I feel like I don't need to introduce Care. Either you're reading this blog because you found us through Obsessively Stitching or you already know about her because I've referenced her repeatedly. But I'll introduce her anyway by saying that she got me hooked on I Spy projects and she's totally fun to have as a bloggy friend. Probably fun as a real-life friend, too. We'll work on that. Until then, I'll settle for bloggy friendship. Here's Care!
I am completely thrilled to be a guest here at Crafterhours today!
I am getting so excited to get all the Spoonflower swap squares back (I cut mine yesterday!) – and then comes decision-making time.
What to make with all those precious squares??
Today I’d like to share a few of my I-Spy projects with you. Hopefully this will get your creative juices flowing so you can come up with something fantastic to use your swap squares for!
If you are completely overwhelmed by all those squares, and at a loss for where to begin, you can start by sorting. There are infinite ways of sorting your squares – and that is half the fun! I have sorted by theme – animals, food, sports, vehicles, girly, boyish, alphabet, etc. After I’ve spent a little time sorting, ideas seem to start popping into my head.
Another way of sorting is, of course, by color! (Check out Susan’s amazing quilt on my bulletin board there in the background – a daily inspiration!)After spending some time sorting a few weeks back, I came up with a theme that needed only a little bit more filling out before it could become a quilt all its own – KITTIES!
My daughter absolutely adores kitties, so of course she needed a kitty-themed quilt! Certainly there are many other themes that could emerge and become their own personal quilts – food, vehicles, animals, etc.
If you just want to make one fantastic quilt with as many squares as you can, here is a SUPER simple way to make a quilt with sashing and setting squares to break up and calm down all those I-Spies – without having to cut and sew each one of those itty-bitty setting squares and sashing strips. It’s actually a Disappearing Nine-Patch! Check out the tutorial HERE.
Now of course you don’t have to stick with just quilts. You can take those precious I-Spy squares and spread the I-Spy love into a few different projects!
How about an ABC I-Spy Book?
Or soft and squishy I-Spy/Storytelling Blocks?
Or, check out these FABULOUS ABC I-Spy beanbags made by Kiersten, one of my readers. Are you DYING to make them?? I am!!
I hope these projects get you feeling I-Spy inspired, and ready to tackle those Spoonflower squares! I am SO READY!