Since Renee @Quilts of a Feather and Jess @Quilty Habit hosted the Selvage Along last summer, I have been saving fabric selvages. My collection is growing, but I had no idea what I might do with them. Then I happened to discover Riel Nason and her book Modern Selvage Quilting (non affiliate link), and I was immediately excited to learn more!
Not only does Riel have a variety of projects in sizes that will work well with just a few selvages to large, masterful full size quilts, but she explains her methods for working with selvages. I know many of us (myself included) wonder just how much extra fabric to cut off with a selvage. I worry whether I will have enough width of fabric remaining for my project that does not require the selvage edge if I take too much. Riel has solutions for how to save selvages, and she discusses how to work with both “wide cut” and “narrow-cut” selvages. Brilliant!
I knew right away that I would love to work with the Anna Maria Horner True Colors selvages that I cut from the fat quarter bundle I used to make Family and Friends earlier this year. Looking through the projects, I quickly decided to make a set of 4 placemats.
The placemats work with both wide and narrow cut selvages, so I was able to learn two techniques for working with selvages from Riel in this quick project.
To compliment the selvages, I used Essex linen for the background, and Andover Chambray for the color coordinated binding.
Piecing the placemat tops went smoothly and quickly, even though I was learning new techniques as I was working.
The placemats finished at 19-inches wide by 12.25-inches tall after quilting, squaring, and binding. I think that this was a great project to use for a coordinated selvage bundle like these True Colors selvages, and I like that each placemat is unique and a different color scheme.
I am so glad that Riel shared her tips for working with selvages through this book. Do you want inspiration to sew with selvages? C&T Publishing is generously giving away a copy of Riel’s book (hard copy if you are in the US, ebook if you are elsewhere). Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter to win. I will choose a winner on Wednesday, May 18th. Good luck!
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Be sure to follow along on the Modern Selvage Quilting Book tour to check out what everyone else has to say about the book. There is an opportunity to enter to win a copy of the book each day of the tour!
May 10 Riel at C&T Publishing Blog
May 11 Cindy at Live a Colorful Life
May 12 Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl
May 13 Diane at Butterfly Threads Quilting
May 16 Krista at Poppyprint
May 17 Casey at The Studiolo
May 18 Leanne at She Can Quilt
May 19 Sandy at Upstairs Hobby Room
May 20 Mel at The Quilting Room with Mel
May 21 Riel at The Q and the U
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Disclosure: This book was provided for review by the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced by the businesses involved.