Friday, September 17, 2010

Come Join My I-Spy Fabric Swap!

Okay, we are all full!

Don't worry if you didn't get in; we will do it again sometime! For those of you who are participating, I will be shooting you an email soon with all of the details. This is going to be fun!
I participated in an I-Spy fabric swap over at Obsessively Stitching a while ago. It was so much fun, I thought I would host my own swap!

First a little note about I-Spy fabrics and what you can do with them. I-Spy fabrics are generally novelty prints which are then fussy-cut. You can use the squares of fabric for so many things! Look at Care's great ideas here and here. I used the squares from the swap to duplicate this beautiful quilt from Susan at Crafterhours. I am more than thrilled with the result. We have played I-Spy with our quilt and have used it to curl up on the couch with. I am so happy with the result. Here it is!
My kids love playing with it!
So on with the swap!

The Basics:
Mail me 200 I-Spy squares by October 11th.
Get back 200 squares, all different, by October 31st.

The Details:
1. I need 17 people to join the swap. In order to join, just leave a comment with your email address included. (If you are not located in the USA, please send your fabrics a little earlier than October 11th.)

2. Cut 20 4" squares out of each of 10 different novelty print fabrics (quilting quality cotton wovens - no flannel). A 1/4-yard cut or fat quarter will get you 20 4" squares, so you will be purchasing a total of about 2 1/2 yards of fabric. This is NOTHING when you consider all of the fabrics you will be getting back.

3. In order to avoid duplicates, everyone will need to search out unusual or obscure prints. Look for things that aren't available at chain stores like Walmart, Joann's or Hobby Lobby. Pick fun prints that you love!

4. Remember that we are looking for fabric with objects on it, not printy-prints. (A fabric with FLOWERS on it is very different from a FLORAL PRINT.)

5. No "licensed" prints: No Disney, Spongebob, Dora, John Deere, L.A. Lakers, etc.

6. Remember seam allowances! Be sure you can tell what you are looking at within a 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" square. Nobody wants only half of an object in their square -- cut them well! (Depending on your fabric choice, you may need to buy more than 1/4 yard in order to get an object into each cut square.)

The first 17 people who comment here will get to participate!
Please leave your email address in the comment so I can fill you in on some of the details of the swap. Also, feel free to forward this on to any friends you have that might be interested in joining us!


  1. Yay I'm first! Count me in. I want one for myself!!

  2. What a great idea! I would absolutely love to participate- audrajjensen at msn dot com

  3. How fun! I am so excited about this!

  4. Count me in!

  5. I'd love to participate! I was just thinking about hosting a swap because I'm never quick enough to get in on one. But today is my lucky day!

  6. I want to participate. I am new to quilting and can't wait to make an i-spy quilt.

    mom2lilboy at hotmail dot com

  7. okay, I'm in. just what I need another quilt for the grandkids to share and not fight over because it belongs to grandma.

  8. I'm in! Care sent me over from Obsessively Stitching! YAY!

  9. I'm all over it! Care sent me an email with the heads up!

  10. I am so excited I made it in the top 17! Thanks to Caroline over at Obsessively Stitching for the heads up!

  11. Count me in if there is still room!

  12. I would love to participate if there is room, Care sent me a link letting me know you were having a swap.

  13. Count me in too if you still have room. How fun!

  14. Oooh this sounds like fun! Count me in if you still have room too Connie! Thanks!

  15. Yayayay!

  16. Shoot, I think I'm #18....If anybody cancels, let me know as I would like to do it.

    Nancy Oakes

  17. Bummer! I was gone on a crafting retreat for one weekend and I miss it!! :( Let me know, too please, if anyone else drops out, or if you extend the swap or start another group. :) Thanks so much!

    Janelle McCann

  18. Oh, I would also love to participate. I guess I'm third on the "replacements" list.

    Irene Werthmann

  19. I also would love to participate - 4th on the waiting list :) Please consider doing another swap :) :)

    Rose Aesoph

  20. Hi!! I found your blog thru SMS. Do you think you'll ever have a swap like this again? I have been wanting to make an I Spy quilt.

  21. Wowww! What a wonderful quilt! Thank you for the idea! :)

  22. I am new to quilting and can't wait to make an i-spy quilt.

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