Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Selvage Quilts by Margaret Zenk

Margaret Zenk is a quilter from East Islip, New York. (I wonder if she lives near the Great Gatsby.) I love this spiky spinning star selvage quilt! Here's what she had to say about it:

"I've been quilting for almost 30 years. When I saw the book it unleashed something in me. I already had a sizeable stash, but now I see fabric in a totally different way. If I have to choose between two at the store, I buy the one with the nicer selvage. I look at FQs to see if they have selvages. I've asked my machine quilter to dig through her trash. I took apart an old apron because there was a selvage that I couldn't resist. I have a large box filled with selvages, even after making 4 quilts. The box weighs 9 lbs."

"I bought this pink striped homespun for $1 per yard and wanted to do something fun with it. I settled on a spinning stars design. Your blog devotees will appreciate that it doesn't take a lot of selvages to do this one. It's similar to the red zinger without the third edge. If you rotate the stripes like I did, you will get real movement. I saved some time by using a glue stick rather than pins to hold the selvages in place before stitching. Final size is 55 x 71. I haven't quilted it yet, but I made a 20" block for the back because I didn't have enough of the pink bubble fabric."

I love how it's a close relative of the Red Zinger! And I'm going to try using a glue stick too. I hope I remember to avoid sewing over the glue!

Below is Margaret's Gold Zinger. She chose gold to go with the rick rack that she wanted to use. It's perfect, don't you think? Did you know you can machine wash and dry a selvage quilt and nothing bad will happen? It's true. There are before and after photos showing this in the book "Quilts from the Selvage Edge."

Yayyy, Margaret! Great job.


SandyQuilts said...

I LOVE it.

Millie said...

WOW! That's an awesome Pink Zinger! I love the way the blocks move! Love it!

AnnMarie said...

Great Quilt! How would it look reversed? I may have to try that!

Also, pins and glue are overrated for selvage quilts!

Jackie Russell said...

Love the pink quilt!

Selvage Quilter said...

What do you mean reversed? I have to see this!
I do know what you mean about pins and glue being overrated.Usually you don't need anything, but sometimes those real long ones need a little help.

Margaret said...

Hey all,
The glue stick is great because you can lay out the entire block rather than just sewing one strip at a time. When I used pins I ended up trapping pins inside seams and I had to cut them out through the back. I lightly glue all the pieces in place, then sew each block with a back and forth motion--and when you do this the blocks stay on square better.

Diane.Muska said...

Wow, Margaret! Great block and using up all those selvages that I've just being pitching. Stars are my favorite and this is just so fun!

Congrats on being chosen for this issue!

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WoolenSails said...

I love how she pieced them, very original and creative use of selvedges.


Vals Quilting said...

Hi Karen, thanks for sharing Margaret's work, it is so stunning. Since I've been reading your blog, I'm now starting to save my salvages.

bingo~bonnie said...

Both of Margaret's quilts are fantastic!!! That first pink one reminds me a lot of the one I posted about today on my blog - only back then I'd never heard of using selvages in a quilt before!! What an awesome idea - love your blog ;)

Love from Texas! ~bonnie

Rengin Yazitas said...

What a nice quilt, amazing combinations:))
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