Gifty Galore – Project 17

“I Spy” Matching Game


This Gifty Galore Project is great for using up those scraps of fabric and batting that we quilters tend to hang on to!

When it looked like we might go on a family trip over Christmas I started looking for ideas to keep my 2 1/2 yr old granddaughter busy on an airplane.  Pinterest is a great resource for this kind of thing and while clicking through to different ideas I came across Lindsay Wilkes’ blog, The Cottage Mama, and her tutorial for an “I Spy” Fabric Matching Game.  Easy to make, small to pack, and stuff I had on hand—it was just the kind of thing I was looking for!  Her tutorial is full of beautiful, step-by-step pictures and explains two options for how to play the game.

Since our trip was originally going to take place at Christmas I started my set using several of our current Christmas fabrics—Snowed Inn, Quilter’s Candy Novelties, and Batik Novelties—along with others from my stash.   The backing fabric is the same for all the blocks and  I chose our Argyle Flannel-Apple.


I found it helpful to make a paper “window” template so I could see exactly where I wanted to fussy cut my blocks.


For our version of the game I’ll start by laying out one set of the blocks face up, and give the other set to my granddaughter so she can find the match and put it on top.


These work up so fast it’s not too late to do some for a Halloween game.   Here are some I started using Rest in Pieces, Prim Hollow, and Batik Novelties:


They really lend themselves to any fabric scraps you have around.


A new Gifty Galore project will be posted each Monday through December 8th. To keep track of all of this year’s Gifty Galore projects, click here. We would LOVE to see how your projects turn out. Join the Gifty Galore group on Quilt With Us (QWU) and post your pictures there for everyone to enjoy. If you’re on Pinterest, upload your picture and tag it with #GG14. Of course, we would also love to see your pictures on our Facebook wall!
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  1. Ann - October 27, 2014

    Cute idea! You did a terrific job picking fabrics and sewing them up. What fun to have an easy version that can advance to a more challenging version as she gets older. I found the sad truth to be that it didn’t take long for my children to do better than me with the Memory game!

  2. Mary - October 27, 2014

    I thought they were coasters. That is the twist I will use. Thanks for the Christmas hostess gift idea.

  3. Shelley @ Cora's Quilts - October 27, 2014

    Such a great idea! My boys would love them!

  4. Lori - October 29, 2014

    I like it! Thanks for sharing it!

    • Barbara Macey - December 8, 2014

      These are so interesting. I’ve made so many “I-Spy” quilts for family & friends but never considered it as a game. You should “Patent” this quickly. Seriously.
      Love your TALENT!

      • Laraine - December 8, 2014

        Hi Barbara! I can’t take credit for the idea. I first saw them on Pinterest. There is a link above to The Cottage Mama blog where I found the tutorial. My Granddaughter has a lot of fun playing with these.

  5. Sue Leuschen - December 8, 2014

    Thank you, I loved your idea to use up scraps. I’m signing off to get busy. Another Sewing Sue