Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Stitching with Selvages

This month for the Beejeeber's Bee, Erica asked us to make a block inspired by Amanda Jean's Birch Tree Blocks.  I loved this block the first time I saw it on Amanda's blog so I was super excited to try one.  I started looking through my scraps picking out some favorites when I got to this overflowing top drawer and got a new idea :)  I have been saving selvages for a while now but have yet to use them, until yesterday :)


I pieced my selvages together like you would any fabric, you know right sides together and sew a seam, however I used a slightly smaller seam.  I know this isn't the traditional way of piecing selvages, but I wanted the block to match the others blocks in her quilt without all the piecing thread showing.  I just randomly pieced selvages, and then when I got a fair amount I trimmed them to 2" and 3" columns.


I kept the process up, and after a while, I had 3 beautiful selvage columns.  Aren't they  just fun.  Oh, and after I finished my columns, I decided I might as well put my selvages back a little neater.  I am totally loving the neat drawer now and plan to keep it that way for a while.


Once the strips were done it was simply a matter of adding them to a large grey square :)  I love improve piecing like this.  It is fun just to chop into fabric at any old angel!   And now my favorite thing to do is look over all the selvages and think about all of the different quilts I have made using those fabrics :)


I had so much fun with this.  I am so looking forward to my next time of playing with selvages :)  Have a Happy Quilting Day!!
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22 comments:

  1. This was a great idea that turned out so cute Melissa!

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  2. I am so fascinated by using salvages in quilting. What a super fun idea and one I will have to try.

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  3. This is so cute! I love the grey and they really do look like trees. The angles are fun.

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  4. What a great idea, I am going to get started with mine... keep them already stitched somewhere... keep adding every time I finish a project and then voila I have something to work with!

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  5. Love your idea and the selvedges go further this way.

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  6. I wish I'd been saving my selvages. How fun. (My fabrics for your quilt are on my blog. I've finally decided!)

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  7. What a great use for selvages! Perfect for this block. I love the birch tree quilt, too

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  8. I love everything about this!! Looks so good... and I like how you said " I am totally loving the neat drawer now and plan to keep it that way for a while." like you know it won't last LOL :)

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  9. Makes me want to dig through my selvages . . . but I don't think I've saved as many as you have.

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  10. It looks great!
    You inspires me!

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  11. How fun! Makes me think I really, really need to do this. I've been saving selvages for a bit, it might be time--if I have the time.

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  12. That is so cute!!! What a fun idea!

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Thank you so much for your sweet comments. I just love hearing from each and every one of you!!
Have a Happy Quilting Day :)

Melissa