Happy nearly-Friday. I'm squeaking in under the wire to submit my Selvage Quilt to Amy's Spring Quilt Festival.
I can barely even remember how I got the idea in my head to do a selvage quilt. I must have stumbled onto one of the selvage groups on Flickr and the next thing I knew, I was up to my eyeballs in selvage.
They say that it takes a village, and in this case, it truly did. One of my favorite things about this quilt is that the majority of the more than 1,100 selvages came from other people. I accumulated lots of selvage by trading my yardage for them, but there were many other bits that were just donated to me. People who were following my progress or hearing my pleas on Flickr for selvages would tuck some into a parcel they were already sending me. Occasionally, I'd receive an envelope with a few selvages from a quilty friend - no note, no request for reciprocation. Accumulating selvages for this quilt really showed me what a wonderful community Flickr is.
When I started this quilt, I had planned to make a lap-sized quilt, but I was urged to consider making it bed-sized. I was told that a project like this is a once-in-a-lifetime piece and to go big or go home. The finished quilt is 68"x85" and looks lovely on a twin bed, even though I use in on the couch as an extra large throw.
As much as I love looking at the quilt as a whole, I can get lost in it looking at each individual strip of selvage. While I don't know where or from whom each strip came from, I know which are from my stash - each piece has a memory associated with it. As I glance at the quilt now as I type, I see the print I used to make Sprout a dress. And there's the skeleton print I used to make Bean some Halloween pajama bottoms.
A huge thank you to Amy for hosting such a wonderful quilt festival. I'm honored to have my quilt among so many other gorgeous works of art. Do spend some time going through them all here - there is some amazing eye candy that will certainly get your creative juices flowing.