|Selvedges stashed in a drawer are finally brought to light when the drawer no longer closes.|
- Huge variety of lengths. Some selvedges are one-eighth yard while others are three yards.
- I saved both sides of the fabric. One has printed information while the other may not have any white at all.
- Some selvedges are bound-edge while others are fringe-edge.
- I don't want to use a foundation. (The Hotter'n Hell Hundred helps explain my disinterest in thick quilts. No. I have not raced, but I have lived through these summers.)
Starting on the woven edge, I backstitched to keep it from unravelling when I cut the thread close then sewed off the cut side.
A new problem arose. Because the selvedges can only be sewn one way, that loooong strip has to be cut in half before sewing two strips on the side. That's manageable although the strip is as long as Rapunzel's hair.
I tried to pair both selvedges from each fabric but otherwise just used them as they came. Random selection. They range in width from a scant half-inch to three inches. Greater consistency would be better if I cut selvedges again - perhaps one-inch past the printed section or 1.5 inches total.
Here's what it looks like with the first two strips sewn.
|Selvedges sewed end to end. Then overlapped and sewed together.|
|A second month of String tops from the Improv Book Study|
|Selvedge Race string sheet.|
It's time for our first Ad-Hoc Improv Quilt Link-up. Improv has so many different meanings. Although Kaja and I have written several posts recently, we are on tenterhooks to read your ideas and see how you've been working.