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Turkey Tracks: Making Selvage Blocks

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Turkey Tracks:  January 20, 2016

Making Selvage Blocks

At our last Coastal Quilters’ meeting, member Linda Satkowski showed us how to make blocks using selvages.

Her method is SUPER!

She sews the strips straight down, leaving the edges.

The first thing I do with new fabric coming into the house is to wash it.  I then fold it without ironing.  When I go to use a piece, I tear off the selvage and iron it.  Sometimes I cut it in to strips on the spot–between whatever writing is there.  I also always tear off at least an inch of the colored fabric.

So, how to incorporate that fabric into the mix.

With Linda’s method, it’s simple.  No more flip and sew and guessing how if I’ve caught the edge of the selvage, which is often on the under side of what I’m sewing.

Here’s my first block–sewn onto muslin for stability.  It’s trimmed at 6 1/2 and will finish at 6 inches.

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A few years back I made this quilt, “Ain’t This Fun?,” but also used strips of fabric that were too odd to cut into useable squares or strips.  I “flipped and sewed.”

BUT, if one surrounds a plain strip of fabric with two selvage pieces, no flip and dew would be needed.  Yes!!

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Thanks so much Linda!

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January 20, 2016 at 11:43 am

Books, Documentaries, Reviews: WOOL, Hugh Howey

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Books, Documentaries, Reviews:  January 20, 2016

Wool, Shift, and Dust

 

I am so enjoying this trilogy:  WOOL, SHIFT, and DUST–thanks to a recommendation by friend June Derr.

June didn’t tell me that there was a prequel, SHIFT, written after WOOL (how did they get into this mess?), and a sequel (DIRT) that ends the story.

So, I was delighted that I could keep on reading about this story.

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Hugh Howey started by writing a short story–and it took off.  Readers wrote him wanting more, wanting to engage about the characters and the situation.  Eventually a publisher picked up what became a book, and it hit the NY Times bestseller list in short order.  Ridley Scott has optioned the story for a movie, which I hope he makes.  It would be so very visual.

Great characters, great story, good reads!

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January 20, 2016 at 11:31 am