Economy Block I-Spy Baby Quilt

Economy Block I-Spy Baby Quilt

On my husband's side of the family, we have 9 nieces and nephews. But on my side of the family? Currently 0! That is going to change later this year though because my sister is expecting her first child and I am SO excited.

Economy Block I-Spy Quilt

(This is my mom with all of her daughters. We range in age from 28 to 39 — I'm the oldest. This is the first time we have been together in 8 years!)

A while back, I offered to throw her a baby shower over Zoom. We only live about an hour apart, but the rest of our family is all over the country so having her come to my house for a virtual shower seemed like the best option.

Economy Block I-Spy Quilt

BUT then my other sister (I have 3 sisters) had the idea that my mom and my sisters would show up to surprise her. No one in my family can keep a secret and I can't believe we managed to pull it off, but this weekend my mom, my cousin, and my other two sisters showed up at her baby shower as a surprise. It was amazing. We are just missing our brother who wasn't able to join us. 

Economy Block I-Spy Quilt

Since this is my first niece or nephew on my side of the family, I am going to spoil him with quilts. First up, I made him an economy block I-spy quilt (using this tutorial) to use as a tummy time play mat. (I will be making him a larger, more snuggly quilt before he is born.)

Economy Block I-Spy Quilt

I wanted to use lots of colors and contrast since it is going to be for tummy time and I had a blast going through my stash and just picking random favorite fabrics. 

Economy Block I-Spy Quilt

The backing is a favorite old school Cotton + Steel print that I have had in my stash for a while. I like that it calms down the craziness of the quilt top just a little bit.

Economy Block I-Spy Quilt

This quilt has already been washed and gifted and now I get to decide what to make for his next quilt. I am so excited!

Comments 5

Ghislaine Pierre on

Can I have the pattern for this quilt? I would like to make a dinosaurs quilt. Tks.

Wendy on

Your quilt brought back memories of Christmas 2010. Made the grandsons I spy quilts. Everything they were interested in was on the quilt. Tom and Jerry, road runner, wizard of oz. Ect, ect, ect. Costly, but really had fun with it.

Kathleen Burke on

I made 2 I-spy quilts from that same tutorial for my twin grandsons, born in 2021. I loved finding so many cute fussy cuts to use in the centers of the blocks! The nerd in me wanted it to be a “learning” quilt, and now they are starting to be able to identify all the fun things I put in the quilts!

bonny on

Wow! I’m so excited for you – your first niece or nephew on your side! What a darling quilt! I just might have to make my next door neighbor one who is having a boy in August! Thank you for your post!

Mary Ann on

So good! Love this block and the eye spy idea. I am planning quilt for our first great granddaughter! First great grandson came along 6 weeks ago, it’s an exciting year for us.

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