Quote for the Day:
“As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.”
~Mary Anne Radmacher
Last week I received an email from another quilt blogger, Karen Griska of "Selvage Blog", to let me know that I had won the give-away she had hosted on her website! How exciting is that???
I've been following her blog for a few years now and LOVE that she posts pictures of quilts and other items made from selvages! For those of you who don't know what a "selvage" is, it's the tightly-woven edge of fabric where the fabric is attached to the weaving machine.
As a quilter, you cut those off because the weave is different and shrinks at a different rate than the rest of the quilt, and also because it usually has writing on it. This is where the manufacturer's info, designer's info, and color dots are located. Color dots indicate what dye lots were used in making that fabric.
For the very frugalest of us quilters, we tend to shudder at the thought of throwing away ANY of our precious fabric, so many of us "keep" those edges with "plans" of putting them to good use one day. Thanks to Karen, who has posted many links and pictures to fun and cute ways to use the selvages, people like myself have now started putting them to good use!
For example...a couple of years ago, I covered my ratty-looking sewing chair with selvages...
Today when I arrived home from work, there was a little box sitting on the front porch addressed to little, ol' MOI!!!
What could it be???
OH....there it is!!!!!!!!!!!
An ADORABLE little hand-made pincushion made from a little ceramic baby shoe and TWO custom hatpins!!!
The shoe/pincushion is about 2.5-3" long and stands about 1.5-2" tall (not including the hatpins!)
Also included in the box was Karen's postcard...
...with a hand-written not on the back...
I've seen her post pictures of the pincushions that she makes and sells in her Etsy shop, but if this little one is any indication, they are even more beautiful in person! :) Be sure to go visit her shop and check out her items for sale! https://www.etsy.com/shop/karengriskaquilts
Thanks so much, Karen! I love the pincushion! :)