I Spy Blanket

Project Description

What are you most proud of? This is my first quilt and I quilted it myself with my machine! Thanks to the Craftsy class, I knew exactly what to do and everything was pretty easy. It's mostly straight line, stitch in the ditch-quilting, but that worked perfect for this kind of blanket. What advice would you give someone starting this project? The tricky, but fun part is selecting the right fabrics and colors. I also used some print panel fabrics (e.g. alphabet panel) so I didn't have to buy 99 different fabrics :-)

What you will need

  • cotton fabrics
  • polyester batting

Q&A with Frau Lotterfix

Surfside6 asked:
Wow - just Wow... This is a different interpretation of the I Spy quilt. I just love it. Cannot believe it's your first one. Did you do all the machine quilting and then put on the binding? I have not had time to look at all of the class, but am so interested. Just a few other projects on the to do list. I just finished a couple of small quilts machine quilted in straight lines and am anxious to start the "fancy stuff". Great job.
Frau Lotterfix answered:
Thanks! I did all the machine quilting just as described in Wendys class, straight in the ditch with a walking foot, right next to the picture squares. At each intersection, I did a diagonal cross-over to the other side of the sashing stripe to get a little more variety in the quilt pattern (you can see this on the back view). As for the binding, I did not use Wendys method, but only machine-sewed it to the front and then hand-sewed it to the back since I prefer to not see any stitching on the binding.
maryr-k asked:
I'm hoping to make iSpy quilts for Christmas presents. Yours is beautiful! It looks like you made a narrow frame around the picture block and then the color frame around that. Did you use black and white polka dot fabric? I love that effect! Again, great work! Thanks for inspiring me!
Frau Lotterfix answered:
Thank you! The frame on some of the blocks is actually from the fabric itself as I "cheated" and used quilt panels for some blocks :-) For the color frame, I actually used the "disappearing nine patch" pattern, that made it quite easy.
della.nic1464163 asked:
Whee can I find the pattern for this quilt?
Frau Lotterfix answered:
Hi della.nic, I did not use a pattern for this quilt, but made it up myself using the "disappearing nine patch" technique and then arranged the colored squares so they would form the zig-zags.

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