Saturday, March 12, 2022

I-Spy 🔭

These two quilts will be going to Japan to help teach English to children in orphanages!!!
Quilt Info:
Gift for: JOEE for Language Learning, located in Japan
Size: 48" X 60"
Batting: Quilters Dream Poly
Thread: Glide--Putty & Light Grey
Quilting: Sprawl ⤵️ from Longarm League
Quilting: Starlight ⤵️ from Intelligent Quilter
Interesting Info: JOEE stands for Joyful Opportunity English Education. Our missionary friend, Ruth Ingulsrud, has a non-profit ministry of teaching English to children in orphanages in Japan, in order to help make them future global leaders!!! She has been collecting several I-Spy quilts over several months and asked if I could come up with 2. 

I cut my squares at 6 1/2" each, and sorted them out--light backgrounds and dark backgrounds. I alternated the dark background squares with white fabrics, and put together my first quilt:
Close-ups of many of the I-spy blocks: ⤵️
For backing, I used a Japanese owl print, with woodland animals down the middle!
My second quilt combines the light background I-spy blocks with black mottled squares: ⤵️
Here are some close-ups of the fun squares!!! ⤵️
The backing for this second quilt is a bamboo print, a sight that's very common in Japan!!!
Now, to get them to Japan and the children!!! ✈️
Grace and peace!!! ~Nancy


  1. I love I Spy quilts, and these are exceptionally nice! It was fun to see so many pretty novelty prints, and your quilting is amazing.

  2. What a creative way to teach, using the I Spy quilts. Your two are so cleverly done, and so thoughtful. I love the quilting design, too!

  3. These two quilts are just perfect for young learners! I love the dark blocks with light background and the light blocks with dark backgrounds. They will be so much fun. The quilting patterns are great too, I love the surprise curve in sprawl and the circular design of Starlight!

  4. Great quilts for teaching english! I am sure they will be enjoyed. I love that starlight quilting, I think my favorite so far.

  5. What a fun idea for teaching a language! Your I spy quilts are beautiful, and fun. It was an opportunity for me too to revise my English ;))
    Thank you for sharing your lovely quilts, and linking up!

  6. Beautiful I spy quilts and lovely quilting.

  7. Such beautiful I Spy quilts! I am sure the children will love them!

  8. What a fun idea to use a quilt for language learning with kids. Hope they will be loved! xo

  9. Love the quilts and the quilting

  10. Lovely quilts and the quilting is fantastic. What a great idea to use them to learn English! xx

  11. What love you have put in these two quilts. The children in the orphanage will be blessed.
    Quilter Bonnie

  12. What great I spy quilts! The quilting adds so much interest! And yet another great use for quilts. Thank you for meeting that challenge. You are an around the world quilter!

  13. Very cute! And what a great way to help teach English! Lovely!
    Quilting Gail

  14. That is an interesting program and the quilts are a great way to facilitate language development.

  15. What a cozy way to support the program!!

  16. Two beautiful quilts and of course, I love the quilting designs to finish them off. Happy Easter!

  17. Those are really fun quilts, Nancy! I love how you separated your prints into darker and lighter backgrounds. Sounds like a great organization to send them to, too!

  18. Those are very cute. What a great way to introduce various nouns. I wonder how many clocks are around these days!


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