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Thread: What constitutes an 'I Spy' ?

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    What constitutes an 'I Spy' ?

    I see references to 'I Spy' quilts & blocks often on the board. What makes a fabric fit this description? I see people looking for 'I spy' but I never respond because I don't really know what that is...
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    i always think of quilts designed with children in mind using graphic intense fabrics fussy cut to highlight particular images drawn out of the design.

    they tend to be simple block patterns, and if the patterns are more complex the images tend to be centered in the stars or whatever.

    bright, bold and playful!

    i am sure there are adult versions too.

    aileen

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    remember the game we played as kids i spy a cow i spy a car . there are a lot of different pics and you and you take terns finding the the pics.

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    novelty fabrics-
    when you play i spy you say-(an example)-- "i spy a frog" then the other person tries to find the frog=== can be anything- sometimes we search for all different (things) to use in our i spy's---other times we may use pairs- so it's a matching game-
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    So does it mean the image you are trying to find is hiden in the print of the fabric? What I hear described is more the item is featured...

    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    novelty fabrics-
    when you play i spy you say-(an example)-- "i spy a frog" then the other person tries to find the frog=== can be anything- sometimes we search for all different (things) to use in our i spy's---other times we may use pairs- so it's a matching game-
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    Quote Originally Posted by beatys9 View Post
    So does it mean the image you are trying to find is hiden in the print of the fabric? What I hear described is more the item is featured...
    The item is featured. Use many different items so there are lots of thing to look for. In a matching "I Spy" there are 2 same blocks to search for, which have to be found to make a match. You could 'hide' a featured item in the print you cut, but I would only make that for an older child that has more experience in looking for specific items.

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    I am gathering fabrics and/or fabric pieces to make some 'I spy' quilts. I have wondered if there is a specific pattern or just use a simple block for it?

    Linda

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    One of my co-workers made an I-Spy quilt for her granddaughter. She basically just cut squares out of interesting fabrics, and then sashed them together with a solid color. I think she used squares that were about 5" across (finished size), and the sashing strips were probably about 1.5".

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    No it does not mean that the object is hidden.

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    Check out all the different ways they are done. http://images.search.yahoo.com/searc...c8&fr2=piv-web

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    OK. Thanks CoyoteMagic - love the pictures. I'm definitely a visual thinker! Now I get it. I like these & now see the value of the small blocks that I have previously just given away - I had no idea what to do with them! lol. Sometimes I'm such a dummy... I get so focused on everything matching

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    Check out all the different ways they are done. http://images.search.yahoo.com/searc...c8&fr2=piv-web
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    When I've made I Spy quilts, I use the snowball block. Just more fun and always pairs. Use juvinele prints. One time I goofed and and one set of three...now that was a hoot!
    If you don't work on it you'll never finish it.

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    Check out the Missouri Star Quilt Company web site. they have a tutorial for a nice I Spy quilt. I recently purchased a layer cake by Benartex with 40 different fabrics. It should be enough for two quilts.
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    I think any of the novelty fabrics fit the category

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    I had some girls (9 and 11) here and they were helping me tie some basic 4" block charity quilts. They started doing it automatically--look at the unicorn, look at the clown, look at the ....

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    This is an eye spy quilt I just finished for my granddaughter. There is also a pic of the back. I used different sizes of 6 inch wide fabrics.Name:  004.JPG
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    The pattern doesn't matter. Just many different theme fabrics to be able to play the game "I Spy". Usually, they are made with novelties. The more different things to find, the better. I love it when the quilter puts "I Spy...." in the borders. It really brings it together! They are especially great for young ones that are sick....gives them somewhere to focus their attention rather than thinking about being sick.
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    I like your 'I Spy' quilt, Sewbeadit!

    Linda

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    I love the one Jenny Doan did on Missouriquiltco.com or UTube. Its little canning jars filled with things to SPY.

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    The first I Spy quilts were designed by Possibilities and were featured on Simply Quilts with Alex Anderson. They had hexagons joined together with triangles filling in. It was patterned in their book P.S. I Love You Two, published in 1992. In the narrow inner border, they machine embroidered the words I Spy, and then named an image for the child to look for. Since then, other people have taken that idea and designed other quilts, but they have the same intent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtremeSeams View Post
    I like your 'I Spy' quilt, Sewbeadit!
    Thank you sewextremeseams, it was fun to make.
    Sewbeadit
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    This is a quilt for my great nephew. It was a hit. Mom held it and dad and grandpa did the Ispy. It was so funny and I know this will be used for years. Two board members sent me blocks to help with this one. Sorry the second pic is a little blury.
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    I just finished my second "I Spy Through Attic Windows" quilt and think of I Spy quilts as something one could use to play with a toddler. I Spy With My Little Eye, an airplane. Or a cowboy, or a school bus - any piece of fabric that has something a child could identify as part of the game. This weekend I'm starting on my third one - they are a lot of fun to make - now I just have to find a little kid to give it to.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    I like the idea of the jar quilt. Kids and their treasures! My boys had a thing for rocks. One rock was so big that it collapsed the wall shelf it was on plus all the ones below it and landed on his pillow - luckily he was at school when it happened! That was the oldest one - he stopped collecting rocks after that for some reason.

    A local quilt store had a sidewalk sale a couple of weeks ago. Got fat quarters for a $1 each. They had a lot of food fabrics so I went a little wild thinking of all the I spy quilts I could make and save - hopefully for grandkids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by audsgirl View Post
    The first I Spy quilts were designed by Possibilities and were featured on Simply Quilts with Alex Anderson. They had hexagons joined together with triangles filling in. It was patterned in their book P.S. I Love You Two, published in 1992. In the narrow inner border, they machine embroidered the words I Spy, and then named an image for the child to look for. Since then, other people have taken that idea and designed other quilts, but they have the same intent.
    Interesting...thanks for the history. I will be needing to make one in the near future and was a bit confused on the concept. I did also check the link posted earlier and got a lot of good ideas. These are such great projects to use up those bits and pieces of novelty fabrics!
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