Wednesday, January 9, 2013

WIP: Ticker Tape

Hello! I'm linking up to WIP Wednesday this week.  This WIP is one I have mentioned on here before, but haven't really shown.  I've been chipping away on this ticker tape for a few months.  Little by little!

I decided to start on this because I'd always wanted to make one and I had picked up some minky on sale that I wanted to use as backing for something.  The size was determined by how much of the minky I had, and I elected to go ahead and use batting in addition to the double-sided minky backing, so it's super poofy.  Since I basted the layers upside down pins basting would have been a problem as it came time to remove them, instead I needle-and-thread basted (first time for me) and I'm just picking out the long threads as I cover up sections with fabric scraps.

Crumb jar, Ticker Tape in potentia
I'm totally addicted to crumbs. I save anything over 3/4" inch on its smallest side.  Some of these pieces are a good bit larger than what I would really call crumbs, but I like the overall effect that the randomly sized pieces are having.

I'm straight line quilting with my walking foot, first attaching a whole bunch of pieces by sewing their two vertical ends, then going back through and sewing the other two sides down a section at a time.  It's a whole lot easier than wrestling the entire quilt in a circle under the machine for every piece.
Quilting from the back
I did a small section last night (see picture below) using FMQ to sew the square.  It went pretty well but I found that it didn't look as good from the back due to the denser quilting where I had doubled back or cut across to another piece to avoid cutting my threads and starting over.  Not sure if I will proceed using this method or the one I had been using.

I finished up the major project I've been working on yesterday (blog post coming as soon as I get pictures) so today is a lazy day.  I plan to put in some more time on the ticker tape and watch reruns of Mythbusters.  Hope your Wednesday is great!
The obligatory Wilson picture

Linking up to WIP Wednesday


  1. I save every little scrap too! Your Ticker Tape is fantastic so far! Keep up the beautiful placement and quilting!

  2. This is really fun looking! I also make mosaics so this approach really appeals to me... I'm going to follow along so I can see more of it.

  3. It is getting there. Too cute.

  4. I have a small one of these almost done . This is going to be great!