On the list of quilts I wanted to make this summer was another selvage quilt. I have a large bag of selvages, many sent by women across the country who are part of Swap-bot. So I went through Karen Griska's book, (click here) and looked through her examples. I saw one I like most of all and immediately began pulling dark prints from my stash for the background parts. Ah, some stash busting! Then I had to do other things but my mind kept nattering on how I would piece it. Suddenly it seemed more difficult that I had thought. Never mind, I could do it.
The next morning I sorted the pile of dark prints, added and subtracted and then had the very good idea to read Karen's directions for this complex quilt. WELL... I should-a done that in the first place! Her method is super easy and totally sensible. Why didn't I think of that? So I set to work -- this being while my computer was in the shop and I was looking for ways to allay my irritation that it was taking so long. Above is the result, minus an outside border [added after the picture was taken] and of course, minus batting and backing although the backing has been picked out -- two more stash pieces one of which was pre-washed but the other must be washed so I can't put it together just yet. I like this particular design very, very much. Using selvages satisfies all the frugalista urges I have and I love writing on quilts and the surprising designs of the color dots and the selvages that have a fringy finish add just that much more interest. Finishing it will be a joy.
This strip quilt was made using drier sheet as the foundation. This quick and easy method is always fun because I can choose exactly which piece comes next but will always be surprised when I put several together and see the patterns formed.
The mid-70s are a surprise! Part of me remains in the 50s -- age, I mean, not decade of 20th century. It's a joy ride, new experiences land in my lap and I've become a better quilter, poet, writer than I expected. It's a rich life for a person never rich financially. Hey, this is what the mid-70s are like!