Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Bottled Rainbows {ticker tape quilt-along}

Bottled Rainbows

At long last, it's time to do something fabulous with all your teeny tiny scraps!  Please join me in a leisurely quilt-along inspired by my bottled rainbows.  Each week we'll make just one rectangle ticker tape block, starting the first week of March.  Sometime in June we'll be ready to piece and finish this baby.  Take a look!

*Updated* Bottled Rainbows Color Grid

You'll start wherever you like on the rainbow, making use of your scraps at hand.  Have lots of red, but no teal?   Worry not my dears.  You can put off your harder colors in favor of something more plentiful.  Months from now I bet you'll find yourself some volunteers if your scraps are as proliferous as mine!  Ooh, and for really pesky colors, we just may have to organize a scrappy swap!  You let me know, K?

the nitty gritty.  Each rectangle block finishes at 16 x 20", including a 2.5" sashing in solid Kona cotton.  For the center of each block, you'll want a nice neutral such as white, cream or natural linen.  Finished quilt will measure 64 x 80" - a very generous blanket (or add a 5" border to make it a twin sized quilt!). 

You know you want to! How else are you ever gonna enjoy all those scraps?  If you've never tickered before, I have to tell you that it's a completely user-friendly technique.  You simple cut scraps to size and sew them down on your background fabric.  That's it.  Technically, this is "applique" but without any kind of precision.  This is the same way I made my Mosaic Tree block!

So, will you be joining us?  Feel free to grab a button:
Bottled Rainbows {the button}
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I'll be updating this page with our progress!

1.  Materials List
2.  How to Swap Scraps
3.  Moving Forward (example block and more details)
4.  Supplies Giveaway 
5.  All about Ticker Tape 
6.  How to Make a Bottled Rainbow Block
7.  Join Right In + Tangerine Block
8.  Your Creations
9.  Raspberry Block 
10.  Joining Blocks 
11.  Plum Block + Your Creations 
12.  Materials for Finishing 
13.  Blue Blocks
14.  Domesticity + Cerise Block
15.  Rainbow Stacks
16.  Green Blocks 
17.  Look at you! 
18.  Teal Block 
19.  Hip, hip, hurrah!
20.  Piecing & Adding Borders
21.  Quilting
22.  On my bed
23.  Baby Bottled Rainbows! 
24.  Updated Kona colors

71 comments:

  1. I've never tickered before but might have to join on in and give it a try!

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  2. I'm in! Love the ticker tape look and I love your spin on it! Thanks!

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  3. I love your idea to frame each set of ticker tapes...I think these will be such beautiful quilts!

    I'm tempted to join because I love sorting my fabric by color. This is the perfect quilt for me! Or I might make it for my mom because she loves rainbow things...or maybe I'll make TWO quilts. I certainly have enough scraps. :)

    Thanks for hosting this super fun quilt along!

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  4. This is probably a silly question, but where are the scraps going to go? On the colored sashing or the white? This looks like a lot of fun and easy enough for a beginner.

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  5. I am so very much in! Is there going to be a flicker group or discussion area where we can start the swapping? I have tons of greens and blues, but no "girly" colors! LOVE the idea!

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  6. I think I may be in! I was just organzing my scraps last night and those bins are FULL. I certainly have more of some colors than others, but that's a worry for another day! :) I can't wait to get started!

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  7. I'm in! I've been collecting scraps for a ticker tape quilt and a quilt along sounds great!

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  8. I'll be a maybe. I joined the Single Girl Support Group, and I have a couple of other swaps in the works, but it sounds like a lot of fun! I'll hopefully be able to join you.

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  9. It DOES look fun and colorful. And you know how I like to live my life...

    I am doing Single Girl. This looks easier. I have to order bone for that. How much do I need for this one?

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  10. this sounds like a lot of fun, though i'm not sure i have enough scraps, as i'm new to quilting.

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  11. Great idea! I may just have to join in.

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  12. Soo looking forward to this, I must get my Colorbrick finished before this starts.:)

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  13. okay...just because you put the words leisurely and rainbow in the same description for a quilt, I think that I will join along. I've wanted to try this technique and I'm a sucker for rainbows.

    You'll probably answer this, but do you put any interfacing behind your blocks or stabilizer?

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  14. I LOVE your mosaic tree block! I haven't done any "tickering" before, primarily because I don't really like the look of all that white space between the colors. But if you're going to show us how to squish all those little pieces right up next to each other, then I'm in!!

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  15. Just found your blog. Never tickered before, but I'm willing to give it a go. Sounds fun!

    I desparately need to downsize my scraps.

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  16. I'm in too, have tons of scraps and this looks like a lot of fun.

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  17. Sounds great! I've always wanted to do a ticker tape & my scraps are out of control. Motivation to hurry up and finish my nicey jane colorbrick... thanks!

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  18. I would love to join this quilt along but I'm new to quilting and have very little fabric, let alone scraps. Is there a way to get a collection of nice scraps?

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  19. Oh, so lovely, Rachel! I wish I could come along for the ride but seeing as I'm still finishing my colorbrick quilt...

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  20. I've never tickered before, sounds like fun. I'm in :)

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  21. I'd love to join in but I don't think my small bag of scraps is up to it!! Maybe in 3 year's time... I'll follow your progress though!

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  22. Oooh, I've been wanting to try a ticker tape quilt, and I sure do love rainbows, so count me in!

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  23. This is such a wonderful idea -- I hope I have enough scraps! Will you be putting together an inspiration post, I am not sure if I understand the process completely? If not, I'll just have to do some research! :)

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  24. I am in! This looks like lots of fun with a beautiful result.

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  25. Glad to have you joining in, friends! Yes, I'll be posting examples and details about the process - don't worry! I'll be offering several options, in fact. The scraps will be stitched onto the neutral section.

    And, for those of you who want to join but don't have scraps, I'm gonna put my thinking cap on.

    I haven't calculated the bone yardage yet, but if you want a rough guess for an immediate order, I'd say 2.5 yards. Just a guess though!

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  26. OH, sounds like fun! I just finished a color wheel pillow & need a quilt to match-- at least that's my excuse! ;-)

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  27. I was just thinking this morning of how to store my millions of little scraps. i get so sick of them but i feel wasteful just throwing them away! I love your idea of putting them in mason jars. LOVE LOVE LOOOOOVE it!

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  28. This looks like so much fun! If I can check off a few "to-do's", I'd love to join in. What a great idea!

    Jennifer :)

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  29. I wanna! I wanna! I don't know if I have enough scraps, but if there is some kind of swap, I'll certainly participate in that. And if there's a Flickr group (I'm kind of addicted...), I'll join that, too!
    This sounds like loads of fun! Thanks for organizing this and asking us along for the ride. :)

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  30. I'm going to scrap along with you. Thanks.

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  31. Sounds like fun, never made a ticker tape quilt. Count me in.

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  32. I'm totally in! This looks like so much fun!

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  33. I'm in....I ordered my fabric. So excited!

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  34. Hi! A friend just linked me here ... I'm organizing a scrap swap right now if you or any of your readers might be interested :)

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  35. Haha! I was just going to post the link to Sara's Scrap Swap!
    http://sewsara.blogspot.com/2011/02/here-we-gosewsara-scrap-swap.html
    It's free, but her sign-ups are going to close on Friday March 4th, so if you want to swap with anyone over there, you need to go over and sign up.
    This is going to be SO COOL!!

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  36. I need another project like I need a hole in the head, but I'm crazy about ticker tapes, and I really wanna work on color values, so this is a match. Looking forward!

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  37. I know I do not need another quilt project, but I just can't pass this up!
    I just finished my first ticker tape quilt and can't wait to make another!

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  38. This sounds like a great first ticker tape project- count me in!

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  39. Ordered my fabric from Whipstitch. Can't wait to follow along this project with you!

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  40. hi there! a lot of your followers have joined my scrap swap so I thought i'd link to it on my blog today (see the link at the bottom).
    thanks!!

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  41. I didn't really understand what this was about when I saw the posts at the beginning, but I saw the first few blocks done up on Cut to Pieces and I really have to join...I know I am late in starting but I'm really excited!

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  42. I am just learning to sew, what do u think? can i do this?? let me know.
    my blog is here http://alifeunrehearsed2.blogspot.com

    email bonnieangel1797@gmail.com

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  43. What a cute blog!

    Why, yes, I do think you could do this! Working with scraps in the ticker tape style and the quilt-as-you-go technique are both excellent for beginners. I always say start now!

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  44. Thanks.. I just blogged about it here,
    http://alifeunrehearsed2.blogspot.com/2011/03/bottled-rainbows.html
    I'm gonna do it!

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  45. I really need to join in! this is so fun. You are right, there is something so fun about rainbows. Maybe it's spring fever.

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  46. I need another project like a hole in the head, but I love these 'ticker tape' quilts! I'm late, but I'll be trying to catch up. Count me in!!

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  47. I finally did it! I ordered all of the colors to join this quilt along... i've done one before. I've also never done a ticker tape project. I am so very excited!

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  48. I'd love to join this quilt along! I'll be behind all the way because I am just now starting and have a couple weeks tied up with travel, etc. But it looks like a lot of fun. One question, is the backing put on each piece as a QAYG??

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  49. Goldie, we QAYG without backing. The backing will be added all in one big piece after we have pieced the blocks!

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  50. Rachel,

    I just found your quilt along. I wanted to let you know that I've posted it on my blog. If this is alright with you...of course, I've added link backs to your wonderful blog.

    If you would like to view it
    http://annieqdesigns.blogspot.com/
    Thank you

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  51. Hi! I have been looking for like two weeks to find a quilt pattern I can make using my daughters' outgrown clothing. I am not really a fan of "traditional" quilting patterns, and have found that it is hard to cut baby clothes into perfect squares and other shapes. The ticker tape is perfect. I can cut out the cute little embellishments from the clothing and use only the pieces I want. Thanks so much for putting together such a cute and comprehensive site. I have never made a quilt before but feel confident that with my mediocre sewing skills and your great instruction I can create quilts that my girls will be proud of.

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  52. I just ordered my Bottled Rainbow Bundle, I know I'm behind but can't wait to start mine and i'm staring a blog! Thank you so much for you insspiring me to get going!
    Gwen

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  53. Super late to the party, but I love this and just ordered my bottled rainbow bundle. It may take me a while to get the scraps in order, but it can be a slow project for me.

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  54. Just finished a ticker tape quilt, thank you to your site. It is a ticker tape quilt, done in raggy quilt style - I made 4 blocks, and joined them raggy edged together with a beige fabric between. It looks awesome, and I'm sure the lady who gets it (it's a healing quilt) will love it.

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  55. thanks, just love your ticker tape tutorial that I had to share it on my blog at http://patchworkorange.typepad.com/patchwork-orange/, thanks lucy

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  56. what are the dimensions of each scrap?

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  57. What are the dimensions of the smallest scrap?

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    1. The smallest scrap I used was probably 1" square.

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  58. So I FINALLY finished my Bottled Rainbow Quilt. Just under 2 years, baby! I blogged about it at PinkPlease!
    Thanks again, Rachel, for the Quilt Along.

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  59. Thank you for sharing Bottled Rainbows! I jumped on it the same day I saw it in the magazine and created the first quilt I was comfortable giving away as a baby gift. (20 others are stacked in a large chest).
    Just as I was finishing it, I had two very special teen girls spending part of their summer with me. Both were fascinated with your design and all the snips of fabric in my house. Bottled Rainbows is a perfect introduction to sewing and creating quilts! Over fall and winter visits, both girls created their own quilts by May this year - one is hot pinks and reds, the other a rainbow featuring black and white prints with rainbow borders.
    Blending a family is hard, blending a family 300 miles apart is crazy. Quilting together has been a huge help to tie us together.
    THANK YOU!

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    1. Lisa, your comment is a wonderful, rewarding way to start my day. Thanks for sharing! I am so happy you've been able to share quilting with these girls.

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  60. Yeah I have been wanting to do one of these so count me in!

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