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Date: 7/1/12 1:39 AM

i'm looking for advice on the size of the block. i want to make 2 for christmas gifts. also, are both sides of the block the same fabric? thanks

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Date: 7/1/12 2:23 AM

The squares can be any size you want--even up to 14", depending on how many objects can be located in each. And the back of the blocks are usually a big piece of fabric used to back your entire quilt (known as "backing")

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Date: 7/1/12 12:08 PM

photo transfers are great for i spy quilts too - the family pets, cousins, grandparents etc depending on the age of the children involved.

Decide how big you want the finished pieces to be and add a seam allowance (minimum of 1/4 in) on all sides. Join the pieces together in strips then join the strips into the top. Add borders if you'd like.

To figure out how big a piece of fabric you need for the back. measure the top and add a few inches on all sides for insurance. You can use a single piece of fabric for the back or piece fabric together for the back, whatever you'd like.

For over all size try to stick to dimensions that fit the standard sizes that quilt batting comes in - that makes life easier because you won't need to waste batting just because your quilt top is a few inches too wide for a standard width of batting (ask me how I learned that one!)

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Date: 7/1/12 4:01 PM

Have not YET made one of these, but the one I really want to make is like the one at the sewing stores near me.

It looks like the back squares are the same size as the front squares. They did the back in one solid colour. Each block had a beautiful design on it in what looked like heavy duty verigated thread.

I could be wrong but it looked like they made one square at a time, then connected the squares into rows and then joined the rows with the "raggity seam" going to the front.

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Date: 7/1/12 7:29 PM

another question--i've made rag quilts before, but always out of flannel. this one will be out of regular quilting cotton. when i clip it to make it "raggy" will it react similiarly to the flannel? thanks

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Date: 7/1/12 7:34 PM

No. Because flannel is more loosely woven and will lose more of its threads. You won't get as much "fluff".

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Date: 7/4/12 10:12 PM

thanks for letting me know that. i may rethink and do a traditional block of some kind.

thanks to everyone for the help. now to find fabric!

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Date: 7/6/12 9:24 AM

Check some of the online quilt shops as they have kits made up for I spy quilts. Here's one example. Ebay is also an excellent place to get precut squares for a very reasonable price. I Spy squares can be found with a search of Google very quickly.

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Date: 7/8/12 5:43 PM

I have made some rag quilts, never an I Spy one though. I like the bigger squares because you get done faster. I use an accuquilt cutter which cuts the squares and fringe at the same time. It is nice. I usually sandwich my top, batting and backing together and secure with an x so that when I sew my squares together the quilt is finished. Cotton doesn't fray as much after the first wash but will continue to fray and eventually will get the same rangy look. I usually use different fabrics on the front and back, that way you have two different looks.

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