Tuesday, August 1, 2023

It's All Up to You ~ Island Batik Ambassador Challenge ~ August 2023

Hello there!  Welcome to August.  This month's Island Batik Ambassador Challenge is "It's All Up to You".  We were challenged to make whatever we want, which is really harder than it sounds.  There are so many things I want to make!  I decided to try another version of the Jelly Roll Rug.  This one is made using the Jelly Roll Rug + Pattern.  

Disclaimer:  The products used to make this project were given to me by Island Batik and Industry Partners.

Here's what the pattern looks like.  It's by R.J. Designs.  You can find it online, but I purchased my copy at Quiltique, a shop I checked out while visiting my parents in Las Vegas in June.  Quiltique did not have a lot of Island Batik fabrics, but they did have precuts of both of the Breast Cancer Awareness fabric collections, Positively Pink and Hope and Heart.  Oh yeah!  Island Batik everywhere!

The Jelly Roll Rug + pattern requires two rolls of 2-1/4" fusible batting strips.  I was excited to be using the strips I've received from Hobbs.  I've been saving them for just the right project,  Let me tell you, they worked like a dream for rug making.  I also used my Precious Pink 2-1/2" strip pack that I just received in my second shipment from Island Batik as part of the Ambassador program.  Did you see my unboxing video?  Trail Mix highly recommends it.

I used Schmetz needles to sew this project.  They zipped right through the multiple layers of fabric and batting strips.

I also used the beautiful pink variegated thread I received from Aurifil this time.  It looks gorgeous against all the different shades and tints of pink and contrasts nicely with the turquoise fabric I used as an accent.

If you've ever made the oval jelly roll rug, you know that you sew all your strips together to make one super long strip.  To make the square jelly roll rug, you cut your strips down into shorter lengths and stair step them together.  

After sewing the strips together into two sets, you cut out four large triangles to make the rug.

And here's the result!  My son and I decided to take the rug out to the beach for photos.

I think it looks great in the sunshine with the ocean blue in the background.

Jelly Roll Rug +

Rug Stats:
Rug size:  30" x 30"
Fabric:  Precious Pinks by Island Batik
Thread:  Aurifil
Batting:  Hobbs 2-1/4" Fusible Strips
Needles:  Schmetz
Pattern:  Jelly Roll Rug + by R.J. Designs

Have you seen my new studio?  I'm still cleaning it up and finishing the inside.  I can't wait to move in.  This is where my new rug is going to live.  I'll give a tour when everything is finished.

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.

Jennifer Thomas
Curlicue Creations

For maximum inspiration, be sure to visit all of the Island Batik Ambassadors to see what they are making too.  Here's the list:

Brenda Alburl ~ Songbird Designs
Renee Atkinson ~ Pink Tulip Quilting
Pamela Boatright ~ PamelaQuilts
Susan Deshensky ~ Lady Blue Quilts
Brittany Fisher ~ Bobbin with Brittany

Preeti Harris ~ Sew Preeti Quilts
Mania Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for quilts
Reed Johnson ~ Blue Bear Quilts
Victoria Johnson ~ Forever Quilting for You
Randi Jones ~ Randi’s Roost

Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs
Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Denise Looney ~ Quiltery – For The Love Of Geese
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack Made Mine

Anorina Morris ~ sameliasmum.com
Lisa Pickering ~ Lisa’s Quilting Passion
Sarah Pitcher ~ Pitcher’s Boutique
Claudia Porter ~ Create with Claudia
Lana Russel ~ Lana Quilts

Elita Sharpe ~ Busy Needle
Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
Sandra Starley ~ Textile Time Travels
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
Suzy Webster ~ Websterquilt

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