For an ‘official’ definition of selvage, one can visit Wikipedia here. Though many quilters have encountered this piece of fabric countless times, how many have used them as a basis for constructing a quilt? Common wisdom suggests that these pieces must be discarded before starting any sewing project, but being the rebel that I am, I don’t usually. For some time I’ve been saving these pieces of usually discarded bits of fabric, because I found them interesting enough to do something with them.
I’m using a “quilt-as-you-go” method, which is something like a jigsaw puzzle approach to quilting – you finish many squares (giving you essentially a handful of mini-quilts) and, once you have a group, you join them together into a large quilt.
One fun tutorial (there are heaps!) can be found here.This technique is fun, and so much easier when space is at a premium, or when the gymnastics of negotiating giant pieces of fabric and batting around a sewing machine is problematic.
Here are 26 Quilt As You Go tutorials as well. As you can see, much can be done with the technique.