A Layer Cake and some Selvages


I was inspired by this blog:

and all that she and others were making with selvages. (I have always spelled it selvedge, and I have since learned that both spellings are correct.)

I ordered her book on Amazon,

but couldn’t wait for the book to get here. (Oh–I have since received the book, and I do like it. Lots of good pictures.)

First I tried making a half log cabin with the square in one corner instead of the center. I had a bright center and was putting selvages on two sides of the square. Two blocks later, and I wasn’t loving it. It was going too slow. Often when I experiment with something I want quick-ish results.

Many of you know me and my love of precuts. Well I grabbed a layer cake. (This one happens to be 9 by Sanae.) and started sewing. Two blocks later, and I was loving it this time. It was fun. Something that made it more fun was responses I got from other quilters. I had a few blocks done and showed them around and my friends started giving me their selvages. So now not only is the quilt a selvage quilt, but it also like a signature quilt — my friend’s “signatures” are there in their selvages. TOO FUN!

Here’s the picture:

Not the best picture. It is smaller than it looks because it is on a toddler bed. It is a good throw size.

One of these days I think I will have to make a selvage bag, but that project is definitely for another day.


  1. The Wheeler 5
    September 30, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    i really like how those look. one day i’ll have to try one for myself. except that now i have to rebuild my stash of selvage, i gave i’ll i had to you!
    now, it has obviously been too long since i’ve been to your house. where is this picture taken?? downstairs in the girls room? i don’t think i remember you painting it. anyway…we need to come down one on these days!

  2. jEn paiGe
    September 30, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    I love it! That is so cute! You are great!

  3. Moose on the Porch Quilts
    September 30, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    You don’t recognize that part of the house because it is on display at Cherry Tree Cottage in Spanish Fork!

  4. Jill
    October 20, 2009 at 8:14 pm

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  5. Jill
    October 20, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    I love it! Just beautiful! I recently made a black and white zinger selvage quilt, and I am waiting for it to be quilted on the longarm at my local quilt store.
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