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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!

Written by louisaenright

January 20, 2016 at 11:43 am

Blog Readers’ Quilts

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Blog Readers’ Quilts:  October 26, 2014

Linda Satkowski’s Selvedge Quilt

 

Linda Satkowski is, also, a fellow Coastal Quilter here in Maine.

Like me, she loves to piece.

When I posted recently about finishing my quilt using selvedge edges, she wrote me that she, too, had a selvedge quilt.

She sent me this picture:

Sevedge quilt 2011

Oh my goodness!!  How cool is that!

So, of course I had to go see it (and her)!

Here are the pics I took of this amazing quilt–which is soft as butter, by the way, and has been washed too.  Here it is doubled on a couch–so it’s a great lap size.

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The blocks look to be about…???…7 inches?  Linda used a muslin backing–which has not made the quilt heavy at all.  Note that she has used some blank selvedges as well as those with writing or colored dots.

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And another:

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She used a bright blue for the backing and binding, which works well:

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Linda tears about 1/4 inch off the main selvedge.  (I’ve been tearing up to two inches in order to have at least 1 1/2-inches of fabric for strips if I don’t use the selvedge.

So, a project like this would really lend itself to Bonnie Hunter’s leader/ender projects–where you add to blocks while sewing on another project so you don’t have to cut thread.