Saturday, October 22, 2011

Another ISPY Swap

Hello swappers.
I was going through my stash and seems I've accumulated a lot of new I Spy fabric so I'm ready to host another swap.

***This will be a short turn around so only US swappers this time****

Fabric will be due to me by Nov. 8 (that's a little over 2 weeks)
I will send shipping details once we have the 18 swappers signed up.

Here are the details to consider:

The details:

  • The first 18 people to sign up here are in. Just leave a comment and your email 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 8. 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.
A few thoughts and guidelines on the fabrics...
  • Please measure carefully and use a rotary cutter to cut your fabric
  • When picking fabric please use good quality. Joanns or local quilt store are fine. If you can see through it or the fabric is really thin, then the fabric cannot be used for this swap.
  • 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 18 people to comment but would like to be an alternate, please go ahead and comment. I'll contact you if someone drops out.


  1. I would love to join. Thanks for starting this! Ann

  2. I'm in! I haven't done an I-spy swap for a while and my stash is getting low. I'm off to buy my fabric today!! (audrajjensen at msn dot com)

  3. Count me in! Linnea runs these swaps efficiently. If you want to see a couple of complete I spy quilt tops (one quilted), seey blog,

  4. Thanks Linda! I try my best.
    Your ISPY quilt are awesome.
    I'm hoping to make a "Once upon a.." quilt using my I Spy. It will come in handy for story telling in the future when my son gets a little older.

    What is a "Once upon a .." quilt?
    Check it out here for an idea

  5. I love I Spy quilts. Count me in.

  6. I'd love to join!

    good(dot)rachel at gmail(dot)com

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  8. OOH! ME ME ME! I'd love to join! emzucker at gmail (dot) com.

  9. I would love to participate!
    amyurena (at) hotmail (dot) com

  10. Can I join? I love swaps!!

  11. I would love to join, but I don't live in the US. If there is still a free spot for a swapper from Germany, then you can count me in.
    I have a pile of cute fabrics cut and about ready to ship, so time should not be a problem here.

    addictedtoc64 [at] googlemail {dot} com

  12. I will join!

  13. If you are still short another spot my mom will join in too- She doesn't do computers so I can print her the info you send to me-

  14. I would love to join. Hope I'm not too late.

  15. Please count me in if there is still space.


  16. If you have room, let me know!

  17. Oh my! I just realized that I wrote my email incorrectly. It is goode.rachel (at)

    Hopefully I am still in!

    Please let me know. Thanks!

  18. I'm ready to swap! Is there room from me?

  19. If I'm not in, I'd like to be an alternate. My email address is