Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Blogger's Quilt Festival: Wonky ABC I-Spy Quilt

 I am just under the wire getting this quilt added to the Blogger's Quilt Festival this year!  I am glad I made it because this is definitely one of my absolute favorite quilts.  Way back in 2009, I was a member of the Sewconnected Virtual Quilting Bee on Flickr led by Quiltdad, and I asked the members to make me a wonky letter block to compile an ABC quilt out of.  I sent everyone I-Spy fabric that corresponded to the the letter to use as patchwork background fabric to the letter, and I love the end result!


 I finally finished it this past fall, but I haven't blogged it until now.  I was working on it at a quilt retreat last spring in Ft. Collins, and Amanda Jean, who was an original member of the group, was at the retreat too.  She made me two additional blocks to help me finish it up, which was awesome. 

I found the book WordPlay by Tonya Riccuci to be super helpful when I was making the additional 12 blocks leftover after the swap. 

Each block is 15 inches square, so the quilt is about 75" x 90".  It easily fits a full bed, which my daughter will eventually have.  The last row makes up her name, which was a fun way to make 6 rows.  One of my favorite pieces is that I added photos of her to fabric, which I then used to illustrate her Z block.






I really like how the back turned out, too.  I used the dog pattern from the book Dare to Be Square, but I added a border of 2 1/2" squares and then another pink solid border to the back as well.


I want to thank everyone who contributed to my quilt, which my daughter loves!
twinfibers (blog, flickr)
crazymomquilts (blog, flickr)
acommonplacelife (blog, flickr)
SewHelpMe (flickr)
lucky duck day (blog, flickr)
Amy's Creative Side (blog, flickr)
artsymomma (blog, flickr)
tellen24 (blog, flickr)
Jacquie G (blog, flickr)
ritapizza (blog, flickr)
krommama (blog, flickr)
j_q_adams (blog, flickr)

Thank you, Amy for hosting the Blogger's Quilt Festival again this spring!  If you haven't yet, you should head over there to see all of the beautiful quilts!

18 comments:

Cindy said...

Such a clever idea for an I Spy quilt. Love it.

CitricSugar said...

Very cute! I love that you used pictures of your daughter in the zed. (Yes, I said zed. I'm Canadian. :-)

Lonci said...

Very spectacular, beautiful quilt:))

Kathy said...

Love letters and the alphabet on quilts, one of these is on my "to do" list. Great job!

amy dame said...

this is fabulous! i've been really into letters on quilts lately, so i love this. and what a brilliant take on an i-spy quilt!

Quilt+Bitch said...

I'm sooooo jealous. I love this quilt. Love it.

SewAmy said...

Audrey, I love your quilt. And the back is just as cute as the front. I hope to one day be in a 'Bee' with you again. You make the sweetest quilts.

Katie B. said...

Incredible! I love this quilt. The back is fantastic too!

randi--i have to say said...

This is amazing! I hope I get to see it in "person" at some point. :)

bear said...

One of my favorites, too, out of ALL that you've so wonderfully made! I love the Z idea! Too cute!

bethanndodd said...

I am in awe! This is spectacular!
Smiles~Beth

Teje said...

Hi Audrey! I love your abc quilt and I wish that I find time to make one - just adorable! Your blog and your quilts are so beautiful! Other favourite is your quilt full of dogs! Thank you for inspiration! x Teje

felicity said...

Oh wow this is absolutely fabulous! (I've nominated it in the group category for the festival).

quirky granola girl said...

love, love, love.
you are amazing, Audrey.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Could not be any COOLER! Great quilt - lucky girl.

Jenny said...

Super awesome quilt! A lot of time and effort went into it for sure!

Milly said...

I love your version of an Ispy quilt. I am so glad I stumbled upon it via the quilt festival as I have a stack of Ispy charms.....

seaschell said...

Audrey, it turned out beautifully! I think the "Z" block is the best. :)