Book Review of “Modern Selvage Quilting” by Riel Nason

I am thrilled to bring you a book review today of “Modern Selvage Quilting” written by Riel Nason. I have been a follower of Riel’s blog for several years and I am so happy for her that she has a selvage quilting book coming out. I have seen photos online of so many of Riel’s amazing selvage quilts and have wanted to try it myself but wasn’t sure how to go about it.

Riel is an award winning Canadian novelist and her second novel is coming out later this year. “Modern Selvage Quilting” is her first quilting book. The introduction in “Modern Selvage Quilting” is artfully crafted and interesting to read as is the little trivia game section at the end of the book. As a reader one can tell she is a gifted wordsmith.

Modern Selvage Quilting
You can order the book from {affiliate link} C&T Publishing.

I mentioned to C&T Publishing that I was very interested in reviewing this new book and they kindly gave me access to an electronic review copy. Riel teaches us three techniques for selvage quilting as well as what we need to do to make sure the selvages we save are usable for our projects. I learned so much from reading this book! I have been quilting for 19 years and this is further proof that there is always something new to learn and a new technique to try. There are 17 projects in this book.

I am calling this the Slow Stitching Selvage pincushion.
This little selvage pincushion was a fun little Sunday afternoon project. I am calling it the “Slow Stitching Selvage pincushion” because of all the little turtles on it. The turtles are from Aneela Hoey’s “Little Apples” fabrics. Confession: I fussy cut the little TVs off a yard of Lori Holt fabric that I just bought and haven’t even cut into yet. I may be secretly thinking of cutting selvages off fabrics in my stash before I’m even ready to sew with them. As difficult as it will be to send this adorable little pincushion away I am going to give it to Diane in my #CanuckBdayClub because it is perfect for her. She loves slow stitching projects.
I very easily understood the techniques required to start making my own selvage quilting projects and one thing I learned right away is that you need a lot of selvages and they need to be cut off the fabric with a certain small amount of the fabric still attached to them to make them usable. Different techniques require different amounts of usable fabric. I soon found that many of my salvages that I had tried to save did not have enough fabric left on them. I am going to get a cute bucket and call it my selvage bucket so I can toss my selvages in there as soon as I cut them off my fabrics.

I love this quote from the book:

“Selvages are like ticket stubs you keep from a fabulous show. Selvage quilts are scrapbooks where you display them.”

As Riel said in the book, selvages used for these quilt projects are free supplies because the selvage used to be something that was thrown away. I am now converted to a full fledged selvage saver! I recommend this book without hesitation. It is well written, has innovative quilting ideas and contributes to environmentally friendly crafting by using something that used to go in the garbage.

Order online from C&T Publishing.

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  1. I just saw the link to this on Twitter. This is so wonderful Anita! Thank you so very much for reviewing the book! I love your pincushion and hope you have fun making more projects!!!

  2. I got my copy of the book a few days ago and have been carrying it around in the bag on my walker, reading it and dog-earing the pages (I'm so bad) for the projects I want to do. I've already sorted through my limited supply of selvages twice, hoping that they would have miraculously grown since the last time I looked . . .

  3. Hi Riel,
    You're so welcome! Thank you so much for writing it! I am definitely ordering a hard copy. I am proud to support a fellow Canadian quilter! Congratulations! 🙂

  4. Hello! I am in search of copies of your book Modern Selvage Quilting for an upcoming quilting class that I will be teaching. Do you have any copies?

    Thank you! Charla Reese

    1. Hi Charla,
      That is not my book. I believe I wrote a blog post about it a few years ago but I am not the author.
      Thank you,

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