Rainbow Ombre Quilt - I-Spy Quilt

Categories: Bedding, Decor, Kid Friendly, Quilts, Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

Charm square quilts make for a fun scrappy look.  Using I-Spy Charms for this Rainbow Ombre Quilt take it to a whole new level of fun.   Arranging these charms in a diagonal rainbow order makes for a really fun ombre look.  And the little one in your life will love looking at all of the I-Spy pictures in the fabrics.  Get ready for lots of fun I-Spy games in the car, during picnics, or snuggling at bedtime.

What you need to make this project

204 4" Charm Squares in a variety of colors (See chart below for other sizes)
Nature-Fil™ Bamboo Blend Batting 60″ x 60″
1 2/3 Yard cotton quilt fabric for backing
1/2 Yard Cotton fabric for binding
Coordinating Thread
Sewing Machine and related supplies
Rotary Cutter and Mat

Quick Shop


Step One

4 inch charm quilt size chart

The crib sized blanket is our personal favorite for babies and young children.  It’s big enough to grow with the child for years of love and small enough to still be carried around.

Step Two

Rainbow Ombre I-Spy Charm Quilt

For a crib-sized quilt, you’ll need squares in the following colors.  Numbers are approximate since there is flexibility in the pattern for color substitutions.  You can either collect I-Spy fabrics yourself and ask your sewing friends for scraps.  Or you can join online swaps or purchase sets.

Black Squares: 27

White Squares: 27

(Note grey squares and be used to substitute for either as needed as can squares that are equally black and white.)

Red Squares: 12

Orange Squares: 22

Yellow Squares: 36

Green Squares: 30

Blue Squares: 30

Purple Squares: 10

Pink Squares: 10

You’ll find some square are “yellow-orange” or “blue-green” etc.  Just put those somewhere between.  There’s no exact science to it.  Have fun playing with the arrangement until you’re happy with it.

Step Three

Stitch your squares with a 1/4 inch seam allowance, taking care to match corners.   The most important thing in getting matching corners is being really consistent with your seams.

Rainbow Ombre I-Spy Charm Quilt