Amy from 13 Spools designed this Spokes quilt block to incorporate the selvage– the finished edges of manufactured fabric. Amy has been sewing since the age of seven and turned to quilting with serious passion in 2011. Take a look at her tutorials at 13 Spools and here are some of her modern quilts, including Amy’s Fire & Ice pattern.
While we’re on the topic… What is your preferred spelling for the finished fabric edge?– “Selvage” or “selvedge?” It looks like “selvage” might be the US-version with “selvedge” in the UK, but we see the word spelled both ways just about everywhere! Looking for more quilt blocks? We have a great selection of tutorials.
Selvage Spokes Quilt Block
- 12.5” x 12.5” piece of background fabric
- 12.5” x 12.5” piece of lightweight fusible interfacing
- 16 selvedge pieces measuring 3” x 4” (the selvedge edge will run 4”)
- Marking tool
Step 1: Trace the Pattern
Find the center of your fusible interfacing by folding it in half in each direction and creasing. Line up the center of the half circle Spokes Pattern with the center of the interfacing. Trace with your sewing-safe marking tool, flip the pattern and trace the other half. *Tip: Be sure to draw on the non-bumpy side of the interfacing.
Step 2: Extend the Lines
Using a ruler, extend the straight lines to the edges of the interfacing.
Step 3: Attach the First Piece
Line up the edge of your first selvedge piece with one of the lines. Place the piece so that it just barely covers the inner circle. Pin.
Step 4: Attach Pieces 2 – 15
a) Place the next piece on top of the previous piece. Look at the markings inside and outside the wheel to line it up as well as you can with the next line. Place the piece so that it just barely covers the inner circle. Pin.
b) Sew along the selvedge. There are a number of places you can sew; I chose to sew just past the thicker area of the fabric so I would not be sewing through any selvedge markings. (The arrows in the photo point to the stitching.)
c) Fold the attached piece over (wrong side facing up). Use your scissors to cut the excess from the previous piece about ¼” from the seam.
d) Repeat with the remaining pieces through Piece 15.
Step 5: Attach Piece 16
a) Fold open Piece 15 (wrong side facing up) to move it out of the way. Pull back the Piece 1 (which is still pinned) and cut through the interfacing just past the selvedge line. Cut well into the inner circle.
b) Fold the quarter of the block to the right of Piece 16 down and out of the way.
Attach Piece 16 following the directions in Step 4.
Step 6: Close the Circle
a) Lay the block on a flat surface. Fold Piece 16 over (wrong side facing up).
b) Unpin the first piece and fold it over (wrong side facing up). Line up the cut edges of the interfacing.
c) Trim excess from Piece 16 so that Piece 1 can overlap. Be careful not to overcut.
d) Flip Piece 1 back over. Pin and sew along selvedge.
Step 7: Trim
Flip the block over and cut along the outer circle. Then slip scissors in the slit in the inner circle to cut along the inner circle.
Step 8: Attach to Background
a) Find the center of your background fabric by folding it in half in each direction and creasing by finger pressing.
b) Center the wheel by matching four of the selvedges to the creases.
c) Iron on wheel, following the instructions for your fusible interfacing.
d) Zig zag around the inner and outer edges to secure.