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,
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.
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Monday, February 22nd