I SPY WITH FLAPS QUILT PATTERN


I spy quilt with flaps

I spy quilt with flaps

I spy quilt with flaps

I spy quilt with flaps

 

I spy quilts have always been popular because you can combine the warmth (snuggle factor) of a quilt with a great set of I spy quilt blocks that you can talk to your child/grandchild about for ever.  they are also enormous fun to make because there are no rules – you can let your imagination run wild.

I made this I spy quilt with flaps over each quilt block so that you have the added fun of opening the flaps with the child.  I’ve used 2.1/2″ wide sashing (finished size 2″) between the blocks to separae the flaps from each other.

Making the flaps

Sew together three strips of fabric

Sew together three strips of fabric

Make a nine patch unit

Make a nine patch unit

The flap are made from a nine patch quilt block sewn to a plain 6.1/2″ square on three sides so that it makes a pouch.  To make the nine patch quilt block, sew together 2.1/2″ strips of fabric:  one strip of dark, light, dark fabric and one strip of light, dark, light fabric.  Cut these strips at 2.1/2″ intervals and with right sides together sew three strips together as shown in the photo.

 

Make a pouch

Make a pouch

 

You could sew two plain squares together on three sides but I just fel that a nine patch block looked good as a flap.  With right sides together sew a plain 6.1/2″ square to the nine patch unit on three sides.  Turn this pouch right side out to make the flap for the I spy quilt blocks.  You will need sixteen flaps.

 

Making the I spy quilt blocks

Use any fabric with pictures

Use any fabric with pictures

Use sashing to sew the I spy blocks together

Use sashing to sew the I spy blocks together

Now for the I spy quilt blocks!  I began by rummaging through my fabric stash to find any pictorial fabric.  I cut 6.1/2″ squares of any that gave me images and sewed a 6.1/2″ strip of sashing fabric to the right hand side of the square.  Sew these squares together in a rows with four blocks to a row.

 

 

Lay the flap on the I spy block

Lay the flap on the I spy block

Add sashing across the top of the row

Add sashing across the top of the row

Sew one further 6.1/2″ sashing strip to the left hand side of the row of quilt blocks so that the rows begins and ends with a sashing strip.  Pin a nine patch flap on top of each quilt block with the open end of the pouch at the top.  Cut a 34″ length of sashing and with right sides together sew this across the top of the row.

 

Butterflies in felt applique

Butterflies in felt applique

Embroidered hearts for an I spy quilt block

Embroidered hearts for an I spy quilt block

For more ideas for the I spy quilt blocks, I used shapes (a triangle block and a star block), applique, lots of differentcolours, embroidery  ….. anything that took my fancy, basically.  The butterflies on the left were cut in felt and then sewn onto a plain square of fabric.  I sewed the edge with blanket stitch and then used backstitch for the feelers.  The hearts on the right were just outlined in backstitch.

 

Sew on the butterfly in one colour

Sew on the butterfly in one colour

Add the black body as an extra layer

Add the black body as an extra layer

To make this applique butterfly I spy block, I backed the fabric with interfacing and cut out the entire shape.  Then I backed some black fabric with interfacing, cut out the shape of the body and feelers only and placed this on top of the original shape.  This way I had a block with layers to give texture – more to talk about with the child.  To secure the butterfly I zigzagged all round.

 

Pin the flaps up

Pin the flaps up

When you have finished playing and have four rows of four I spy quilt blocks, sew a 34″ strip of sashing across the top of each row and sew this sashing strip to the bottom of the quilt block row above it.  I find that it is worth pinning up the flaps of the row above so that they don’t catch in the seam.

Finally sew a strip of sashing across the bottom of the I spy quilt.  It is now complete and ready for layering, quilting and binding.

 

Here’s the video:

 

 

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Comments

  1. Do you have a total amount of sashing fabric needed? I’m new to quilting but I’m going to try this.

    • Hi Amanda. I’m so sorry that it has taken me so long to reply to your comment. I estimate that you would need to buy about 3/4 yard for the sashing. I hope that helps. Good luck with the quilt.

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