>> Sunday, January 10, 2010
Selvage Blog. Until then, the selvages (the bottom and top edges of fabric) had simply been discarded fabric. After encountering the blog, I started to save and collect the selvages from the fabrics I used in projects. By the end of 2009, I had a quart bag stuffed full of selvages.
Over the past half-year, I started seeing lots of string quilts on other blogs. Most of them were paper pieced, which intimidated me, since I've never used foundation-piecing in my quilting. But lots of tutorials appeared (e.g., here and here), and the quilts looked so good (whether intensely colorful or more muted).
Obviously, it was time to to figure out the technique and jump into the string-quilting fun.
And then Stephanie over at Loft Creations posted a new challenge, a string-quilt challenge. With that bag o'selvages in mind, I decided to make a "2009-In-Fabrics" Selvage String Quilt. It's in-progress, and given the work I need to finish in the next few weeks, it will probably stay that way for a while. I went for foundation piecing on muslin, which was very stable and easy to do. However, it does make the blocks pretty thick. Next time, I'll try paper-piecing.