A good friend of mine has come up with a great idea for saving and
using the selvage edge of the cotton fabrics that we use.
Here are a few samples of what she has come up with. The selvages
have been collected and sewn together onto a piece of batting. Once
the batting piece is totally covered, a freezer paper template is ironed
on and the shape (ie. tree, star etc) is cut out with pinking shears or
scissors. The outside edge is straight stitched and then a button and
cording or thread are added. What a great recycling idea! These can be
used as a tree ornament or as a gift tag. I wonder what else you can do
with them? Any ideas? This next quilt was made by Isabel and she did
a great job! I can’t imagine all the hours it took to piece this baby. Wow!!
I think the name of this quilt is The Washington Star? If I am wrong, please
let me know. Isabel’s only request was to have feathers in the brown center
around the star.
Of course, I had to add more feathers in the light and dark borders too. I like the
gentle curve that is in the outside border area too. I used polyester thread for
the top and backing.
I was running out of time for this post so I will show more pictures next week.
In the border area, there were 10-20 different star blocks too. Each one was
different so I tried to use the same motifs throughout the quilt so that it would
Alot of straight stitching and ruler work but I think it works well with the
feathers and swirls.
This week was the big Quilt Show in Houston. Any word yet on the winners?
Let me know if you hear anything. And don’t eat too much candy on the
Have a great weekend.
11 thoughts on “Save the selvages…”
A great use for selvedges and that quilt is AMAZING!
Thanks for your kind words. I did have fun quilting this one. I do struggle with the quilting designs but I think I am finally, after 10 years of longarming, beginning to feel a little confident in my choices for the quilting design.
I love browns and blues together. This quilt is lovely!
Hi Dream worthy,
Yes, this is quite the quilt. I can not imagine the hours it took Isabel to make it. Incredible!
Love how you used the blocks on the border. Have to remember that for my next quilt!
I have to remind you that I did not make this quilt. I quilted it for a customer of mine. But thank you. It is a neat design idea indeed.
Wow! That quilt is amazing!
thanks for checking out my blog.Yes, that quilt is quite something.
Your quilt is gorgeous! I love how your friend mixed all those browns and blues. It must have taken many, many hours to assemble this top. Courageous girl. And you quilted it beautifully.
Thanks for your encouraging words. After almost 10 years of longarming, I am beginning to feel a little confident with the designs I am choosing.
Amazing work!! I have lost your email so I am contacting you through your blog. I am wondering if you would like to participate in the Around the World Blog Tour. I can let you know more about it if you want. It would be great exposure for you (if you haven’t participated already!) Kerry