An I Spy Quilt for Our Sweet Boy

Sue has called Dominic my sweet boy since the day he was born.  Not ‘my’ in the possessive way (well, maybe a little) but more in a general way.  She doesn’t mind sharing him with his parents, grandma, GG, and even me.  It was always so great to see that as Dominic became more aware of people’s presence and departures, he would follow her leaving the room.  I would always tell him she’ll be right back, and she’s going to say ‘there’s my sweet boy’.  She always did, without fail.  So without further explanation – that was plenty already right?! – here is the I Spy quilt for Dominic a.k.a. our sweet boy.

I Spy Finished

I Spy Help from Friends

We talked about making an I Spy quilt and then discovered we were woefully lacking in the necessary fabrics.  What??  How can it be that with an ample stash we do not have more than 36 choices for an I Spy quilt?  And that is with some duplicates, I might add.  Thankfully, three quilting friends stepped forward, raised their hands and sent us some really cute stuff.  Remember these photos from earlier this year?

With this help we were able to set about making a layout and even checking it for color placement and saturation.

I Spy Enthusiasm

Dominic’s dad has been fairly involved and enthusiastic about this project.  We asked him if he thought the squares should have individual sashing around each block and he voted no.  Then we asked if a Cubs square may be included and a definite N.O. was given so we avoided that whole topic by excluding the Brewers as well.  We wanted the sport represented so the A’s were chosen, mostly because it was sent from a friend. ~smile~

Quilting I Spy

Not as usual for once, I did not have quilter’s paralysis for this quilt.  I knew this quilt had to be quilted with a crosshatch design.  Dominic looks so darn cute trying to pick up each diamond shape, and then trying a different one when he can’t get that first one.  He even gives us a quizzical look and then tries yet a third diamond.  Since we hate to deny him any fun (and there may be a bit sadist) the quilting commenced and was quickly completed.  Here is a shot of the tape marking the first line of the second direction of the quilting.

I Spy second pass

And a shot of the binding being added last Sunday morning!  I had to sew it on using Sue’s sewing machine, Lily.  My Ellie the Elna was busy quilting something else and couldn’t be interrupted.

I Spy binding

Final I Spy Thoughts

We loved every moment of making this quilt.  There were no oops or darn its during its run.  What did we use on the backing are you wondering?  Why we used this adorable Spot fabric which makes this a two-sided I Spy quilt.  Not only is Dominic a dog fan, like his Auntie Rose, but Spot finds himself with cute worthy items to spy.  Don’t you think?

Animal Panel 23 We will continue to make quilts for this sweet boy.  I cannot wait until the time when he wants to make his first one, because I am confident he will indeed wish to!

Two final shots of the quilting and how the navy binding looks on both sides.  Each time I study this quilt I see a new block that I hadn’t noticed before or remembered!


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12 Responses

  1. Chris says:

    A quilt that will be loved for a long time!!

  2. Karen says:

    Many happy hours of fun ahead of you all with this cute quilt.

  3. Pat Evans says:

    I’ve done several I-Spy quilts and they are really fun. I’ve used different settings and even did a themed one with storybook characters. Dominic’s I-Spy will provide hours of pointing and touching and the Spot backing was a perfect choice.

  4. quiltinggail says:

    I Love your I Spy quilt! … or should I say “Dominic’s I Spy quilt?” I also like the simple quilting … and the back is perfect! Happy Quilting! 🙂

  5. Kathryn says:

    What an absolutely fantastic I spy quilt and the two sided approach is wonderful. Love it!

  6. Tish says:

    This is such a cool quilt! I really love that both sides are I Spy. I’ve always wished I had something like this when my daughter was small, she would have loved it. I Spy was always a savior in the long checkout lines at Walmart 🙂

  7. Barbara Esposito, TheQuiltedB says:

    I love this! The simplicity of no sashing , the bright colors, the fun of having friends contribute, it’s a total win. And the backing is perfect. I’m sure he will treasure it forever! Ps…you are better people than I. I totally would have snuck a tiny Cubs square in there, perhaps on one of Spot’s toys or books. Just sayin…
    Thanks for this early morning eyecandy

  8. Shannon Fleming says:

    It’s purrrfect! Did a great job with color placement. He will love it forever!

  9. Vicki in MN says:

    Super happy for you gals that you got the quilt done and will be enjoying using it with D:)

  10. Your I spy quilt is sew cute! Dominic is such a lucky boy I’m sure he will treasure it for many years!

  11. Elaine says:

    This is beyond sweet in so many ways!

  12. Such a cute quilt, with so many fun fabrics! He’ll enjoy it for years to come!

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