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Old 08-01-2013, 05:40 AM
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I want to make an "I Spy" baby quilt for a friend, who already has a 3 year old. I think it will be fun for the 2 little boys to play "I Spy" with each other, and for the older boy to "teach" the younger one the names of things.

My question is this: how in the world do you accumulate enough fabric to complete such a quilt?? Since I want a lot of variety, I'll need a lot of interesting fabrics to "fussy cut" the objects. I haven't been able to find charm packs with novelty items in them, and it would cost too much to buy a yard of material just for one small block. [I don't have these kinds of fabric in my stash].

So if you've made an "I Spy" quilt, please tell me how you collected/found the fabric without breaking the bank!

Thanking you in advance,

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Old 08-01-2013, 05:44 AM
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I plan to do this soon, I bought several hundred 4" squares from eBay.
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Old 08-01-2013, 05:55 AM
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Swap or beg from your quilty friends.
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Old 08-01-2013, 05:57 AM
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You can request them on this site. Just tell folks if you have a theme, like baby blue, toys, trucks, bugs, candy, space, miscellaneous, etc. Tell us what size squares to send and if you would like more than one of each square or all different.
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Old 08-01-2013, 06:16 AM
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There are layer cakes of I spy fabric. I've purchased them from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

http://www.missouriquiltco.com/shop/...ary-layer-cake

I'm sure they are available other places, too.

My LQS will also sell fabric in as small a strip as I want to buy. I've bought some I spy stuff that way, too.

When you get several purchased and cut you should have extra squares of some. Take your extra squares and try to trade them with someone. Someone like me would be a good idea. I love I spy fabric!
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I'm working on one now and I participated in a swap. That helps tremendously!
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Old 08-01-2013, 06:24 AM
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Fat Quarters or Fat Eighths would be a lower cost than full on yardages.

Also, watch for fabrics with multi possibilities in the one piece.

For example, I was FC squares last night for a different project ... from one farm animal print I was able to get 6 different farm animals, and there were four other smaller farm items (tractor, corn, milk cans, hay) that I did not use.
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I bought some from Etsy. I typed I Spy in their search and found people selling them.
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What are you looking for; anything in particular? What size squares? I'm sure I got some you can use!
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Originally Posted by Marcia D View Post
You can request them on this site. Just tell folks if you have a theme, like baby blue, toys, trucks, bugs, candy, space, miscellaneous, etc. Tell us what size squares to send and if you would like more than one of each square or all different.
I think Marcia D is the QUEEN of I Spy quilts!
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