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Using selvage fabric as setting triangles for a mini wall quilt

by Sarah Vanderburgh

This project is turning out even cuter than I thought it would! I’m delighted with the simple design elements coming together to make the mini wall quilt for my quilting room. In yesterday’s post, I used the decorative stitches on the PFAFF passport 2.0 to stitch the letter blocks. Today it’s all about cutting the selvage fabric to use as setting triangles. If you’re new to setting triangles the size of this project is ideal for trying out this quilting technique!

Before I started to cut the unit pieces I needed from the selvage fabric I sewed one straight line approximately ¼” away from the edge of the selvage fabric where the leftover selvage edges are trailing.

Closeup detail showing stitch line on the reverse side of selvage fabric ¼” from edge

Sewing a seam line ¼” away from the selvage leftover edge

Cutting the unit pieces

I cut my units from the selvage fabric with the selvage side facing down on the cutting mat, I find it easier to see my cutting lines on the reverse side.

  1. Cut 11” in from the right side of the reversed fabric.
  2. Cut 2 strips from the 11” piece at 5½” and trim the bottom edge to a 3” strip.

Cutting from reverse side of selvage fabric an 11” piece that is subcut into 3 more strips.

Subcut an 11” piece from the selvage fabric into 3 more strips.

3. From each of the two 5½” rows, cut 2 – 5½” squares. From the 3” strip, cut 2 – 3” squares: you will have a leftover piece on this row.

Selvage fabric rows subcut into squares

Subcut the rows into squares.

The final cuts will make the corner and side triangles for the wall quilt. There’s an extra 5½” square so you might want to look at the right side to choose which 3 you will use.

4. Cut 3 of the 5½” squares across each diagonal to make 4 triangles from each, for a total of 12 side triangles.

5. Cut each 3” squares on the diagonal to make 4 corner triangles. I cut the opposite diagonal on each square to create different-looking pieces on the reverse.

Overhead view of squares cut for the selvage project including 12 side and 4 corner triangles

Cut the 5½” squares on each diagonal and the 3” squares on one diagonal.

6. From the 12 setting triangles, choose 8 to use in the project. I chose yellow, green, and turquoise pieces for mine. My setting triangles will be pink and peach which I think is kind of fun!

Selvage fabrics right side up showing colors of selvages and stitching

Selvage side of 8 side and 4 corner triangles for a wall quilt

Reserve the rest of the selvage fabric to have the option to use for embellishments for the final piece.

On point layout

The next step is to lay the letter blocks out with their corresponding triangles.

The letters are on point and the rows will start with row 1 being just the left corner triangle.

There is a total of 7 rows in the project with the last row being the bottom right corner triangle. I played around with the layout of the triangles on my cutting mat before starting to sew the rows.

Letter blocks on cutting mat with side and corner triangle pieces arranged beside them

Letter blocks are arranged in rows with corresponding side and corner selvage fabric triangles.

Sew individual rows

  1. To sew the Q row, line up the bottom edge of the left side triangle with the letter block and sew together.
  2. Sew the right corner triangle to the opposite side, find the middle of the triangle and sew with excess triangle points on each end. I trim off these points, called dog ears or sheep ears until the top is completely sewn.
  3. Press the seams to the Q block.
  4. The T row will go together the same way except the corner triangle will be on the left and the side triangle on the right.

Q block row has a side triangle on the left and a corner triangle on the right.

Sew the Q block row together.

5. To sew the U block row, sew with the bottom edge of the left side triangle lined up with the letter block. Line up the top edge with the letter block when sewing the opposite side triangle. Press both seams to the letter block.

6. The remaining letter rows will go together the same way.

U block row has a side triangle on each side of the letter block to set it on point

Sewing the U block row together.

Using selvage fabric brings details and texture to the wall quilt. The PFAFF passport 2.0 accurately sews the rows together to bring the wall quilt to life. Join me tomorrow, I’ll show you how the passport 2.0 easily handles sewing four layers of fabric.

PFAFF passport 2.0 sewing machine

The PFAFF passport 2.0

This is part 3 of 5 in this series

Go back to part 2: The Selvage Wall Quilt | Decorative Stitches create letters

Go to part 4: Sew thick seams quickly using the PFAFF passport 2.0 IDT system


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