Saturday, July 31, 2010

Sewing Angel Travels the World

Julz in Australia made this whimsical little sewing angel with selvage wings for a doll swap. See the thimble necklace and the scissors on her skirt? This angel is well loved by her new family in Austria. See more on Julz's blog:

If you were a quilt, what would you look like?

Have you thought about it? This is the first quilt challenge for the new Online Quilt Museum. Click here for all the details. Hardly any rules. You have 'till the end of October. The clues are in your stash. So, when you're driving or taking a shower, whenever you do your best thinking, think up a quilt that looks like "you." Not a portrait necessarily, but a quilt that your friends would say, "Oh, that is so you!"

Friday, July 30, 2010

Great Idea for Quilt-Giving

Jill Bunis of New Jersey made this pretty quilt for her cousin's daughter Sophie. I love how she tied a ribbon around this quilt. What a beautiful presentation! Isn't that elegant?

I'm going to remember to do this the next time I give someone a quilt.
See Jill's blog at:

Thursday, July 29, 2010

New Store: Blue Jacaranda

Quilter Linda Robertus has a new online shop: Blue Jacaranda! You can find it on the site: The feather postcard is just one of the items that she has for sale right now. Good luck, Linda!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Selvage Needle Case Among Bloggers

This colorful and happy selvage needle case was made by Brenda of http://www.scrapsandstrings.blogspot/ for Julie of using fabric from a give-away by Victoria of Julie won this case in Brenda's give-away.
Are we having fun in blogland or what? :)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

This Quilt (Block) Needs a Name

I recently made these two blocks after seeing an awesome collection of blocks made by Brenda and her friends in Manitoba, Canada. You can see theirs on Brenda's blog: (Scroll down a bit, it's not brand new.)

Brenda got the idea from: In Amanda Jean's tutorial, she makes the quilt sandwich first, then the piece is quilted as she sews the patches on. She was making a doll quilt. With my blocks, I just sewed the patches to the foundation. Sandwiching and quilting later. My quilt will be larger and it will have a border.

I thought this would make a great Block of the Month for my guild, Empire Quilters. But I need a good name. "Raw-Edge Mosaic Collage" is too generic and boring. I want something more fun. Any ideas?

To see the directions, visit my other blog: Basically, you just cut a 12" square from white or off-white fabric. Cut your patches, use a gluestick to adhere, then machine topstitch. Do you think this should be regular needle-turn applique instead of raw-edge? I think I'll finish it and wash it before deciding.

These two blocks were so much fun to make. This quilt could use a few good selvages too, don't you think?

Monday, July 26, 2010

I'm on the Radio with Pat Sloan Today! (Giveaway too)

Pat Sloan and I are going to be talking about quilting on the radio today! Pat is dynamic and lots of fun so I'm looking forward to this. Isn't that a nice ad that she made for me? Listen live at 4:00 PM Eastern time (New York), or listen later on your computer. Here's how:

Visit Pat's website and you might win a signed copy of my book "Quilts from the Selvage Edge."
Leave a comment on Pat's blog: this week. Winner chosen at noon on Friday.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Hexagon Selvage Quilt

This delightful quilt was made by CrazyOldLadies. See the selvages in there? Pretty cool, right? Take a look at this blog to read all the details:
Thanks to Lisa Mann for the heads up about this quilt! Visit:

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Julie's Selvage Placemats

Julie in Memphis, TN made these improvisational selvage placemats. I love the colors and the surprises in the layout. She has a great post on her blog: telling how she used her "liberated quilting" mindset to problem-solve. She included lots of photos too.

It's a scorcher in the US today! Do you have any room Down Under for some US quilters for the weekend? Wouldn't that be fun?

Friday, July 23, 2010

Selvage Shade Pull

Sharyn made this little shade pull by covering a cookie cutter with selvages. She uses it on the window of their RV. Are selvage quilters clever or what?

Check out Sharyn's blog at: She's a needleslinger and wordsmith in Southwest Washington state.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Adrienne Weber's Selvage Runner

Meet Adrienne Weber from Stallings, NC. Isn't this a stunning selvage runner? I like that white binding; it blends right in with the selvages. I also like how she sprinkled some dark selvages in there to gently highlight the diamond pattern. Bravo!
Adrienne is originally from the north fork of Long Island. She learned to quilt from Carol Barnes of The Textile Company in Greenfield (MA). Her daughters are quilters too; one even had a quilt in the Hoffman Challenge traveling exhibit! Adrienne is a member of the Charlotte Quilt Guild, and the York County Quilters in SC.
Special thank you to quilter Drenna Hannon for taking the photos.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Incredible Photoshop Creations

These photos are a good reminder that you can't believe something just because you saw a photo of it! Aren't these amazing examples of flawless blending with Photoshop? Oringinally posted on, these photos have traveled around the Internet. If you know the original artist, please let me know.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Origami Roses

This photo is from "The Gift of Gifts" photostream on These are paper origami roses. I'd like to see how to make these. Incorporating origami in a quilt would be interesting. Have you tried it?

Monday, July 19, 2010

Selvage Stool by Gail in Canada

Gail in Canada made this beautiful cover for the stool that goes with her grandmother's treadle sewing machine. Very nice! See more on her blog:

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Jacqui's Selvage Thread-Catchers

Jacqui from Canada made these little selvage bags to keep near her sewing machine for catching threads and little scraps. The pin cushion at the top is filled with plastic pellets so it stays on the table. Very nice job, Jacqui! You can get a closer look at her selvage arrangements on her blog: Tomorrow you'll see what her friend Gail made with selvages.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Talented Food Stylist from Sweden

Take a look at the creative work of talented food stylist Linda Lundgren from Sweden. Aren't these fantastic arrangements?

Photos like these inspire my creativity. I think I feel another food-themed string quilt coming on! You can see my first one at: in the Exhibit called "Abundance."

To see more of Linda's food arrangements, visit:

Friday, July 16, 2010

Edible Fashion Accessories by Fulvio Bonavia

Fulvio Bonavia is a photographer in Milan, Italy who creates and photographs these amazing edible fashion images. Some he arranges in the studio and others he creates with photoshop. To see more take a look at this book "A Mater of Taste," or visit his website:

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Happy Birthday to Britta in Germany

This beautiful collection of selvage placemats was made for Britta in Germany by her quilting friends: Martina, Sabine, Claudia, Hanna and Gisela. Birgit gave Britta some beautiful blue and purple hand dyed fabrics. They also made selvage cards. (You can see the placemat and card that Martina made in the photo below.)

Britta had to wait until her birthday to open her gifts. She had an idea that there were selvages in those soft packages. Her friends included extra selvages to get her started on her next selvage projects. Even Britta's husband likes the new placemats. He's known as DH in English and German! Haha.

Yes, readers, I fed two blogs into Google Translate, paragraph by paragraph, to get you this heartwarming story of selvages and quilterly friendship. To see more photos, visit Britta's blog at: You can also see Martina's blog at:

Happy birthday to Britta from all the quilters here at the Selvage Blog!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Fantastic Selvage Spiderweb Quilt

This beautiful little selvage spiderweb quilt was made by Cindy at liveacolorfullife. She made this for Jennifer as part of a swap on flickr. See the name "Jennifer" in the blue selvage in the bottom photo? Nice touch. I love this design, the quilting, and the striped binding. Great selvages, too. It's perfect. See Cindy's blog at: and:
If you haven't seen all the amazing quilts on flickr, you're in for a nice surprise. Go to and sign up. It's easy and free. Then enter "quilting" in the "Find a Group" box. There are even some selvage quilting groups.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Jaybird's New Spiderweb

Julie of has started a new selvage spiderweb quilt. She was inspired by Jacquie's ( awesome spiderweb. Jacquie used a pale teal, which I thought was perfect. But now I like this too! It's Kona's light lime bella, 9900 100. Lots of fresh new fabrics in there. I like the row of question marks on the bottom right. This is going to be beautiful!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Vietnamese Craft has Selvage Look

I bought this little square coaster on a recent trip to Block Island, Rhode Island. It was made in Vietnam using magazine pages and glue. It measures 4" x 4" and it's 1/4" thick. I paid $5. I've seen similar items for sale in museum shops. I think it has a look similar to that of selvages lined up together. Do you agree?

Interesting writing shows up a little bit. Several languages, it looks like. I don't see any English.

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

No-Stitch Fabric Swap (flickr)

These little bits of woven selvage art were made by "fatquarter" for a No-Stitch Fabric Swap. She posted this photo on her photostream on Participants were not allowed to use a needle. No problem for her, just pull out the stapler! Nice job, Ms. Quarter.

Did you know that there are lots of selvage quilters on flickr? There are two groups that specialize in selvages. Just type "selvage quilts" in the "Find a Group" box, and you'll be able to click on over and visit. Have fun.