Thursday, February 23, 2012

I Spy a Rainbow Quilt

Let me share with you another great blog and a striking I Spy quilt.  Hilary lives over at Quilary- Take a Peek Over the Fence.  Hilary likes rainbows and it shows in this quilt she made for her daughter.  I love the range and placement of the charms.  I reckon I'm a fan of rainbows too.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Colourwash I Spy

I found this gorgeous I Spy quilt while cruising though cyberspace the other day.  It's a raffle quilt for the 2012 Quilt Show of the Victoria's Quilters' Guild.  The quilt show is in May, and I thought, seeing as I live in Victoria, I should find out where it is and have a look.
The show is at the Pearkes Recreation Centre in Tillicum Rd., Victoria.  That is Victoria, BC.  British Columbia.  In Canada.  On the other side of the world from Victoria, Australia.
Nevermind.  It's still a lovely quilt.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

I Spy Halloween Over and Under

This magical quilt is Sandy's work; her blog is Sew...This is My Blog.  The quilt here is all Halloween fabrics and the pattern is called Over and Under.  The prints are 4.5 x 6.5 inches and the 1.5 inch black sashing makes 6.5 inch blocks.  It's another very simple pattern that creates a good looking quilt.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Some Spinning Stars

I received some new storage shelving for Christmas ( I'm a lucky girl), but I have to remove the old wardrobe to fit the new cabinets in.  To reach the old wardrobe I have to tidy up - which is fine- but it's a bit of a process.  I've found all sorts of UFOs and I'm sorting and throwing out.

I found a bag with some half finished I Spy blocks.  I think I started this top when I was looking for a pattern to use some strips leftover from cutting squares.  The inspiration was from Bonnie Hunter's "Star Gazing" in her book Scraps & Shirttails.  Spinning Stars is an easy peasy block and only needs 2.5 inch strips.

Using 2.5 inch strips at least 19 inches long, join an I Spy strip lengthwise with a complimentary print.  Crosscut into four 4.5 inch blocks.
Add a light 2.5 inch square to the I Spy print and add a dark square to the opposite corner.  Stitch and flip - sew along the diagonal of the square, trim the excess fabric, and press into the corner. 
Join the four blocks into a star shape. 

Here's a finished Spinning Star with 2.5 inch sashing.  Doesn't it look great?  And it's such an easy block.