I-Spy Ticker Tape

I-Spy Ticker Tape

First, I want to thank you all for your kind words yesterday about the book! Truly it is probably the most exciting thing to happen to me since I started quilting and blogging.

Now onto my next project! Has it already been a year and a half since Amanda Jean wowed the world with her ticker tape quilt? If you go to Flickr and search “ticker tape quilt” you will see 14 pages of results. How is that for inspiration! I am one of the many that just couldn’t get the quilt out of my mind and this week I decided to make an I-Spy Ticker Tape for my son.

I-Spy Ticker Tape

Seeing that I just sold all my scraps (opps!) I made some new scraps from my fabric stash. I wanted to make sure I included bits from The Very Hungry Caterpillar series – one of his favorite books. I added in other fun prints with objects he would recognize (bikes, cars, ducks, birds) and then some other colorful filler prints.

I-Spy Ticker Tape

The blanket measures 24″ x 36″. I just cut it the size of my cutting mat. It probably would look better proportioned if it was shorter or wider, but luckily the recipient isn’t picky.

I first cut the front, middle and back fabric. I used flannel for the batting layer and the backing. I assembled those layers with 505 spray baste. Then, since I am more of a planner than this quilt really requires, I cut all my “scraps” and laid out the entire quilt. Then I went, one by one, and spray basted each scrap down so they would not fall off while I sewed around each one. Using my free motion foot, I free motioned a circle around each piece twice.

I-Spy Ticker Tape

The binding is a Michael Miller black and white number print. The back is a flannel from “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” Another favorite around here. It took about 7-8 hours to make from start to finish. I can’t decide if that is making good time or ridiculously long. 🙂

I-Spy Ticker Tape Love

Clearly he likes it…but sadly I don’t think it will replace his raggedy Target thermal blanket that has been patched together all over. He does like trying to find different items on it, and it’s proving great for learning colors, shapes and matching.



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    Flo @ Butterfly Quilting

    June 2, 2011

    That is just a wonderful little quilt for him…I am sure it will be his favorite soon. Personally I think you made great time…that would take me a week I am sure!!

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    June 2, 2011

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I fell in love with the ticker tape quilts a year ago and my second quilt I made was a ticker tape doll quilt for my daughter for Christmas. I love that you cut your scraps to have a rounded edge- they look great and what a happy fun quilt. Goes perfectly with that little cutie!

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    June 2, 2011

    I can’t wait to make a ticker tape quilt!!

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    June 2, 2011

    Ticker Tape has been on my “to try” list for a while now. I love yours. The backing is so fun!

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    June 2, 2011

    I love that quilt. I’m so going to make one for my son, too! He would love it and it will become a great learning experience for him.

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    Rachel at Stitched in Color

    June 2, 2011

    Cute! I’m sure he loves it. We all love Eric Carle.

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    June 2, 2011

    Great quilt! I made an I spy ticker tape earlier this year and loved it. I didn’t have the guts to make a big one. 🙂

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    June 2, 2011

    Wow! I think that’s super speedy.

    I have an I-Spy Quilt in my immediate future – GS#1 is fifteen months old so will soon be ready. I bought a pre-cut kit from a charity group but don’t like their design so have to come up with one of my own.

    Thanks for the inspiration.

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    June 2, 2011

    Wow. That seems like REALLY good time to me. Adorable quilt. Amazingly adorable little boy!

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    Karen H

    June 2, 2011

    Very cute. I am sure he will love it. One of these days, I want to make a ticker tape quilt…….:)

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    June 2, 2011

    This is so fun! I remember when I first saw Amandajean’s ticker tape quilt and was so taken with it too – I haven’t made one yet but would like to someday… the i spy approach is super cute and very tempting!

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    June 4, 2011

    What an adorable and fun quilt for boys! I’m a girly-girl through and through who has been blessed with ELEVEN nephews…not a single girl born to date. I’m always on the hunt for crafty things for boys that also appeal to my asthetic, otherwise I have to fight the urge to add pink polka-dots, bows and sparkle-y things. This would definitely keep my attention…thanks for sharing. Now I have to go look for that ticker tape quilt…

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    June 8, 2011

    I love what you’ve done here! Thanks for showing us.

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    June 13, 2011

    AWESOME! I completely love it.

    Mental note to self…make a Ticker Tape quilt and try to be a cool as Faith…

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      June 13, 2011

      You are hilarious Katie. 🙂

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    Amanda Jean

    July 28, 2012

    It’s a great quilt, Faith! I love the background color you’ve used. 7-8 hours is not bad at all!

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    January 1, 2013

    Your quilts are great! I love that they aren’t as time consuming as a lot of patterns. I have been looking for a pattern to follow for the two I Spy quilts I want to make for my grandchildren. This might be it. In any event I will make a baby doll quilt to give it a try. The only thing holding me back is whether or not they are washable. They remind me of the rag quilts and will fray. Have you washed them? What happens? Thanks,

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      January 1, 2013

      Hi Chris – yes, they do fray when you wash them. I trim them up after washing.

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    November 13, 2014

    I love this pattern. I made two of the I Spy Ticker Tape quilts. I collected a lot of different fabrics and included, “Brown Bear” and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” as well as many other pieces of fabric. My twin granddaughters love playing the matching game with the pictures, as both quilts have the same pieces of fabric, but they are in different places. My daughter can’t give them these quilts at nap time because they are having too much fun playing games with them.

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    November 21, 2014

    How were you able to control the stitching going around each piece? I tried a ticker tape I Spy quilt, which isn’t even this big, and was so frustrated with it. A much smaller one would have been better for me. Yours looks like you never had a problem bunching it up in the machine to make your turns.

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      November 21, 2014

      Hi Martha – it’s been awhile…but did you try using your walking foot? I would imagine I used mine, and it’s great for stopping that bunching of fabric you are experiencing.

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    Bethany Whipps

    November 9, 2015

    Ummmm…this is one of the best ticker tape quilts I’ve ever seen! Love it so much! The Ticker Tape is certainly on my bucket list (everything from Sunday Morning Quilts is, actually.) I really love the idea of an I Spy Ticker Tape though…and the blue background. Perfect!


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