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Ticker Tape Owl Quilt

on Jan 7, 2016 in Blog, quilt, sewing, tutorial | 4 comments

Ticker Tape Owl Quilt | ReannaLily Designs | Jen EskridgeTicker Tape Owl Quilt

If you have fabric scraps laying around, chances are you are all set to make this Ticker Tape style Owl project. What do I mean by ticker tape? Heck, I’m not sure. I think it stems from those “Ticker Tape Parades” where all the small pieces of confetti paper fly through the air. Let’s say that’s what it is… and those little pieces landed on a quilt and are arranged by color and machine stitched in place. Sure. Yes. This is sounding good. Are you with me?

Ticker Tape Quilts are perfect projects for folks who save all sizes of fabric scraps. You know who you are… you’ll save those tiny tiny tiny pieces. This is your our project!

Scroll to the bottom to see how insanely fast you can create half-square triangles used in the border of this project by simply using a Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide.

Finished size: 18″ x 18″ – project sizes can vary depending on how you use your sweet owlie block.

Ticker Tape Owl Quilt | ReannaLily Designs | Jen EskridgeSupplies

Prep

I used a shirt back from a thrift store garment. After measuring, a 14-1/2″ square will be as big as I can cut.

Ticker Tape Owl Quilt

Apply the fusible woven interfacing to the wrong side of the linen.

Ticker Tape Owl Quilt

If you are using the 1/2 yard linen for your background, you can cut to any size you prefer. For my project, the background fabric is 14-1/2″ x 14-1/2″ and is cut after the interfacing is applied.

Mark the center of the linen square.

Print the 3-page owl template. Overlap the images and tape the pages together to create one chubby little owl.  Fold the large page to find the center of the owl.

Ticker Tape Owl Quilt | ReannaLily Designs | Jen Eskridge

Use a window pane as a light box by taping the owl to the glass.

Ticker Tape Owl Quilt | ReannaLily Designs | Jen Eskridge

Tape the linen background over the template, matching the marked centers.Ticker Tape Owl Quilt | ReannaLily Designs | Jen Eskridge

Use the water soluble marker to trace the image onto the right side of the linen background square.

Fabric Scraps

I lucked into a bag of Cotton and Steel Fabrics selvage scraps from Quilt Market. (Thank you, Cotton and Steel!) I used these coordinated pieces in my owl design. Any scraps will work. All scraps will take a moment or two to sort and organize.

Ticker Tape Owl Quilt | ReannaLily Designs | Jen Eskridge

My ticker tape owl uses pieces ranging from 3/8″ to 2″ in size. I cut the tiny pieces as I needed them. Work on a surface that will allow for ironing. By that I mean, a towel, portable ironing pad, or ironing board. Starting with the belly, arrange fabric scraps leaving a small space between each shape.

Using sharp scissors, trim the pieces as needed. (see below)

Ticker Tape Owl Quilt | ReannaLily Designs | Jen Eskridge

Before moving onto another section, add a tiny dot of glue behind each fabric scrap to secure it in place. Use an iron to set the glue.

See the dark blue and pale fabrics in the picture below? Those are there as a guide to remind me which color I assigned to which section.

Ticker Tape Owl Quilt | ReannaLily Designs | Jen Eskridge

Continue to add fabric scraps, trim as needed and glue baste them in place.

Ticker Tape Owl Quilt | ReannaLily Designs | Jen Eskridge

Ticker Tape Owl Quilt | ReannaLily Designs | Jen Eskridge

Ticker Tape Owl Quilt | ReannaLily Designs | Jen Eskridge

Ticker Tape Owl Quilt | ReannaLily Designs | Jen Eskridge

Ticker Tape Owl Quilt | ReannaLily Designs | Jen Eskridge

Ok, the little guy just needs eyes. Little ovals are included on the paper template, but you can change his personality quite a bit by changing the shape of his eyes. Don’t glue these down yet.

Ticker Tape Owl Quilt | ReannaLily Designs | Jen Eskridge

Secure the Scraps

Use Sulky Monofilament Thread and a free motion quilting foot to stitch around each shape. Why clear monofilament thread and not a coordinated color? Using the monofilament on the ticker tape fabric scraps will allow you to “travel” from shape to shape without needing to trim threads. Simply stitch on over to your next shape. No one will ever know.

Ticker Tape Owl Quilt | ReannaLily Designs | Jen Eskridge

Stitch around each shape. The edges will start to look a little ragged. Be sure to press the owl really well.

Ticker Tape Owl Quilt | ReannaLily Designs | Jen Eskridge

Make a Half-Square Triangle Border

Select fabrics to “frame” little Ticker Tape Owlie. I selected four solids.

Ticker Tape Owl Quilt | ReannaLily Designs | Jen Eskridge

Cut a total of 32 squares 2-7/8″ each.

Ticker Tape Owl Quilt | ReannaLily Designs | Jen Eskridge

Sew pairs of squares to create half-square triangles. Check out how fast you can make them using the Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide.

Position your square pair with the point aligned with the 1/4″ line on the Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide. The “top point” is aligned with the edge of a 1/4″ wide presser foot. Note: This is not a traditional quarter inch presser foot.

Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide | Make Half Square Triangles | ReannaLily Designs | Jen Eskridge

Sew, dragging that “bottom point” along the 1/4″ line. When you flip the square to sew the other side, you’ll see the first stitching line now matches with the 1/2″ line on the seam guide.

Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide | Make Half Square Triangles | ReannaLily Designs | Jen Eskridge

Stitch again. And again. And again. Chain-pieces as many squares as you like.

Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide | Make Half Square Triangles | ReannaLily Designs | Jen Eskridge

Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide | Make Half Square Triangles | ReannaLily Designs | Jen Eskridge

Cut the squares apart from each other and then cut them in half, equidistant between the two stitching lines.

Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide | Make Half Square Triangles | ReannaLily Designs | Jen Eskridge

Open and press.

Arrange the half-square triangle units around the ticker tape owl.

  • 7 blocks will be on the right and left sides of the 14-1/2″ square.
  • 9 blocks will be across the top and bottom edges.

Half Square Triangle Border | Ticker Tape Owl Quilt | ReannaLily Designs | Jen Eskridge

Use a water spray bottle to remove the blue marked lines.

What Will You Make?

The block I’ve created finishes at 18″ square, which is a great size for a pillow.

Ticker Tape Owl Quilt | ReannaLily Designs | Jen Eskridge

You could add a border to him, though and create a Ticker Tape Wallhanging size quilt.

Ticker Tape Owl Quilt | ReannaLily Designs | Jen Eskridge

I don’t know your scrap situation, but lets say you are swimming in scraps… You could make a whole bunch of owlie buddies to create a large quilt. In this picture, the quilt would be 82″ x 82″ with the sashing pieces measuring 2-1/2″ wide before they are stitched into the quilt.

Ticker Tape Owl Quilt | ReannaLily Designs | Jen Eskridge

Ok, maybe that would be FAR too many tiny scrap pieces to create 16 owls. But I bet you have enough scraps for four owls.

Ticker Tape Owl Quilt | ReannaLily Designs | Jen Eskridge

I cannot wait to see how your Ticker Tape Owls turn out!

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    4 Comments

  1. I LOVE THIS! Totally going to make it!

    Leigh

    January 7, 2016

  2. Absolutely the cutest project so far this year, okay so it is only the 7th; but this little guy is on my to do list for sure. Many thanks.

    Betty Grove

    January 7, 2016

  3. I have NEVER made a quilt top — Do you have a QUILTING CLASS FOR DUMMIES ??

    Elaine Godfrees

    January 20, 2016

  4. Love this pattern! One of my grandchildren loves owls so this will be perfect for her birthday. Got to get on it asap!!

    Brenda Henderson

    February 6, 2016

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