25 September, 2013

For One Day


Selvages.

Because I use a lot of fabric, I seem to hoard a lot of fabric, I have a lot of selvages. A few years ago I started saving them (instead of... GASP! throwing them away). They filled my giant jar slowly and steadily. Then they ended up all over my basement as the kids got their hands in the jars. Recently I cleaned up my jars - strings were donated for charity quilts, snippets got sewn together a bit, and the selvages were sent away.

You see, I may keep the selvages. I may admire the selvage quilts you find, but I have no real interest in making one. I've got enough want-to-dos on my list that a selvage quilt will never find its way to the top of the list. So I packed them up and sent them off to quilty friends who would make very good use of them.

It is easy to get caught up in making every single cool idea you see. So easy to think you need to keep everything for one day. I just saved my stuff for someone else's one day.


And now my jar is empty, all ready to be filled as I play with fabric again.


10 comments:

Brenda said...

so true -- one quilter can't make everything, so good for you for sharing.

Suzanne said...

You may have just liberated me from a project that I have been saving for for a long time. Whew!

Lorna McMahon said...

Here I was just considering starting my own collection. Sew kind of you to pass them along to others. Very pretty photos!

doodlebugmom said...

I have been saving my selvages too. I keep thinking I will make some small projects with mine, like potholders or zippered pouches. Someday! lol

Allison said...

Oh I know I know I have to whittle down the have to make list and fill it only with highly loved priorities but that is so hard to do! You are my hero:)

Andrea said...

Yes!! Get rid of it! I'm glad you made it someone else's treasure, now on to more exciting things!

Sheryl said...

I've never really understood selvedge craze. I mean they're interesting and all, and I like being able to easily identify my fabrics ... but the desire to make anything from them has never really struck me.

Anne said...

You are so right that there are just way too many good ideas out there. We can't do them all and definitely don't need the guilt if we don't make them all. Your solution to save and pass on is a great one.

Sandra said...

Riel at quispamsisquilter.blogspot.ca
makes THE most amazing quilted pieces from selvages. Check out her page, you're sure to be amazed at what can be done.

sewkatiedid said...

I'm the same with selvedges, though I have taken to using them as ribbons on presents.