Starting a Selvage Quilt

I have been saving the selvage edges of my fabric for over a year now. It’s amazing how quickly the pile grew!

Selvage Basket

My original thought was to make a spiderweb quilt following Jacquie Gehring’s tutorial found on her blog.  From this tutorial I learned that you need at selvages that are at least 1.25″ to 1.5″, which was instrumental in my collection process.  I switched design ideas from the spiderweb once I got started to a strip quilt, pieced onto legal size paper at a 30 degree angle. Elizabeth Hartman from www.ohfransson.com used this technique for a couple of her amazing quilts, and I first tried it a year ago for my Spring Quilt which was a charity quilt for our local preschool.

Spring Quilt
A little playing around and this is what I am thinking, changing from chevrons to a star:

Selvage Quilt

I think I’ll have enough selvages to make 5 or 6 stars. I started just mixing all of the colors when I began, completing 12 sheets which makes 2 stars.  When I paused long enough to survey the damage, um, progress, I revisited my color selection and decided to make the remaining stars more monochromatic.  Hence the warm color star above, which I love.  It has been fun revisiting all the fabrics that I’ve used in the recent past, they all have a story!

Selvage Quilt1

When I make the next round of stars, I’ll try to remember to snap a couple of pictures of the piecing to share!

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  • Reply Anne May 31, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    I love the star idea for your selvage quilt. Don’t think I’ve ever seen it before. So glad you’ve got your blog up and going too. It looks great. Have you heard about the New Quilt Blogger series? I think today is the last day for signing up. http://frame.bloglovin.com/?post=4361375524&group=0&frame_type=a&context=feed_all&context_ids=&blog=11854463&frame=1&click=0&user=0

    • Reply josiheron June 14, 2015 at 10:33 pm

      Anne! Thanks so much for the advice, I’m learning a ton with the New Quilt Blogger series!

  • Reply Johanna June 4, 2015 at 8:10 am

    A selvage quilt of some sort is on my bucket list. It sounds like you are off to a great start!

  • Reply Margo June 4, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    It’s amazing how creative quilters are able to use every bits and pieces of the fabric and come up with a very beautiful quilt. Love your stars, very smart! Now I’ll never throw any thing away…. lol.

  • Reply Stephanie@LateNightQuilter June 7, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    I can’t wait to see how this turns out, Josi! I’ve wanted to make a selvage quilt for so long…

    • Reply josiheron June 14, 2015 at 10:32 pm

      Thanks Stephanie, It is fun to see all the pieces of past quilts come together… I recommend it, at least once:)

  • Reply Shelly July 10, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    I love how your idea shifted from spiderweb, to chevron, to star as you went along! Wonderful creativity.

    • Reply josiheron July 15, 2015 at 7:51 am

      Thank Shelly, I find that most of my designs are created as I go!

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