Around the Block

I’d never heard of selvedge quilting before my buddy Katie made the most amazing pillow I’d ever seen. Love at first sight, I’m telling you.

I’ve recently joined a quilt guild* and our May challenge was to reinvent the classic log cabin block. My mind went back to that cool pillow and I knew what direction I wanted to take for my piece.

I used a 100 percent cotton babywale corduroy for the center. The rest of the block is made up with selvedges from various fabrics I’ve used.

Although I own the book Quilts From the Selvedge Edge, I didn’t look in it to see if there was a log cabin re-do until I was most of the way through my block. Come to think of it, I didn’t even look at the basic selvedge sewing directions before I started, which probably would have helped me a great deal. Live and learn, baby.

This was the first “free form” quilting I’ve done on anything, although I use that term lightly — mostly because I have no idea what I’m talking about. I thought the wavy lines would be cool and used my disappearing fabric ink pen to draw them on the block before sewing.

It may not be perfect but it was a good introduction to piecing with selvedges. I’m definitely hooked! You know, because I don’t have enough crafty addictions already.

*The Fearless Friday Guild meets at 10 a.m. on the first Friday of the month at Intown Quilters.