|Bear awaits the arrival of children for Christmas|
Many of the projects I make for others can't be shared on my blog until after they have been received by the recipient, which is why I am only now writing about a quilt made for one of my granddaughters in early December.
|hand sewing the binding is one of my favorite parts of the process|
For somebody who's made a baby quilt for all of her grandchildren and all of her sister's grandchildren, in addition to more for baby shower gifts (that's at least 25 or more over the last 17 years), I was surprised to realize I had no smallish quilts for my granddaughter's bed when she would be visiting from the Land of Flip Flops. I was like the plumber who fixes everybody's else's leaky faucets but the one at his own house!
|I Spy quilt|
You are familiar with the game that says, "I spy ..." and the child has to find what you are looking at and point to it. An I Spy quilt is made up of many picture blocks for that purpose.
|my favorite of all the blocks|
The design is very simple, with sashing and cornerstones separating the picture blocks. I "stitched in the ditch" around each picture block, and used variegated thread to do free motion stipple quilting inside the picture blocks.
|The best part of the entire project was watching|
her play with it.
I am a strong advocate for putting a label on the back of all of my quilts. To paraphrase a famous quote by the late Maya Angelou, "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget the quilts you made for them." Here is the label for the I Spy quilt, including a verse that has to do with looking around (I Spy):
|I edited out names for reasons of security|