Sunday, October 3, 2010

i-spy swap info

The details:

  • The first 19 people to sign up here are in. Just leave a comment on this post, and make sure I have a way to contact you.
  • Each person will send (20) 4" squares from each of 10 novelty fabrics to me by Nov 1. I'll have some details on how to sort them, and I will also need for you to send a stamped envelope so I can mail your squares back to you.
  • You will receive (200) 4" novelty squares (enough for 2 small I-SPY quilts or 1 large one) We're hoping to send packages out by Nov 15th, but that depends on how long it takes everything to come in. Live outside the U.S.? No problem! Just try to get your fabrics to us a little earlier.
  • I have some patterns drawn up that I will post so that you could arrange the squares in order to get a certain sized quilt.
A few thoughts and guidelines on the fabrics...
  • Please measure carefully and use a rotary cutter to cut your fabric
  • Many fabric stores have a dedicated novelty fabric section. But generally these
    are fabrics with objects... animals, food, people, etc. It may help to think in terms of things you could use for the I-SPY game. (I spy the letter G, I spy a sushi roll, I spy a monkey eating a banana, etc....)
  • In order to avoid duplicate patterns, go on a mission for some really obscure, hard to find prints that aren't available at the chain retailers.
  • No team prints or licenses characters (SpongeBob, Dora, etc.) So for example, a print with basketballs would be great, but a Dallas Mavericks print is not. Or a print with ducks wearing hats is great, but Donald Duck is not.
  • The object in the fabric should be distinguishable in a 3.5 x 3.5 square, which will be its finished size. Keep this in mind when choosing fabrics. Either go with smaller prints, or be ready to fussy-cut.
  • You can get (20) 4" squares out of a 1/4 yard cut of fabric or out of a fat quarter. So you'll need to purchase at least 2 1/2 yards of fabric.
What is an I-SPY quilt? It's a quilt made with novelty fabrics. And it's a wonderful toy to play I-SPY with. Great for traveling with kids or rest time or when you need something to occupy little ones. How to play? Take turns spotting something in the quilt, maybe "I spy, with my little eye, a frog in a tutu!" And the first person to point out the tutu frog on the quilt goes next, and so on. Hours and hours of fun!
If you want to participate, leave a comment on this post!

If you are not one of the first 19 people to comment but would like to be an alternate, please go ahead and comment. I'll contact you if someone drops out.

(love these direction. They came from Wendy's blog


  1. Okay, sign me up! My kids are gonna love this...

    Janelle McCann

  2. whoops, just realized i commented on the wrong post. Please count me in. Thanks

  3. I would definitely like to participate! I have my squares washed, cut, and ready to send out. Thanks for organizing this.

  4. I'd like to sign up too! :-)

    Dara Hobbs

  5. Linda's in for a set

  6. YES! I was just thinking that I needed to do another one! Thanks for hosting this!
    waldoswife at

  7. I'm in! Thanks for hosting.

  8. I'm in. Thanks for the invite.

  9. I think I will have to do this one more time. I saw your follow list and I think that you should check out this one she is AMAZING at applique

  10. I'm in the first 19! Hurray.

  11. I would love to participate! I would love to make one for each of my kiddos!

  12. I would love to participate. Count me in!

  13. La Yen is in for 2 sets.
    4 spots left!

  14. If I'm not too late, I'd love to do it too!

  15. if it's not too late I'd love to join in. just to make sure you have it my e-mail is lisapotpie(underscore)bubbles(at)hotmail(dot)com So I was 13 when I set it up and have yet to create a new one =) please let me know either way! Thanks


  16. I'd like to join the I-spy swap group if possible! thanks!

  17. Please add me. It is a perfect gift for a friend for Christmas.

  18. If you need a fill in I would be glad to play along. I took part in a swap earlier this year and had a blast. Thanks

  19. If you do another swap or need last minute fill-ins, let me know. I have fabric ready and waiting - just trying to find someone to trade with. :)
    michelle coleman 24 at hotmail dot com