Well I jumped on the Jelly Roll Rug bandwagon and made a rug! The pattern is by Roma Quilts and you can find her pattern at her Etsy page here. I started making the ‘rope’ in January when I was at the Gimli Retreat using a Gemstone precut called Canadian Rockies. I started to sew it together at home and well….ended up with a very large bowl! I had a good laugh about that!
So I ripped it all out and started again after some advise from my Instagram friends! My mistake the first try was I was pulling the fabric through the sewing machine, you have to let the machine do the work. I also wasn’t working on a flat surface and just had my Bernina sitting on a table. So the second time around I but my Bernina in my Janome cabinet and added a table behind making a level work area. This worked so much better and I could see the difference right away. If you are making this rug and see it is starting to ‘bowl’ just stop and rip, don’t keep going like I did and think you can force it flat later!
My Bernina 350 did a fantastic job sewing this together, and I didn’t even have to use the walking foot! On my first try I started with my 6500 Janome with the walking foot on but it was skipping stitches and looked terrible. I quickly switched to the Bernina and had no stitching issues.
It now sits in front of my kitchen sink, nice and flat!
I was at a quilt retreat this past weekend with a group of local quilters. It was so nice to hang out with these talented ladies and work on a few of my own projects. I made three more Diva Wallets and I just love how quickly this go together. I made another one out of cork and the other two are batiks.
I was also able to get a good start on my own Stellar quilt. Lori had made our cover girl for this Highway 10 Designs pattern so I thought it was time I piece one of my own.