Friday, June 3, 2011

What is better than 1 guest, 2 guests, 3 guests? YOU tell me?

Editors note:


I thought what a wonderful FRIDAY this could be. I invited 3 guests...count them 1, 2, 3...YES, thank you for obliging. Our First guest is suesue, our second guest is Jules and our third guest is Karen. All of them have something in common....They LOVE SELVAGES. ( me too, but I don't have enough yet to make what they did) Sew follow along. leave some delightful comments for our guests...and REMEMBER, someones selvages can make B U T full things...


Welcome suesue



Good morning! My name is suesue and I am an artist. I say that because I believe that all of us who make beautiful items (whether it’s through quilting, sewing, painting or any other creative medium) are artists. I am so appreciative to be here with you all today!
Madame Samm contacted me a few weeks ago when I had featured my selvedge chair on my blog. She was so sweet and encouraged me to share the “how to” with you all. Plus she gave me the advantage of adding another wonderful blog to my reading list!


The blogging world really inspires me. One of my favorites on my “never ending list” is Karen at the Selvage blog. (I had always spelled my selvedge this way so I looked it up and found out that both ways are acceptable.) She features quilts and items made from the selvedge edges of fabric. I have seen some fabulous creations there. I’ve been saving my edges for quite a while now and accumulated enough to finish my project. 
My old sewing machine chair had definitely seen better days! I had it since 1987 when I bought my Bernina and was going to replace it until I had the idea to recover it with selvedge fabric. So appropriate for my studio space!!
Since I had made some other items with some of these pieces, I knew that I needed a good overlap so the raw edge doesn’t sneak out. 
Now when I cut my selvedges I always leave a good inch or so on them. The picture below shows three selvedges. The first doesn’t have enough fabric left to overlap. The second is okay but the third is the best!


The first thing I did was trace my top and seat around onto a muslin piece of fabric. Then simply keep adding selvedges by overlapping the finished edge of one piece on top the raw edge of the next piece and sew down each row with a straight stitch. You can sew from either side depending on your comfort.



Sometimes my piece wasn’t long enough so I placed two or three selvedges to get the desired length. 
After filling the whole area with selvedges and a few polka dot fabric strips for even more color, I stitched around the whole perimeter of the top and the seat. Since I was able to take the top of the chair apart, I folded, tucked and hot glued the top selvedge fabric and then snapped it back together. 


I couldn’t undo the seat so I lifted it up with  my pliers as I went around tucking my fabric into it. I did put some hot glue into a few places there as well where I could reach. If you wanted to you could simply make a cushion cover or slip cover for your chair instead.

A few pictures of some of my favorite pieces:




As you can see from the last piece I didn't overlap it quite enough so I had to undo it and fix it.


To celebrate this honor I’d like to host a little lagniappe giveaway of a selvedge cuff bracelet. 


Simply pop on over to my blog and leave a comment and I’ll pick a random number next week and email you!  Ohhh and please leave me a comment here too...love to hear from you.

Thank you again Madame Samm and all your readers!!


And our next Guest Selvage Blogger...is Jules, welcome my dear...


Hi. I'm Jules of From Three to Insanity. I've been sewing for 4 or 5 years and started quilting two years ago. I love to browse Flickr for sewing inspiration. I remember seeing this one day and just *swooning* for it. It was so unique and beautiful and I instantly wanted to make one. I'm not sure exactly why I thought I could amass enough selvages to make a quilt, but I figured I'd ask around on the online community and would be able to collect enough of them at some point in the distant future. But through the generosity of Flickr swappers, I was able collect more than enough selvages in 6 months to make a twin sized quilt.

The finished size of this quilt is 68"x85" and is made out of more than 1,100 selvages. Oh, how I love to look at each one. They all tell a story - sometimes they'll remind me of a project I finished long ago. Or maybe I'll remember who sent me a particular selvage. Either way, they are just so pretty.

I figured that by the time I was finished with the quilt, I'd never want to see another selvage again in my life, but I was so wrong. I still can't get enough of them. I love the way Moda selvages have the same font and can be lined up just so.
I love all of the little color dots - so bright and cheery.

And I love that sometimes selvedges don't need pretty fonts or pretty dots to have an impact - sometimes it's all about how that plain strip of white breaks up an ordinary patchwork. I totally groove on how the bands of white separate the all of the colors in this rainbow pouch for an even stronger visual impact.

They just speak to me. Each little scrap, once destined for the trash bin, can find new life in projects big and small.

If you find yourself *swooning* for selvages too, stop by my blog for a giveaway. Thanks so much to Madame Samm for having me today! Happy crafting to you all!


and yet another guest.... Karen from the Selvage Blog..welcome Karen.


How to Make the Red Zinger!

Starting with a solid red square (this one is about 9") lay the selvages as shown, and sew along the bound edge of each.

Continue as shown, being careful to overlap each raw edge with your next bound edge. Add some interesting selvages and patterns.

Add selvages to the third corner. This is so much fun. Finally, trim back to the original red square size.
Sew your blocks together and enjoy the secondary patterns! This is the pattern that I made for Quilter's Home magazine. It was in the September/October issue. I wanted to come up with a design that looked dazzling, but wasn't hard to do, and I'm delighted with this one!
Some quilters have made this quilt with strips (not selvages) and they came out great. Since there's no bound edge, you simply "stitch and flip."
I hope you have a blast with this idea. Happy quilting.


47 comments:

  1. Total Awe ... in triplicate! You ladies do amazing work ... sincerely!! I am now off to visit each of your blogs, but first, please let me thank you ever so much for sharing your ART!!

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  2. What awesome ways to use selvages. I am going to seriously need to rethink the fact that mine usually end up in the trash!

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  3. I've been saving my selvedge for a quilt like the zinger - so easy, yet so special. Thank you ladies for such wonderful art inspiration today.

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  4. "eye bulging and jaw dropping with drools dripping down the floor action" like you madam samm I do not have that MANY collection to do anything as yet...but I am collecting them ...they are just awesome projects!

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  5. Pure awesome! You just made a fan here. cheers for you. I love what you did on that chair; you're incredibly gifted. =)

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  6. I started the edges a few months ago, not really knowing what I would use them for but couldn't bear to waste them - thanks for the inspirations!!

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  7. Doh, I started COLLECTING the edges...

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  8. Hi Madame Samm, I dontthink Jules' link works

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  9. These are all fantastic..... and to think so many salvages are thrown away!!
    Hugz

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  10. Oh, that chair cover!!! I have half a mind to start collecting my selvedges now too!

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  11. I LOVE YOUR CHAIR COVER! A LOT! :) I save all my scraps of fabrics. But who would have ever thougt of saving selvedges edges to covering a chair..will you did, how wonderful! my computer chair need a new face lift also.lol this would also make a nice waste basket cover to match!Keeping your mind open and see what you can come up with! NICE JOB! :)I love creative minds, like mine.:)

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  12. Good Morning suesue, Jules and Karen..oh my I am sew in awe, by not only all these selvages but by the love you put into these projects..YES I can feel it...I remember awhile ago when scraps were the talk and people saving them, and selvages well I through them all out.."what was I thinking" I wasn't then..but now...I do have a pile of selvages, even asked some of my friends to save me some, as I am sew eager to make me a chair...I want a chair...I WANT YOUR CHAIR ...and the quilt, and I want Karen to come over and work with me on some squares..lol Great guests and thank you ladies for participating on our selvage day...who else has selvage projects...love to hear from you too...pip pip cheerio

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  13. Thanks for sharing - love the block! and the chair too! wow - and the giveaways - thanks to all of you!

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  14. Am I the only one thinking, "What???!!!" I don't even save scraps smaller than 10" square (they go to the guild for those who use bits). The results are fabulous, and I tip my hat to you. Love, love that chair!

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  15. Hmm, very interesting Ladies. I, myself, am not much into strippys quilts, but the way you have used these selvages, the projects you made (LOVE that pot holder!), are just wonderful. It really makes a person see things in a new way. Thank you!

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  16. So excited to be here with you all! Smiling as I read each comment and I'll definitely go visit Jules to be inspired by her~that quilt is amazing and the potholder just perfect!! Thanks again Madame Samm!

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  17. All great ideas! I had not caught the selvage craze, but these guests have inspired me to start!

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  18. I have been saving my selvages for a couple of years now, but have not used them yet. This post inspires me to get busy and do something creative with them. Thanks Ladies for the inspiration!

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  19. You three have renewed my interest into why I save selvages - still do not have a lot, but working on it. Creativity is unlimited - maybe a journal - can't wait to get started. Judy C

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  20. I've been saving selvedges for a while now but it's really slow. :( I hadn't thought about asking friends to save them for me but I'm going to do that! I loved all the projects...couldn't possibly pick a favorite. blessings, marlene

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  21. Well, I just got a well-deserved kick in the pants, for not saving my selvages!! Awesome projects by you three talented ladies....and each of your blogs is fun, too! I just jumped on the bandwagon, and resolved never to throw another one away! Thanks for sharing, ladies!
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  22. Wow, OHH, Look at that! Each project is just stunning. So much beautiful eye candy. Thanks for coming to share today.

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  23. Okay, I'm convinced. I'll start cutting my selvages more generously before I start cutting up my yardgage, and I'll look for the fat quarters that include the selvage trim at my LQS! What a talented group of artists!!!

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  24. These are quite incredible. Almost makes me want to collect selveges! LOL

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  25. WOW! What a great post. Very inspiring. Thanks for sharing your stories ladies.

    Ursula

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  26. This is a triple win post! I am saving my salvages but still don't have enough for a big project (maybe for that cute little bag). I just need to be patient. I love the chair cover idea for my sewing room...another a future project.

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  27. Love it all. Gotta go dig through my throw-aways and pick out all the selveges. I will be more careful and save my selvege in the future. Can't decide what I'll make, but I'm thinking mug rug to start.

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  28. I always intend to save the selvedges but tend to forget. When I am into cutting for a project, I tend to be rather focused and not thinking about other things.

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  29. I don't think the fervor of selvadges will wear off..they are just too wonderful a design option. THank you each for sharing your selvadge inspiration.

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  30. SueSue and Karen: I'm honored to be in such good company today - your projects are gorgeous.

    Thanks to everyone who commented - looking forward to seeing lots more selvage projects online soon!!

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  31. Fabulous work, ladies! It takes a lot of fabric to get that many selvages. LOL I don't think I will have enough for a very long time, but I did think about using some on a few mug rugs.

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  32. Wow! I'm so impressed with all three of you! All of your projects are just wonderful!

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  33. Wow!!! These projects are all amazing. I so want a chair in my sewing room covered in selvages. How cool is that!!

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  34. This was a great post with the 3 selvage quilters. Such great projects and colors.

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  35. I enjoyed this very much! Thank you suesue, Jules and Karen!!!!!

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  36. Great job by all three posters today!! Love selvedge projects.

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  37. All of these projects are amazing! ! ! I have started saving the selvege edges and now I have some new ideas of how to use them. Thank you to each of the three talented ladies.

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  38. I started saving my selveges when I saw the same quilt that inspired today's guest blogger!! I realized I was throwing away "golden" bits of fabric. I'm amazed at how quickly they add up but I admit I haven't been saving enough fabric WITH the selvege edge. I must cut a tad bit wider from now on. I'm not ready to sew a project quite yet...I have too many UFO's to complete. Loved each post
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  39. I have been using my selvages for years---to tie up my tomatoe plants! Pretty garden, but this is the last year it gets any of my fabric. Gonna make me a selvage pillow! Thank you suesue, Jules and Karen. Truly an inspirational post.

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  40. Thank you to the guests suesue, Jules and Karenfor the great ideas!

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  41. I am always late to the party so I have never paid any attention to the selvage sewing. I love the chair! Thanks for showing it and explaining what you did.

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  42. Amazing!! Boy, I never new I was to remove my selvedges, hmmm, they are lost in many of my quilts. Boy do I need to rethink how I use my fabric! Thank you ladies!

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  43. Fantastic post. I love the red zinger, the chair, heck, it's all good!

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  44. I must fix my office chair, thank you so much for the idea!

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  45. I have just recently seen a posting on Craigslist asking for selvedges. I couldn't imagine what someone would ever want these for??? Now I know. Unfortunately I now have to find a place to keep a new collection that I will be starting... Such great ideas for a "trash" product.
    Jan

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  46. LOVE LOVE LOVE that chair cover it would be puuurrrrfect for mine since my cats decided to rip it.
    Heather

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