Sewing On The Edge


Or to be more precise sewing with the edge...

One of the perks with Jess Wheelahan's Text/Type fabrics is the screen printing process leaves an edge of unprinted area. Of course my first thoughts were to cut it off, but then an idea came to me. What about incorporating them in my quilt. After all, those spacious edges are pieces of handy coordinated solids. Woohoo bonus!!

So with that knowledge, I got off the ledge and started to edge 
and here's what I came up with.

A framed Hourglass block

Who said you shouldn't do things by halves. 

Just a small piece adds a place for the eyes to rest

Easiest pinwheel ever, I just cut a square that was half printed and half solid edge then cut it in half, flipped one half and then sewed it back together. 

The change in the background makes the circle float!!

 It's a triangle made with a wedge of edge! And isn't it great to see that circle take the solid fabric from the outskirts to center stage

I'm waiting for better light to take a photo of the quilt top I've made with these blocks but I can show what I've put together for the backing. You know I always enjoy delving into the depths of my cupboard to pull together fun and crazy combinations of odd fabrics for my backings.

I mean really, Where else could I use my treasured fabric of cowboy ties. 

I'll get some good photos of my finished top and share it in the next post, I promise.  :)

Sewing On The Edge

35 comments

  1. Can't wait to see this quilt Rachael! You are a genius when it comes to working your fabric!

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  2. Oh Rachael you are sooo talented! OMG I love those cowboy ties...how cool are they!

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  3. What you have done with the solid edges of the print fabric is brilliant!!!! Very clever.

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  4. Wow, great ideas, Rachael! I love the framed hourglass. I'm interested to see it all come together. Is there a lot of the middle left over? ;)

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  5. I can't wait to see this one all put together! It's going to be amazing. (And those ties!!!)

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  6. You're onto something here Rachael! You watch all the fabric designers scramble to create negative/blank spaces within their fabric patterns for the purpose of creating blocks just like these ... you're so clever :)

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  7. Love what you did with these! So creative I would never have thought to do this.

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  8. Beautiful work -- or should I say PLAY!
    This is one time when it is probably best that you don't live next door to me -- I might have bonked you on the head & stolen that tie fabric!

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  9. What great ideas for the fabric, now I'm really looking forward to seeing more. Love the circles!

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  10. Wow!! I'm in love and havent even seen it. Excellent use of your fabric. I suspect you have something special there!

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  11. You are so CLEVER!! The effect that the use of the solids has is amazing.

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  12. You are so clever! (I don't think I could have ever cut into that tie fabric!)

    Look forward to the quilt!

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  13. Pure genius! They are stunning screen prints, is she local?

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  14. It looks like you have had a wonderful time playing with these fabrics. Love the way you have used the edges.
    The backing looks great. Such a wonderful way to use fabrics.

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  15. It looks like you have had a wonderful time playing with these fabrics. Love the way you have used the edges.
    The backing looks great. Such a wonderful way to use fabrics.

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  16. So glad you've used the unprinted areas, and so cleverly too, they look amazing. Can't wait to see it all together, this is so exciting!

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  17. Another brilliant idea Rachel. Looking forward to seeing the quilt top, it's going to be awesome.
    That tie fabric is amazing. I hope you've kept some to use in another project.

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  18. As always you are just so clever. Can't wait to see more.

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  19. Very cool Rachael! I can't wait to see what you have cooked up! Are those real cowboy ties or fabric of cowboy ties? If it is fabric...it is amazing! I guess ties would be pretty amazing as well!

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  20. You sure are making the most of those great prints! Fun to see all the different blocks you are creating. The cowboy tie fabric is soo fun and will be a great surprise on the backing. aren't pieced backings the most fun?

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  21. You sure are making the most of those great prints! Fun to see all the different blocks you are creating. The cowboy tie fabric is soo fun and will be a great surprise on the backing. aren't pieced backings the most fun?

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  22. You sure are making the most of those great prints! Fun to see all the different blocks you are creating. The cowboy tie fabric is soo fun and will be a great surprise on the backing. aren't pieced backings the most fun?

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  23. You have piqued my interest! I LOVE those cowboy ties, so very cool but then again you are the coolest!

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  24. What a good idea...you are so creative Rachael !...and you know I love those 50's looking COWBOY ties ! OMG, WHERE did you get that fabric ? I am truly looking forward to seeing the whole quilt !

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  25. Ingenious! I love what you've done! And your quilt backings are always the most creative. I've never seen a collection of cowboy ties. LOVE them. They fit right in so much of the western states' culture.

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  26. Aren't you clever! You're really getting an "edge up" on this fabric. Can't wait to see the full quilt top. Wow! That cowboy tie fabric is the best!!

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  27. This is going to be a very interesting quilt! Very clever use of fabrics :-)

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  28. Oh My goodness...you always think outside of the square and blow my mind.

    LOVE this and cannot wait to see the whole quilt...you clever girl!

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  29. You always let the fabric talk to you with great results. I'm waiting to see how all your magic blocks go together.

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  30. You star, you are so clever and creative.

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  31. I just marvel at what you do with fabric. You seem to see so many possibilities that escape me. It is a pleasure to see through your eyes.

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  32. You have done a wonderful job playing with those fabrics. I bet you had lots of fun playing with designs.

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