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I-Spy Fabric Swap


After making my first quilt, I am in love. I especially adore I-Spy quilts, so I've decided to host an I-Spy fabric swap here on my blog!

What is an I-Spy Quilt?
A quilt made with fabric that has neat prints, especially fun for children to play I-Spy.  There are many other cute things you can make with I-Spy fabric squares, like I-Spy Blocks and an I-Spy Book.

Where did I get the idea? Well, I missed out on a swap over at one of my favorite blogs: Obsessively Stitching. Then was directed to a swap over at Ken+Tris. After participating in her swap and finishing my first quilt, I just knew I wanted to make more of these fun quilts!

So here goes... the 1st 20 people who email me or comment on this blog will be able to participate. Please forward this on to any friends you have who may be interested. MAKE SURE TO LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS!! 

*Have 200 I-Spy squares in the mail to me by AUGUST 15th (plus a self addressed return envelope, stamped). 

*Get 200 I-Spy squares back by the 30th of AUGUST.

1. I'm looking for approximately 20 friends, hopefully friends who all shop at different fabric stores. Yes, this means you, friends in different states. It's a simple quilt to put together, so if you've never quilted before, try it!  Here is a great tutorial on making the same quilt I did: Disappearing Nine-Patch Quilt (I-Spy Version).

2. Cut 20 4" squares out of each of 10 different novelty print fabrics (quilting quality cotton wovens - no flannel). A 1/4-yard cut or fat quarter will get you 20 4" squares, so you will be purchasing a total of about 2 1/2 yards of fabric.

3. In order to avoid duplicates, everyone will need to search out unusual or obscure prints. Look for things that aren't available at chain stores. But, please, pick FUN ones! If you love it, the other swappers will love it too!

4. Remember that we are looking for fabric with objects on it, not printy-prints. (A fabric with FLOWERS on it is very different from a FLORAL PRINT.)

5. No "licensed" prints: No Disney, Dora, L.A. Lakers, etc.

6. Remember seam allowances! Be sure you can tell what you are looking at within a 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" square. Nobody wants only half of an object in their square -- cut them well! (Depending on your fabric choice, you may need to buy more than 1/4 yard in order to get an object into each cut square.)

7. Please pre-wash & press your fabric BEFORE cutting.  I recommend using a cutting mat, rotary cutter and ruler to make cuts as they will be more precise than marking & cutting with scissors.

8. International swappers welcome!

Here are some of the squares that I received in the swap I participated in:

If you have any questions just let me know! Oh, and don't forget to follow my blog so you'll see updates here as I post them.


S. said…
Spots 1 and 2 taken
Aubrey said…
I'm in! But also very new! Who do we send these to? The 19 other people? Or to you with a stamped envelope to get my return squares?
HalfDozen said…
I'm in! (jessicalee from ds) I'm passing this along too.
jessica_lee_mt AT
Kaylene said…
I would like to participate too! Nebmama from diaperswappers.

mills (dot) kaylene (at) gmail (dot) com.
S. said…
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Allison said…
I would like to participate. I am located in Ontario Canada :)

What info do you need me to provide?
Allison said…
Oh....forgot to leave my e-mail address ;) Its allison (dot) kenny (at) :)
Anonymous said…
Yay, count me in!
historyweaver said…
This is historyweaver (Katie) and I'm in too!
I would love to participate! I will start shopping and cutting. Just let me know where to send the fabric! :)
oops... email is . Have a great day!
caroline said…
I'll do it if there's still space.

loveofmath at gmail
NCquilter said…
I'd love to join!
Laura said…
I'd like to participate too!
Tara said…
I would love to participate.
tammiemarie said…
I want to play!!

i'll post a link at my blog, come see - I'm having a giveaway and it ends on friday the 30th!
Twyla said…
I would love to do this. My email is twylaw at gmail dot com.
Crystal Hendrix said…
I am addicted as well!! I have plans for making a rather LARGE ispy quilt!! So sign me up!!
Crystal Hendrix said…
sorry forgot my email
Super Daysh said…
I would love to participate if you still have a spot open! My e-mail is
Jill F said…
Do you still have spots? If so I want in!
If you need another I'm in!
torri said…
Are there any spots left? I would like to participate!
torrimahoney at gmail dot com
Ricki said…
Hi! I just wanted to say great quilt!!! I also participated in Tristen's swap and can't believe you are already done your quilt!!! Good for you! My pile of square's is still sitting on my desk. I see 5 of my squares in your quilt - so that is pretty cool to see a finished product. Good luck with your swap.
S. said…
Thanks, Ricki! I was really motivated to get the quilt started and finished as it's the first big item I've made for my son. :)
Julie said…
Any more spots open ??? Hope so.
I will join your 2nd swap as well, and I'm sending you over another swapper as well!
Suzi said…
I would love to sign up if you host another.
La Yen said…
I would join if you want to do a second one!
waldoswife at
Anonymous said…
I would love to join if you do another swap...Thanks, Jen
jspilker75 at yahoo dot com
Julie said…
Any room left in the second swap? Hope so,
Ellen said…
I would like to sign up if there are any openings. If already full, I would like to join if you do another. email:

Robyn said…
I need more girly fabrics for my I spy I am trying to finish. if you have another swap please please count me in. I'm in desperate states about it.
traceyjay said…
I want in please! :)
traceyjay said…
(my email is linked to my profile -- but it's also traceyjay (at)!) :)
nancy oakes said…
I want in too!!!!
Nancy Oakes
I hope there is room for 1 more!! I always see these swaps too late!!
Anonymous said…
Hi Stephanie, I would love to join your second swap as well.
Kadybug said…
I would love to participate
Kadybug said…
email - 1kadybug at
Mike and Wendy said…
Man!!!! I always miss these things! I've been wanting to participate for months!
If by some crazy chance I'm not too late, my email is
Samina said…
I've been wading through the posts to see if there's still room, but my math-addled brain can't count up that high. If there's still room, let me know.
Kandra said…
I'm in if there's still room! :)
Kandra said…
oops meant to leave my email
kandra dot young at gmail dot com
Katherine said…
Hey I see lots of double comments with ppl saying yes then leaving email if there's a chance for a bleary eyed Aussie who just woke up? Us poor Aussie's miss out lots with time differences...
Anonymous said…
I would love to join.
Rose said…
Not sure if you are full or not but I'd love to join in.. am in Australia so will get shipped asap...
Susan said…
Is the date which we will have to get the squares to you the same for the second swap?

Kim said…
Is there still room? if there is I would LOVE to get in on the action!
S. said…
SAMINA - please comment with your email address otherwise I can not get in contact with you.
hla280 said…
I would love to do this, if you do another one in the future! Followed your link from ds. hla280 @ hotmail. com
BAD Quilter said…
If you do this again, could you email me?

Also it would be great to do 5x5" so they'd work with Charm Pack patterns.

Thanks! My email is
BAD Quilter said…
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Anonymous said…
If you do another one, I love to be included. is there anyway you can let me know of a new swap?
Robin Smith

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