Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Small Start on the Christmas Selvage Angel

 I finally started a little bit on the selvage angel.  I drew out a better "pattern" (I use that term so loosely).  This gives me a better idea of the rough shapes I need to make with the selvages.
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I also washed, ironed and sorted the beige selvages that I am using for the angel's robe and hair.
 I started sewing all the selvages together for the robe.  I still need to add more to the top, but this is probably 2/3 of the height I need.  I used a glue stick to help me out this time. It allowed me to lay out a whole bunch of selvages before I even went to the sewing machine.
 This is the thread I bought to use.  I am using the copper metallic thread for sewing the beige selvages together now.  You can see the stitching in the photo below.  I like the subtle sparkle it adds.  It is the first time I have sewn selvages with a thread that shows, but I wanted to try something different.  I really feel the pressure to sew as straight as I can. :-)
Thanks for stopping by!
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I'm linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced and WIP Wednesday at The Needle and Thread Network.
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Posted by Riel Nason on The Q and the U

26 comments:

Pinkadot Quilts said...

This is going to be so cool!
I am afraid of metallic thread...what needle are you using?

Vesuviusmama said...

Oh, to have just a fraction of your creativity! This is going to be awesome!

Stray Stitches said...

Your angel is going to be amazing!!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

that is going to be something else; Riel...can't wait to see how it turns out...

Julierose said...

Just LOVE that copper thread--great choice...what do you use in the bobbin--regular thread? Always wondered about that... Can't wait to see it all finished!! :-} Julierose

Needled Mom said...

It is going to be gorgeous.

Sheila said...

How cute this will be , love your little angel drawing and you really must have quite a stash of selvages . Can't wait to see more progress on this one , amazing!

Annie said...

I am with anticipation watching the creation of this new angel quilt of yours! I can hardly stand the wait to see it together some more!

M-R said...

Looking great, Riel! I can't wait to see it all.

Dolores said...

I look forward to seeing it finished. All my selvedges seem to be coloured. What is the approximate finished size?

Shannon said...

I can't wait to see this finished. I love the selvedge idea!

Kelli said...

I LOVE selvages and this is a gorgeous idea! Can't wait to see it finished. :o)

Lee said...

Oh, isn't this going to be cool?? I'm used to selvages being so colorful, so I love the muted feel of this one. Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday. : )

Michelle @ Periwinkle said...

The angel will be so cool, I love the snowman quilt on the header too. I've made a couple of selvage projects, but hadn't thought of using them in this way, thanks for the post! m

elle said...

This is very clever. The texture will be wonderful.

Riel Nason said...

A bit more info for those who may be curious ... (I'll email a response to those who asked specifically too)

- The thread, knock on wood, isn't giving me any problems. I left the regular needle on my machine and have regular non-metallic polyester thread in the bobbin. the only different thing is that when I pull the thread off to the side to cut when I'm done, the metallic is harder to pull and sometimes breaks.

- I would say the "robe" is maybe 2.5 feet high. I don't know the finished size yet, and I tend to make things big, but I am aiming for a large wallhanging not a bed quilt. :-)

Jenny said...

You are full of great ideas, so I'm really looking forward to seeing the finished angel. Thanks for the inspiration.

Jean said...

I love how you're using the tea-stained selvages. That will be beautiful with the thread!!!

By the way, I'm really enjoying your book!

Leanne said...

Your angel is going to be so cool!

Live a Colorful Life said...

Wow. This is going to be another amazing piece of art!

pcflamingo said...

Neato! You will be happy to know you have converted me to a selvage-saver :D

What Comes Next? said...

How fabulous is this going to be? I love your little sketch!

lej619 said...

Can't wait to see the end results!! I have one question thou. Where do you get all your selvage ends????I now that it is cut off the fabric but that's a lot of fabric to cut the selvage off to make your projects. do people send you them or do you get them from ?????
thanks

Suzanne said...

The copper thread is going to add such a pretty glimmer to the angel.

My Sweet Prairie said...

sweet!!
and by the way - your ever-changing header banner is always a delight! Thanks for linking! I hope it brings you some extra traffic.
~Monika

Lynne said...

Simply amazing. But won't the glue clag up the inside of your machine?