Friday, July 31, 2009

Exhibit Your House Quilt in Pennsylvania!

Illustration: Above quilt block by Christine of Auntie's Quaint Quilts - Tasmania, Australia.
The Charm Girls Quilters want to exhibit your house quilt in an elegant Quilt Show to benefit the Pearl S. Buck International House in Perkasie, PA in April 2010. (We are 6 quilting buddies who have been together for 5 years. This will be our second show.)
Any way that you interpret the “House” theme is fair game! Are you thinking of a fixer-upper or a mansion? A hen house, fun house, gingerbread house, housework, or a fire house? Surprise us. There will be a Grand Prize chosen by the staff of the Pearl S. Buck House, and Viewer's Choice Awards.
Finished quilts must be no larger than 36” square, and no smaller than 20” square. The rest us up to you.
Please tell Helen Wolf (asap) if you will be contributing a quilt: Your quilt must arrive in PA by March 31, 2010. All quilts will be returned, or if you choose, donated to a silent auction to benefit the Pearl S. Buck International House. There is a submission fee of $10 for quilters in the US. If you live outside the US (or in Alaska or Hawaii) there is no fee since you will have extra shipping expenses. Helen has all the info.
Also email a photo for exhibit on the Selvage Blog. Have fun!
"Buenos noches!" to all our visitors from Spain today.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Selvage Applique by Debra Posthumus

Debra Posthumus of Terre Haute, Indiana created these delightful selvage applique designs. She bought the blue fabric (a shirt) at a garage sale for 50 cents, and she got 8 embroidery hoops at a church sale for $1. And of course, the selvages were absolutely free!

Debra likes the bird (above) the best, and she uses it in the header for her blog:

I think my favorite is the house and tree. The shapes are just right, and I like all the selvages. I like how the door stands out.

The line, "I love cake" is from an episode of "That 70's Show."

Even though the photo below is a little washed out, I wanted to show you the teacup. The steam looks like question marks to me. And I love that tea tag. Nice job, Debra!

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

200 Crocheted Granny Squares in a Month!

What do you do when you are stressed, or have a long ride in the car, or have to sit in waiting rooms, or get to go on vacation and watch action movies with the men in your family? Needlework of some kind, of course! I was stressed 5 weeks ago so I went to Michaels and bought 9 different colors plus dark brown for the borders. And two Size "G" crochet hooks. Always get a back-up hook! 200 blocks later, I'm not stressed any more. And we had a blast in Oregon, as you all know. Now I hope to attach all these blocks into a nice warm afghan.
My mother and her mother taught me how to make these "Granny Squares" a long time ago. How cool is that? I remember using the blankets they made, so this brings back nice memories.
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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Selvage Tote for Lynne's Mom

Lynne in New England made this beautiful selvage tote bag as a birthday present for her Mom. They're both artists so you would expect this to be stunning...and it is! I love color gradation arrangements. She put some dark selvages in the middle so dirt won't show up on the bottom of the bag. Pretty smart idea. See the handles below.

Lynne had this funky pink button left over from another project. It's perfect here!

Millie likes the bag too (below). She has her own blog: You should see all the cats in the list of Followers of Millie's blog!

Oh, yeah. Lynne has a blog too: She shows more in-progress photos, including the zippered inner pocket. Nice job, Lynne!
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Monday, July 27, 2009

The Toy Society

The Toy Society makes toys and leaves them in public places to be found by lucky passers-by. You can find out more about it at

I just found the blog today and I signed up to get more information. I like the idea of crafters leaving little treats all over the world. I found this pretty blue bird on the blog among the older posts. Looks like fun.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

An Uplifting Place

This is the cieling in one of the Reading Rooms at the New York Public Library (Fifth Ave. and 42nd Street). Isn't it beautiful? You can imagine how elaborate the rest of the building is, if this is the cieling!

As I admired this I was inspired to be a more artistic quilter, to think "bigger," to reach further. I suspect many visitors to the Library are lifted up in their hearts. I think this would please the creators of this elegant building.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Little Selvage Pin-Cushions

I made these little pin-cushions as "party favor" type gifts. Each one was wrapped in a clear bag, then tied with pretty satin ribbons. The collection made a festive decoration!
P.S. I bet Martha Stewart never thought of this!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Quick and Easy Selvage Project

Do you like the idea of starting and finishing a selvage project in one afternoon? Take a look at this. It's just one quilt block, used to make a pretty pillow. It looks so good in a quilting room or other place where creativity is celebrated. I like how the cherries are featured in the middle.

You could draw lines on the foundation first, to help you be sure the center section is covered with selvages.

Then add selvages to the corners. Trim. I rounded the corners of the finished square so that the pillow wouldn't have little pointy things on the corners.

You may remember that I made this pillow for the Moda Bake Shop, and it was featured in a give-away a while back. This piece is unusual in that the selvages are so coordinated.
If you would like more directions for selvage quilting, visit and click on Workshops. It's all free; you can use anything you find there for classes or whatever you want.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Do You Like to Read Quilts?

Have you noticed that clothing labels are being replaced by the practice of printing the information right onto the clothing fabric? In 10 years a labels quilt like this one may be a real antique.

Label quilts are like selvage quilts in a way: they feature a common item we normally don't value or save. They're fun to read. They're tough and withstand lots of washing. They look very busy.

I like to secure my labels with bits of masking tape so it's easy to machine sew the labels onto the foundation. After sewing, just pull the tape off.

Fill empty spaces with little buttons (above). The quilt top below will be finished one of these days when I decide what kind of border I want. I love all the buttons in the sashing.

I am responsible for the Block-of-the-Month program for my guild this coming year. This labels block will be the topic for October. The Empire Quilters meet at the Fashion Institute in New York City's Garment District. How appropriate that we make a fashion labels quilt!
The blocks for Sept., Oct., Nov., and Dec. are already posted on a blog: If your guild needs a BOM program, feel free to use this one.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Make Yourself a Selvage Tote Bag

Are you considering your next (or first) selvage project? How about a OOAK (one-of-a-kind) selvage tote bag. Won't that be fun to bring to guild meetings in the fall? And it's a nice souvenir of your quilting projects. Add buttons or patches or charms or beaded fringe or knotted selvage fringe! I just made that last one up as I started brain-storming. Oh, and how about those little mirrors from India.

I made the big selvage tote above. Click on the link below to see posts for this and 18 other totes made by various selvage quilters. Also go to the Index in the sidebar at right to see "Selvage Purses," etc.

When you make your tote, send a photo for all of us to admire. Have fun!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Crocheted Selvage Purses for Fund-Raiser

Brenda (of alerted me to this fund-raising project going on in Iowa. The proceeds are going to the Mennonite Central Committee to benefit "Global Family" (to fund education for children in India). This is what the sponsoring "Love Joy Peace" blog had to say:

"Talk about laugher and fun at the North American Relief Sale meetings in Iowa City when we started talking "Green"! What can a selvage do? "You throw them away", was the first response. The crochet hook was moving right along as Marlys's friend had supplied balls of selvages from their quilt borders. The result: Bags and Purses! Each one was different: Bags with fabric handles for over the shoulder to Clutch Handbags. As the ideas and suggestions came, each purse was different. (The crochet hook is still going, too)."

Visit this blog at:

Monday, July 20, 2009

Akiko's Selvage Hat

Akiko Kunst of Massachusetts made this beautiful selvage hat. (If you haven't seen her selvage whale, click on the photo in the sidebar at right.) Here's what she had to say about it:
"I finished my selvage hat:) I lost my favorite hat for gardening and I couldn't find anything I like.
So I bought Amy Butler's Sky hat pattern but I couldn't decide which fabric to use.
When I was making my whale, I thought "Oh why not make the hat with selvages!"
I might get white ribbon and colorful buttons to put on my hat."
Akiko is so talented! I love how the selvavges are splayed fan-like around the brim. What an inspiration. Great job!
I hope this garden hat will be worn while sipping iced-tea, not digging holes!
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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Meet Edith Bieri of Switzerland

Edith Bieri of Zurich, Switzerland says she made the striped blocks in one day, then pieced them into a quilt top after dinner!

I really like this quilt. The color combinations are surprising, but pretty. Very modern and not fussy. It would have been fun to watch her put this together. See Edith's blog at: (She includes English text.)

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Meet Sunday Garcia of Tennessee

This wonderful quilt is on display at "The Most Amazing Quilt Shop" in Cookeville, Tennessee. It's the creation of Sunday Garcia, a customer of this shop. She started quilting only a year ago, but she had prior experience sewing clothes. (Even so!) Sunday is a retired Miami police officer. Wow! She is multi-talented! (See below for close-up photos.)

Aren't these details great? Even a little bottle of suntan lotion (below) near the sunglasses!

Wonderful job, Sunday!
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Sunday's Quilt, Part 2

Here are some more photos of Sunday Garcia's quilt. (See post above.) I love all the details.

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Linda Wolanin's "Most Amazing"

On a recent drive along I-40 in Cookville, Tennessee, I saw a sign for "The Most Amazing Quilt Shop." Who could resist something like that? I had a nice visit with the owner Linda Wolanin. She had such a good experience buying the shop from the previous owners, she kept saying "This is so amazing!" and that became the shop's name.

This is such a delightful place, especially if you like 1930's style fabrics. I love the simple quilt above with the double pink stripes. Wouldn't it look nice with a few selvages added to the mix?

Linda said that the quilt above is called "Texas Pinwheel Star."

She has quilts displayed on little beds. A visit to this store and you want to run home and make a quilt! Her website is:

Come back tomorrow to see photos of a stunning quilt that Linda had on display. It was made by Sunday Garcia, a former Miami police-officer. You'll really like it!
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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Dogs Rule!

JoAnne of Keller, Texas made this selvage log cabin quilt for a guild challenge. She named it "Dogs Rule." The log cabin blocks are nice and soft. I like the borders too. Yayyy, JoAnne! See her blog at:
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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Meet Anna Hergert of Moosejaw

The featured exhibit at the Latimer Quilt and Textile Center was Anna Hergert of Moosejaw, SK, Canada. I was lucky to meet her the day I visited the museum. She is a delightful person who likes to share her inspiration and methods. She will be teaching soon at Quilting by the Lake in New York. Check out her website at:

Anna let me take these photos to share with you. She and her husband traveled around Canada and she made a series of quilts from photos that she took. This is one of her landscape quilts. She has others that are abstract, inspired by her emotions. Some are three-dimensional, and the view changes as you walk by the quilt. All are stunning.

I like how she made this fence. She said that the fence post below wasn't dark enough at first, so she used tulle to darken it. The shadow in the sky above the red house was from light shining in the window, not the quilt. This exhibit runs until the first week in September.

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