Fabric Selvage Edge – What a treasure!

Saw it – ordered it! Quilts from the Selvage Edge by Karen Griska. I have always been intriged by the selvage edges on the fabric I buy.  A while ago, I began – cutting and saving them before I began a project. Now I have quite a stash!  This book definitely gives me some great direction on creative ways to use the selvage edges. In the future I will be cutting them at least One and a half  inch wide.

For those that are not familiar with selvages – Karen defines it in the book as -“It is the two long woven edges running the length of the fabric. The threads are folded over so that the fabirc will not unravel during the manufacturing and printing process. As a result, the selvage is denser than the rest of the fabric.”

For those building their stash The selvage is quite a jewel. Great way to be green!

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The Crazy Quilt Poem

A Jingle for the Little Ones                     

The Crazy Quilt

O summer sunset give to me

The crimson glow you shed.

Violet give me of your blue-

O rose give of your red.

O parrot give me all the green

That round your neck is spread.

O thistle give me of your down-

O spider weave me thread.

I want to make a Crazy Quilt

For my dolly’s bed.

Fred H. Shauffer

Good House Keeping

July 10, 1886

This poem was posted on a bulletin board page in the Quilter’s newsletter Magazine, July/August 1994.

My mother in law who is such a thoughtful individual gifted me four boxes of old quilting magazines… Will add picture soon.

The last two night I have been reading and marking.  Making list in my head as I go. The one big difference I see in the old and more recent magazines is the way the articles are written. It is not so much that pattern directions have improved it is the fact that there is not as much journalism and history in the newer magazines.  I have been pulled in to the older magazines as I am into a good book.  Some written by husbands on the ways they are coping with being married to a quilterholic another by a housewife that provides direction on how to get a vacation to have time to quilt. Though they may be long they keep my attention.  The newer ones I have a tendency to mark more for my “To Do Wish List.”  I must admit I am more drawn to today’s fads.

One article to share with you is Sketchbook in the American Quilter – Summer 1992, Vol VIII, No2.  The editor writes about Lucretia Romey’s sketchbook pages, which detail her way of seeing the world and recording what she observes. The notebooks serve as the basis of her quilts. In another magazine article , the author suggested that all quilters take a basic drawing class.  Do not remember which one of the 27 magazines I had read, suggested that.  Yet, I think I can see from this article it is important!  Improving your drawing skills can improve your quilting! Imagine that!

Quick and Easy Signature Quilt

If you need to sew longer… order pizza! Anyone who loves to sew as much as I do can identify with this!   If someone had told me five years ago that I would understand how to use the rotary cutter and follow a pattern.  I would have questioned their sanity!  Today, my mind understands that it is important to make smaller stitches, match points, and there truly is a way to quilt as you go.

The latest quilt I am working on is a signature quilt for a new bride and groom.  It is a simple design.  You cut a 6” square (this is white on white fabric) and two 4” squares that are a contrast color.  This fabric is the same as the brides maid’ s dresses.  I used a variety of other fabrics as well.

Sewing Directions:  Draw a line down the middle of each 4” square from point to point. Lay the smaller square on the lower right corner of the white 6” sq. right sides together.  Sew on the line.  Next, I recommend you sew 1/4” from the sewed line.  Cut down the middle between the stitched line and set the smaller piece aside. (This is a finished square now for another quilt).  Iron the 6” piece seam toward the colored print. Repeat the procedure by placing the other 4” piece of fabric on the upper left hand corner of the white piece of fabric.  Sew down the line and then once again sew 1/4” from the stitched line and set that aside. Iron and you should have a finished signature square.  Cut a 6” piece of butcher paper and iron it on.  This will protect the piece from bleed through when it is signed.  Also remember to mark a 1/4 “ line along the white side of the quilt square so people will not write where you will later be sewing.

As you can see this is a chain stitch project and that is what makes it come together quick and easy. Good luck and I will keep you posted as the quilt is completed!