Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Ticker Tape Quilt

I finally had a chance to get my ticker tape quilt photographed, yipee! I had so much fun making this quilt. I had a big ol bag pf scraps containing fabric from all of my previous lines. I can't bear to let go of any of them so when I came across a picture of a ticker tape quilt I knew I had found there use.

First I started by deciding how large I would like the quilt to be. With ticker tape quilts you quilt as you go. Since this was my first time doing this I decided to stay small. My quilt would be a wall hanging measuring 36" x 45"-ish. I cut my white background, batting, and backing a bit larger. Sandwiched them all together and got it all on my work table. I started sorting my fabrics and cutting squares and rectangles of all sizes. At that time I didn't have a clue about how I was going to lay them out. I like to figure things out as I go, so I hopped right in to cutting and arranging.


In the first layout I had colors scattered around and it was just too jumbled for me. So I then started grouping the blocks by colors. I was happy with this layout so I started pinning. I tacked each piece down with a straight pin. This was just to hold it's place. When I started sewing I would line it up near the other blocks to be straight. I chose to sew around each block and then continue on to the next without breaking my thread. That must be the lazy(or efficient) quilter in me. :)

After sewing down all of my blocks, I could trim the excess background and bind the quilt. Ta da!


We are planning to hang this one on the lime green wall in our bedroom. I snap a picture as soon as that happens.

Want to know more about ticker tape quilts? Head over to the Sew Mama Sew blog.
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14 comments:

  1. Love this! What a great way to use scraps. Glad you're getting in some good sewing time.

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    1. Hi Drebora,

      I'm doing my best to get in some sewing. I need to make a quilt top this weekend for a wedding gift and then I will be on my next quilt for me!

      Good to hear from you,
      Jennife

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  2. Oh! That is my kind of quilt! It makes me all sorts of happy to see your fabrics all in one place. Wonderful, Miss Jennifer!
    Enjoy the day.
    Erin

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    1. Thanks Erin! It was super fun to make. I've had my eye on your Round the World challenge, looks like fun over at your blog.

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    1. Thanks Terry,

      I used to make ceramic mosaics when I started my business, I've been searching for some old photos to re-create with this method. It was so much fun.

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  4. I love this idea....it is so easy and will be a wonderful way to use up a lot of those leftovers!!!!

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    1. Hi Frances,

      Yes, I put a pretty good dent in my scrap bag. I think I should be able to whittle it down pretty easily with a large quilt.

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  5. Hi Jennifer - really pretty the way you worked in color blocks. do the cut edges outside the seam fray?

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    1. Hi Mary,

      I think they would if you were using the quilt and washing it a lot. Mine will be hanging so I don't think mine will be fraying much.

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  6. I how this quilt turned out Jennifer. The white between the squares sets off the range of colors beautifully. Thanks for the link too - I'll be checking out these ticker tape quilts for a winter project.

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  7. This is great! Can't wait to make one (several) for the grandkids. They will love the fraying!

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