The Round Robin Edition 10 – Eye Spy With Fabric

Today the Round Robin newsletter is all about eye spy or I spy quilts and quilt blocks! Join me on a quick run down memory lane as well as what I’ve been sewing up recently.

happy monday….

I hope you are all sewing away like crazy people with the newest block addition to the Three’s Company Quilt Along!  

Can’t wait to see your blocks…. but watch for something happening during this month!

why another fun project? well, it’s national quilt day on the 17th…. so of course we have to do something for it!

in the sewing room…

I was a lucky recipient of a new book— Adventures in Hexagons — written by Emily Breclaw (quick note…she is one of the designers this year in the IAQ group!)

It just came out in the early fall of last year. It’s a wonderful book and full of beautiful combinations of shapes and colors.

The little beauty above is what I have been finishing up. I totally cheated and sewed it by machine.  There are quite a few spots I need to go back and touch up, but overall I’m happy.
I chose one block from the larger quilt to make just a table quilt. Makes the perfect center piece of a coffee table or side table!

I am trying again with a little hand quilting. I really enjoy doing these small projects! It’s kind of surprising actually.

I did all the stitching in a black color…. I tried a few others, but this looked the best for me. Maybe I should have been bolder with it, but I like it.

Oh- and the fabric I used?!  It was hand dyed by me!!  Last summer I enjoyed a day at a friends house with others from a local modern quilt group and we dyed our own fabric. Such fun.  I’ll put a quick tutorial up on that process on the blog some time.

There is still fabric left, so other projects with it will be coming!

today’s topic… eye spy quilts and blocks

Do you have fabric sitting around in a pile and you’re just not sure what to do with it?
Well, the I spy quilt block is seriously the best!

It takes 2 fabrics per quilt block– a busy print and a not busy print, or background.

You ready to get it started?! Let’s get going!

Video Tutorial— this video is under 5 minutes. It’s quick and simple. Grab your two fabrics and you are ready to go!


This is not about perfect points!

Quick note that yes, your points will totally be cut off. I am very aware of this….but the process of doing this makes all the points do the same thing, so it doesn’t look wrong!

Also, this works with any kind of fabric! Doesn’t need to be specifically an eye spy kind of crazy print and wild design.

It’s a very forgiving quilt block as the points are lost in the process….not because you sewed them wrong!

The fun thing about the quilt block is that your conversation or spy fabric is going to be in the center of the block and will be surrounded by your background.  When you sew your blocks together, the centers will be on point- giving your quilt even more interest and fun!

sew it…

Here’s a tutorial on sewing up a Square on Point Quilt.

For this quilt I used 40 — 10″ squares or a layer cake. After stitching the blocks up I put them together in rows and sewed them together.
Couldn’t be easier!

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something fun…

Square on Point Quilt Tutorial  Click here to read more…

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Eye Spy Squares Quilt Tutorial  Click here to read more….

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I Spy with with sashing tutorial Click here to read more…

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Modern Eye Spy  Click here to read more…

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Disappearing Eye Spy Click here to read more…

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quilty chit chat…

There have been a few fun projects posted in the Quilting 101 fb group.

 The Three’s Company – your blocks are flying in and they are sooo wonderful to see! Are you sewing along?

Join the group for free here.

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