25. July 2015 · Comments Off on Selvages · Categories: Quilting, Selvage Along, Sewing · Tags:

Selvages.

That’s the sides of the fabric where the manufacturer puts the stats and colors used (Father-in-Law, Aly.)  You have to cut them off before you can sew up your fabric into something pretty.

I’ve kept them because that’s the thing in the quilting world.

Have I done anything with them?

Nope.  They sit in a ziplock baggie in my sewing room (aka the guestroom) closet.

Selvage 1 RW

Renee of Quilts of a Feather and her quilting bestie Jessica of Quilty Habit (I’m in the market for a quilting bestie myself, applications being accepted now . . . crickets . . .) are hosting a selvage along on their blogs.  See posts here and here for more info.

I haven’t fully decided how far down the selvage rabbit hole I’m planning to jump.  I really want to catch up on my Paper Pieced BOM project, I have a galaxy star baby quilt and tag blanket I NEED to finish up before a friend’s baby is born (which is soon, people), my next Le Challenge (I won the last one, by the way, woot woot!) entry in the Wilderness theme (I have a plan already and fabrics purchased and pulled), and I was hoping to participate in the Midnight Mystery Quilt Along hosted by Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs (I have fabric pulled and even bought a brand spanking new OLFA rotary cutter since I’ve decided my old Fiskars needs to be reserved for paper pieced as it’s always dull thanks to constantly rolling over paper.)

Is it just me, or was that a really long grammatically incorrect sentence.

Moving on.

So we’ll see how much time I can squeeze in for the selvage along.  I’m hoping to do some sort of reverse applique mini quilt (ignore the fact I know nothing about reverse applique yet) and maybe something with feathers.  Renee has a tutorial coming up plus I think this free pattern and tutorial (maybe enlarged or maybe a few sew lines removed to allow for larger pieces and more info) might be great too.  I have no idea how well selvages work with paper piecing as they tend to be thicker.  I’m really drawn to selvages set on an angle like this leaf pattern.

We’ll see what inspiration strikes with these . . .

Selvage 2 RW

Selvage 3 RW

Selvage 4 RW

It’s a fairly small pile so whatever gets made will be fairly small as well.

Have a great weekend all!

– Joanna

Linking up with Quilts of a Feather and Quilty Habit

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