Tuesday, February 6, 2018

i spy economy blocks

Another fun baby quilt.  This time I was pretending to be Rita!
I used her Economy block tutorial to make these.  I adjusted the size so my blocks finish at 8" square.  That means my center squares are cut at 4.5"  Digging through my stash to fussy cut these was a blast!  I was surprised that I had no problem finding 30 different things to "spy".
Here are a few close ups so you can spy some things, too.



Quilted with organic straight lines about 1/2" apart.  This time I did things like Rita. I started by ditch stitching all the horizontal and vertical block seam lines.  Then I filled in with 16 vertical lines within each block.  Yes, it's time consuming, but I do love the texture of straight lines.  And by golly, Rita is right, those initial stabilizing lines really help keep things lined up.

Quilter's Dream cotton request loft batting and this darling (black & white!) alphabet print on the back.  Baby can spy his letters as he gets older!
Do you notice the binding is a little wider?  I used directions from Lynn Harris' book Every Last Piece to make this single fold 1/2" binding.

Not the same black and white stripe that's Rita's signature but this fabric was in my stash.  I spent a few extra minutes and lined up the print when I was sewing the strips together.  So worth it!!!  I couldn't be happier with how this finished up. 

Just in time for gifting!

Thanks for stopping by.


17 comments:

  1. Such a cute quilt! I'm sure the recipient will love it for years to come!

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    1. Thank you so much. I sure had fun making it.

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  2. Nicely done! Your quilting makes it look modern! I am sure it will be a great eye Spy quilt as the baby grows.

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    1. Thanks Debbie. As my own granddaughter gets older I'm seeing first hand the benefit of having quilts be games. She LOVES searching for things. Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Gosh Karen, you sure whipped this up quickly - a lá Rita - and it's just darling! It looks very modern with that simple straight line quilting and striped binding. You SHOULD be proud of it. It's a lovely finish. I hope the parents appreciate the work you put into it. Great job!

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    1. Thanks so much, Ashley. And thanks for stopping by.

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  5. I love the economy blocks and the variety of the fussy cut centers. That’s a lucky baby (and mom and dad.)

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    1. Thank you Marla. I was surprised how easy it was to find 30 different things to "spy".

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  6. What a cute quilt. Love your choice of backing, too.

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    1. Thanks Sally. I was visiting my daughter last summer and stopped in a random quilt shop along the way. I found it on their sale shelf. I bought what was left on the bolt for an even better deal. You'll see it again here someday!

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  7. I like this a lot. Maybe I could make one too.

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    1. Thanks Tammy. Of course you could! Check out Rita's tutorial (link in this blog post). These are made a little oversized then trimmed so everything matches up nicely, and easily!

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  8. Beautiful finish! I love how each of the spy prints are framed in the blocks.

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    1. Thanks Cheryl. I've been wanting to make one of these for awhile now. All the fabric for the blocks came from my scrap bins. Win!

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