Fun with Selvedges

my little pail of selvedges was overflowing so I spent a bit of 'fun'time sewing them into 6.5" squares.  I cut out foundation pieces from plain white cotton, then sewed these strips on top.

This quilt is one that will stay here, since it's appeal lies mainly in the fact that it's a bit of a journal of most of the fabrics I've used over the last few years.

I had a blast putting these blocks together, even though I KNEW I should be working on that pile of quilts in the corner instead.

Why does it always have to be so much more fun to start something new and frivolous?!!


i've got a big stack of quilts right now all waiting for their respective spots.  Some going to new homes, some waiting to be listed in my shop, and a few are trying to worm their way into staying with me!

pixelated ♥

Assembling the Quilt Top Jacob's Ladder Value Quiltalong

Time for the final assembly of the blocks!  (if you're looking for the rest of this tutorial, click the Value Quiltalong under the Labels on the right sidebar-->

You will need 48 blocks total. (the photo above is 4 blocks put together)

Assemble the 48 blocks that you made in last weeks tutorial into 12 large diamond blocks as shown above.

Then sew those 12 large blocks together like this.  It will be 3 x 4 big blocks.

Now for the borders.  I was not originally planning on adding borders, and you sure don't have to either.  If you like the way your quilt looks at this point, then don't add them.  I decided I wanted the darker color to frame the whole quilt, so I added a border at the last minute.  It also has the added benefit of making it bigger without a lot of extra work.

On my original cutting instructions post, I said to cut 8 strips that were 6" wide from your border fabric.  Now take two strips and sew them together on one short end.  Make 4 long strip sets like this.  You should have four long strips that measure 6"x 80"ish.

Press these long pieces well so they lie flat.

Now it's time to measure the quilt and cut the borders to the right size.  I start with the side borders.

Lay your quilt top flat on the floor.  ( I know mine is hanging, just prentend it's on the floor)  Take a measuring tape and carefully measure the length from top to bottom in three spots.  Measure close to each side, and up the middle.  In a perfect world these measurements would all line up.  In real life they might vary a bit, although hopefully not more than an inch or so!

Take an average of these three measurements, and that is the magic number that you will cut your two side borders.  

Take two of those long border strips and cut them to this length.  Now find the mid point on both the border piece, and the side of your quilt.  I just fold them in half and put a pin at the center fold.  Now pin the border on to you quilt side, matching up the center and ends, and then pinning along the sides.  Now you can sew the border on!

Doing it this way will keep your border from being bigger than the quilt top, and will keep away the dreaded rippling effect.

Repeat the above process for the border on the other side of your quilt, then press these seams.

Now lay your quilt flat again, and measure the across the quilt horizontally in three places (including those side borders you added)

Follow all the same steps that you used for the side borders, and now your quilt top is completed!!

Jacob's Ladder Value Quiltalong Block Tutorial

Here is the block tutorial for the Jacob's Ladder Value Quilt.  You can find earlier discussion on this quilt, as well as cutting instructions, by clicking on the Value Quiltalong Label on the right hand sidebar  -->

Here is what you'll need to make a quilt the size of mine.  

In the above diagram I've broken down this block into the three individual components that will make this quilt.  As you can see, we've got half square triangles, and then two different bunches of nine patches, their only difference being the value/colors used.

Let's start with the half square triangles:

Next we'll make the medium/dark nine patch units:

Now we're almost done, just gotta make the medium/light nine patches.

So once again, these are the blocks you should have:

Next we'll be ready to start assembling blocks!  I'll be back in a few days on that one.

Meanwhile, I've had a few requests for fabric and block amounts for some of the other value variations I showed you.  If you're interested, I'll post the basic amounts needed for any of the variations that you'd like.  Just let me know in the comments and I'll try to get on that next week as well!  Happy quilting!