Several years ago, I first learned of "I Spy" quilts. They are typically intended for kids in the 1-5 age range and offer tons of educational opportunities. The basic idea of the quilt is that it is made with lots of different fabrics, all of which have nameable elements. This allows the kids to find and name the various images. There is no one pattern for I Spy quilts, as long as you are using lots of different representative fabrics, you're there.
I've always loved this idea but it really snapped into focus for me when I saw the connection with these blocks by Rachael at Stitched in Color. And so, I Spy Polaroids was conceived.
And then I might have gotten a bit obsessive and gone fabric shopping.
The plan is to fussy cut my favorite bits and frame them up as Polaroids. The Polaroids will be scattered over a solid background (I'm digging Rachael's gray, but a bright color may be better for this). Then I'm thinking I'll do a border or two of rectangles cut from the same fabrics. Probably in color wheel order? Mixed with some solids?
This would allow the quilt to be used for:
*Telling stories about the items/critters in the Polaroids
*Memory games, finding the matching block in the borders (also good for recognizing different parts of patterns, spatial recognition since they won't be the same shape)
*Color theory (hence the color wheel order)
*Alphabet play (find something that starts with 'A')
In addition to being super cute, cuddly, and warm!
Because the smallest cuts I could buy are 1/8 yards and because on some, to get the full pattern repeat, I had to buy a bit more, I will have enough of each fabric to also do something fun on the back. Still pondering what... : )
Of course, first I have to get my Handstitched quilt to the point of being quilted. And I've still got WRS to finish piecing...