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The Selvage Wall Quilt | Decorative Stitches create letters

by Sarah Vanderburgh

I’m working on a project this week using treasured selvages and the PFAFF passport 2.0. It’s a mini wall quilt that won’t take up too much space in my sewing room. In my previous post, I shared 5 key tips on how to make selvage fabric using features on the passport 2.0. If you don’t have selvages, you can use another fabric instead.

Selvage fabric stitched with straight and decorative stitches with excess selvage strip ends still attached

Selvage fabric completed with longer tails still attached

Today, I’ll share the materials list and start stitching the word feature of the wall quilt.



  • selvage fabric made in yesterday’s post OR 1 fat quarter
  • 1 fat-quarter, solid white
  • 6” x 22” piece of batting; I’m using a remnant of Inspira Fusible Fleece
  • 6” x 22” backing fabric


  • contrasting thread – I used blue
  • sewing thread
  • quilting thread in the same color as solid fabric (white in this sample)

Use decorative stitches to stitch our letters on white squares

I kept changing my mind on this part of the project. I want to make a wall quilt for my quilting room so I want it to have a sewing theme. While brainstorming for a word to use I realized that this small project could be made for several different purposes. I chose the word quilt, but you could just as easily use dream for a bedroom. You could make it shorter and use the words baby or home. If you like this project but don’t have even a tiny sliver of wall space in your quilting area, I encourage you to change it to suit your needs.

From the solid fabric cut

5 – 3½” squares

3 – 2” wide strips for binding

I used a pencil to lightly trace out the letter on each square on point. I included a copy of my letters if you want to trace them, but you can also freehand your letters making them approximately 2” wide and 3” tall. Use your preferred marking tool.

QUILT letters templates

Clear Open Toe Foot for IDT System

I used the regular straight stitch to sew the letter Q. I attached the Clear Open Toe Foot for IDT System to help me see in front of the needle using the red guide mark in the center as my stitch line. I used the needle-down button and went around the letter twice.

Stitched capital letter Q with Clear Open Toe Foot for IDT System laying on top of fabric

Letter Q stitched on point using Clear Open Toe Foot for IDT System

I’m happy with the Q block but I want to keep trying new things with this project so I’ll select different decorative stitches for the rest of the letters. To do this I considered the design of the stitch and chose one that I think will work out on the curves of the U.

Stitch card pullout on the PFAFF passport 2.0

Stitch card pullout on the PFAFF passport 2.0

I continued to choose a different stitch for each letter. I realized after I completed the U block that I could put some tear-away stabilizer under the fabric to help the stitches come out flat and even. I used the tear-away stabilizer for the rest of my letter blocks.

Close-up of stitching area with tear-away stabilizer visible under the fabric square; PFAFF passport 2.0

Stitching out the letter I with a tear-away stabilizer under the fabric

I got carried away while working on this project because I didn’t take photos of the letters before I started the next step!

I will have to share the finished letter blocks with a sneak peek of the next step – attaching the selvage pieces.

Overhead view of cutting mat with stitched letter blocks between cut selvage fabric pieces; PFAFF passport 2.0

Stitched letter blocks laid out with setting triangles

I’m delighted with how the stitched letters turned out. The PFAFF passport 2.0 continues to impress with its features that help me create this wall quilt project step by step. Join me tomorrow as I use selvage fabric as setting triangles for this mini quilt room wall quilt.

PFAFF passport 2.0 sewing machine

The PFAFF passport 2.0

This is part 2 of 5 in this series

Go back to part 1: 5 key tips for sewing with selvages on the PFAFF passport 2.0

Go to part 3: Using selvage fabric as setting triangles for a mini wall quilt


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