Monday, May 2, 2011

Love-Serendipity-Family Selvage Quilt

I've posted about this quilt several times while I was working on it, so there's not a lot left to say other than: YAY! It's done to quilt top form. (Click any photo to enlarge if you wish)


This quilt was not without its frustrations.
Let me see ... there were the two whole sections that I decided not to use, the time my daughter used the permanent laundry marker I use to mark my guide lines under the selvages to add a few doodles of her own (thankfully only on a border piece that wasn't yet sewn on), my iron water staining some of the fabric, sewing one piece of border in with the seams on the wrong side ... just trying to present an honest picture of my process here ;-)
I think I love this quilt, but I'm not 100% sure. I love all the individual elements of it, but as a whole I just don't know if I'm as convinced. The layout is very different from anything else I've done. I do absolutely, for sure, love the red with the white of the selvages.
The red is Kona Rich Red and it is fabulous.

This quilt is for the KVQG quilt show in the fall. The quilt show theme is Serendipity.
You can see my little selvage family there. That's my favourite part. And I haven't forgotten that I said I would post a tutorial for the selvage stick people ... coming soon.

I haven't decided on the quilting of this yet. I will be sending it out (it's huge, my six foot tall husband is standing on a dining room chair to hold it up). I would love to have it done in invisible thread, but that caused major problems last time, so we'll see.


My selvage fascination continues as I have a couple more selvage projects to start soon.


Thanks for stopping by!


I'm linking up to Made by You Monday... and of course Fabric Tuesday over at Quiltstory.

16 comments:

Jackie said...

It turned out just beautifully!! You should be proud! The parts you didn't use could be mini quilts.

Sarah @ FairyFace Designs said...

Wow, this is amazing! Just gorgeous, love your little selvage family and the heart - in fact love it all!!!!

Jenny said...

Incredible! My favorite use of selvages ever! The family, the heart, the lattice work. It's incredible! Take a step back and stop looking at it for a few days. You'll love it all together next time you see it!

LynCC said...

This is by far the most fascinating selvage quilt I have ever seen!!

Amy said...

GORGEOUS!! love it.

Teje said...

Hello Riel! That's just amazing - fantastic quilt! I love also the huge size! You are so talented and have great imagination!
xxx Teje

free indeed said...

That is super nice! I just sewed a ton of selvages this past week and cut them into isoscoles triangles...need a design board to lay them out so I can put it together...I chose just girly colors to make a baby quilt to have on hand for the next baby shower I'm invited to. These were all free selvages from a friend. She cuts them quite thin, so it took a while to put together....

Shannon said...

I LOVE it!! You did a great job. Like you said each element is great. The people are so cute. The latace is so cool. I think it looks great all together. It is telling a story. Congratulations on having your quilt in a quilt show. You can add those extra pieces into the back.

Cathy said...

I think it is really magnificent. The string blocks in the heart really pop. You did a great job-really creative! High Five!

Sue said...

love it Reil..... especially the border treatments... good job !!

Hollie said...

Such a great idea!

Jenny said...

Hi Riel

You have done a wonderful job, and you are a breath of fresh air in the quilt world with your wonderful innovative ideas. Well done on yet another amazing quilt.

Canadian Kristin said...

Oh Riel! It has turned out so amazing!!! Love that bold red! Love how the selvages words pop off the page...er, fabric! This quilt is so "you"... original, full of character, pulsing with love, creative and interesting! This piece will be inspiring to all who see it at the quilt show! Well done!!!

Pinkadot Quilts said...

I think your quilt fits the theme of the quilt show perfectly! I look forward to your tutorial, it turned out so cool.

Willing Hearts - Busy Hands said...

Your quilt is very pretty! I never think to save the selvages before I start cutting strips!
Mrs. Hearts

diane said...

this is jaw-dropping beautiful. How many selvages did you use? Amazing!