Anyway, Becca also has a cousin that she LOVES named Star. So as we were sorting out I-Spy squares, anytime Becca found a square with lots of Stars on it, she'd say, "I bet Star would like this square!" Then we got the idea to make Star a doll quilt with star squares on it. It took me a while to get started on it...and it turns out there are stars on A LOT of different fabrics once you start looking for them. And several kind I-Spy swappers sent us extra star squares from their stash when they heard Becca was collecting them. There are 180 star squares. Most of them are different prints, although a few came from the same fabric, but have different parts of the picture on them.
Our favorites were the "tricky stars"...the ones that you really had to look for.
I think my very favorite are the stars hidden in this astronomy patch.
We ended up with so many star squares, that Stars quilt ended up being throw-quilt sized. We didn't quite have enough to complete the color blocks, so there are some fabrics that didn't have stars to begin with...so we did add a few ourselves with a permanent pen. Fancy Nancy really did need a few stars added to her hair.
And ninja guy really needed a star too. We tried to fit them in somewhere where it seemed like they naturally went with the print.
And because I've made several I-Spy Quilts now, and I'm always trying to change a pattern up a bit, I added a wonky star to each color block. It also had the bonus of stretching our star fabrics just a bit farther since one square is replaced by a white one. I think the black color block turned out to be my favorite.
And of course once the quilt was finished, we had to make a special trip to Star's house to drop it off and let the girls have a play date.
For the back, I didn't have enough of any single fabric...and I wasn't feeling super inspired about a fun way to piece it...so I pieced together some largish pieces of different girly fabrics with stars on them until it was long enough.
I was in a bit of a time crunch to get it quilted. I was going to do straight line quilting, but then thought it would be faster to do free-motion stars all over it. It turned out I was wrong about it being faster. I like that the quilting matches the theme, but if I had it to do over again, I think I would stick to the straight line quilting and let the fabrics speak more for themselves.
Becca insisted that she carry it. She did not want it in a gift bag, because, "It [was] not a present...just Star's blanket."
It was a lot of fun for us to have a theme to keep an eye out for, so now we'll have to think of a new one. We have a family of cousins with the last name Hart...maybe they'll be getting a special I-Spy quilt in a year or two...
And if you're thinking an I-Spy Swap looks fun...We've got a swap going on right now. The swap for regular I-Spy fabrics is full, but there is still room in the Christmas Half-Swap. Go here to sign up.
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