21 June, 2013

Selvedges or not selvedges

I'm not a selvedge girl, I cut them off and save them to send to people or chuck them in the bin. I love what other people do with them but just can't see the point. However, I was reading through the Fat Quarterly Issue 13 and thought ohh yes I'm going to make one of these


Lynne gave this one away to Justine for her birthday and I was soooooooooo jealous. Reminds me I must buy some navy fabric.

Anyway, I thought it'd be a fab idea to try the selvedges instead of the scrap fabrics. I chose some Oakshott for the background and initially was thinking a cushion for the sewing room.
I started cutting them up with the sizzix Selvedge strips for @fatquarterly @lilysquilts star cushion

I cut some strips for the FQR strip swop too while I was at it, @fatquarterly strip swop cutting #inprogress

And then proceeded to do the first 1/8th of the star, Selvedge pillow shall I continue??? Not sure its me @lilysquilts @fatquarterly
I really wasn't loving it and nearly gave up, some IG encouragement and me not wanting to give up too early, I decided to make a 2nd 1/8th
Liking it more now @lilysquilts @fatquarterly will carry on...
Liking it a bit more, like not love.... I love the pattern but not the selvedge aspect, so in future they are going in the bin or out to friends....

I'm now half way and liking it lots and lots but not love...perhaps by the time it's finished. I've cut into some brighter yardage that has nicer selvedges. So far Kaufman wins hands down, although Walk in woods is sooooo cute.

Really liking it now #halfway was better once I cut into some brighter fabric

Not sure how much more I can get done this week but I'm thinking perhaps i'll turn it into a mini quilt for the sewing room rather than a cushion. What do u reckon ???

I'm linking up to Quiet Play's

You should go and check it out, she has some fab Star Wars figures to Paper Piece.

Have a great weekend all....

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18 comments:

  1. It's looking good and would look good as a cushion or mini quilt. Why not wait until you've finished all the sections to make your decision?

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  2. I think that this is one of those blocks that you are going to gradually fall in love with. Stick with it, it really is looking great!

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  3. Yep completely agree with the above, I think it's lovely and you will fall in love with it, I'll have your selvedges if no one else snaps them up. I'd love to do something like this.

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  4. Ooooo now here's a block that was just made for selvedges! I usually slice them off too but then made some selvedge blocks for a Bee and really loved them. I think this block will look fab whatever you make it into x

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  5. I think it is going to be darling when done. Either a mini quilt or a pillow would look lovely.

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  6. I love your block and I would make a cushion since I am such a cushion fanatic. Sure wish I had that pattern. Would love to have your unwanted selvedges and will gladly pay postage. Have a great week-end!!!

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  7. your selvedges have worked well but like you I admit to binning mine, too fiddly for me to work with

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  8. Love the design and as you say a great way to use up selvages I just cut them off.

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  9. I'm with you on selvedges, can't be bothered fiddling around with them. I like this design though. Hugs x

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  10. Keep going, its going to look fabulous. I never save my selvedges

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  11. Isn't it great to surprise yourself!

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  12. I think it's looking fabulous! Great way to showcase some cute selvedges! I vote cushion too :)

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  13. Looks fab to me :-) but I understand. I have the same thing with yellow. I tried but I just don't fall for it.

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  14. Looks lovely!! I keep selvedges but never know what to do with them!! Vote for either mini quilt or pillow - not helpful I know! lol :)

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  15. I like it and love selvedges (possibly just because I can't bear waste). Keep going, it would make a great swap item as a pillow

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  16. finish it, finish it, finish it, I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!

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  17. I used to bin my selvedges too but like you have seen some great projects made with them. So far I haven't tried anything with them but your cushion is looking great.

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