Thursday, March 29, 2012

Recycle Symbol Selvage Quilt Top Done

 So, this is what the patchwork pieces in the previous post look like all put together.  No official name for this quilt yet, but as you can see it is the Recycle symbol done in selvages.
 This is an idea I've had forever.  I can't think of a better representation of recycling in the quilting world than using selvage scraps (that would have otherwise been thrown away) to make a quilt!
 This is about as close as I get to doing applique.  I didn't use any fusible, just pins, and selvages were used along each edge of the design to give everything a nice clean look.  I am very pleased with the result.
 I used a patchwork background to give a bit more interest and to represent the scrappy idea.  Also, of course it had to be green!  Those are various scraps of green solids and a few FQs I had from another project.
 The outer border is 5 inches wide.  The whole quilt is 36 inches square.
I'm quilting it myself.  I have a nice green variegated thread to use. 
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Thanks for stopping by!
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Posted by Riel Nason on The Q and the U

27 comments:

Barb said...

I love it! I'm a huge recycler and my son is getting a degree in Environmental Studies - Awesome use of selvages.

Laura said...

You are so creative! I love this.

Das Quiltmonster said...

Phantastic!! What a great idea and it looks really great!!! As I always say: don't throw away nothing...

DeVona said...

Wow! I love it! Had no clue what the finished product would be when you posted early pictures of the different components- now it all makes perfect sense!

Tina ~ Seaside Stitches said...

I love it, Riel! And so will my environmentally conscious daughter.

Patti said...

Riel,this is the most creative use of selvages I think I have ever seen! Absolutely fantastic!

Needled Mom said...

Fabulous use of selvages!

Cynthia said...

I love your quilt!!! I have a box of selvages just waiting for a special project or two or more :)

Annaliese said...

love love love this! hope you don't mind me pinning it!

Pamela said...

What an awesome quilt! What a wonderful idea, and you really executed it well!

carol fun said...

This is so clever!! I love it - you have a wonderful imagination and great creativity!

M-R said...

Awesome, Riel! I'm itching to start a selvage project because I love what you do with yours. So clever!

Monika Kinner-Whalen / My Sweet Prairie said...

Wow - you are just awesome. SO I have a question for you. Do you buy selvege-looking fabric, or do you really have THAT much selvege around? Wow - you always have copious amounts of it, so i'm curious!

~Monika

Live a Colorful Life said...

This is a GENIUS idea. I love it so much!

Susan Being Snippy said...

I cannot add any more superlatives than you have already read. I love this little quilt - my stack of selvedges is growing but still not up to the point of this much in a project. I know where to come for ideas tho!

Jane said...

This is just wonderful! I love it so much!

VickiT said...

Awesome job on your quilt! I LOVE it!

Riel Nason said...

Thanks so much everyone. I really do love this quilt. It may be my new favourite! As to all the selvages, I am very fortunate that other people save them and give them to me. I would never, ever have enough of my own to use.

Ginette said...

I really love this quilt!! What an awesome idea!

Sharon said...

Brilliant!

CitricSugar said...

I love this.

How great to send the message with salvaged selvedges. :-)

liz said...

Wow! I LOVE your creation, very clever!

Mary said...

That's a clever idea! I'm amazed at all the selvage ideas you come up with.

Lynne said...

Love it!

You'll be pleased to know that all my unusable scraps, trimmings, threads, etc, go in the council green waste bin to be recycled into garden mulch!

Frog Quilter said...

Cute idea and so timely. You go girl.!

Helen said...

The quilt speaks for itself....a true work of art!

Dar said...

I love your selvage quilt with the recycle emblem. What a clever idea. Wish I had thought of it. I too like to use selvages to make quilts. Thanks for sharing.