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Monday, November 29, 2010

Selvedge Christmas Tree Quilts

I am a big fan of Karen Griska and her Selvadge blog and am always amazed at all the different projects that can be made from these interesting little strips of fabric that we all used to discard before we learnt the error of our ways.   What about using some Christmas selvedges, I wondered.  Out came my collection, and I carefully looked at all the Christmas ones, seeking inspiration.  How about a simple triangular Christmas Tree?  Selecting my strips, I stitched them onto a triangular homespun base, overlapping each raw edge with a selvedge.
DSCF4443 Close up of the Christmas selvedge's
I then trimmed the edges, then stitched the whole thing onto a plain background, and finished the edges with green ric rac.  It was so easy I soon made two Christmas  triangles.  I finished the quilts with a Christmas print border, and with a bit of simple machine quilting, the two wall hangings were soon completed.  Last step was to sew the hanging sleeves on the back, and stitch on a gold start button on top of each tree.  This smaller one with the red and green border is for me.
I used a lighter Christmas print for the second one.  This  has been made as a gift for my pen friend Carol who first introduced me to Karen and her Selvadge Blog some time ago.  I hope she likes it.
DSCF4732  For Carol
These were so quick to make that there would be time for any of you to whip up something similar for a Christmas gift. 


Linda said...

Very cute, Jenny! I'm a fan of Karen's blog too. She has such great ideas. I'm still saving lots of selvages, anticipating making a Spider Web quilt with them. Enjoy your selvage piece.

Selvage Quilter said...

What beautiful Christmas trees, Jenny. The ric-rac is a nice touch, and it covers all the edges too. Great idea.
Thanks for sending your friends to my blog.
Hello to Carol too!

Sharyn Mallow Woerz said...

Brilliant using the ric-rak to finish the edges, great job!

SandyQuilts said...

Oh how adorable. I'm adding that to my 'gift' lift for 2011. LOL

Riel said...

Cool! Isn't selvage quilting fun?! I really like your trees. I especially like the one on the white background. I am making a selvage snowman for my Christmas selvage project. Cheers from Canada, Riel