Monday, July 20, 2015

Selvage Along - Introduction

Who's ready for the Selvage Along?!

Join Renee (Quilts of a Feather) and I for the next two months on Monday as we explore the many ways you can use selvages in your sewing. We have a bunch of great guest posters, too. Gather your selvages together and get ready to go! Use the hashtag #selvagealong to show us your selvage pile on Instagram!

Also, Renee and I have been collecting our favorite selvage projects on a shared Pinterest board, Selvage Sewing. Feel free to start scheming for your project. :)

Selvage Pillow projects (18" x 18") by members of the Central Jersey MQG at our June meeting. We swapped! From left to right: Kim, Kathy, me, Janneke, and Janet.

To me, selvages are like free text fabric. :) They (almost always) accompany any yardage you buy. I usually buy half yards or yards of fabric, but you can get them on fat quarters and fat eighths, too (though they are shorter). 

Here are three articles that cover the basics of selvage sewing:*
Craftsy - Sewing With Selvages
Lynn Derolf (Nancy Zieman's blog): How to Sew a Selvage Quilt Block
Clover and Violet - Sewing with Selvages Tutorial 

 *Some of these sewists sew selvages (try saying THAT five times fast) with a foundation underneath, but you can totally do it without a foundation.

Make sure to pop over to Quilts of a Feather today for more beginner selvage sewing links!
  • This Friday (July 24), we will have a joint link up for you to share your selvage project ideas. Maybe you want to create something with selvages only, or with selvages as an accent. Maybe you just want to show us your selvage bag or pile and brainstorm a list of ideas.

  • There will be a mid-way check-in linky on August 10 so you can share your project progress.

  • Finally, you can link up any selvage project that you made during the Selvage Along on September 21 for the last linky party. Share your love of sewing selvages with the world!

This pillow tutorial will be right here next Monday!


Selvage Along Schedule

July 20 - Intro post <<<You are here!
July 24 - Linky - selvage projects on both blogs
July 27 - Selvage Strip Pillow Tutorial by Jess @ Quilty Habit
August 3 - Anna Maria Horner Selvage Feathers Tutorial by Renee @ Quilts of a Feather
August 10 -  Selvage Zippy Pouch Tutorial by Chris @ Made by ChrissieD + mid-way/check-in linky on both blogs
August 17 - Selvage Binding Tutorial by Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
August 24 - Project by Vera @ Negligent Style
August 31 - Project by Jess @ Elven Garden Quilts
Sept. 7 - Selvage Churn Dash Project Share by Helga @ Cluckin' Pineapple 
Sept. 14 - Tutorial round up on both blogs
Sept. 21 - Last linky party- link up all your selvage projects!

P.S. Thank you for all the love for the new website look. You make all that work feel worth it! :)


  1. Love the photo of you and your guild's selvage projects!

  2. Great projects.Have fun.Can´t follow but will watching your progress!

  3. I am so excited to get inspiration for more selvage projects and will lurk along throughout this process! :)

  4. I'm looking forward to using up some of my selvedges (yes, we spell it differently in Australia) and sewing along with some of the suggested projects.

  5. Excited to get started, I've given the Selvage Along a shout out here on my facebook page- Chris :D

  6. Great idea! Have posted it at my guild's facebook page!

  7. I'm looking forward to see all the project ;)

  8. I've just run across you guys but I recently finished a wacky web selvage quilt and it was so much fun!! I look forward to jumping in in the middle of the selvage along if that's okay! Yay for sevages!


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