Thursday, August 22, 2019

Selvage not so secret addiction

It's no secret that I've loved selvage quilts for quite a while. This quilt called "Compost Piles" is one that I designed and was thrilled to have it appear in the American Patchwork and Quilting Calendar oh so many years ago. 

See it in the publicity photo? It was the July quilt for that year. I had so much fun sharing this quilt and it's now available as a pattern in my shop HERE.

I knew I wanted to include a selvage quilt in my first book Scrap Quilt Secrets. And because I love designing selvage quilts using traditional blocks, I created this quilt called Gift Baskets.
So it only seemed natural to include a selvage quilt in my second book STRIP QUILT SECRETS. This time I used two different sizes of a spool block and color coded the selvages to create different colored spools. It was a LOT of fun to make. I made another version of it using strips.

And then I made this fun quilt using an offset log cabin block. I shared a bit about the process here. But I'm not sure I ever shared the finished quilt. I finally quilted it using rulers on my longarm. It was a great way to practice straight lines going in different directions. 

And I finished this quilt last year as well. I used some fun designs that I sized to fit in the background areas and quilted straight lines in the selvages using a ruler. Again, this was great practice on my longarm! It was one of the first quilts I quilted on my new Handi Quilter Amara.

And I still have loads of selvages. If you would like to read more about the selvage projects I've made, you can see those posts HERE.

I don't think I'll ever get tired of sewing with selvages. The selvages on new fabrics are so fun! The fabric manufacturers have gotten really creative with quotes and cute motifs on the selvages. And yes, I have been known to buy fabric just because the selvage is too cute to pass up.

I just may be working on a selvage quilt right now!

Have you every made a selvage quilt? Leave a comment telling me why or why not. I would love to know your thoughts.

Enjoy every stitch!


  1. I enjoy making selvage quilts and have finished at least 4. There are two more in the works, too, but they’re nothing special. Your quarter selvage log cabin blocks are awesome, and I may do that one as my next selvage project. In the past, I’ve done them by color (for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge), but it’s time to branch out and let them all play together. Also, I pulled my fabrics today for Seeing Stars!! I’ll do a blog post and tag you sometime over the weekend. xo

  2. Hi! Do you have any place on your blog where you explain exactly how to sew wide the strips need to be, how much seam allowance, etc.? These quilts are beautiful!

  3. I love this idea so much I'm going to start one. Every strip will be a memory of why and when I bought the material. Love your designs they are so bright. 💕

  4. Oh, my. All those selvage strips are beautiful. You've done an awesome job creatively putting those pieces together. No, I've not made a selvage quilt. I just have never been in the habit of cutting off that edge prior to cutting pieces. I have noticed though, how cute many of them are.

  5. i keep my selvages but no quilt for the moment! you give some good ideas!

  6. Your selvage quilts are so fun! Nope, never..... :)

  7. Your selvedge quilts are delightful. I have a quilting blog and post weekly to share my passion for everything quilt: I'm putting together an informative post about selvedges and would like to link my readers to your site. Would you allow me to share a photo of one of your selvedge quilts along with the link? I really like the basket one, but any would be fine. Thanks for considering. Blessings, Chris Kirsch


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