Monday, June 28, 2010

I've been obsessing....

Ever since I first saw Amanda Jean's Ticker Tape Quilt last September, I have been DYING to give it a go. After three straight days of Strep last week, spending much of my time lying on the couch and watching the littles play (none of them have caught it, luckily!), I neeeeeded a good project to get me up and get my sewjo back.


Enter the I-Spy version of the Ticker Tape quilt!

I've been saving oodles of I-Spy scraps ever since I first started collecting I-Spies years ago. Like many other quilters, I just can't get rid of even the tiniest little scraps, especially if they are super cute ones. This was the PERFECT project to make a dent in my overflowing I-Spy scrap bin!

The finished quilt is approximately 36"x45". I used all fabrics I had on hand -- with the exception of the binding, for which I had to go buy this morning. (Only 1/4 yard, though!)


I pin-basted my quilt sandwich FIRST -- white on front, a print on back, and batting sandwiched in between. The raw edge applique and quilting were done simultaneously when I free-motion stitched each scrap in place.

That backing fabric is perfect -- I'm so glad I picked it up on sale a few months back, even though I had nothing in mind for it. This quilt ended up fairly boyish, but you can bet I'll be making a girly version sometime in the near future.

I've got the quilt in the wash now, and can't wait to see those raw edges all frayed up and texture-y!

35 comments:

amber said...

Wow I love it. I need to make me one

Garilyn said...

I like it too! I'm going to have to check that out. May have to try this... Thanks, Care for adding more to my to do list!! haha

annieglan said...

Do you sell these? I love it!

Heather - Dollarstorecrafts.com said...

Ha ha ha, "sewjo" - I think you need to buy that domain name. :) This is a super cool quilt, and nice assembly technique.

p.s.phyllis sews said...

Wow! I like that you just stitched them down on a single background piece of fabric, right? I can't wait to try that!

Cammie said...

I love it! I bought that same fabric! I love the red and aqua...yummy! I hope everyone is all better now too.

gisele.artes said...

Loved it!!! So beautiful and unique!! I´d love to have one for myself!!!

Cathy said...

That is the most amazing quilt! I love all of your I spy pieces. You have inspired me to do the same...so maybe I can make one in a few years!!! Thanks for sharing!

Bugalugs said...

Ab-sew-lutely gorgeous! I love it!!!

Melissa said...

Oooh! I swoon! Fabulous! I'm still trying to wrap my head around how you did that. Amazing. If only I had more scraps! I can't wait to see what it looks like with those fringe edges.

Anna said...

so so cute Care! I love it, makes me want to make one now. :)

amandajean said...

It is soooo fantastic!!! I love it! Way to use up those little scraps.

Brett said...

SO cute! It looks wonderful. I'd love to try that out some time!

Kris said...

it looks amazing!!!! adding this to the to do list!

Lise said...

That is absolutely the most beautiful "I-Spy" quilt I've seen!

Rachel@MyPinkFlipFlops said...

I love this version! It looks so easy! I guess I'll have to start collecting scraps now!

Bree said...

oh my! That seems way too simple not to try! Thanks Care!

Wendy . . . said...

LOVE it .... as everything you do!
Loved the Ticker Tape one too .... still haven't made myself one ...

Jen said...

I really like how this quilt turned out! I think it's the random size of the pieces, along with the randomness in which they're placed, and yet it still looks very "organized" :)

Stacey said...

Oooo, I think I love this one even more than the traditional version. Oh, so hard to decide.

Stephanie said...

WOW!

Miss Muffin said...

Oh my, I LOVE this!!!! You are killing me - it seams like everytime I get to check out your blog there is another favourite quilt to find! How will I ever be able to decide what I like best if you keep topping each one with another one that I love even more?!
I love this so much ... I think it is even cuter than the regular I spy quilts. I am just wondering - do you stitch it on with a zigzag or regular stitch? Will it hold up well? I know that it's supposed to fray a bit ... but I would be totally afraid that it would fall apart at some point?

Tristen said...

I love this!!! I wish I wouldn't have given my scraps to my cute niece a few weeks ago, but I do have to say, it was adorable to watch her try to decide what she wanted to do with them! Maybe I'll send this blog post to her mom and see if she can come up with maybe a doll quilt or something using this technique!

Kia said...

I love how small some of the squares are =)

Twyla said...

You are amazing. This is my fav yet!

Nicole said...

I love this idea, I may have to do this soon!

Kelly O. said...

very cool!

nopinkhere said...

I think I could manage this sort of quilt! I have tons of scraps too . . .

Darling Petunia said...

That's adorable.

I'm not ready for a new quilt yet, though! LOL

Miss Muffin said...

I was thinking about this quilt all day long ... (Is this normal behaviour?) I think this way of making a quilt would be perfect for making a memory quilt - you know use up all those shirts or baby clothes. I remember when I started gathering fabric for my son's quilt that I was shocked - almost all the fabric I wanted to use (like baby clothes) were jersey. I am not sure whether you actually could make a patchwork quilt out of jersey ... but I did not dare try. But this method must work! And it even should be quite save cause jersey should not unravel ...
I hope I am not missing something... I am SO going to do this!!! (If I ever finish the two quilts I gotta make first ...)
:-)

Bethany said...

Neat way of incorporating two ideas! I love it!

Sian said...

I love it! What a great idea.

Manda said...

Sandwhich?

eileensideways said...

love it, i see lots of really cute fabrics. what a great i-spy ticker tape quilt.

Pro-Portional said...

Was your white piece of fabric all one piece?