Monday, September 14, 2009

ticker tape

ticker tape
I don't know why, but I'm almost embarrassed about posting this quilt. It seems a little...obsessive. Ok, it seems a lot obsessive.

I started making it about a year ago. It uses the littlest of scraps. Most pieces are about 1" x 2". The quilt measures 35" x 46". I didn't dare count how many scraps I used. A lot.

The binding is a lime green print that I had in my stash. I would have preferred a solid lime green, but I didn't have any on hand. I thought about orange, but that would have looked hideous against my red studio wall, which is where this quilt is going to live. And I've decided that I'm going to stop apologizing for hanging quilts on my walls. :)

For the backing, I used a funky fabric that I picked up at IKEA. I thought it would suit this quilt nicely.

To make this quilt, here's what I did:

I made a quilt sandwich (backing, batting and white muslin for the top), then I pin basted it. For the patches, I picked a fabric snippet, and sewed it onto the quilt sandwich with my walking foot. I removed the basting pins as I added a block. All the fabric edges were left raw. So it was quilted and "pieced" at the same time. I had to shove the quilt though the machine 4 times for each little block that I added. Intense, yes, but I am pleased with the results. Next time, I'd make it doll sized, though.

Since this is hanging on my studio wall, I haven't washed it yet, but it would be fun as a baby quilt. Each washing would just add to the texture of the raw edges-perfect for a wee little one.
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Thanks so much for your gracious replies to the quilts of valor call to help. I am working my way though the emails. Hopefully by the end of today you will have received one from me if you left a comment. I'm excited to be undertaking this project with your help! xoxo

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Anonymous said...

I love this quilt. You are the bomb!
Rhonda in Oregon

Becky said...

You've just inspired me to make one of my own! It's gorgeous, your hard work paid off.


www.becky.shropshireborn.com

house on hill road said...

obsessive in the best possible way! it's adorable.

Cathy said...

Oh what a great way to use up scraps I am SO GLAD you showed us this one, not obsessive, just very creative. I love it xo

Trisha said...

I love the overall look of this quilt. Looks like a mosaic. Gorgeous!

wilde medley said...

don't be embarrassed! it's really cute! i love it!

Autumn said...

I really love the simple colorful look- so beautiful.

Jenn said...

Don't be embarrassed! I love this quilt! It looks like stained glass or a mosaic or something!

Anonymous said...

This comment pertains to the Qulits of Valor blog...I have a block ready to go and need to know where to send it. My email is:

cgibson@arcproperties.com

Thanks!!

Claudia

tabitha said...

I'm in the "I love it" section, too! You really inspire me with the way you just quilt, don't worry about what's in vogue, and you seem to love it.

Michelle said...

I just love this idea for scraps. I can't tell you how many little pieces of fabric I've tossed. But now I'll be saving them! Thanks

Anonymous said...

This is the best quilt I've seen so far! I absolutely adore it!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE IT!!!

Deb said...

What an inspiration for all my little scraps! Just when I had been struggling with the conundrum: how small is too small when saving scraps?!! Thanks!

Kristine said...

I have to agree - beautiful!

carole ann said...

I have to say I love it, so cool.

Susan said...

Dang Cute!!! :)

Victoria said...

This is FABULOUS looking!!

fiberdoodles said...

Oh I so love this quilt!
Sharon

amy smart said...

This is quite possibly the coolest quilt EVER! Love it.

tarabu said...

I love this idea so stinkin' much!

I mean, this is obviously what I have been saving all those random scraps for! I mean, I can only make so many tiny strip pieced baby quilts.

This is definitely going in my to do list.

Tania said...

I just LOVE this quilt - what a wonderful and unique way to use your scraps.

SuzyQSparkles said...

I find the Scaddy Wompus nature of the pieces amusing and strangely satisfying. As ever, thanks for sharing! :D

Miriam in KS said...

I just keep coming back again and again because I am so enthralled with this ticker tape quilt!

Love it! Thank you for posting and letting all of us drool on our monitors and keyboards.

Micha said...

Absolutely adore and my husband was quite impressed as well. His mom is a quilter too, so he's been well trained :) I love how you think outside the box.

Sandra said...

WOW! LOVE this one!

RosaMarĂ­a said...

this quilt its perfect! i love it!!!

nikko said...

This is genius! I hate throwing away tiny scraps!

Kigwit said...

I love this quilt. It looks like a stone mosaic wall. When you mentioned doll quilts a little light bulb went off in my head. I'm making waldorf dolls for my sons for Christmas-and dont those little guys need a doll quilt??

Yaya and Papa said...

Hi-love this quilt. Just saw your post for Quilts of Valor. I am sad you closed the comments as I would have loved to make a block. Let me know if I can possibly join.
karen
kpscarlett at g mail dot com

Tora: said...

Can I come and live with you???? You are such an inspiration that I want to copy everything you do!!!

Andrea said...

it's wonderful!!

Simply Sandy said...

I love this! I want to make one!

Sherri said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this quilt! Totally adding this to my list...

Keri said...

One of my favorites!! I absolutely love it. Very cute backing too. I think I need to make a stop at IKEA next time I'm around!

lera said...

Love it.

Kylie said...

I absolutely ADORE thi quilt! If you hadn't told me that it was very time-consuming, I'd rush over and start one straight away!

Wendy said...

Oh. My. Goodness!!! This is one of my all-time most favorite quilts!!! Ever!!! I can't imagine the time that it took to put this together, but it is AMAZING!!! Thank you for sharing it with us ;-)

Denise :) said...

Really, it's so beautiful it brought tears to my eyes. It makes me this of mosaic tile -- it's wonderful! Thank you for sharing! :)

MichelleV said...

Ok - comment 240.....I have been reading your blog for over a year now - and this has to be one of my favorites - wonderful. Keep em coming....

sledgewig girl said...

i am SO in love with this quilt! i love, love, LOVE it!

Louise said...

When it comes to art nothing can really be obsessive! This is just stunning Amandajean and I just love that it's totally different to anything else out there. I can see many of these popping up in blogland. You are such an amazing inspiration to so many!

Angela said...

So cute. I love it.

Katherine said...

This is a scrap lover's dream - it shows that no piece of fabric is too small to be useful and beautiful. Clever you!

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amelia said...

what a cool idea to use up scraps! I myself am one of those pple that just can't bear to biff the smallest bits of fabric! Again what a great idea!

metrosupialdesigns said...

i might have already commented on how much I love this quilt. I think it would be perfect for a hand quilted project. Did you do all the placement first?

Sarcastic Quilter said...

This quilt is fantastic! I may just steal this idea with all the extra scraps of fabrics I love. It will be like a trip down memory lane hanging near me while I quilt.

Seams Sew Together said...

I just love this quilt, a good one to use up my scraps, awesome

sulu-design said...

Obsessive is right up my alley! I love this one. And I love the name you choose for it - perfect ;)

Charlene - The Sew Box said...

WhooHooo! A fabulous and fun way to use those scraps I keep collecting. Great job!

Hatuli said...

This is definately one of the most beautiful quilts I have ever seen!

On my way Home... said...

Wow, that is amazing! Here is a quilt I made inspired by your blog: Whirlygiggle
It's for my son who's coming soon in November! I received a lot of old baby quilts and wanted to recover them.

AlessandraLace said...

cool!!congratulations

Sooz said...

This is a stunning quilt, and I am going to start trimming my stash to little pieces RIGHT NOW. I will definitely make it baby sized (for one of two babies expected in my extended family this month), and I will definitely free-motion quilt it.
You are brilliant and have inspired me to move from traditional scrappy quilting to with grandmotherly fabrics to trusting my improvisational skills and go nuts.

Mamma Quilters Unite!

Yummy and Company said...

i just love this quilt!!!

lynnea said...

This is absolutely unbelievably gorgeous. I think this might be my favorite quilt I have ever seen. I'm totally impressed and inspired.

Rachel said...

I just stumbled upon your blog and I saw this. I think it's so so beautiful/cool. Using the ikea fabric on the back is absolutely genius!

Gina said...

You are my HEROINE! This is exactly what I have wanted to do but thought it was, kinda, wrong or something. Plus I didn't know how but your little outline of how it happens makes perfect sense. I love it. Thank you.

Janet M. Davies said...

Very cute. I love it.

Design a great day,
Janet M. Davies - New Zealand
http://www.jmddesigns.co.nz
http://www.weekendwinner.blogspot.com/

Vacuum Queen said...

Beautiful! Just how much fray appears? Does it get stringy all over, or is it still cute? Just curious. This is so cool looking, I think I am willing to forget about all the effort to get it done. But I'd like the results to be worth it. :)

Bern said...

Don't embarassed about posting the photo of your quilt. I love it! I must admit that I am not big on raw-edged applique (except in things like landscape/art quilts where this is sometimes the only way to applique pieces on given the intricate designs) but I like the idea of using up the scraps like you have. For myself, I would probably add strips around the outside of the bright scraps, and then sew them all randomly together but I love the design of your quilt. Simple but effective and what a great use of scraps! You are one talented and resourceful lady! Bern in Australia

Billie said...

Wow! This is beautiful!

Mochi Needlecraft Home said...

WOW!! Brilliant! Definitely nothing to embarassed!!

beewitchinstitchin said...

This is sooooo cool. I have to make one of my own. Thanks for sharing...Kathy

Laurie said...

Love this!!! You have given me an excellent reason to start saving all my tiny scraps! Can't wait to make my own.

Emily said...

I copied your design and I LOVE it. Mine isn't as organized as yours and I used fusible interfacing to keep the patches down as well as sewing around them, but it's the same general idea. What a fun quilt to make! Thanks for the inspiration.
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_m2hovg-nnXM/SxE4RqZZvgI/AAAAAAAAIN0/HnyuuPHetdM/s1600/babyquilt.jpg

Sewing Geek said...

WOW, I really love this! I think I might be obsessive enough to try one some day. It's really beautiful.

The Corbett Kid. said...

i just stumbled upon your site, and this is one of the most beautiful quilts i've seen in a long long time. So simple and really well done!

Kerry_Kid Giddy said...

must. make. one. now! the thought of doing a traditional crazy quilt with all my many scraps...makes me crazy!!! This is far better and way cuter! Great job! kg

Greenmare said...

oh my goodness! I LOVE this QUILT!!! I got sent over here from some other blog and I'm sooooooooooo GLAD!!!! Can I copy you?? will you consider it flattery?

kris said...

i know this post is old and you'll probably never see this comment, but i love this quilt so much that i'm currently halfway through making one twin sized for my daughter's bed! a little insane turning it all, but i'm loving it so far! and i've bookmarked your binding tutorial so hopefully that will go smoothly too. :) i've never done any quilting before, so this is fun! thanks for the inspiration!!

Care said...

I've finally made mine -- an I-spy version, of course! http://obsessivelystitching.blogspot.com/2010/06/ive-been-obsessing.html

So glad to see you're back in bloggyworld!

Julie said...

I'm a new quilter and saw this your amazing quilt and totally whipped it up this weekend. SO easy, and so cool looking.

One question: did you pick off the straggly threads from every square? I'm having a hard time figuring how much to keep picking.

:)
Julie

eileensideways said...

that is incredible. i am intrigued to do one (a doll quilt). can u estimate how many pieces u used.

p.s. any plans to join twitter. you would be a welcome addition.

Laura said...

It is an awesome quilt. I would be honored to post a quilt like that. Great job and thanks for sharing (and the idea)

Wendy said...

I bet you have the most beautiful wall! Can we see it soon?

Shannon said...

Oh, so cute! Thank you so muc for posting this quilt. I bought some really rough scrap pieces from a local quilt shop, and wasn't sure what to make with them. Well, I think a ticker quilt is just perfect!

Canadian Kristin said...

I LOVE THIS!!! It is fun and bright and cheery and totally inspiring! I am re-labelling my scrap bin to be "Ticker Tape Quilt - in progress" :-)

Thank you for sharing!

LOTJE said...

Comment #280!! this is a novelty to me, really amazing! Here to share a mini quilt I made based on our design
http://slootjesschilder.blogspot.com/
Was a lot of fun doing this!

Country Girl in the City said...

I really like this quilt. When I first saw it, it didn't think much, but after reading how you put it together and that it uses up all those little fabric scraps, it has certainly inspired me to try making one someday.

Now to cruise the rest of your blog!

SuzyQSparkles said...

I just saw this on the blog post about how you got your name, and I wanted to see the original post about it. I got to your blog and thought a moment before I typed "ticker" thinking I'd type "tape" if that didn't work. I was quite tickled that I found it on the first search... but more amazed when I saw that this quilt is almost two years old... and yet you named it PERFECTLY because little ol' me still remembers the name (in the middle of an insominiatic stretch).

As ever, thanks for all your inspiration!

Anonymous said...

Hi I am just starting to quilt.....I Love the quilt....what a great Idea!!!!!


Lori

crafterellasisters said...

This is so cute! Thanks for sharing.

iris said...

Hi
cant read every comment so excuse me just i want to say i love it and i t inspire me to do same idea of patches over the three layers wich is plane and patch a dinem fabric and quilt around it.
Or what u think?

Shirley said...

Don't be embarrased at such lovely work, it is a great idea and I am going to start somethin of my own today. What a great way of using up those scraps. Wish I had thought of the idea.

Anonymous said...

I just found this on pinterest & I LOVE it!! I can't wait to try my hand at this awesome quilt!

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