this!!! Perfect for the newest arrival in my family (due date this Sat)
    Is it ok to start shopping for fabric now? (getting a head start might be good for me!)

  11. I'd like to do this too. You can e-mail me at Thanks

  12. Can I play? Please?
    Linda Newman

  13. Did I make the 19? sure hope so.... let me know Thanks

  14. Being a beginner quilter, I'm believing in myself to get this many cut by August 1st. I think I can, I think I can...

    ramie_simpson at hotmail dot com

  15. I think this is a GREAT idea to gain ao many different prints. Count me in if I am in time.
    Caroline in Maryland

  16. Wendy, sent you an email. Sorry for the difficulty. I'm so glad you contacted me. On the way to a quilt shop now...

  17. Hi Wendy, I am not a part of a blog. What do I need to do to get the address to send the squares?
    Caroline in Maryland

  18. Count me in if there's still room!

  19. is there still room?