Monday, March 5, 2012

Making Every Scrap Count: Selvage Wall Quilt Complete

 Ta da! All done. 
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And yes, I love a good play on words, and I am a fan of phrases with double meanings, so I am calling this the Making Every Scrap Count Quilt.  It is made of the scrappiest of scraps -- selvages!  And even more than just selvages, I used only the portions with the coloured number dots on them.
 It is a wall/mini quilt.  It is 25 by 31 inches. 
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It is made of 80 squares which finished at about 3 inches each.  There are more than 560 selvage pieces in the quilt.
 So how about a little FAQ?
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First, Are you insane?
No.
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Are you sure?
Pretty sure, but I suppose it depends on your definition of sanity.  Now, moving on ...
 Where do you get all your selvages?
I save all my own, plus I have many quilty friends who save them for me.  I would never, ever in a million years have enough selvages to make all the projects I want if I had to rely only my own selvages.
 Do you ever buy fabric just for the selvage?
No.  One of the aspects of selvage quilting that I really love is the idea of using a scrap that would otherwise be thrown out.  I like the recycling/environmentally-friendly part of it.  If I bought fabric just for the selvages, it would be going against that.
 Do you use a foundation to sew on, fabric or otherwise?
No.  I just layer the selvages and sew.  Lately I have been using a bit of glue stick to help hold the selvages in place while I sew.
 It is quilted with wavy lines right over each seam.  I think this gives it the effect of looking like the squares are woven.
 The backing.
 On a double bed to give an idea of size.   See, just a small cute thing.
And yes, I do love it. 
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34 comments:

Needled Mom said...

Beautiful! I love the name too. How big is it?

Flying Blind... said...

Who, in their right mind would throw out selvedges! This looks fantastic!

Julierose said...

Love those Dots--what a super little quilt!! Julierose

B Greene said...

I just love it - your quilt is selvedgely stupendous!!! Have a dotty day!

danih03 said...

what a neat idea! Did you use up your selvedges or do you have leftovers?

Heidi Staples said...

LOVE this!!!

adayintheworldaroundme said...

AWESOME, really!

Margaret

MC said...

Fun, and very inspiring!

Kim said...

It looks like a secret code close up and far away it looks like modern art....and what a fun piece it is!

thanks for your constant inspiration and the fun factor you bring to quilting.

Happy Sewing

Dresden Quilter said...

I love using all of the dots. How wide do you cut the selvages?

Simone de Klerk said...

Love your mmc quilt!

One Minnesota Quilter said...

This is something I wouldn't do - but love seeing what other people do with selvages. I also like how you quilted it and the backing fabric. Fun! :)
Judy

Linda said...

Awesome! I love it so much.

Suzanne said...

I am grateful for the perspective you showed this on the larger quilt. Thanks for the FAQ. They were interesting!

Suzanne said...

I am grateful for the perspective you showed this on the larger quilt. Thanks for the FAQ. They were interesting!

Live a Colorful Life said...

I KNOW you are not insane. Or the alternate possibility--we are both insane but I know I"m in good company!

Although I have to admit that while I try to reduce-reuse, there have been a couple of times when I bought fabric just for the selvage. But it was for a custom pincushion, so it was a "business" decision...

Mike Pearson said...

It reminds me of the subway signs (I work in New York City). Love it!

DeVona said...

Love it! Your inspired vision became a successful reality! From a distance your mini dots look like the candied dots sold on paper tape when I was a kid.

Annie said...

What a great little modern quilt! I'm not going to ask what size it is because I actually read your post. LOL I have finally recently been inspired for a selvage quilt project. Now to just get to it! Good luck in the competition.

diane said...

You are the selvage queen for sure. Another lovely creation

felicity said...

The first question and its answer made me giggle. "Are you insane?" "No."

Such a cute little quiltie.

Hitch and Thread said...

Awesome. You must be so patient and maybe slightly crazy...

Mermaid Sweets said...

Amazing, one of my favorites. Good luck.

Sue said...

love the dots!!! I did think it was much bigger so nice to see it on a bed ... I just put the binding on my Spider Web Selvedge after quilting it with straight lines through the webs. Am really liking it.. ended up 28 x 35 so not too much bigger than yours.

Caren said...

Woah! I LOVE IT!!! Good luck in the challenge :)

pcflamingo said...

Too cute! Yes, once you mention to your friends that you have a selvage project in mind, you will become the dumping ground for everyone's selvages!

Ariane said...

Your little quilt is gorgeous!!

Barb said...

Really love this one using all dots!

HeatherO said...

Riel, I had the pleasure of seeing this quilt last weekend at the Gathering of the Guilds. I was doublely pleased because I read your book last month too. I thoroughly enjoyed it. You are a talented story teller. I thought at the time, I would love to tell Riel how much I enjoyed her book. And now I can! Keep quilting and keep WRITING! I am looking forward to your next book. (By the way I taught with your mum at KV years ago.)

Riel Nason said...

Wow, love the response to this!!

Heather, thanks so much! I couldn't email you back as your email is not hooked to your profile, but I am really glad to hear you enjoyed the book. I remember even back when Mom was teaching her mentioning a Heather that quilted -- you. So I have been bitten now as well. I am likely hooked for life! I am writing my new novel now. Cheers, Riel

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Kelly said...

I love this quilt (can't wait to have enough selvedges to make one myself!) and have pinned it to my Quilty Goodness board on Pinterest. Feel free to follow me if you'd like: http://pinterest.com/lipglass/quilty-goodness/

elnorac said...

Totally awesome! Love, love, love it!

mrs.hands said...

Wow, what a GREAT idea! I love using scrap myself, I buy lots of stuff second hand or get it from the trash room behind our house. Right now I work on a hexagon quilt just made from ties. But selvages - this is too great! :)