TICKER TAPE QUILT PATTERN


Ticker tape quilt

Ticker tape quilt

Have you come across ticker tape quilts before? These are made using scraps of fabric sewn rough edged on to a white background. You can use any shapes and they are intended to be irregular so you can let your imagination run riot.  It’s also sewn using quilt as you go,  which makes it even more quick to make.  The fabric scraps are not hemmed so that they can give a pleasing frayed effect with time.

I have used nine 12″ ticker tape quilt blocks in three rows of three.   Five of them have a broadly circular design and the remaining four are more geometric.  The quilt measures 36″ square.  I have used 1.1/4 yards of white fabric, 1/2 yard of the fabric for the sashing and binding, 1.1/4 yards of backing fabric and nine 13.1/2″ squares of wadding.  All the rest of the fabric comes from stash and can be anything you want to use up.

Cutting requirements for the ticker tape quilt

nine 12.1/2″ white squares

nine 13.1/2″ squares of both backing and wadding

lots of scraps that can be cut as you make each ticker tape quilt block

four 1″ strips of fabric for the sashing and four 2.1/2″ strips of the same fabric for the binding

You might like to see some of my quilt fabric

Making the ticker tape quilt blocks

Layer the quilt blocks

Layer the quilt blocks

Zigzag around the circle

Zigzag around the circle

Lay each backing fabric square with right side down.  Place the wadding on top and then the white fabric with right side up.  For the five blocks with circular designs draw a circle round a plate, cut a circle in the fabric and place it in the middle of a white square.  Sew around the edge of the circle with a zigzag stitch.  For this project I have used stitch length 1 and stitch width 3, although I have used a tighter zigzag in other ticker tape projects.

 

 

Use scraps with one curved edge

Use scraps with one curved edge

Continue around the circle

Continue around the circle

Using scraps of fabric, cut shapes with a slight curve along one edge.  Place these about 1/4″ away from the circle and zigzag in place.  Keep adding scraps around the circle.  In one of the ticker tape quilt blocks I then added smaller scraps to fill in all the gaps, but I felt that made the block look too cluttered so I didn’t repeat that in the remaining blocks.

 

 

 

Geometric ticker tape quilt block

Geometric ticker tape quilt block

For the more geometric blocks I used scraps of differing widths and lengths, some with a slanted end and some with straight edges.  Zigzag these in place.  You will need five blocks with circles and four geometric blocks.

 

 

 

Sewing the ticker tape blocks together with quilt as you go

Place two blocks with right sides together

Place two blocks with right sides together

Sew the quilt block tops together

Sew the quilt block tops together

Place a circle and a geometric block with right sides together.  Fold back the wadding and backing fabric from both blocks so that just the two white fabrics are placed together.  Line up the edges and sew together with a 1/4″ seam.  Sew together three blocks for each row – rows one and three have two circle blocks around one geometric block and row two has one circle block with a geometric block on each side.

 

 

Trim the wadding edges so that they just meet

Trim the wadding edges so that they just meet

Trim the wadding

Trim the wadding

Working on the back of the quilt blocks now, finger press the seam allowance to one side.  Fold down one edge of wadding and trim so that the edge follows the line of the seam.  Fold down the wadding from the other block and trim so that it just butts up to the first edge of wadding.  If the two edges overlap you will have a bump in the quilt.

 

 

 

Lay down one side of backing fabric

Lay down one side of backing fabric

Fold a small hem in the top layer of backing fabric

Fold a small hem in the top layer of backing fabric

Fold down one side of the quilt backing over the wadding and smooth gently.  Lay down the backing fabric from the other side and turn under a small hem so that the raw edge is hidden.  Pin in place.  Still working from the back, zigzag down the fold of the backing fabric.  Start and finish about an inch from the end so that you have some fabric free for when you join the rows of blocks together.

 

 

Sewing the rows together using quilt as you go

Trim the wadding along the row

Trim the wadding along the row

Sew the rows together

Sew the rows together

The method of sewing the rows together is just the same as for sewing the individual ticker tape blocks together, just with longer seams:  lay two rows with right sides together, fold back the wadding and backing and sew the two white top fabrics together.  Turn to the back, trim the wadding edges so that they just butt up to each other, lay down one side of backing fabric and then lay the other backing fabric on top with a small hem folded under.  Zigzag along the length of the row.

 

Sashing for the quilt as you go ticker tape quilt

Sew sashing between the ticker tape quilt blocks

Sew sashing between the ticker tape quilt blocks

I always find that using this method of quilt as you go I can end up with the zigzag seam from the back not quite following the seam line at the front.  For this reason I have put sashing along the seam lines between the blocks – oh and because it’s part of the design, of course!

Cut four 1″ strips of fabric and sew one between each row and each column of ticker tape quilt blocks so that each block is surrounded by sashing.  As this is such a small strip, use straight stitch rather than zigzag.  Sew along each side of the sashing strips just in from the edge.

That completes the ticker tape quilt top.  As it is a quilt as you go project, the only remaining step is the binding.

 

Examples of ticker tape quilts

Ticker tape quilt project

Ticker tape quilt project

Well fray example of ticker tape quilting

Well frayed example of ticker tape quilting

I have made ticker tape quilt projects with the zigzag closed up so that it’s almost satin stitch.  The amount of stitching around the edges of the fabric scraps will make a difference to how much fraying you get as the quilt is used and washed over a period of time.  You can see a nicely frayed example of ticker tape quilting on the right.

 

 

Here’s the video:

 

Completed french seam

Completed french seam

 

I have written up an idea for sewing french seams in a cushion cover to give the inside a more professional look.  If yoou would like to see it, click on french seam.

Many thanks to everyone who encouraged me to go to the Uttoxeter quilt show last week.  I had a wonderful day and was so pleased that I had gone. This weekend there is a medieval show at nearby Hampton Court Castle and I am definitely going to visit that.

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Comments

  1. I love this. Thank you so much for sharing it. I will be sure and make it in the future. You are just so kind every week sharing quilt tutorials and designs. I can’t get over the difference betwen the quilting community and the cross stitch community. Thank you.

  2. Great idea, thank you.

  3. Belinda DeLuca says:

    Thank you this is great!!!

  4. Victoria says:

    Rose
    you are such an inspiration for all of us!!! After getting your mails I started to quilt seriously and now I can work on almost everything !!
    Thanks a million an a big hug

  5. Pat Morton says:

    Thank you so much. Definitely am going to try this.

  6. Rose…. this is quite brilliant, as are you! Thanks for the ideas and methods.
    Donna in Barrie, Ontario, Canada

  7. Jean Ransome says:

    Lovely idea. One way of using up odd stripes of Fabric which we all
    have left over in our baskets and don’t know what to do with them.
    Thanks Rose for the pattern.

  8. Grandmamoy says:

    Hi Rose, greetings from Llani….Hope you are feeling better ! The Ticker Tape Quilt is great…as are all your quilts…… I ve been trying to find a block pattern for Tumbling Blocks which are sewn in vertical strips.. Any suggestions welcomed…..

    Enjoy Hampton Court Moy

    • Hi Moy. Yes, fully recovered, thanks. Glad you like the ticker tape quilt. Someone else has asked for a tumbling blocks so I’m going to try and do a pattern some time soon.

  9. francesca says:

    Muchas gracias nunca lo he hecho pero boy ha intentarlo.

  10. what a wonderful, simple project. i cannot wait to get started. thank you for explaining the quilt as you go in such an easy to understand way.

  11. Rose,
    A few weeks ago you posted how to do a star block. It was done in darks then reverse to lights for the next block. I have lost it somewhere. Would it be possible to get another copy? It is the star you post on your home page to the right.
    Thanks so much.
    Mary B
    mbrondell@yahoo.com

  12. Marilyn Larkin says:

    Thank-you, such a fun quilt. I can see this as a project I can share with my younger grandchildren, they can find the scraps and help to make the patterns, as we go along. You are a treasure Rose.

  13. Hi Rose. Always love getting your emails. You are cleaver and kind in sharing your ideas. I love your Quilt as you go method. I will try it out soon. All your quilts are marvellous. Best wishes from Victoria, Australia.

  14. Pauline says:

    Great quilt Rose. I do look forward to Friday to see what you have for us. Thank you

  15. Donna Rae says:

    Fabulous! I have never really cared for crazy quilting but this I really really do like. I am so going to make myself one. And have fun while I am doing it. I have all sorts of ideas ringing in my mind. To the machine I go sew.

  16. Barbara Billups says:

    I love it. Finally a quilt as you go quilt that I can do and a quilt that is not so exacting. Thank you.

  17. thank you for another brilliant idea like it very much as have lots of scraps which don’t want to throw away now have a new project. .

  18. Dottie in GA says:

    Rose, I sincerely thank you for all the wonderful tutorials with videos that you so generously give to everyone each week. I know it takes a lot of time and effort on your part to do so, and it is really appreciated.
    Again, thank you and sending hugs and best wishes to you.

  19. Thank you Rose, enjoy all your lessons. God bless you.

  20. Sue Kennedy says:

    Hi Rose,thankyou so much for the ticker tape instructions.This quilt looks so easy to make.I cant wait to get started!I am currently making quilts for my grandaughters and will definately start the ticker tape quilt soon after.Thankyou for all the tutorials I recieve,they are really good and helpful and very much appreciated.Thanks again.Take care.

  21. Jennie says:

    Thank you for such a great site, I’ve learn a lot and will continue to watch your videos

  22. This looks like a fun project and a way to use up those odd bits and pieces of fabric. Thanks for all you do!

  23. Alison Coley says:

    Thanks so much for the ‘quilt as you go’ instructions. This has worked so well on a large bed quilt I’m making for my daughter’s 30th. I couldn’t afford to have it long arm quilted. Your quilts are fab by the way!

  24. Dale MacDonald says:

    Thanks so much for another great one Rose. If I wasn’t already working on 2 English Paper Piecing and 1 Jelly Roll quilts I’d have my scrap bin out and be starting this one I love it!!! And you make it so easy for novices like me 🙂 Thanks again and keep up the great work You inspire me.

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