This is a large disappearing 9-patch I-spy that I made as a donation quilt for our Guild's Covers for Kids project. Since this photo I have added a greyish-black tot border. I still need to find the backing fabric. My friend Donna in our friendship group will quilt it. Beneficiaries are Ronald McDonald House, a homeless daycare and a group that works with abused kids. The large 8-inch squares feature boy-friendly novelties. (The quilt is sideways, sorry).
This is another disappearing 9-patch but in a mini-style. Each square is 1.5 inches. I have a large stash of 4-inch I-spy squares that I have obtained though on line swaps, and I selected the ones with very small prints and cut them in quarters to get the starting 2-inch squares. I donated this mini (about 22x22) to our Guild's mini-quilt auction, which this year benefitted Search One Rescue. It is a non-profit that trains individuals and dogs to search for missing people. (Some of the people and dogs attended the show!) I quilted this one myself. I called it "Dolly's Bedtime I-Spy."
For those of you new to I-Spies, the concept is that the quilt is a conversation starter with young children. I spy a whale, can you find it. I spy something orange, can you find it? Or the objects can be selected to create a story...
And here's another quilt with a lot of detail. This is my Beatles quilt, called "A Beatles Rebus," which I entered in the show. In addition to some of the overall Beatles fabric used in the outer blocks, in the inner blocks, I have references to 57 songs or albums written or recorded by the Beatles. It's a rebus, because some of the references are visual puzzles.
I think this quilt is more interesting up close where you can see this visual detail, and I could have done a better job in spreading out the colors as I created the blocks and then assembled the quilt. But I worked on this about 2-3 years to gather the different fabrics to represent the songs, so when I finally got on a roll to put it all together, color impact wasn't so much on my mind. It is also so big that my very temporary design board was my den floor.