Before we begin the nitty gritty I Spy discussion, I must first say that today is the best day of my entire life so far.
Okay, that’s pretty dramatic. But it’s a really, really happy crafterhours day, because ADRIANNA WILL BE AT MY HOUSE IN JUST A FEW HOURS! We are pretty darn excited to get together. And… well.. we don’t know what to expect from the kids. Reuniting the four children after six months of only seeing each other on Skype and all sorts of developmental leaps and bounds promises to make for a fun few days, right? We’re hoping SOMETHING crafty will happen, after all, they have to go to bed eventually, right? A full report will be posted, I assure you.
Until then, I’ll attempt to entertain you with I Spy excitement. If you have no interest in I Spy fabric projects or swaps or Spoonflower or anything related to any of the above, my sincerest apologies. Please skip right on ahead to whatever is next in your reader queue and make a mental note that crafterhours has failed you today.
In the middle of July I found myself quarantined in a hotel suite. My husband and older daughter were visiting friends and running errands while I enjoyed the blissful quiet… in-between the intermittent feverish shrieks of pain emitted by my younger daughter. What began as a cold had become more sinister and we had a few days of snuggling and sleeping and slow healing that allowed me some quality time with my computer and a few brain cells.
There were other challenges along the way. None insurmountable, just those that cause delays for everyone so patiently waiting. But now that the packages are out of my hands, I’m getting messages that are so great to find in my inbox that say “I just got my squares!”
And now? We wait. We create. We share. We see what others are creating and sharing. I’m as mushy as a forgotten overripe banana on a sunny windowsill just thinking about how cool it will be to see what’s produced with it. And there’s a Flickr pool waiting for uploads. Carolina was so excited she made a pincushion from her scraps!
Now that you’ve read through allllll of that discussion, really, truly, I’ve saved the best for last. Here’s a teeny tiny look at what the swappers got:
And lots more. Lots, lots, lots more. So this is it for posts about swap mechanics. From this day forward, only posts about what we’re MAKING with Spoonflower I Spies! I promise!
Unless Adrianna hosts a swap?
Super cool! I just recently discovered the wonderful world of craft blogs, and I’ve seen a few posts about the I Spy swap and wondered what it was all about….what a great idea – Thanks for sharing!
I am so excited about my stack of squares! I was just talking to Cammie (another swapper) yesterday about what to do with them. I determined that I must hoard them and stroke them for a little while before I can decide. :o) What a fantastic group of squares!
Thank you for having enough insanity — er — GUMPTION to go through with the swap. So, SO fun!!
**Oh, and have a great time with Adrianna!!! Can’t wait to see what you two cook up!**
Great post, and thanks so much for being our fearless leader! Just got my package last night, in fact, so I am VERY excited to start planning my quilt!
I got my squares as well! I flipped through them all on Saturday and it was so fun to see them all!
Mine came too! My 12 year old daughter was trying to claim some of them for her own: )
I wanted to tell you that I really liked the way you organized the swap. I had only ever heard of an eye spy quilt 3 days before I saw a link to this swap. 2 yards of fabric seemed very doable. I’ve seen several swaps since then where they wanted 10 different fabrics per person to participate– pretty overwhelming for a beginner. So thanks for making it easy!
I’m so sad I missed out! I am definitely in if you do this again!!!
you forgot to mention how INCREDIBLY patient and accomodating you were for us international participants! this was my first swap, only my second spoonflower order ever, and my first time using flicker… everyone was very helpful along the way! it’s so exciting to so many pics of my monster fabric! i’ve never seen it in person yet and i’m SO EXCITED!
Emily Elizabeth says
Hmmmm… I’m not usually one for I Spy quilts, but I think my daughter might really like this when she gets older (I am a huge sucker for the books). I think I’d definitely be in if you did it again!
I got my fabrics! First thing I did was sort them by color! : ) Thank you so much for the hours and hours you spent organizing, sorting, stacking, e-mailing, posting, and mailing! I’m not quite sure what I’ll be doing with all of my yummy fabrics, but I am sooooo glad that I got in on the swap!! : )
Can you possibly do this again… maybe, next year? I would love to participate. All those pretty fabrics!
What a labor of love! I can’t wait to see what people make!
Heather - Dollar Store Crafts says
Great job moderating the swap!! I got my squares, and even my husband was impressed by all the cool fabrics. :) Can’t wait to see what people make!
they arrived today! i’d forgotten about them entirely and was yanking on the envelope trying to wrench it out of the mailbox with my giant mittens on, and when i got it inside and opened it up…