Welcome! This month, I am hosting Candi’s (from Raccoon Creek Quilts) Monthly Quilt Challenge. This month, the challenge will be about selvages.
I remember when I first stumbled upon a selvage quilt, I couldn’t see the attraction to making things out of a piece of useless fabric. So, for a long time, I would just chop through the selvages without a second thought. But then, I started blogging and realizing that if I kept cutting it up, then I wouldn’t have that easy reference to the name and designer of those fabrics. I started looking at selvages as a reference rather than garbage. And that opened my eyes to looking at a selvage quilt as, not just a scrap quilt, but almost a fabric encyclopedia. Call me a nerd, but I wanted to make myself a fabric encyclopedia quilt.
So, for the past year, I have decided to cut my selvages and save them folded up in a bag. One and a half gallon bags later, I think it is finally time to do something with them. So when Candi asked what types of monthly challenges we would be interested in, I had to suggest a quilt or project using selvages.
Since the selvage doesn’t fray, it can be used a little differently than normal quilting fabric that need 1/4 inch seams to keep from falling out. Selvages can be any length and any width. Recently, I have begun cutting off the selvages before cutting up the fabric, that way I have long strips to work with.
Here are a list of great resources to begin your selvage quilt. I have learned a ton about sewing with selvages from these, and some of these quilts and projects are so spectacular.
Here are some other great non-quilt ideas of what to do with your selvages
And here is a blog that introduces many many more selvage feats (look at her side bar for inspiring photos and posts!)
So the challenge this month:
1) For those of you with no selvage stash, try to start one.
2) For those of you with a few selvages, keep saving, and find a project for them. If you are so motivated, you can even sew a project or a block.
3) For those of you with lots of selvages and a plan, it’s time to execute! This could be any project, quilt or no.
I’m in the last category, and it has been fun! I think my favorite part of selvage sewing is VERY LITTLE IRONING!
So, we’ll see you back here on August 31st! I’ll set up a linky for us to show off our selvages/selvage designs/finished selvage projects! By the way, I’m hoping to time this right and have a small giveaway for my 100th quilt, so be sure to come back, whether you have completed a project or not.