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Thread: Have you ever done an I-Spy quilt?

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    If so, how did you get your "interesting" fabrics?

    Years of stash?

    Swapping?

    Buying bits and pieces?

    I'm trying to figure out whether there would be a market for, say, fat 1/8's assortments of, say, animals, or junk food, or vehicles, or... you name it. (And please *do* name it, if you have a suggestion!)

    If you've ever been to my site you already know we're heavily into novelty fabrics, so we have the fabrics to draw from.

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    Yes, all of the above. If there's one thing I've learned from this board and the internet it's that there's a market for everything.

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    I have gathered all of mine from swaps here on the board.

    F8's would be handy :D I wanted a variety of animals, objects, foods, etc.... I was not just looking for juvenile prints, as older kids/adults can get a kick out of these too.
    Also, I was not looking necessarily for gender specific prints.

    Maybe packs with juvenile fabrics (up to age 5?) and another with all others?

    Most of the swaps here have been for 5" squares... so maybe keep that in mind when offering the fabrics... it seems to be a standard size liked.

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    Mostly purchased cute yardage at various stores over the years. And I have made quite a few to give away over the years too!

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    My daughter and I bought fat quarters. When she was done with her fat quarters, she gave them to me. Luckily we bought different prints.

    I forgot where I ordered them from but I had purchased a set of 6" squares specifically cut for an I Spy quilt and I was disappointed with them. They were just cut into squares without taking the print of the fabric into consider when the cuts were made.

    I think fat 1/8s is a good idea, and really the 6" squares were too if they had been cut better. I now have a couple of containers of I Spy type fabric that I may never use again.

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    I have done 2 I Spy quilts & for both I shopped specifically for fabrics - most of the time while traveling w/DH. The shopping part became an adventure for both of us & a lot of fun. I think there is a market for these, but as LaurieE said, anything pre-cut must take into consideration the item being featured, fat 1/8's would be great, as would sweet sixteens.

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    I would be in the market for 5 inch squares. If cut right, they would be just what you needed. I've made a number of D9P I spy quilts using the 5 inch squares for baby quilts. Of course it would be best if the print were an all-over print and didn't need to be fussy cut.

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    I joined two different I spy swaps on the board. Haven't made my quilt yet but grandkids love going through them.

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    yes to all of the above and for other additions ... alphabet blocks (not necessarily the letters but animals, items for each letter are great to find for i-spy's and alphabet quilts ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaurieE
    My daughter and I bought fat quarters. When she was done with her fat quarters, she gave them to me. Luckily we bought different prints.

    I forgot where I ordered them from but I had purchased a set of 6" squares specifically cut for an I Spy quilt and I was disappointed with them. They were just cut into squares without taking the print of the fabric into consider when the cuts were made.

    I think fat 1/8s is a good idea, and really the 6" squares were too if they had been cut better. I now have a couple of containers of I Spy type fabric that I may never use again.
    Could you cut them down into smaller squares, say 4 1/2 or 5 in.? You could still make an I Spy quilt using smaller squares !

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    Purchased cute fabrics, had some in stash, and swapped. Personally I would not purchase FQ's for this.

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    I wouldn't want for us to have to fussy-cut the squares; that would be much too labor-intensive, and I don't think anyone would want to pay the additional money it would cost for us to do that.

    So, to keep it simple, what if the fat 1/8's were cut to 9" x 22"? Then you could get several fussy-cut 5" or 6" squares out of each piece. Would that work well?

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    That would work well! I'm trying to put together a combination eye-spy / paint box / square in square quilt and regular 1/8ths are too small for the centers, while fat quarters are too big and I've got a lot of leftover material.

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    Yes, I did all of those to get fabrics to make my grandson's I-Spy. He loves it!! Mostly bought FQs and charm squares for fussy cutting.

    I think your idea to package specifically for I-spy quilts is really good!!

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    What do you think of these, for groupings? I'm thinking of bundling eight fabrics together, and then people could choose however many groups they thought they might need:

    - fruits
    - veggies
    - junk food & sweets
    - domesticated animals (farm animals, cats & dogs)
    - wild animals
    - sea creatures
    - birds & bugs
    - religious (in case anyone was doing a baptism/christening gift)
    - sports
    - holidays
    - household objects (tools, toys, etc.)
    - "things that go"
    - "girly"
    - summer/beach
    - music

    What have I missed, that might be useful?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Favorite Fabrics
    If so, how did you get your "interesting" fabrics?

    Years of stash?

    Swapping?

    Buying bits and pieces?

    I'm trying to figure out whether there would be a market for, say, fat 1/8's assortments of, say, animals, or junk food, or vehicles, or... you name it. (And please *do* name it, if you have a suggestion!)

    If you've ever been to my site you already know we're heavily into novelty fabrics, so we have the fabrics to draw from.
    Could someone describe an I Spy quilt for me? I just see simple large blocks with some major "cutesie" fabric here and there. Is there a system to making one or a plan?

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilting.addict
    Quote Originally Posted by Favorite Fabrics
    If so, how did you get your "interesting" fabrics?

    Years of stash?

    Swapping?

    Buying bits and pieces?

    I'm trying to figure out whether there would be a market for, say, fat 1/8's assortments of, say, animals, or junk food, or vehicles, or... you name it. (And please *do* name it, if you have a suggestion!)
    If you've ever been to my site you already know we're heavily into novelty fabrics, so we have the fabrics to draw from.
    Could someone describe an I Spy quilt for me? I just see simple large blocks with some major "cutesie" fabric here and there. Is there a system to making one or a plan?
    http://quilt-knit-run-sew.blogspot.c...rt-2-of-3.html

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    Why not do up some charm packs with a variety of fabrics? I have hosted numerous I Spy swaps and I find the smaller prints that don't need to be fussy cut work well, easy to cut.

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    I have made 3 I SPY quilts and Fat 8ths would be good for me, that way I would have enough for more than one quilt.

    When I was putting them together, I liked having a mixture of everything, not necessarily for a boy or a girl. A girl can handle a tractor on her quilt and a boy can handle an apron or something (but probably not ballerina slippers). LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Favorite Fabrics
    What do you think of these, for groupings? I'm thinking of bundling eight fabrics together, and then people could choose however many groups they thought they might need:

    - fruits
    - veggies
    - junk food & sweets
    - domesticated animals (farm animals, cats & dogs)
    - wild animals
    - sea creatures
    - birds & bugs
    - religious (in case anyone was doing a baptism/christening gift)
    - sports
    - holidays
    - household objects (tools, toys, etc.)
    - "things that go"
    - "girly"
    - summer/beach
    - music

    What have I missed, that might be useful?
    I think fruits could go with veggies as someone interested in either would probably want both.

    I think it would also be nice to offer more variation in packaging... say three, five, or eight in each category.

    I would probably be in the market of three from several categories but would not want eight from music.

    Hope that makes sense, others may have diff viewpoints of course!

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    For years I have been collecting fabric with gold thread. Some are asian with gold thread and some are blenders with gold thread. I too am making an i-spy quilt using hexagons. The setting triangles are black and it's really looking good. I do think tho that it needs some kind of border but I'm not sure. Suggestions are welcomed.!

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    Quote Originally Posted by msariano
    For years I have been collecting fabric with gold thread. Some are asian with gold thread and some are blenders with gold thread. I too am making an i-spy quilt using hexagons. The setting triangles are black and it's really looking good. I do think tho that it needs some kind of border but I'm not sure. Suggestions are welcomed.!
    That's the one I make. :)

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    I order I spy squares from Ebay--a couple of packs at a time--saves me lotsa time buying and cutting. Very reasonable.

    I make them for children -- 2 - 7 ish. That way they can learn to identify specific items - colors - numbers etc.

    I take 4 - 5 inch squares, sew them together put a many colored kid fabric on the border and put it all together.

    sometimes you can specify whether you want girl squares or boy squares.


    Pat

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    I think that's a great idea. It would work for jar quilts too. I guess you could do different flowers too for a garden quilt.

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    I have made two. I use a template I bought years ago that is a hexagon with tiny triangles into the hexagons. Just found it. Dated 2002 and marketed by Come Quilt With Me, 3903 Avenue I, Brooklyn, N.Y.,11210, 718-377-3652. Don't know if any of the info is current. Makes a cute quilt.

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