Disclaimer: The products in this post were given to me by Island Batik and industry partners at no cost to me.
The June Challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors was Try It! I've been wanting to make a Jelly Roll rug for a while so it seemed like perfect timing.
This month's project could be any size, any technique.
I ordered the Jelly Roll Rug pattern from another shop on Etsy. I used Island Batik's Twilight Chic 2-1/2" strip pack, Hobbs cotton batting, and Aurifil thread in a medium brown to make my rug.
Here's a closer look at the Twilight Chic fabrics. Aren't they gorgeous? I've been wanting so much to use them. It's been sheer torture to save them all year for this project. Those yellows! The purples! The deep dark blues and greens!
The first step to making a strip rug is to cut the batting into strips. This was the only part I didn't enjoy. By the end of the batting cutting my hands were red and sore. I can see why it would be helpful to purchase pre cut batting strips, or maybe next time I will use a thinner batting. I wonder how this would work with Hobbs Thermore.
Next, I sewed all of the Twilight Chic strips together into one long strip. It looked like this coming out of my sewing machine.
Then I sewed the batting into my long strip.
I ended up with this huge unruly ball.
Next I began sewing the strips together into the rug itself. I used a beautiful medium brown Aurifil thread for all of the stitching on this project. It looks nice with the spectrum of color ~ yellow, blue, green, and violet.
My kitty cats found this project especially interesting. That long fabric strip moving and the rug growing. I'm sure they think I made it for them. This is Ragamuffin, my youngest cat and biggest quilting helper.
Trail Mix liked this project, too. She kept coming along and trying to nap on my rug.
When I completed the stitching, my rug looked like this. It was amazing how much I was able to flatten it with careful pressing.
This is my completed rug! I love it and can't wait to make another one. It was fun to try this technique, and I learnt a lot. I have an idea to make a rug that will fit into my super skinny farmhouse hallway next.
Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.
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