Friday, 7 June 2013

TGIFF! - A Wee Spy Quilt

Wee Spy Quilt And Bag
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My cousin's Wee Spy quilt is done! Sorry for the blah photos -- it's rain, rain, and more rain around here. For those new to the blog, the Wee Spy is my go-to baby gift. These aren't meant to be precious or heirloom quilts. They are made to keep little eyes interested and to handle whatever a baby can throw at it, burp on it, pee on it...you get the idea. 

As with all my Wee Spy quilts, they have a standard size (approx. 38" by 50") and layout, using 48 6" blocks of various novelty fabrics. The novelty fabrics don't coordinate on purpose and are chosen because they have some novelty item on it that would be interesting to little eyes.

I piece the novelty fabrics as leader/enders of my other projects so I usually just need to add the border and a backing when a baby gift is needed. Efficient? Yes! 

For the quilting, I simply echo the seam lines on either side using my walking foot. 

While each one is made in a standard way, each Wee Spy is unique in the backing and coordinating border colour, as well as which novelty fabrics are included. 

I then make a coordinating bag out of more novelty fabrics, the border and backing material and add my little tag so parents get an idea of things they can do with the quilt...other than wrap their bundle of joy in it. 


I found the backing fabric at Fabricland last year, I think, and I've been hoarding it since waiting for the perfect opportunity to use it. There are moose, beavers, polar bears and some Canadian geese, as well as some maple leaves scattered here and there -- just perfect for the little Canuck that should make her/his appearance towards the end of July.

I'm linking up with the wonderful Laura of Quokka Quilts for this week's TGIFF! Hope you can take some time to check out her ode to Kate Spain and the other fabulous finishes. If you have a recent finish, you are more than welcome to link up as well.

Have a great weekend, all!

6 comments:

  1. That is such a great baby gift idea. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. That is a great idea for baby gifts!

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  3. Such a good idea. I was thinking the other day that I need to have a quick baby quilt to make. Even a couple done ahead. It always seems that babies come in batches! I have never collected many novelty prints, but they are perfect for this little quilty. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I echo the other comments - what a great idea for a baby gift. I've done a few charm square swaps and have another pack of 56 heading my way soon. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them, but this is a great idea!
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Here is a link to the ones I made for my kids last summer: http://wannabequilter.com/2012/08/28/ispy-quilts-done/

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  5. I love these Wee Spy quilts. It's a great idea to do them as leaders and enders projects :)

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