I'm excited to be today's stop on the I Spy Blog Hop! A couple months ago I was enjoying seeing the new blocks that Kimie and Missy were sharing. When they asked for volunteers to help promote their book, I was excited to make a couple blocks to participate. They provided the book to me and I eventually chose the hamburger and the watermelon to make.
The book has one hundred 4" finished foundation paper pieced blocks, in a variety of themes. The cover quilt (shown below at 51" x 51") shows a lovely option for putting them all together into an I Spy quilt, but I can see using these for a variety of items. They would be a great addition to a zipper pouch or drawstring bag, a handful would make a great mini quilt or table runner, and individual blocks could be used for coasters, mug rugs... or the special mini quilts I have in mind for my blocks. Stay tuned for more details on my finishes later this month.
The patterns in the book are ranked 1-3 for difficulty, with instructions suitable for someone new to foundation paper piecing. I happened to pick two blocks that are each one whole pattern (vs. a more difficult block that might have multiple sections to paper piece before piecing the sections together). I still managed to have to seam rip three times on my watermelon block. I was eventually victorious, but as with any foundation paper piecing, check twice that you have your initial fabric layers in the correct order, and make sure that your bottom fabric doesn't get folded over before you start sewing. ;-)
I'm super enamored with the adorable little blocks. I added wide borders of solid white to the blocks, partly to give myself more to hold on to while I quilt since they will each be their own mini quilt. I'll trim down after quilting.
The I Spy book is available on Etsy from On Williams Street. Through December 16 you can use the 10% off code: ISPYBLOGHOP.
"I Spy is our own modern take on an I Spy quilt. We have included ideas from lots of different categories to provide a fun and varied quilt that appeals to all! Whether you are using the blocks all together in one quilt, or mixing and matching for all sorts of project opportunities, we are sure you’ll find something for the loved ones on your quilting list!"
Here’s a list of other blog hop participants. Hop over to see what others have made. :-)
November 30: Kimie and Missy of On WIlliams Street
December 1: Audrey Mann of The Cloth Parcel
December 2: Jen Frost of Faith and Fabric
December 3: Bea Lee of Bea a Quilter
December 4: Sarah Goer of Sarah Goer Quilts
December 5: Joanne Harris of Quilts by Joan
December 6: Susan Smith of Stitched by Susan
December 7: Simone Fisher of Simone Quilts
December 8: Lissa LaGreca of Lovingly Lissa
December 9: Catalina Barcelo of Amarar Creacions
December 10: Laura Strickland of Orange Blossom Quilts
December 11: Laura Piland of Slice of Pi Quilts
December 12: Carolina Moore of Always Expect Moore
December 13: Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis
December 14: Kim Niedzwiecki of Go Go Kim
These just have a summer picnic vibe for me!
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These are fun little paper-pieced blocks. Do you have to copy the templates from the book at a copy shop? (I suppose some people have printers where they copy/scan, but I don’t). I like when you can download them from the internet like Patchwork City.
Great question! The foundation paper piecing patterns are not in the book. They are provided as a PDF download. I printed mine at home. Thanks for visiting, Mary.
Anja @ Anja Quilts
What a great idea. The blocks are adorable.
Thank you, Anja!