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using the salvage in a seam?

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Amy posted on Wed, Jan 23 2013 1:03 AM

I'm making a baby quilt and am literally two squares (2 1/2") short. If I cut the last 2 strips into the squares and use 1/8" or a  bit more of the salvage, I will have enough. These squares are sewn on the diagonal in the corners of blocks and then trimmed, making a triangle (flip and fold). So the tiny bit of salvage does show but should be taken up in the seam allowance once I sew the blocks together. Is there any reason I shouldn't use this minor bit of salvage? It really goes against the grain (ha...pun intended). I really hate to get more fabric for being 1/8" short on 4 blocks.

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Diana replied on Wed, Jan 23 2013 5:09 AM

I, personally, would use it.  I think I may have done exactly that once or twice over the 15 years of quilting.  Using the selvage is usually not a good idea because the weave is different, but for a bit that small, I don't think I would worry about it.   Go for it and enjoy your finished quilt.

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Answered (Not Verified) Kelley replied on Wed, Jan 23 2013 6:03 AM
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Go for it...

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Ramona replied on Wed, Jan 23 2013 9:29 AM

As a rule I wouldn't use it but in this particular case I'd absolutely go for it too. The salvage does shrink a bit more than the rest of the fabric.  If you had a lot of it in a quilt, it doesn't stretch when you put it on a longarm machine so it can make it more difficult to quilt.  I would be sure to sew that scant seam on a shorter stitch length just so it doesn't pull out.  Can't wait to see pictures!!

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Amy replied on Wed, Jan 23 2013 2:48 PM

Thanks all for your input. It will only be about 1/8" in 4 different corners, so not too bad. Probably was a stupid question for such a small amount, but I never used the salvage before. Just seems like I should be arrested or something...lol.

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Diana replied on Wed, Jan 23 2013 3:24 PM

Amy,    Just so you know.....there are no quilt police around here.....lol 

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TxQltr replied on Wed, Jan 23 2013 4:00 PM

Amy,  No worries.  I've done this before with no bad outcomes!!   I try not to, but have run short of fabric before as well... 

Can't wait to see pics!

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gini replied on Thu, Jan 24 2013 1:13 PM

I've used the sell edge with no problems.   I try not to, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.

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Carol replied on Sat, Jan 26 2013 10:13 PM

gini:

I've used the sell edge with no problems.   I try not to, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.

That's exactly right - today, was  down to the last border on the mystery, and if I had chopped off the selvedges on the last two lengths of fabric, I wouldn't have had enough to make the borders!  It came out just the right length after piecing them, didn't even have to trim~~couldn't believe I was that lucky!  So you just gotta do it

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