Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Grandma and Her Wolf Pack

The blocks I have enjoyed most in Stash Bee, and I have enjoyed it, have been the ones that have a bit of humour in them or have a story behind them. ~ When Jennifer asked for I Spy blocks for her niece I was delighted. I particularly like children's quilts that have a story attached to them, I Spy fits that to a T.

Jennifer asked for 6 1/2" blocks made up of 1" postage stamps. The I Spy component was therefore to be a multiple of 1" plus seam allowance. Jennifer asked if the surrounding fabrics, or camouflage, be from the same or coordination colour family. In that way her niece could also look for say the red block, or the blue block.

The hard thing was going to be deciding what way to go. A little like Little Red Riding Hood, which way was the way to Grandma's house?  This made up very quickly and easily. One down, three to go.

Next up was the wolf who unfortunately gobbled up Grandma, or locked her in the cupboard. (A great story to tell the children when Grandma has annoyed Mother). No matter how many times I lined and pinned the wolf and his postage stamps, they still wouldn't line up and lie flat for me. This difference with this was I had cut 1" squares to sew together. With LRRH (Little Red Riding Hood) I had cut strips, sewn them and then cut to size. This seemed to be the way to go.

I then made another more successful wolf square, using a pack of wolves rather an individual wolf. Now I can handle Grandma being eaten by a lone wolf, but have a difficulty with Grandma being eaten by a pack of wolves! Maybe Jennifer will gloss over that bit. In any case this square was much more successful.

Using this same successful formula I made a Santa square, not quite a Santa selfie, but Santa getting his photo taken. And then a street of houses.

I hope Jennifer's niece enjoys her quilt. I sent her the lone wolf too, it can guard the back of the quilt!

Helen x


  1. I love that each of your blocks has its own story within the story of the quilt!

  2. These are gorgeous, I hope I get to see a pic of the finished quilt.

  3. This is such a good idea! I have a little stash of fabrics waiting to become an I-spy quilt. I'll add your post to my Pinterest board as a reminder - thank you!

  4. awe lovely Helen!
    I suppose it depends on the grandma re the wolf/wolves!! ;)
    V x

  5. Lovely stories you have created! They are going to be perfect quilt for a little girl :)

  6. I love your wolf theme - such a good idea.

  7. I must appreciate the way you have expressed your feelings through your blog!

  8. I love your thought process! I Spy quilts are lots of fun, but to make a story within the blocks is even cooler Helen. You are so smart! ;-)


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