Amy is hosting the Blogger´s Quilt Festival again, and just in time I finished my selvage quilt that I want to show you now.
I call it "Selvage Stars - my 1930s Fabric Collection", because all the selvages are from my stash of reproduction 30s fabrics. If you already know my blog, you know that I love nothing more than my 30s fabrics, and that´s why I also love this quilt very much. It is like a catalog of my favorite fabrics. More than 10 years of collecting are in it, and when I look at it I see a lot of good old friends. There is the ever popular Aunt Grace from Judie Rothermel, Darlene Zimmerman, Windham Feedsacks, Everything but the Kitchen Sink, and a lot more.
I live in Germany, and it is nearly impossible to buy reproduction fabrics here because they are quite unknown. So I order almost all my fabrics online at US shops. I really don´t know what to do without the internet! ;-)
For this quilt I sorted my selvage strips by color and sewed them onto muslin diamonds to form the stars.
I then quilted it by machine as well as by hand, using variegated embroidery threads and big stitch quilting with an embroidery needle in the blue background areas. Because of the multiple layers of muslin and selvages, it is hard to quilt these parts of the quilt by hand. So I used a bit of machine quilting and did the rest by tying the layers together with embroidery thread in matching colors. The big stitch quilting was a lot of fun, and I think I´ll use this technique again in the future.
I wanted to repeat the selvage theme in the binding, and so I sewed long strips of printed selvages to muslin strips and used these as the binding. It went surprisingly well. Only at the corners it is a little bit bulky because of the extra fabric.
Of all quilts that I did until now I think that this is one of my absolute favorites because of all the memories that are linked with the fabrics. There is so much to look at, to read the words, to see the little color windows, to feel the soft hairy edges of some of the selvages. It´s definitively not my last selvage project!
Thank you Amy for all your work with the Online Festivals! They are so much fun for all of us!