Friday, March 11, 2011

I-Spy Ticker Tape Quilt... the Girly Version!

I'm at it again! I've been sorting through my I-Spy scraps to dig out little pieces for this Ticker Tape quilt (inspired by this one). This isn't the first time! My other (boy-themed) one can be found here.

Yes, it's true, I save the most miniscule bits and pieces of my I-Spy fabrics if there is a visible object on it -- and this is the perfect project to use them in. I don't have an official tally, but when all is said and done there will be hundreds of scraps of I-Spies on this quilt -- each one from a different fabric!

I start by creating the quilt "sandwich" -- backing, batting, and white Kona on the front -- and pin-basting it together. Then I attach the scraps directly on top, which quilts it as I go. Looooooove!!


I can't wait to get this one finished up so I can give it to... well, it was going to be a secret, but if it's here I guess it's not. It's for my new sweet niece, born just a few weeks ago! I admit, it's heavy on the kitties. Hope little K-doll doesn't mind! :o)

27 comments:

Bree said...

This is an awesome idea! I've still got my I-spy squares from the swap before last & have been putting off using them. Some of the items are close to the edge, or have multiple "items" on the scrap, so this would be so much fun!

Are you attaching them by hand or machine?

Stacey said...

I looooooove the fact that this one is quilted as you go. Holy time saver and any project that uses up little scraps is a go in my book. Your darling little niece is going to love it.

Jess said...

adorable! love ticker tape quilts!

Bolo heads said...

I made a lap quilt out of Amy Butler fabric and had enough scraps to make a ticker tape quilt. I pinned every square on. I was afraid that I would run out and not have enough so I pinned then all on. I started in the center and worked my way out. so when I did start running out it started to look like a sunburst. I will let you know how it turns out.
I picked up my i-spies from your sister on the day she came home from the hospital, I felt like a dork. I hope all is well.

Care said...

thanks, ladies!

Bree,

DEFINITELY by machine. And I use my free-motion foot for maximum laziness! :o)

Lyanna said...

It's absolutely beautiful!!

Oh the ideas this quilt stirs up...

DJ Rose said...

Cause Robyn (Bolo Heads) had mentioned to me yesterday that she was making one, this has been on my brain every since. Love to see yours. It is adorable.

Laura said...

It is wonderful. I have been trying to decide what to do with my I Spy swap HAUL. This is a fantastic idea!

jovaliquilts said...

Awesome!!! I collect I Spy fabric and have so many small pieces that I cannot bear to waste. Wonderful idea.

iris said...

did you use a fabric spray adhesive or fusible webbing to stabilize the scraps before stitching??? I too have a bucket full of i spy scraps - thanks for the idea! This is soooo cute!

Connie said...

So cute, Care! I started one of these a while ago too. I need some more scraps, so it's on hold for now. Plus I have WAY too many projects going on anyway :)

Care said...

iris,

I didn't stabilize them at all. I lay down two or three "squares" at a time, and just hold them in place as I sew around them -- avoiding fingers, of course! :o) It's fun and FAST!

Care.

Betty Lou said...

She will love it and have lots to look at.

Ann said...

This is fantastic. Love it.

Its Sew For You said...

LOVE it, I want to make one!!

Sarah said...

Love this quilt...totally have to try it...looks like something i can do since I am so new to quilting. THanks the idea.

Sarah said...

will it possibly fray and fall apart from washings?

Care said...

Sarah,

I wanted the edges of mine to fray -- I washed my first version five or six times after I had it completely put together, then checked to see if any squares were coming off. there were only three or four squares I needed to sew again with a bigger seam allowance. I think after that many washings it's pretty safe to assume all the squares are secure! :o)

Care.

virginiamae said...

That is great! Love it!

Cindy said...

This is adorable! I'd love to see a picture of how it looks after it's been washed, with the edges all frayed! Your niece is going to treasure this!

April said...

Oh my goodness.... SOOO cute!

Mama Teaching 3 said...

I think my baby Noah needs one! Thankyou for the idea!

martilindsey said...

It's hard to tell by the pics....how large are the scraps? A range is wat I'm looking for. 1" square? 2" x 4"? I might want to take this one on...lol!

Thanks!

Care said...

martilindsey,

They are all smaller than 4" square -- ranging all the way down to 1". Basically anything that has a visible image on it! :o)

Care.

Sandra said...

Your I Spy quilts are fabulous! I've never seen a quilt put together with this method but it sure looks like a time saver.

I realize you host alot of I Spy swaps, any interest in joining another? I'm currently hosting one on my blog and still have spaces available.

crafterhours said...

I loooooove this. I am going to try it. Must. get. to. work.

Susan

Bobbie said...

I just wanted to let you know that I am featuring this quilt on my blog today. I love it! Thanks! http://iamonly1woman.blogspot.com