I just finished sewing the beads and binding on the selvage quilt.
I am really happy with it; it is so different from anything I've done, although the fish motif has been one of my favorites for a few years.
It is a combination of fusing and machine embroidery and thread painting, done completely using selvages.
I was determined not to make it a traditional log cabin, like many selvage quilts, and I wanted some curves instead of all right angles...
I had been saving selvages for years, with nothing particular in mind, and
when the Needle Me This Quilt Shop in Burnsville, NC announced a Selvage Challenge, that was all I needed! Some friends also gave me some of their selvages, and they can play "Where's Waldo" looking for theirs in the piece.
Burnsville is very close to Asheville, one of my favorite places. It is a combination of artsy and craftsy, and in an area with a wealth of outdoor activities. We get there as often as possible, and hope to go this August, when there are several quilt shows going on simultaneously in Asheville and Burnsville.
I had enough selvages in different colors to do the background (33 inches wide by 28 inches tall) in shades of blue.
Then I chose red, orange, pink and yellow for the fish, so they would contrast and show up well against the background.
I sewed lots of beads on the blue background, and a few sequins on the fish.