I wanted to crank out a couple of quick quilts before I get buried in my special quilt project (which has a finish deadline), and the Ticker Tape quilt I started after Christmas seemed like the perfect project to finish up quickly, especially because I've become completely addicted to this method of using up scraps.
When I first started this little quilt, I thought it would be a great way to use up scraps as I go. But I didn't want to wait until I had more scraps to start, so I began sorting scraps and rough-edge appliqueing them by machine, initially intending to work a swirly rainbow of patches.
I should have known before I started I don't have enough yellow, red and orange scraps to pull off a successful rainbow. The greens, blues and purples all go together well, though, so it's not so bad to me to be limited to the cool half of a rainbow.
I buried my thread ends as I worked. The top layer has white stitching; the bottom layer has stitching to match the color of the scrap, green, blue or purple. I thought it would be fun to have a gradient-type effect on the back of the quilt as well as on the front, and the entire time I was making this, I was so glad I'd decided to do it that way because I just love the back of the quilt!
Following four weeknight evenings of quilt-as-you-go patch application, my first (and definitely not last) Ticker Tape quilt was done, and I hardly even made a dent in my scrap pile!!!!! How can this be?!?
I was half-motivated to wash the quilt after finishing it. I wanted to see how it would hold up, but I also knew all those rough edges would leave a bit of a thread mess on the quilt top. Now that the initial wash is done, I do cherish the quilt even more with the laundered puckering texture, and I love the frayed edges of the patches. It took about 35 minutes to trim off all the knotted messes, and in my opinion, that was time well-spent. I could clip somewhat mindlessly as I mentally planned my next quilt.
I'm anxious to work up many more Ticker Tape quilts, including pictorial versions, and I do plan to try to make another one with current scraps as I go, moving forward, instead of adding to the never-ending scrap pile. Just as I settled into THE big project, however, I received a baby shower invitation for a niece in ONE WEEK (!!!) (I thought I had until May!!!), so it's back to the quick quilt cutting board once again. Yikes! Good thing I'm a deadline worker!
The best thing about this little quilt, other than it's done, is it includes scraps from almost every quilt I've ever made in my life (as well as quilts I haven't finished yet), scraps from dresses I made for myself in high school, scraps from clothing I made for my kids 15-20 years ago, and scraps from bandanas I've made for my husband during the last ten years. I'd originally thought this might make a nice baby blanket, and it's the perfect size for that. But oh, my gosh, I'm not sure I can ever part with it!
Linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Crazy Mom Quilts.