Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Kara Abigail's I spy Quilt

The fourth of my grandchildren started Junior Kindergarten this September. Can't believe how quickly these kids grow!! They seem to grow up faster than my own kids did :-). In June, Kara came over for a day and we planned out the quilt. Of course, we had to start off with 'coffee break'! We stopped at the store on the way home and Kara chose chocolate cake for snack. That is right up her chocoholic Grandma's alley!

The next job was putting all the chosen I spy squares on the design wall until we had enough that she liked. We then chose sashing colours and backing.

Inspecting the possible options for backings:

I chose a disappearing 9 patch setting. In order for all the directional I spy fabrics to appear straight up in the final setting, you need to orient the blocks properly. Check out the tutorial here for the directions. You then cut the 9 patch block exactly in the center both ways.

This is a great way to sew up a setting with sashings and corner stones very quickly. After you lay out all the squares, you need to sew one side row and a bottom row of white rectangles and pink squares to finish it as seen in the second photo below.

The final quilt, bound with striped fabric. I did not add a border since the quilt was plenty large for a little JK student :-).

The back of the quilt matches the doll bed that I made for Kara a few years ago for Christmas:

I tried out a new quilt design for this quilt from my new book: "Machine Quilting Solutions" by Christine Maraccini. It was a lot of fun and looked nice on the quilt. Of course I used my favourite "King Tut" variegated thread :-)

The quilting:


Elaine said...

That must have been fun having your granddaughter help out. My turn's coming.

Ellen said...

What a wonderful way to spend time with your granddaughter! I love the finished quilt and I am sure she does too!

Amanda said...

Thank you for this day, thank you for THAT quilt!Thank you that I can take my quilt to JK. I love you Grandma, thank you for the special quilt. Love from KARA

The Cozy Quilter said...

How will Kara ever nap with that quilt? So much to look at! Another wonderful I spy quilt Jacqui!

Quilter Kathy said...

What a great quilt for your granddaughter...I bet she loves it!!

Sandra said...

Another great I Spy quilt! Love the pattern on this one.

I'm hosting an I Spy Swap if you are looking to gather more novelty prints:)

I'm Myra said...

What a darling Eye Spy quilt, and a great idea to do it in the D9-P method for the sashing!!! Never would have thought of that, but an awesome thing to keep in mind for later on!! And I love that quilting pattern you did!!