Monday, December 8, 2014

Buried in selvages

I've been digging through my selvage bin over the last few weeks, steadily trying to both organize and tidy up my selvages, which I've been collecting in a giant Tupperware container in my sewing room closet pretty much since I started sewing. For the first few years, I was real haphazard about my selvage saving, but about two years ago, I really fell in love with string piecing and saw loads of selvage projects that I adored, so I actively started saving my selvages at that point.

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It was like looking through an old yearbook, sorting through these selvages and seeing all sorts of fabric collections that I haven't used or thought about in eons, and discovering some serious finds in my selvage bin, like some original Flea Market Fancy selvages (which are adorable) and I decided that my absolute favorite selvage that I own at the moment is this one right here from Rashida Coleman-Hale's Moonlit collection for Cotton + Steel. I adore all the Cotton + Steel selvages, but I especially love Rashida's handwriting, so this one is a current fave :)

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What am I doing with these guys? Well, I'm working on a project for another larger project that I can't share much about at the moment, but here's what I can say - it's going to be a quilt, and yes, there will be a pattern. And yes, there will be more sneak peeks as I start to get these little pieces together. And I can hardly wait!


  1. Rosemary B here:
    God morning Elizabeth (yes I meant it that way, I learned that from Armstrong Williams)
    I love your new photo on the right. You are so beautiful. The projects and creativity that you share on your blog, always inspire me. Thank you for that.
    I have several pots of these gems as well, I am interested to see what you do with them.... and that will prompt me to follow your lead. I mean, these selvages are only treasured by sewists. At one point i was thinking of making yet another sewing machine cover, or a inset bag for my featherweight when I put her in her little box for adventures.
    Have a wonderful day today

  2. I haven't gotten into selvage saving as of yet, but I am getting closer and closer to wanting to as I watch everyone make selvage quilts! Maybe 2015 will be my year to start (and seriously will be doing so when I get my hands on some Cotton and Steel!)

  3. I've started saving them~anticipating that some day I will be crazy enough to do something with them!

  4. Hello, just wondered how wide you cut your selvages? Do you allow at least 1 inch of fabric left attached to the strip or more? I've been wanting to do this and didn't know what is the best way to cut. Thanks. Can't wait to see what you do with your strips.

  5. Ah selvages. I keep saving them in hopes that some day inspiration will strike. It hasn't yet! Can't wait to see what you're doing with yours!

  6. It is always fun to dig through boxes of fabric goodness that has been "maturing" for a while! Looking forward to seeing what you do with your selvedges.

  7. I'm so happy to see the other comments. Makes me feel better that I'm not the only one who has a big-ol-bag of selvage and no inspiration for it yet :) Can't wait to see what you make!!

  8. Hi Elizabeth! Your collection looks impressive and beautiful! I love selvages and as you said they Carry the story of our quilting journey. I save the selvage always and now I'm cutting also squares from all my Fabrics to make quilt/quilts to keep and enjoy little piece of each fabric I have had for quilting. I'm looking for to see what you make your selvages. x Teje

  9. I love, love, love selvage and I use it in abstract collages. Gorgeous photo of your collected strips.

  10. I, too, have been collecting. But I haven't decided on what to use them for, so I continue to collect.

  11. I have a few selvages but not enough for a quilt--love the string quilts made from the selvage

  12. I have bags and bags and bins and bins of selvages. I need a project for sure!


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