Special I-Spy Quilt

My neighbor and friend is moving today.  Her little boy is the same age as my little girl.  In fact we did preschool together.  She says she is always amazed with my sewing abilities--but I am even more amazed with her photography and awesome activities she always does with her kids. 
Last Saturday I had this idea pop into my head--make them an I-Spy quilt before they leave.  I started organizing the fabric and had another idea pop in--why not include some photos of her family friends and other neighbors.  After a trip to the local craft store I had this in my hands and started downloading and printing pictures. 
Starting Monday I started sewing, after preschool graduation on Tuesday I had most of the blocks put together.  Wednesday the quilt top was done.  Thursday I spent most of the day bent over the machine quilting.  I finished the binding right before a meeting I needed to attend at 7pm.  After the meeting I ran the quilt over to her and wish that I had a picture of her reaction.
This was definitely a labor of love--but worth it all.  We will miss our neighbors, but know they will be loving the new house and lush green forests in Oregon.
Same measurements as my previous I-Spy Quilt
The squares in the middles are the same fabric as the binding.  My hubby thinks the squares should be centered in the middle.
Here's a close-up of the pictures in the middle of a block
I loved this quilt.  My only complaint was that as I was pinning the layers together my kids decided it was a great place to play tag--after I quilted it I realized that there was a lot of puckering on the back--hopefully they won't be looking at the back too much.


Karen said...

You are amazing! This quilt is beautiful and the love you put in it shows. I really like the pictures.What a great idea. It will bring back fun memories. I am also impressed that you quilted it. Way to go 8)

Jane said...

Another GREAT I spy quilt! It's fun to spy the squares I submitted for the swap. I received my squares yesterday. YES!...time to get under production. Thank you for a great swap!

Care said...

It's so fabulous!! I love your binding fabric -- it's too perfect!

I made an I-Spy quilt last week, all in one day... Nearly killed me, but it NEEDED to be done as a special gift for someone who really, really needed it. It's kind of fun to have a project every now and then that has a serious deadline -- it means things get done! :o)

Jen Barnes said...

i just noticed this post. i love you! i wish you had a picture of my reaction too. i couldn't believe you did this. still can't. you are so amazing

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