Letting an I Spy Quilt Take Shape
One of the biggest hindrances to making extraordinary quilts is the notion that you must have a plan before you begin.
The most creative quilts evolve through experimentation. My most recent “I Spy” quilt is a good example.
My idea was simple: Use a novelty print at the center of a Churn Dash quilt block. I made a test block to begin.
I liked it, so I made a few more.
Pretty soon, the quilt’s design story began to emerge. It would be bright tone-on-tones plus black and white prints.
When the center was finished, I auditioned many fabrics for the borders. The bold black and white chevrons surprised me when they worked!
Here are some takeaways to use in your own scrappy quilt projects:
- Start with a small idea. Make a test to see if it works.
- Think about value (lightness or darkness) more than color.
- Audition fabrics on a design wall by standing back (all the way across the room).
- If you’re using clear, pure colors, stick with clear, pure colors.
- Never stress over running out of fabric. Piece it, or substitute something similar. The chevron borders are pieced in this quilt—did you even notice?!
I was pleased to learn recently that this little quilt landed on the cover of Quiltmaker’s May/June issue, on newsstands now and for the next month or so. If you see it, wave hello!
You can also get a digital pattern for this quilt. Thank you for visiting Stash Bandit!