Patty from You Keep Me in Stitches is one of my amazing sponsors. She has been super generous in donating fabric for me to sew into quilts for Seattle Children's Hospital. (Seriously, I'm not even sure how many surprise packets of fabric goodness have shown up as a surprise in my mailbox.) Several months ago...or rather even longer ago that than, she sent me a yard of these fun yellow bananas.
From then on, I saved any Monkey I-Spy squares that came my way through my many I-Spy swaps, thinking it would be be to do a monkey I-Spy. (If you're not familiar with I-Spy Quilts, each square has a different picture on them, and you generally get the squares as parts of I-Spy swaps. I've hosted several swaps in the past, and will be doing one again soon. If you'd like to be notified of the next one, you can go here and fill out the form at the bottom of the post or I have a couple of extra sets of I-Spy squares listed for sale in my shop here.) I also picked up an end of bolt piece of Funky Monkey fabric from Sisters and Quilters' sale section.
Since many of my pieces were already cut into 4-inch squares, I based my other pieces off those sizes. I cut the banana fabric and the funky monkeys into 7 1/2 inch squares and into 4 x 7 1/2 inch rectangles. This was actually sewn together at a sewing day I had with some friends to sew hospital blankets. I started sewing the squares into blocks and without planning them ahead too much. Some of the blocks have 4 I-Spy squares sewn together and some of them have two I-Spy squares and then a strip of either bananas or funky monkeys. Once the blocks were sewn up, I had a friend arrange the blocks into the quilt in a sort of balanced, yet random way.
I love how it turned out. One of the awesome things about making hospital quilts is that people donate so much fabric. I've gotten fabric from Katie's Comforters themselves as well as friends around town who hear I'm making quilts. One of the challenges that comes with that is putting the different random (and sometimes a bit dated) fabrics together into something fun to sew and something a child will enjoy....which is why I love the backing and binding on this one so much. It's kind of a dated looking red, black, gold, and cream plaid, but I think it ended up complimenting the red, gold, and cream in the quilt really well.
And I have to apologize for the slightly rumpled and wrinkled look the quilt has. We were out visiting my in-laws for New Years, and I was in a bit of a hurry to get them dropped off to Seattle Children's Hospital. I only had about an hour to drop them off and come back, so I didn't hold up everyone else's plans for the rest of the day, and realized I hadn't photographed the quilt yet. It was all folded up from the trip out there, and there just wasn't time to iron or fluff it up. Less than perfect pics keep me humble though, right?
I actually dropped off 5 or so quilts, among them was another I-Spy Quilt.
I love that his one has a square with Washington on it.
And I just LOVE it every time one of these kitties shows up on an I-Spy Quilt. A big thank you to Patty from You Keep Me in Stitches for donating fabric for a couple I-Spy Swap spots so we could make these for the kids at Seattle Children's Hospital through Katie's Comforters.
If you're interested in participating in an I-Spy Swap, I'm not planning on doing any soon, but you can sign up to get an email when/if we do another one here. I also ended up with a couple extra sets from our last swap, and those are here in my Etsy shop.
Please show my sponsors some love...
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