Monday, September 21, 2015

True Confessions of a Selvage Junkie

Here's the thing: I tend to work on selvage projects when I don't have anything else on the go. Not so much the case lately! I didn't manage any new projects... even though I had lovely, luxurious weeks to get on the bandwagon.  So I thought I'd share some of my past selvage shenanigans... including the one that started it all.

Someone showed up at a guild meeting with a bag like this and I was all in! I had to make one of my own. I scrimped and pinched and begged selvages from friends (they all save for themselves now). I still love to pull this out as a summertime purse!

Once I finished that purse, I was truly hooked. I went on to make some simple zipper pouches. Sometimes it's those every day items that can bring one the most enjoyment. You get to admire those little selvages every time you pull it out of your purse!
Then I stumbled onto selvages as spools of thread... couldn't resist that idea either! Thankfully, Tallgrass Prairie Studios has a lovely tutorial for them! This was one of my first forays into an improv style of piecing and definitely an early use of Kona Ash. Sadly, it's never made it to a studio wall (except for this pic!)
This one did make it to the wall though... and sometimes doubles as an extra bulletin board when the other one gets too full!

Once upon a time, a bee mate requested an improv star block with selvages. This one, using Dominique @ The Running Thimble's tutorial, ticked all the boxes!
And then there's the selvage block from last year's Skill Builder BOM.  It was such fun to match the selvages to the quilt colours... and to choose ones that might actually be book titles!
Here's the most recent of my selvage projects, a pillow for the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild's swap with the Edmonton Modern Quilt Guild.
You can read more about it's creation here.

I'm linking up with Final Link-Up for the Selvage Along over at Quilty Habit & Quilts of a Feather!
Thanks so much to both of these lovely bloggers for organizing a laid-back link-up. I loved the pops of selvage-y inspiration every week or so. So nice not to feel like I was on hamster wheel style-along where one can't possibly catch up or participate!



  1. Yeah for selvedges. I'm still undecided on what to use mine for.

  2. So many pretty selvedge projects! I love the bag the most I think, though it's hard to pick with so much awesome on one page! :)

  3. Wow you were super productive! Love all of these projects!

  4. Great projects, thanks for sharing all the selvedge inspiration, I really want to make a bag like yours. and your pillow turned out really cute!

  5. All of your projects are great! Good job!

  6. Cute projects! I haven't jumped on that bandwagon but I do love seeing your projects :)


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