Thursday, January 17, 2013

Fight To The Salvage Edge

I have a confession to make:  I don't like salvages.  They bother me, I don't know why they do, they just do!  The first thing I do when I get fabric is iron it up nicely and cut off the salvages and then I would throw them out.  More recently though I have been collecting them for a blogging friend I have never met in person.  Once I started saving them I realized just how much time one takes to prepare one's fabric before the start of a project.  Once I had a gallon Ziplock bag full of these pesky little pieces I went off to mail them.  I found out it was going to cost less to wait and mail the package off when I had more than twice as much to send her.  I really wanted to get the package off to her by the end of the year, thus began my quest to find all the salvages in my house to get that package filled!  I am a couple weeks behind as you can see.

Z's Christmas Dress Fabric
I know some of you are distressed that I might lose the information that the salvage gives me, but I have solved that by taking pictures of my more recent fabric purchases.  I also keep my old copies of Hancock of Paducah's Fabric Porn Swatch catalogs as well as the Catalogs that Connecting Threads sends me.  A couple weeks ago I was trying out a class/group at The Old Craft Store called Moda U (they talk all about Moda fabrics, precuts, patterns as well as they complete a quilt top together using Moda Fabric).  Another visiting new lady won a Charm pack of lovely Pinks, Creams and Black Fabric.  From my ogling my past swatch catalogs I recognized it as a Moda line from a 18 months ago!  But I digress...

As I was getting ready to finally mail the package off I decided to show you all the pesky lovely pieces I was mailing off.  Next week I will share will you the Project Kits I was able to get prepared in my quest to clean up the salvages!  I am going to get this place organized as we prepare for Ziona's first Birthday party!  Can you tell I am excited?
This is what is in the first bag in the box, there certainly is a variety!
2nd Bag of Salvages, perhaps a little more mute in colors.
I am already working on filling another bag with salvages as I trim, prep and organize!  See you for a finish tomorrow!



  1. Hi. I am not a huge lover of selvedges either but I had to share this with you so that you can at least see the beauty that others can create with them.
    I would never do something like this and save mine for a friend who wants to make a selvedge quilt but I can appreciate what they can become - although all those seams!!!!

  2. I do love salvages...but I am strange...LOL. I have seen some pretty cool stuff done with them.

  3. Those selvedges look fun all bundled together - sort of like quilter's candy!

  4. I keep all other bits and dabs of fabric but not selvages... yet!

  5. I am asking my mother in law to collect her selvages for me! I can't wait to do something with them. It is so nice you are collecting them for a friend...I wonder what she will make!

  6. I promise not to dislike you because you dislike selvages. :) That "fellowship" selvage is awesome. I have LOTS of selvages and love sewing with them. I actually categorize them by theme! Nuts, I know. But you will make someone really happy with your bags of selvages. Thanks so much for linking up!!

  7. Those selvedges look fab in the picture but I don't sew with them either. I always thought it was a bad idea to keep them in because they shrink differently - perhaps thats an old wives tale? I'm about to use some some for a bee block (selvedges requested) so maybe I'll sew up one and wash it and see what happens. Looking forward to your finish :)

  8. You have a lucky friend ;-) I know what you mean about the amount of time it takes to prepare the fabrics before using them. When I first started sewing I did not realize one had to remove the selvages. After a few failed projects one learns quickly.


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