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Thread: Selvages

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    OMG I've been throwing them away. I guess I'm supposed to save them...?

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    Did you get a PM from a board member who has never posted here but is looking for you to save them for her? Or did you want to make a bag or something out of them?

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    I was just browsing online & I saw a quilter using them, with the writing as part of her design! I'm bored. I'm looking for a scrappy project!I'm also tired of my scraps. But, I am going to Joann's tomorrow!

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    Where is the closest JoAnns?

    Need to have all that information on hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilter7x
    Did you get a PM from a board member who has never posted here but is looking for you to save them for her? Or did you want to make a bag or something out of them?
    I got the PM - I ignored it. Wonder if she went through the whole user list.

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    Do you remember the web site? I was wondering what she was making with them.

    I got the PM also, so did my mentor that adopted me. I have been saving them, but have very little.

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    Long Island. It's a field trip! Past Roosevelt Field, near where I taught art. I always visit when I see my dentist, also out there.

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    So, do you all save selvages? I suppose if I was a pro, I'd keep a log and include them.

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    I have a question regarding selvedges. When I prep my fabric for cutting I wash it dry it iron it and then square it up folding selvedge to selvedge. I do not cut the selvedges off when the fabric is still in yardage form. When I start cutting my fabric for a quilt I cut my strips and that is when I lop off the selvedge ends. So my selvedge pieces are only very small like 6" or less depending what my pattern calls for. It sounds like many people cut off the selvedge before cutting strips for quilting (said strips being further cut down for my patchwork pieces.)

    Is there a reason for doing this?

    BTW I never got the PM from the selvedge scrounge.

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    My first quilt instruction, made from Bali Pops, said to cut off the selvage first. And I did not prewash them. So I've just been cutting them off and tossing them out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dotcomdtcm
    My first quilt instruction, made from Bali Pops, said to cut off the selvage first. And I did not prewash them. So I've just been cutting them off and tossing them out.

    Well if they were from Bali Pops then your selvedge pieces were only 2 1/2" long. When I cut off my selvedge I rarely take more than 1/2". Usually less. I consider a piece 2 1/2" x 1/2" fodder for the circular file (trash can). I have seen beautiful quilts made with very long selvedges cut wider but I want every last inch of my usable fabric so I guess that is why I do it the way I do it.

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    I just make a snip right at the edge of the selvage, and rip it all off at one time.

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    Please read the update in this post from Admin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dotcomdtcm
    I was just browsing online & I saw a quilter using them, with the writing as part of her design! I'm bored. I'm looking for a scrappy project!I'm also tired of my scraps. But, I am going to Joann's tomorrow!
    Selvage strips also make great strips to tie things up. I even used for a bow for a gift bag to a sewer. I try to remember to cut them in longer strips before cutting up my fabric.

    If you are tired of scraps, think about joining the 9 patch group activity this summer. I am not sure how to post links to other threads.

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    My mom uses selvage strips for all kinds of neat things...I'll be with her in a couple of weeks, and will try to take and post some pictures!

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    I started saving selveges about a year ago when I saw the quilt on the internet. I just have to make one.

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    I save all my selvages and my friends save theirs for me as well. I make tote bags, lap size quilts, pot holders, all sorts of things with them. they are fun to use up and every project is unique!

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    I do save my selvages, (I did not post the PM's) but I did receive one.
    I have a link saved and will look for it if anyone if interested? She has a TON of items made from the selvages. I started saving them when one of my magazines had a pattern for a tote bag. I have seen a pinchusion made from but can't find the pattern again :cry:

    found the link
    http://selvageblog.blogspot.com/
    check it out if you save salvages

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    She hit me up, too, been saving for her. I guess I will use them to make one of those fabric covered rag rugs for my camper, LOL.

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    You would want to cut off the selvedges off of your yardage first :wink: Some cut them 1" some cut them wider, this is totally up to you :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by dotcomdtcm
    So, do you all save selvages? I suppose if I was a pro, I'd keep a log and include them.
    I do; have hundreds of them, most 1-2" wide. Someday am making placemats with selvage from quilts I made them for my family. Would not want to try to parse that sentence.

    You can sign up for Karen Griska's occasional e-mail. Brush and Thimble, above, has the link.

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