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Friday, July 4, 2014

That Selvage Edge

For many years, we were told to cut off the selvage edges on our fabric because it was not useful and put it in the trash... And then, someone came up with the idea to use them on their own to create beautiful quilt blocks. Being resourceful and creative are two key elements that make quilting so unique.

Have you tried this yet? If not, why not prepare a few blocks with collected selvages; and then, save them until you have enough to put into a project.

Here's an easy method to create these selvage blocks without the use of pins. Why not check out this tutorial that shows how to create these blocks using small squares; however, you can make them any size with this process.

And because I love machine applique; I've used some of these prepared blocks to create the flowers for my "Garden's Edge" quilt, shown below. Even with a few selvages, you can create some unique projects.


Here are my own projects that I was able to make using selvages that have been inspired by the sources shown below:

GARDEN'S EDGE
More on this project here
Book that inspired this project:
     "Quilts From the Selvage Edge" by Karen Griska

MY VERSION: GARDEN'S EDGE

Christmas Stockings
Book that inspired this project: 
     "Fast Fun & Easy Christmas Stockings" by Susan S. Terry

MY VERSION: MINI CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS

TUMBLING BLOCKS
More on this project here.
Book that inspired this project:
     "Advancing On II with the Square in a Square Technique" by Jodi Barrows

USING SELVAGES ON THE BLOCKS


FABRIC SHOP Quilt
Pattern available here.

SELVAGES USED AS THE BOOKS ON BOOK CART

I still love this idea; and was originally inspired with this technique from visiting the selvage blog and purchasing the book "Quilts From the Selvage Edge". The book is no longer in print; however, if you'd still like a copy you can find it as a digital download here.  

Creating more beautiful projects...



2 comments:

  1. I like the Polka Dot Crossing quilt..looks interesting!

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    1. Thank you. It was fun to design and stitch up.

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