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In 2010, when making a quilt—I tried out a new way of putting a selvage block together,
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I love using selvages in my projects, and found
this selvage block worked perfectly in this quilt design. It is really quite easy, and once you get in some
practice there really isn`t any need for pins; however, this may still be an option for you. It worked great
To begin, I gathered up my selvages and fusible
interfacing. My project needed a 4" block. So, I cut the selvage strips 4 1/2" long and the interfacing into 4
1/2" squares. The fusible interfacing does not require a marked grid. I had this in my supply cabinet, as I had
used it for another project.
Selvage strips - 4 1/2" long
Fusible Interfacing - 4 1/2" squares
Once I had cut enough pieces of selvage strips and interfacing squares, I was ready to fuse the strips onto the
interfacing. Then placing the interfacing on the ironing surface, fusible side facing up, I carefully pressed
one strip at a time onto the fusible side of the interfacing with my iron. I used a blank selvage strip on both
sides, as these were going to be sewn into other blocks.
Adding Selvages onto Interfacing
Here, you can see... that I continued with this process until all the blocks I needed, were completed! The back
side of the block is now safe to iron, as the fusible side of the interfacing is completely covered with
Front of Block
Back of Block
Now, we are ready to stitch down the selvage strips so they will stay in place when continuing with the
I was able to stitch the whole block without
stopping or cutting the thread. First, start by sewing down one edge of the selvage, stitching across the
bottom of the strip and then continuing back up the next strip, until all the strips have been sewn down. See
stitching direction in photo with green lines, below.
Stitching the Rows of Selvage Strips
Stitching Line shown in Green
Chain-stitching the Blocks
When all the selvage strips have been sewn down,
it is time to trim the blocks. I needed these blocks to be 4" square and so cut them to that size. They are now
ready to use in my quilt project.
Trimming the Block
I was delighted to find another quilt project, for my 2010 quilt challenge, that I could use more of my
saved selvages. It is clear to see that once a new technique is learned that we do enjoy, many great ideas
If you haven`t yet tried making a selvage
quilt and wish to see what the excitement is all about, check out
the selvage blog.
Hope this tutorial was helpful and I wish you many
happy hours of creating your own beautiful quilts!!
This tutorial was first posted
on my blog on
July 21, 2010. (This blog has since been closed.)