Saturday, February 25, 2017


Finally, I'm back doing a little quilting.  Probably should be doing other things, but you know how that goes!

The intrigue of selvage (or selvedge) quilts has been too strong for me to ignore.  So, several months ago I started to save some selvages as I worked on other projects.  Not knowing what I was going to do with them, I mistakenly cut them too narrow.
Now, it is necessary to scale down to a mini-quilt!

It has been fun going through them all: trimming, slicing, and dicing.
 I figure at this mini scale, it will take a least 250 selvages (some will be repeats with different sections of the printing).
 So far, the oldest I have found with a date is in the 1990s.  I know that I will find some from my stash from the 1970s and 1980s.  Do you remember the VIP cotton prints?  They were some of the first 100% cotton prints available at JC Penney's after the 1976 quilt revival.  I know I have some selvages yet to be discovered from that era.  Can you imagine searching for fabrics suitable for quilts before the Internet and local quilt stores?  We were thrilled to find 100% cotton fabrics for sale at that time.
And I know ---- don't laugh at my rotary cutter ---- it's from the early 1980s, the only one I've ever owned.

I can hardly wait to start the sewing process!

I'm joining the following:
Love Laugh Quilt for Monday Making
Cooking Up Quilts for Main Crush Monday
Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social Wednesday
Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop Friday


Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting said...

Selvage quilts are so much fun! Looks like you've got a great collection to work with!

Puppilalla said...

I am looking forward to more pictures. It sounds as if you are planning a fun project =)

Jen said...

I have been saving my selveges as well and don't have a project in mind yet, but I just love when I see a cute project with the words and little color checks on them. How fun that you have some older fabrics mixed in there too. It will give your project an interesting look and will have memories to go with it.

Jenny said...

Sewing with selvedges is fun - I have made several sets of place mats. There are all sorts of ideas out there, including lovely tote bags.