Sometimes things come together when you’re not expecting it. I never thought I’d get excited about an I Spy swap, let alone become a hawker of gourmet I Spies. But that’s what’s happened.
As I was deciding what would go in the next I Spy assortment, I talked to my friend Kyra about it a bit. She took part in the last swap and helped sort it out, so she’s on the (very) short list of friends who a) understand what I’m talking about and b) at least pretends to care. She had a genius idea. What about a set of alphabet I Spies? Ding ding ding ding! I knew I had to do it because I want one myself. Yes. Sign me up.
We’re still building that set, and if you have a Spoonflower fabric suggestion for the set, pleeeease send it my way. I love that I’ve gotten some great suggestions so far and that it makes the whole effort more collaborative and fun. I’ve spent many, many hours combing Spoonflower and there are just. so. many fantastic designers.
So to accompany the upcoming set, I decided I wanted labels for my own project, and thought it’d be worth sharing. I dug through the Eden and Alloy sets and added a few squares from my swap stash. I’m obsessed with this work in progress:
The labels set is printed on Kona cotton and starts out looking like this:
A ruler and a rotary cutter make cutting these up a two minute task. I created both 4″ and 5″ sizes, knowing that Spoonflower I Spy loving folks have a lot of 5″ squares, and non-Spoonflower folks are more likely to have 4″ squares. And then there are people like me, with both.
I’m also in the category of “both” as far as deciding how to use these. I loved how they look with the full-size squares– and there are some prints that aren’t halved as easily as others.
But so far it’s the half-sizes that have gotten most of my attention. I’m working out the plan for sashing and a border, thinking that this will be bigger than a doll quilt but smaller than a toddler quilt. I’ve already had to say “hands-off” to K who wanted to run away with parts of it. I’m thinking my plan for this particular quilt as a gift might not work out they way I was hoping. Hmph. The cool part about the half-size cuts (two rectangles of 5″ x 2.5″ from the assortment/swap sized squares that were 5″) is that now I’ve got two A-Z print sets, ready to go. Really, the hard part is deciding which print to pair with each letter. Some letters have so many options. And if this is for a little kid, I’d choose different prints than I might choose for an older kid. I like to think about making the older ones work a little harder. And for grown-up I Spy lovers they can be really funny.
Whenever I work on quilts I get a little crazed to finish them. So I’m expecting to be back with an update in a few days. You can check the labels out in the shop. So far I’ve printed a handful of sets with blue letters, but there’s an option in the shop for special orders of other colors of lettering, if you fancy those instead.
You might notice in that top image that “Q” is for… quicksand. A square of sand-colored linen. In allll of the squares I have, hundreds, I had nothing for Q. I’m looking forward to the new alphabet set to remedy that. Have a fabric suggestion for Q? Lay it on me.