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« on: June 03, 2009 10:04:24 AM »

I am making two of these.  My son's is finished and my daughter's is almost there, but I couldn't wait to post pictures.
this is about 4x6'
Each of the 864 squares are different and fussy cut!
The quilt was put together using a quilt as you go method.
There are more mistakes than things I got right, but I love it anyway.  And more importantly so does my son.

My daughter's will be the same except with a pink back.
That is another 864 fussy cut squares...  Her's needs to be quilted and assembled, but the little squares are already cut and made into blocks.


close ups of some of the squares to ispy- we even have some hand painted one's in there like their birthdays.



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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2009 10:16:01 AM »

oh wow,those look gorgeous!and you must have the patience of a saint lol! cant wait to see pics of your daughter's quilt!
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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2009 10:17:46 AM »

Your quilt is unbelievable!!! I love it. Your children are very lucky to have such a talented mother.
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« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2009 10:32:45 AM »

That is the coolest thing!  I so wish Ih had the patience for something like that!!!
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« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2009 10:54:59 AM »

SO awesome!  I love all the little miscellaneous squares . . . especially the trains. Something about it takes me back to Sesame Street cartoons  Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2009 01:04:37 PM »

Wow!  This is amazing!  How long did it take you?

 I could spend days just looking at the different images  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2009 01:58:27 PM »

Wow!  This is amazing!  How long did it take you?

 I could spend days just looking at the different images  Smiley

Thank you everyone! 
As I finished each block the kids would take them and play ispy with them...they would also help me lay out the blocks (not that I really paid much attention to what went where).  And I sorta had in my mind that as the kids were sick or scared or as we cuddled we could look and find new things each time.

The cutting began in Oct. 08'  So, I've been at it 8 months.  However, I've put it aside many times to work on other things.  The cutting by far took the longest...months of cutting an hour or two a night.  Gathering the different fabrics took a while to.  I finally found a seller on ebay that sold a ton of novelty prints.  She agreed to cut me 6 inch squares of all her different fabrics.  It got expensive, but I was able to keep each and every block different.  Sewing the squares together to form blocks was pretty straight forward and fast.  Learning to quilt the blocks, do the sashing and stuff didn't take as long as I had thought.  So, really it was the fussy cutting that took forever.
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« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2009 02:16:20 PM »

Wow, it's incredible. Speechless!!! Amazing job!!
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« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2009 02:42:44 PM »

Wow - 8 months, you have a lot of patience!

Its such a fantastic piece, I bet your son is really proud of you!
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« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2009 07:35:09 PM »

I LOVE this!  My 5 year old is seriously drooling too and begging for her own now. 
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« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2009 05:20:15 AM »

holy crow! this had to have taken forever.  What a fun idea!
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« Reply #11 on: June 04, 2009 07:46:51 AM »

i am collecting for my eyespy quilts too.
wow they are tiny blocks.
with the quilt as you go, did you do bias binding over the joins or is there some other way you could share how to with us?
the only quilt as you go i know is the rag quilt style and idont like the raggy edges so was considering bias binding. would make it quicker to get finished.
i have 2 to make for my boys.
well done
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« Reply #12 on: June 04, 2009 10:14:10 AM »

i am collecting for my eyespy quilts too.
wow they are tiny blocks.
with the quilt as you go, did you do bias binding over the joins or is there some other way you could share how to with us?
the only quilt as you go i know is the rag quilt style and idont like the raggy edges so was considering bias binding. would make it quicker to get finished.
i have 2 to make for my boys.
well done
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For quilting, I just stitched in the ditch, but I followed the joining block method from this book: Crazy Shortcut Quilts. 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCgeA1qymQQ
It does use binding to join the blocks together.  It was really easy.  I actually hand stitched my front side down b/c I didn't want the stitching to show, but it didn't take very long at all.  I found this book at the library and just used the parts I needed. 

I think if I was going to do this again, I would use some solid blocks and make some sort of pattern.  One, you wouldn't need as many ispy fabrics and two, it might make it more interesting look over all.
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« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2009 12:46:46 PM »

 I love the black strips around them forming a square. 
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« Reply #14 on: June 04, 2009 02:47:24 PM »

That is seriously amazing- you have soooo much patience, I am in awe.
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« Reply #15 on: June 04, 2009 05:28:59 PM »

WoW
That's so cool. Your kids are very lucky. They must be very excited.
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« Reply #16 on: June 04, 2009 05:50:15 PM »

wow.....love it.... i bet it was way hard collecting and cutting all of the material!!!
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« Reply #17 on: June 04, 2009 07:39:44 PM »

Wow!  This is amazing!  How long did it take you?

 I could spend days just looking at the different images  Smiley


I finally found a seller on ebay that sold a ton of novelty prints.  She agreed to cut me 6 inch squares of all her different fabrics.  It got expensive, but I was able to keep each and every block different.  Sewing the squares together to form blocks was pretty straight forward and fast.  Learning to quilt the blocks, do the sashing and stuff didn't take as long as I had thought.  So, really it was the fussy cutting that took forever.


This was genius! ...But, How great it would be to go in together with a large group of friends who could collectively gather the fabric pieces necessary... for a cooperative effort, you know? I wonder if it could be done as a swap...

Are those squares about 2" finished??
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« Reply #18 on: June 04, 2009 08:20:21 PM »

Wow!  This is amazing!  How long did it take you?

 I could spend days just looking at the different images  Smiley


I finally found a seller on ebay that sold a ton of novelty prints.  She agreed to cut me 6 inch squares of all her different fabrics.  It got expensive, but I was able to keep each and every block different.  Sewing the squares together to form blocks was pretty straight forward and fast.  Learning to quilt the blocks, do the sashing and stuff didn't take as long as I had thought.  So, really it was the fussy cutting that took forever.


This was genius! ...But, How great it would be to go in together with a large group of friends who could collectively gather the fabric pieces necessary... for a cooperative effort, you know? I wonder if it could be done as a swap...

Are those squares about 2" finished??

Yes, they are 2 in squares...each block is 1 foot square.
When I asked for 6 in. squares I was hoping to get 2 pictures of of each fabric, one for each of my quilts (some people put matching squares in one quilt to find the matches).  I was lucky and a lot of the prints were small enough for me to get at least 2, if not 4 squares out of. 
Also, I had done a few wishlist swaps a long time ago.  A lot of time people send little extras with their packages and I asked people to send any fabric scraps that were at least 2.5 inches.  I got a couple hundred this way, just because they were mostly garbage for other people.  I also found that people sell their scraps by the pound.  However, since I wanted actual pictures, I didn't buy the scraps, but if you just needed a scrappy quilt, it would be a great cheap way to go.

Part of the fun for the kids was looking through all the squares before they were sewn together.  They would pick out their favorites, arrange, trade, etc.  They were pretty involved with the whole process.  Tonight was the first night I tucked Ben in with his, and he found a monkey fabric that I had made something else out of and he said, "hey, I remember these monkey pjs." 

A swap would be fun.  Either for fabric, or even a finished I spy block that then you could put a top together with.  Good idea!

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« Reply #19 on: June 04, 2009 09:08:21 PM »

Nice work - very impressive!

Well done at collecting al those novelty prints.  I am curious about the "quilt as you go" technique...

.. Does that mean you quilted each block as you pieced it together and then joined them with the sashing? 

I'm wondering how that would alter the feal of the quilt. 

Great I-spy quilt and I like all the blue tones on the back also.

Well done!
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« Reply #20 on: June 04, 2009 09:38:37 PM »

This is amazing! I can imagine they have a ton of fun looking at it.
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« Reply #21 on: June 04, 2009 10:01:30 PM »

WOW THAT'S AMAZING! I was going to get an ispy bag for some kiddo's in my life, but I like this SOOO much more!
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« Reply #22 on: June 04, 2009 11:05:08 PM »

I love it. they are really cute! I am going to have to make one.
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« Reply #23 on: June 05, 2009 04:47:17 AM »

There is a lot of love showing in that quilt. That is something your son will always cherish. Good job mamma!   Smiley
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« Reply #24 on: June 05, 2009 05:26:12 AM »

Wow!  Shocked
That's all I can say!
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« Reply #25 on: June 05, 2009 06:01:59 AM »

Nice work - very impressive!

Well done at collecting al those novelty prints.  I am curious about the "quilt as you go" technique...

.. Does that mean you quilted each block as you pieced it together and then joined them with the sashing? 

I'm wondering how that would alter the feal of the quilt. 

Great I-spy quilt and I like all the blue tones on the back also.

Well done!
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The quilt as you go technique is great for people who don't have machines that can handle a large quilt.  Or, like me, I was afraid to start learning to machine quilt on the WHOLE thing.  It was easy to handle.  Yes, the blocks are each quilted individually before they are joined making the large quilt.  Once the blocks are quilted and trimmed, then a shashing is added to the front and between two blocks forming a row.  Then the rows are joined in the same way.  The sashing is so skinny that it butts up the edges of the blocks so there isn't a 'thin' feeling where the shashing is.  I'm assuming that the whole quilt might not be as sturdy over many washings as something that is quilted down to a solid back, but it pretty much has the same feel to me.

The cool thing about doing it 'as-you-go' is that each block can have a different back if you want, so the quilt comes out two-sided!
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« Reply #26 on: June 05, 2009 07:10:07 AM »

this is really motivating me to finish the one i started! thank you! =) it's absolutely gorgeous
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« Reply #27 on: June 05, 2009 08:12:54 AM »

This is amazing! What a special gift. You rock mom!
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« Reply #28 on: June 05, 2009 08:51:01 AM »

This is completely awesome! I wish I had a stash large enough to do this. Your kids will enjoy this for so many years to come! Great present from a great mom Smiley
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« Reply #29 on: June 05, 2009 09:50:53 AM »

Wow - that's just incredible! And something they will use forever. It's not "little kiddy" at all IMO.
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« Reply #30 on: June 05, 2009 10:31:32 AM »

Great Job, I'm sure the quilts will be lots of fun (and comfort) for your kids.
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« Reply #31 on: June 10, 2009 03:59:14 PM »

I am in complete awe of this quilt!  It's amazing!  Shocked

I am very intrigued by quilting as you go.  I'm going to look into this!  Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #32 on: June 13, 2009 11:24:38 AM »

Oh I love this!!!  I just had to add this to my long list of projects to do.  LOL

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« Reply #33 on: June 30, 2009 03:15:13 PM »

This is incredible!  And inspiring...  I like the idea of quilt as you go. I think i'll have to give that a go
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