Sunday, February 21, 2021

Show Your Stripes Blog Hop

 


I would like to thank CARLA for hosting this hop and I am sure we are all going to be inspired.  Stripes are one of those versatile prints:

Most love to use it as binding,

Makes interesting sashings and/or borders.

It adds movement and interest in a block or block unit,

Excellent to use for animals,

You make your own 'stripes' with strattas,

OR completely change things up............  I played,


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My mantra for this year is NEW: new patterns, new techniques, new fabrics, new tools, etc...  I save all my selvedge and bundle ties (and my students and guild members pass the to me) and I normally send them on to some bloggers I know who collect for projects.

I decided to play with my selvedge.  I watched some U-Tubes, demos, and  tutorials to pick up some tips and best useage of these lovelies.  I went with a small project to try this NEW out, see if I like the process, and decide if I still pass them on or keep them.


I like to use a thick craft felt for batting in wallhangings as it makes them lay against the wall nice and flat.  One tip I found useful was to draw a line every so often to be sure you are laying your selvedge straight.  This technique is useful in flip and sew projects as well - but we don't flip selvedge. 



You can start with a selvedge but I didn't want to lose that pretty edge in the seam so started with a strip of fabric.  Then easy peasy you just lay your selvedge on top of the edge (I over lapped about 1/8").  I usually cut off my selvedge with 1/4" to 1/2" of fabric depending on those pesky manufacturer 'holes' from the bolt machines.   Using a walking foot, stitch really close to the edge of the over lap - ta,da, quilted!



 And you just keep going!  Some have lots of fabulous color dots or cool prints or you can use all the info or just the fabric line name - just play.  If you are new to this technique, I do recommend a small project.


 They certainly look like stripes to me and I read it as a 'walk thru the forest'.  So I found a silouhette that I liked, printed out and did a fuse that I used the raw edge machine applique'.    You can see I lost my straight overlay with the last few selvedge, but it is my first try at this and I'm not stressing.  I think this would be fun to use to make a back on a bag.

Thank you for visiting and be sure to visit today's other hosts:

Monday, February 22nd


*link up with OMG2021*
Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

46 comments:

  1. What a great use of what I throw away. Love the owl.

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  2. I really love your selvage quilt. And it's going so well together with my post today. What a great idea to put an owl on it. And the trees in the forest are not straight lined, so hurray for the wonky stripes.

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  3. Love selvage quilts. The owls are hooting outside right now.

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  4. Gorgeous and clever striped quilt! It definitely does look like the forest.

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  5. Selvedges make wonderful stripes! And a backing design for any image theme one can think of. I love how you saw a forest. What better forest could any owl ask to live in! I love your very inspiring project! I save my selvedges and use them in projects here and there. But I’m always on the lookout for selvedge sewing inspiration.

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  6. I love the silhouette with the selvedges!

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  7. I love this! Those selvedges made a wonderful background fabric and the addition of the silhouette ups the beauty of this piece!

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  8. I love it! I've been saving mine too. Maybe making a mini like that is a good start--and then applique something on top--great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Bravo! Your wallhanging is really spot on.. or should I say "stripe" on! Love it!

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  10. Oh what a wonderful idea. The quilt is so lovely. I truly love selvedges, even if I just collect them and never really get to using them.

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  11. What a gorgeous finish. Your "new fabric " was a perfect background for the owl. Thanks for the mini lesson too. The idea for craft felt is terrific.

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  12. I've never used my selvedges either. Most of mine are short pieces. Nice owl mini you made.

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  13. Really cute project. I think it looks wonderful. I need to try new quilting things, too.

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  14. I have saved selvages for years and done nothing with them. Now I want to get them out and play. Great tips on keeping them straight. Being the fusible applique junkie that I am, that owl just speaks to me. I'm on inspiration overload today! Love it.

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  15. I never save my selvedges but sometimes hate throwing away the cute ones. This is a great way to make use of them. That owl is awesome!

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  16. Not all trees grow straight and tall, so your String "stripes" look great, Sharon!! Nice job on thinking outside the box for a Hop project.

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  17. Wonderful creative use of stripes! I like this background for the silhouette, too. It really does look like a forest.

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  18. I've made one selvedge project -- now saving them is a habit and I have several gallon bags full. Thanks for the new ideas, Sharon.

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  19. I am collecting selvedges. Your project is simply awesome. Love the silhouette!

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  20. I have always wanted to do a selvedges project. I love the silhouette.

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  21. Great idea with the selvedges and the Owls! Love it. Thanks for the wonderful ideas!

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  22. This is such a neat idea! I've been saving selvedges too.

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  23. Very wise of you to try a small project with the selvedges. I don't keep them (except a few really cute ones I give to a member of our group who is collecting them). I've seen some very creative uses for them though.
    Pat

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  24. I love that you made your own stripes with pieces of fabric a lot of sewists throw away. Your little wall hanging is stunning.

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  25. Now that's an interesting project. I love it. Bravo! ;^)

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  26. I love the owl picture with the selvage. I am going to make a selvage quilt. It makes it original.

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  27. This is fabulous. I love the use it up approach and you did so well with it!

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  28. What a great idea using selvages for background fabric! Thank you for sharing!

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  29. I love your walk through the forest. It has worked so well.

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  30. Wonderful use of your selvage strips. The applique owl was a striking surprise addition to the walk in your forest colors. Thanks for the tips in sewing straight and using craft felt for wall hangings ... :) Pat

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  31. Great applique background. I never would have thought of using selvages that way. Thanks for sharing the tip about craft felt for wall hangings.

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  32. wow this is a wonderful idea. i have been saving selvedges and now I know what to do with them. thank you
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  33. I keep selvedges too, but haven't used them and think this would be fun. Your wall hanging is awesome, Sharon. Definitely fits the "stripe" theme and thank you for the idea!

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  34. I love to see selvage projects - definitely stripes. Love the colors you used with the owl. Someone made a bag with mostly red selvages a few years ago - it was adorable.

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  35. What an awesome use of selvages! Wonderful project!

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  36. A very creative use of selvedges. Love your owl, too.

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  37. Love your project. I have lots of selvages.

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  38. Using selvages for your stripes is brilliant! Very cute result!

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  39. That is really clever! What a fun experiment!

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  40. Wow! Fabulous use of the selvedges. Such a fun project.

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  41. I love your take on the stripes theme. I’ve been tempted to add playing with selvedge to my repertoire after seeing what fun everyone has doing it, but your little owl is truly inspiring. 😉 Carol

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  42. Such a fun way to use selvages! I love it as a background for silhouette applique. What a great NEW!

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  43. Love this clever way to use selvages.

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