Friday, October 29, 2010

Selvage O'Lantern

So this is my Selvage O'Lantern Quilt, which is my exhibit in the Bloggers Quilt Festival. I love Halloween and I love selvages, so this is the result.
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I got totally hooked on selvage quilting after making my 2010 Selvage Sampler Quilt earlier this year. I love using the scraps and selvages from other quilts to make a personalised fun memory quilt to keep for myself. This year I made three other Halloween quilts and a Halloween table runner. The idea of the Selvage O'Lantern just struck me one day as I was bagging up my leftover Halloween scraps and selvages ......
I think of selvage and scrap quilts as an epilogue to other quilting projects ... they wrap it all up, summarize all the quilts that went before them, and in the process tell their own story. Plus of course they're fun! No rules to follow. At all. I love a busy quilt with lots going on and I think this quilt qualifies.

So, it is my own design, free-pieced without a pattern. My seam ripper and I became quite well-acquainted during the making of this. Selvages are essentially stripes. And stripes accidentally sewn on crooked look like crooked lines. Also, groups of lines create optical illusions. You know how wearing horizontal stripes makes you look fatter and vertical stripes make you look thinner? Well, the same applies here. Creating one big design, using internal triangle shapes as well as both horizontal and vertical lines was tricky. To add to it, I had selvages from a lot of Halloween fabric with a black background. You have to be super careful with the placement of black as it can put such a strong emphasis on one thing rather than another. I spent lots of time staring at this quilt during different points of the making saying "That looks weird."
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And it's still weird, I know that. I won't be offended if anyone is thinking, or comments, that it is one odd quilt. But I'm sure no one else anywhere has one exactly like it, which is fun to think about, and I do love it myself.

I signed it, my first time signing a quilt. I kind of made my own selvages by writing on these ones right in the border. I mention the kids of course on the label as it's really a quilt for the family, but if we all dive for it on the couch at once, it's mine! ;-)

I really spread out my selvages along the border, by inserting pieces of Halloween fabric after every four or five selvage pieces. It also made it look more seasonable.

Since this was my first attempt, I just worked with what I had -- which meant selvages of all colours. But, if I made this again, I think it would be really cool with just orange and yellow fabric selvages.

The quilt is 58 by 64 inches. It was quilted in an overall stipple design, by my go-to quilter -- Tina Hanson of Town and Country Quilts in Rothesay, NB. I chose a peach coloured thread which was nice on the orange area and not too dark on the white of the selvages. Tina did a great job as always. I should add though, that I have been practicing my machine quilting, as doing my quilts 100% myself is my next goal.
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Thanks to my Mom for helping me take the pictures yesterday. It was a grey, foggy day and I wasn't optimistic about getting anything usable, but I think they turned out really nice considering.
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So Happy Halloween from me and the Selvage O'Lantern! And I'll say now, I drew a sketch the other night for a selvage Christmas quilt (I am soooo addicted). I'll just have to see what Christmas scraps and selvages I have left after making Christmas gifts.
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Thanks so much for stopping by! Feel free to stay a while and browse. Then, when you're ready, if you click here, you can head on over to a list of other quilters participating in the Bloggers Quilt Festival. I know I'll definitely be surfing around looking at all the fabulous submissions. Happy Quilting!

50 comments:

Rebecka said...

I love your quilt, perfect for the season!! I love selvage quilts and your's is special. I have been collecting my selvages but haven't done anything with them yet. Great quilt!!

Deb said...

Hi! Great quilt! Love all the oranges...and very creative name for your blog! I visited NB for the first time in August when my husband and I went to Canada for our 30th anniversary. You live in a lovely area. Ok, I'm clicking over to your Fussy Cut Scrappy tutorial now. Thanks!

SandyQuilts said...

WOW very cool. Thanks for sharing.

Sue said...

love it Riel.... great job as usual.... I really must get to my bag of selvedges but so many other things to do first...

Sue

Kelly Meanix said...

Riel, this is so cool! I don't think it is weird at all, way to go....can't wait to see what you are doing for Christmas!

Kriza said...

I wish selvedges would be sold by the meter and I could make a quilt like yours! :-) it is lovely, so cheerful, what a great work you did.
Kristina
www.priscillacraft.blogspot.com

live a colorful life said...

Being completely selvage obsessed myself, of course I think this quilt is totally amazing!! I have bags of selvages because I make customized pincushions, but I haven't tried anything large scale. Wow, I love this quilt.so.much!!

Michelle said...

I love it! It makes me smile!!!

Crystal Hendrix said...

Very nice! Love the selvage :D

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

What a wonderful quilt for this festival Riel! I know I was here before for your big selvage quilt and that is also beautiful. Are these all your own selvages? You must make a lot of quilts.

Rachaeldaisy said...

It's wonderful!!!! So clever and fun!

Katie B. said...

This quilt is fantastic! It just makes me smile.

Kelli said...

I think it's so cool!

Linda said...

What a fun quilt! I love it!

Carol said...

A fun halloween quilt.

Canadian Kristin said...

THAT IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I couldn't even read the post! I saw it in my reader and exclaimed, "Shut. UP! THAT"S AWESOME!"

Now I shall go actually read your post! Amazing. You just amaze me with your every quilt!!!

Canadian Kristin said...

Okay, seriously. Your Selvage-o-Lantern is my FAVOURITE QUILTED PIECE EVER!!!!!!!!!

I love the selvages. I love that you used theme fabric between the selvages on the border. I love that you put all that effort into lining those skinny little strips up. I love the whole darn thing! Seriously makes me happy!!!!!

Sandra said...

Love love love your selvage quilts. The pumpkin is over the top and the 2010 is terrific too. You need to do a book.

Come see my entries- an antique 1890 schoolhouse quilt
http://utahquiltappraiser.blogspot.com
and black/white/pink miniature

Karen said...

I think its fantastic!

Kathy said...

It's a great quilt and it really represents your own STYLE! You are so creative with those selvages and are really coming up with such unique designs.

Rene' said...

OK, this is one cool quilt!!! Definitely not weird ;-) I love to see the unique way quilters use their selvages. Really fun how you signed your name and made your own selvages in there too! Great quilt. Thanks for sharing!

Barb said...

This is FABULOUS! I LOVE your ingenuity and clever use the selvages.
I posted a selvage Christmas project.
I look forward to going back and looking at your past posts

PeggyinNO said...

That is amazing!! Best use of selvages I have seen in a long time! And I love how you signed the quilt. Great job!

Miri said...

Super Halloween quilt! Love it!

Allie said...

I think this is absolutely brilliant - very creative and totally unique! I LOVE it!

Quiltycat said...

Your quilt is just amazing...I love it!
nichi

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Sandra said...

You should write a pattern (or two). Have you considered teaching one of your selvedge quilts to a group or your local guild?
Awesome work.

Kit Lang said...

love the name, love the quilt, lov it's seasonality! Thanks for sharing - enjoy the festival!

Kit

Heidi said...

Yes, it so appropriate for the season and it's so unique, simply awesome.
Great creativity !
Greetings from Germany

mummastimetocreate said...

what an awesome way to use selvedges!! I had to laugh when you said that if you all dive for the couch at once then it's yours - I always feel exactly the same lol... I figure if I made it then it's my right to pick the favourite ;)

beth said...

What a wonderful, wonderful quilt! Look forward to your Christmas themed creation!

Michele said...

Such a cute quilt.

Angie said...

Hapy Halloween! What a great way to use your selvages!

Kari said...

If that quilt is odd, then it is the most fabulous odd quilt ever. I love it!

Karen said...

I am always in awe of the wonderful ways people are using selvedges.
I think your quilt looks wonderful and your photos show it off beautifully.

quiltmom said...

Riel,
I think it is a fantastic quilt- its original and fun and a great use of selvages. It will be well loved for many years to come I am sure.
Thanks for sharing.
Enjoy the festival- there are some fabulous pieces to view.
Warmest regards from Western Canada,
Anna

Seams to Sew and Quilt said...

Oh my goodness what a cute quilt. Love all the carved pumpkins too.

schmidt1016 said...

A really cute quilt! Well done. You chose a nice orange.

Leslie S. in MN
esclante at comcast dot net

Mama Mel said...

Another selvage quilt! I just love it! :)

The Thompsons said...

How adorable- I love your use of selvages.

Poppyprint said...

That is amazing!! What a great idea and I love it that you used this for your festival quilt right at Hallowe'en time. Your pumpkin 'pile' is equally impressive. Please send a link to your quilt to the selvage quilter's blog so that she can feature your amazing quilt (if she hasn't already - I'm behind on checking my reader).

mngirltx said...

Your Selvage O'Lantern is adorable!

Vicki said...

this is so unique! you did a great job!

Vesuviusmama said...

Again, I am late to this party, but that is one awesome quilt! You are so wonderfully creative!

Melinda said...

This is wonderful. I can't wait to see your Christmas selvage quilt.s

pinsandneedles said...

What a clever quilt! Love the selvages!

Mary said...

It looks neat and I'm glad you signed it. Sometimes I have more fun coming up with a label then I do making the quilt :-) Never apologize for your quilting style. I'm sure every quilter has some "odd" idea that they figure no one else will understand or appreciate...but who cares if you love it yourself? I've made a lot of "make it up as I go along" quilts and usually have more fun then when I am making something traditional.

Eileen said...

that is one cool quilt!! i have been saving selveges for a couple years now since my daughter told me about it and showed me things people had done. what a fun way to use something "useless"!! i love what you've done. thanks for sharing and have a great day

Greenville Coupon Clippers said...

Just found your site and all the awesome work you do - so time consuming, but the results are stunning! Love this pumpkin one too.