Sunday, January 19, 2020

The Winter Blues Blog Hop



Hi, and welcome to my blog!  Thanks to Carla, from Creatin In the Sticks for planning this fun for us!  It's the first day for the Winter Blues, but this is anything but sad.  This is inspiration, fun, and color!  Time to snuggle up with your favorite quilt, your favorite beverage, aka Hot Chocolate, and visit great bloggers who will clear away the winter cobwebs with 
BLUE! 
I am often working on something blue.  It's one of my favorite colors to quilt with.  I also love purple, but limit it to a few rooms in my house.  Blue can and does go anywhere.  I'm working on a blue and white quilt, the Hexi Snowflake, from the 2019 Quilter's Planner.  I am sewing up scraps of 2 1/2" strips I cut with my Accuquilt GO strip die, the left-overs from the fat quarters I used for the blocks.  Here's the top, waiting for the final borders.  I am adding a piano key, then a final batik print border.  
I cut all the leftovers into strips.  You can see here, it's so easy to cut even the chopped ones!  Just layer them on, and crank.  Pile of strips ready to go. 
But I should have made sure I was only sewing 2 layers.  One shorter one got hidden between 2 longer ones.  I'll sub-cut these down to 6 1/2" sections later.  I think I'll sew them in sets of 6 before cutting.  The shorter strips will be added for variety.  
Oops! lol 

But something blue I've been meaning to finish would probably be done faster than the strip sets for that border.  I decided to finish quilting the New York Islanders' Quilt, a commission for my cousin.  I needed to remove a small section, where the design went wonky because I didn't plan correctly.  I wanted to finish the ruler work, stitch in the ditch around the Autograph Block border, and add the hockey players in the outer borders, then was able to advance, finish the center swirled hockey stick design, and the rest of the autograph blocks, then do the bottom row of hockey players.  All of this was done with my Handi-Quilter Amara with Prostitcher.  I'm still learning, and really figured out a lot with this quilt.  It's the first time I did a border to border type design, and used different designs in the other borders, including ruler work for the ditch quilting. This is actually just borders around the jersey patch in the center.  

I used licensed New York Islanders' fabric, along with the gorgeous new Island Batik Solids, in Orange, Cobalt, and White.  Batting is Warm & White cotton, and the backing is a wide flannel from JoAnn's.  All thread is Aurifil. with 50wt white to piece, and Forty-3 to quilt.  4669, Stonewash Blues variegated.  I used 2725 for the bobbins in Vanna, the long arm.  

My son, who is visiting this weekend, went to the Northwell Health Ice Center in Westbury with me, and helped to take these photos.  He's tall, and the quilt is about 82" square, so we had fun.  His favorite was seeing the giant player statue, and draping it over the shoulder.  I'm so grateful he had some great ideas for these.  So, enjoy some blue and orange.  





 Matt was peeking to see if I had finished.  Thanks for being a great sport, Matt!  

I hope to see my cousin this week, to deliver this.  

Thanks so much for visiting.  I hope you take a few moments to visit the other Winter Blues bloggers, and remember to stop back at Creatin' In the Sticks to see the rest of the hopping days.   

Monday, January 20th


Since you got this far, please leave a message, and I'll choose someone to receive a few Island Batik FQs. Thanks!  I would be so happy if you followed via email, and stopped by my Facebook or Instagram pages, and followed, too.  
Giveaway open to US, and other countries if you agree to pay the difference in shipping from New York to your country.  

Please also note:  I'm selling the Cobalt, Orange, White, Grey and Black solids, and a variety of 10" squares, 2 1/2" strips and other Island Batik fabrics in my Etsy shop.  You can find the link above to the right.  I also have some Aurifil thread, and will make the Islander's quilt a custom order, as well as Rangers and New York Giants.  Contact me through my shop for further information.  

Thanks!  Have a great week, and enjoy the Winter Blues!  

Maryellen

Friday, January 17, 2020

Much needed change

HI!  I'm so happy I finally got this accomplished!  It's not difficult at all, but it's just that other things had deadlines, and then I couldn't find the fabric I had.

I have quite a few ironing boards here.  I've mentioned that I moved back to my parents' house 4 years ago (today, actually) and Mom has 2 or 3, I had one from when I used the apartment before I moved, and I had 2 in my former home.  One of those is still stored in the garage.  It's a vintage, so I do plan to keep it, and will probably put it in the room Vanna, my Handiquilter Amara will be moved to, in a few weeks.  Since Mom's now in a nursing home, I can move to the first floor, instead of the basement apartment.  So, I have to clean out her stuff to make room for mine, and then clean out my stuff to fit the new space, lol.  I feel like I'm packing and moving 4 times.  Anyway, back to the project.

A number of years ago, BJ's Wholesale Club had this Polder ironing board.  It's wider than the 14" average, at 17", and there's a back section that has a silicone iron rest, as well as space for starch/spray, and even a place to put hangars (but whoever irons clothes?) The base is sturdier, and there's even a shelf under the front to keep wider things off the floor.  This has been in storage for 4 years.  I used the older, more rusted and lower one that I moved from the PA studio to this one.  I really wanted to use this one, but the other had a better cover.  I had made a pretty one for that a few years ago, with some bargain home dec printed canvas. 


I recently brought the Polder upstairs, and searched for the same fabric, but didn't find it.  I also searched for the Pellon Insul-Fleece I thought I had, and didn't find that, either.  So I went to JoAnn's and found this pretty blue floral, which was on sale, and got the Pellon, too.  I grabbed a 3 yard pack of 1/4" elastic, too.  Since the board is wider than average, no one sells pretty covers for this size.  Bed Bath and Beyond had only the silvery fabric one, but the smaller ones had great colors.  JoAnn's doesn't sell one this size, either. 

Here's the before! 
This is the original fabric, which is just a thin cotton, and it was nasty!  Stained and gross!  

So, I got 1 3/4 yards of the pretty fabric, and the fleece, and here's what I did.  I cut the fabric about 58" long, and 24" wide (measure your board and add about 5" to each).  Then take a large piece of paper, and trace the shape of the pointy  part.  Fold the cut fabric in half, lengthwise, and use the traced paper for a guide to cut about 2-3" away from the curved shape. Round off the bottom corners, too.  If your original cover is not too gross, you could use this as a pattern, too.  Some online blogs say to place the whole board upside down on paper and trace, but that requires being able to have space, and get around it on the floor.  Since you really only need to "estimate" the shape of the curves, I think just tracing it is easier, and causes way less grunting trying to get off the floor, lol. 

I used my serger to finish the edge, all around.  Then I folded up about an inch along the edge (I fold as I go, but did use Wonder Clips to hold the curved top).  Start near the bottom center, but remember to leave about 2" open.  Sew close to the serged edge, to make a casing.  I used Aurifil 50wt in light blue, to match.  Press it (if you still have the old ironing board cover).  Insert the elastic in the casing with a safety pin.  Put a large pin in the end of the elastic, and push the pin through the casing, letting the elastic slide in.  Once you're back through the opening, make sure you pin into the tail piece of elastic, and the cover, so you can set it down.  

Put the fleece on the board, and add one or 2 layers of cotton batting.  I had scraps that were easily 52 by 17" so I layered them, lined the one straight edge along the edge of the board, and trimmed around the bottom curves, any extra along the other side, and around the curve at the top.  Then, carefully put the new cover over this.  Since this table has the extra iron rest, I needed to get the tail of the elastic, the pin with the front, and the extra cover fabric, into the space between the arms that hold the iron rest.  Hold the pin close to the hole, and pull the tail of the elastic until you're happy with how the cover fits.  Make sure the fleece/batting layers don't shift off the top of the board, and adjust the gathers as needed.  Then tie a knot or bow in the elastic, cut off the extra tail, and admire your work, and pretty new cover!  

I know this one will make me smile when I need to press my quilts.  I also love the wool iron mat I got from Quilt in a Day.  It's larger than some, and will hold a completed 12" block, and makes it nice and flat.  Putting this on the new cover will help keep it cleaner, longer.  I don't use the wool mat when pressing a whole top, but I do know the extra 2" is going to make it faster!  Less moving the top because I can press a bigger area!  Oh, total cost? Under $20 and about an hour's time.  


So, does anyone need an ironing board?  I think if it was spray painted (there's some rust) and if you could find new feet caps, (or just wrap with fun colored tape) it's a good board, but not as pretty as this one, lol  And it needs a cover.  I think I'll check with our local thrift shop to see if they'll take it.  

Thanks for visiting!  Stop back on Monday for my day on the Winter Blues Blog Hop.  I'll have something else blue to share, and there will be fun inspiration from others. 



Tuesday, January 7, 2020

One Monthly Goal January

I'm linking with Patty at Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal.  I enjoyed setting the goal last year, and making most of them.  I actually made all the goals I set for the months, but forgot to link in time.  So, let's start January 2020 off with a goal!  

I do have 3 goals for this month. 
First is to finish my cousin's quilt.  It's made from Island Batik solids in Cobalt and Orange, plus licensed New York Islanders hockey team fabric.  He's an avid fan.  I was hoping to have it finished by Christmas, but it's almost done.  I need to do 2 more rows of one design, a few more of the second, and lots more of the ruler work.  Here's a "prequilting" photo, and one of some of the designs I'm using.  I was going to do one more of the center rows today, but didn't plan correctly, and will have to unstitch some, and need to get some of the right side done, so I can roll up, so the machine reaches this section correctly.  I am learning so much!  



The very center is actually part of a jersey.  I'm currently working on the sections below that, so it's more than 1/2 done. 

Goal 2:  Island Batik's Ambassador Challenge for January is Scrappy, so I plan to make something with this pile.  I have no idea what, yet, but hope my inspiration strikes soon.  I plan to make a throw pillow, or maybe shams, or a bed runner for my bed.  I have the top ready to quilt, and hope to get it done before the end of the month.   The top is Jewel Box from Quilt in a Day, and uses the Crystal Ball collection.  These are scraps from that.  I started the top last year, for the blog hop.  So, it's going to be something to go with that quilt.

Here you can see the final border attached.  I have an idea for the quilting, and can't wait, but need to locate the batting which is probably buried in a closet, lol.  
Goal 3 is to get the Piano Key pieces cut and pieced so I can finish the Quilter's Planner 2019 Sewalong Block of the month, Hexi Snowflakes.  Here's the scraps for the border, and top, which needs an inner border, then I'm adding the piano key, then a final.  It won't get quilted in January, but I'm hoping the borders will be done.  


Thanks for checking in!  I'll let you know how I did on my goals in a few weeks.  At least #1 and 2 will be done.  
Have you set your goals?  You should link up, and have a chance to win a prize.  Have a great January!

Maryellen

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! 
I'm sharing a little of what I recently worked on, and a finish, plus plans for 2020!  

This year, as the past 4, have brought many changes.  As a caregiver for my mom, who has Alzheimer's, the past 3 1/2 years was devoted to that, with as much quilting as I could fit.  She had a serious downturn in her disease during the summer, and is now in a facility that can handle it.  She's no longer independent in any respect, needs full assistance with everything, and isn't walking.  Rather than modify the house, hire full time aides and get a hospital bed and Hoya lift, plus a ramp, this is the best for her.  I'm learning how to be a daughter again, although I'm still in charge of her medical needs, and visit her almost every day.  The aides and nurses are wonderful with her.  Except for occasional sundowning issues, she's calmer.  I dealt with the agitation and her physical issues with the disease, so they have it pretty easy, by comparison.  She still recognizes me, and will occasionally name me, or mention I'm her daughter.  She'll chat with me and loves when I bring her treats and give her a manicure.  

I've decided that 2020 will be a year for more business growth, now that I have more time to dedicate to it. 

First, I'm thrilled to announce that I am an Island Batik Ambassador for my 7th year, and that one of my designs was chosen to become a pattern, and will debut at Quilt Market in May.  I hope to continue that phase of my business. 2019 was also the year that I was able to make part of my business dreams come true, with the purchase of my Handi-Quilter Amara long arm machine.  I love having access to this wonderful machine, and hope to increase my skills. 

Here are a few recent things I've been working on.  


My cousin is an avid New York Islanders Hockey fan, and asked me to make a quilt.  I finally found Islanders licensed fabric, and have completed the top for him.  It's almost ready to quilt on my Handiquilter Amara.  I don't have a current photo of the whole top, but I did design the border to be a "signature" block, so he can get his favorite players to autograph it.  I plan to make this a custom order item in my shop when it's done.  He donated a Jersey for the center patch, and the solid fabrics are all Island Batik's new collection, White, Orange and Cobalt.  I'll make it for other teams, as requested. 

While working on this, my cousin invited me to their Christmas Eve party, with other cousins and their kids.  I was thrilled I got a chance to hold Nick, an adorable 11 week old infant.  I love babies!  
They had a Yankee Gift game, where the gift needed to be a good gift that someone would want to steal.  Since I knew most of the family loves the Islanders, I decided to make a cross body purse with the same fabrics.  It was a huge hit!  My cousin's wife ended up stealing it from the first who picked it, and the second who stole it from her, and I'm now offering it as a custom in my shop.  I have an order for a Giants Football team one.  The pattern is Pink Sand Beach's Barbados bag.  


I also made a Vogue pattern 1505 Jacket for a friend, using Island Batik Rayon in Raspberry Fusion. You can see more about this in my last post. 

I decided to make a type of hammock for my long arm.  It's to hold the batting and the top, keeping them off the floor and away from Hazel's dog hair.  At least that's the plan.  I've had to clean the batting and tops when quilting, because she can brush against them when they are below the frame.  Handi Quilter sells one, but it's mesh, and would not protect the batting from hair.  I decided to make one using clear vinyl, so it can protect the batting and hopefully make it less hairy, lol.  I wanted something that was easy to clean, as well, and figured that any fur that gets on the vinyl between quilts will be easy to wipe off with a Swiffer.  I sewed double fold binding along the front edge, which ties with elastic so it doesn't pull the frame when I'm rolling the quilted part back, and adjusting the next section.  The back has ties from the binding.  I have to do a minor adjustment, but think it will do what I need it to.  
The Islanders quilt is almost ready to be stitched.  The hammock seems to be holding the batting and protecting it from dog hair, so that's good.  I hope to start stitching it New Year's day!  Aren't we supposed to start the year doing what we love, and want to do the rest of the year?

And I also finished The Quilter's Planner Sew-Along top for 2019.  I've been making blocks each month, and had to assemble the top before 2020.  I need to add the next borders, and plan to make a pieced border because I have quite a bit of the blue collection of FQs left.  And I like to make big quilts.  The designs are in the magazine that comes with the planner, which is my favorite way to keep track of sewing related stuff.  It will be quilted soon, and again, it's all Island Batik fabric.  


So, here's hoping 2020 brings more fun and sewing time! 
My business goals are as follows:
1.  Update blog heading and get affiliation links and advertising sponsors.  
2.  Design more patterns, get at least 1 published in a magazine, and find a new print shop to work with me on them. My old print shop closed, went out of business.  I like working with a local company, so have to do a little research to find someone I can work with, for a fair price.  
3.  Join a guild.
4.  Get Vanna, the Handiquilter Amara, working more.  I would love to quilt for others and possibly rent time to a few who may want to quilt their own tops, but don't have access to a long arm.  
5.  Make a quilt to enter in the local guild's show.  
6.  Do another guild presentation and trunk show, and teach a class. 
7.  Finish more of the unfinished quilts I have.  I'm not making a list of them public, but there are a few. lol.  
8.  Continue adding fabric, thread and supplies to my Etsy shop, as well as things I make.  I'm hoping to have an independent shop by 2021.  
9.  Participate in more blog hops and linky parties.  I would like to add at least 2 that I haven't joined before.  Oh look at that, I think this is my first with Quilting Jetgirl.  Way to meet a goal on the first day of the new decade! 

I'm linking with Quilting Jetgirl's #2020PlanningParty.  Thanks so much for reading.  If you know someone who can help with the blog update and affiliation links, please let me know.  And if you know someone in the New York, New Jersey area who would like to have me speak at their guild, please let me know.  Thanks!

2020 Planning Party



Sunday, December 22, 2019

Island Batik 3-D Project 2

Hi.  I was asked to make a jacket for a friend.  She requested something flowing and showed me a photo of something similar to what she wanted, but not in the colors she needed.  I suggested Island Batik Rayon, which has a gorgeous drape and would work well in the design style she chose, and suggested she look at Island Batik's website to pick a color.  She picked Raspberry Fusion, which was a design from 2018, and is now currently in stores (including mine).  I've gotten samples and scarves from the Rayon collection, and just love the drape and the silky hand of the fabric.  The colors are gorgeous, too.  So, when it became available to ship, I purchased a bolt.  




She picked Vogue pattern 1505.  
Although this pattern calls for 60" wide fabric for View B, the person who is going to wear the jacket is petite, so I was able to adjust the length to just fit on the 45" wide fabric.  I think it came out so pretty.  



I paired it with some lightweight fusible interfacing for the bands, and Aurifil 50wt in 2452, Dusty Rose.  I have quite the variety of Aurifil colors, and am so glad I do, because I always find a color to match the project.  


Okay, the photos don't show it as 3-D, with someone wearing it, but I did try it on and look in the mirror.  It's beautiful, and I'm happy with it, so I hope they are, too.  I did try to get a photo of me trying in the mirror, but it would not come out good (okay, the bins for holiday decorating also showed, and I didn't want to advertise that I still had so much to do! lol) 

If you haven't tried sewing a garment with Island Batik rayon, I suggest you do.  It would make a gorgeous flowing top or skirt, or jacket like this.  It's cool to the touch, so won't be too hot in most situations, and will add a gorgeous touch to your outfit.  I do recommend a new, good, sharp needle, Aurifil thread, and lots of pins or hand basting.  It has a tendency to shift a little, so you really need to take your time when sewing it.  The rolled hem was perfect for it, though.  I used my Babylock Imagine serger to finish the edge first, just the regular stitch, and then turned it up to encase that stitching, and used the rolled hem foot, without putting it into the roller, to make a nice top-stitched hem on my Husqvarna Viking Sapphire 850.  I've used the serger trick on most of the things I need to do a rolled hem on, and it makes it so easy.  This jacket is being mailed to the recipient, so I hope it arrives in time to be under the tree.  

Thanks so much for visiting!  I'm working on a quilt with the new Island Batik Solids, so I'll blog about that, soon.  In the meantime, I hope you're enjoying holiday traditions.  I need to bake some cookies, one of my favorite traditions.  Enjoy! 


Maryellen

Linking up with prettypiney.com for What I made Monday. 



Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Island Batik in 3-D

Hi and welcome to this month's Island Batik Ambassador Challenge! 
We're going 3-D.  Not Dark Dreary December (today was really rainy and dreary), but 3 dimensional.  Some of the Ambassadors are doing things that puff or stick up from a quilt, like fish tails, some are doing 3-D illusions (it looks like 3-D but it's actually flat), and others are doing things like this.  I decided a first project would be a purse.  I may do more, depending on the rest of the month.
Thanks to the Sacred Heart Academy student who modeled for me! I'm class of guess, lol, (don't want to admit my age, lol)
I've been doing craft fairs lately, and enjoy making purses, and had some great fabric for them.  Which I didn't find right away, but I did have scraps from another 3-D thing I made last year.  I'll make the other one soon.
Here, Hannah Hedgehog from Funky Friends featured this fabric collection, but I can't find the name of the fabric (this may change, lol).  **It's Soul Song by Bella Nonna Designs.  I  plan to make more purses, and probably will also use a different design, as well.  

Anyway, back to the 3-D purse.  I used the Pink Sands Beach designs Barbados Bag, which is a cross body style with lots of great pockets.  I've made quite a few of these in other fabrics, and thought it would sell well at the high school fair I did last weekend (it didn't sell yet, it's in my Etsy shop if you happen to love it, or know someone who will).   I used the beige and navy swirl dots as the main part, and Basics navy for the outside and lining, and the yellow mini dot for the pocket accent on the front.  I had silver tone hardware, so used that for the strap buckle, clip and D ring.  For the inside of the bag, I used Pellon Fusible Fleece.  I also had navy zippers on hand.  I purchase bag supplies when I see them on sale, and like the challenge of making bags.  This one measures about 9 by 11", and about 1 inch high at the bottom.  The front has an outside zip pocket, and then a second pocket that's the full width and depth, and large enough to hold a tablet or small notebook.  The back has 2 deep pockets, perfect for a passport, small camera, or assortment of pencils.  The inside has 2 smaller pockets, perfect for cards or coupons, and it's nice and deep to hold other necessary items.  The strap is about 48" long and adjustable (used the Basics Navy).  I used Aurifil 40wt in navy for all the stitching.  I like using the heavier weight for bags.  It is just a bit stronger than 50wt, and looks great in the topstitching.  


 I do sew my label into the bags I make! 
Back has 2 pockets. 
 That's my tablet in there!  Plenty of room!

I do find the pattern easy and well written, but with so many layers, with the fleece, pocket and base fabric, I increase the seam allowance to 1/2".  I think it calls for 1/4".  It's okay to just make the bag a little smaller, but if I do remember before cutting the fabric, I'll cut it 1/2" larger.  

So, have you made a purse, or other thing that's 3-D?  I do hope you try.  There are tons of great patterns available, including many free ones.  It's always good to add a challenge into your skill set.  It makes you grow as a maker!  
Please also visit the other Island Batik Ambassadors to see their 3-D items.  

I do hope you're taking time to enjoy the season's festivities and making sweet memories with your favorite people.  Happy Holidays!  I may have another project or 2 done before the end of the month.  Thanks so much for visiting! 

Maryellen



Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Island Batik Tool Time and other news

It's Tool Time!  I was so excited to see this challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors.  What a fun idea!  We're to use any tool (not shared in previous months) that hopefully isn't one previously sponsored.  We're to use it to make a project lap size or larger.  Oops, I forgot about that part, but my project does work for someone's lap. lol.  Since I'm a lover of tools, I wanted to try something I hadn't before. 
Hazel, my 10 year old rescue Chocolate Lab mix, seems to like her new lap quilt.  
But it's also a rug.  A Jelly Roll rug, to be specific, except that Moda has trademarked the words "Jelly roll" for their precut strips, and Island Batik calls it a strip pack.  My rug used one whole package of strips, plus a roll of Bosal Katahdin batting, precut at 2 1/2" wide and 50 yards long, and almost a whole spool of Aurifil 40wt thread, which was used to make about 7 bobbins, which are now empty.  Yup, lots of thread.  And a Schmetz Jeans needle or 2.  I have seen tons of these rugs on Pinterest and Instagram, and wanted to make one.  I've seen quite a few videos on Youtube, as well.  And lots of "tools" to help make the rug.  I saw Jerry's Jellyroll Jig by Hip Stitch  on The Fat Quarter Shop and it was available in colors, so I ordered the Mulberry one.  It was a better price than some of the other similar tools, and in a fun color.  (It's currently sold out on the Fat Quarter Shop's store, but you can contact them to see if they're getting more).  
I picked the Victoria and Albert collection, because this was the only strip pack I had that has purple in it.  I'll be moving upstairs in this house, since Mom's now in a facility, and I need to rent the basement apartment to help cover the property taxes, etc.  We need to put some of her stuff in storage and get rid of some of her hoarded stuff, and get rid of the carpet (probably from the 1970s) in that room (my allergies would not tolerate it!)  And I think it's hardwood floors, so I wanted a small rug for next to my bed, that would go with my Jewel Box quilt.  This is okay, but I did order other purple strip packs for the next rug.  I think Hazel will enjoy having this to sleep on.  

I do think I'll order the pattern, because I'm sure it has some information I didn't think about.  I thought I could figure it out.  I did, mostly, and learned a bit about the process.  

1.  If the video says "5 bobbins) make 7.  I actually almost did an 8th, but had a 50wt one in the same color, so I used that to finish the last 20".  
2.  You need quite a bit of time for this.  Allow about 8 hours or more.  It's not quick.  
3.   Your shoulders will get a workout.  
5.  Get a good clean bucket or basket.  I used my trash can.  It's the one under my sewing desk, for trimmings and some paper garbage, so it's not really dirty, but it was so helpful.  
8.  Get a wooden dowel wide enough to go across the basket.  
9.  Starch or Best Press will help.  
10.  Remember to stretch out your shoulders, and clean off your desk next to your machine (or work on a larger clean surface for this project).  You're welcome.  

So, Here's what I did.  After opening the strip pack, and petting it, I put the matching strips together (Island Batik's packs have 2 of 20 different colors/tjaps).  I then put them in the order I thought would look the best.  I chose to have a light center for the rug, and darkest green for the outer.  I sorted the strips into the order I wanted to sew.  Join all of these into one loooooonnnnnnngggg strip.  Over 1720", Or over 143'.  Or over 47 yards, almost half of a football field.  In fabric strips that are 2 1/2" wide.  That's why you'll want about 50 yards of batting.  I sewed this with a bias seam, trimmed off the triangles, and pressed this seam open, just like I do on my binding.  Except that is usually less than 500".  Yes, it's loooonnnngggg.   Find the end with the color you want on the OUTSIDE of the rug.  And use the Jelly Roll Jig to make the first fold.  Put your fabric strip, right side down (check when pressing that your strips are all sewn correctly, you'll want to fix it before this step).  Set up your roll of batting so that it will unroll without twisting.  I used my tube turner dowel and tube for this.  I just taped them to the top of my trashcan (which was emptied) with shipping tape.  One video said to fold the strip so it was easier, but I just put it in the bottom of the can next to the batting.  Put the batting on the wrong side of the strip.  I liked the Katahdin, because it kind of stuck to the fabric.  Keep them centered.  

I used the plastic pieces to help feed the fabric and batting into the jig.  So easy.  It started folding right away, so I pulled out enough that I could fold over the edge of the fabric, so the batting was fully encased, and I would have a good end for the finish of the rug.  
You can see a video on how to use the Jelly Roll Jig here.  Once you get it started, you can just fold it again, and stitch it so the edges and batting are encased.  It's a long line of stitching, but fairly fast and SOOOOO much easier with the Jig.  Some of the other videos said to use Clover clips to do the fold, clip as much as you can, and then stitch, and take out the clips as you stitch.   Then you'll need to stop and clip (because you'll run out) and stitch.  And stop and clip.  The Jig means you can just get your fabric and batting smooth, slide the jig, and sew.  Smooth, slide and sew.  I know it saved me lots of time.  

About the Jig.  It's actually made in the USA with a 3-D printer.  I had never used something made with a 3-D printer before, and found this really interesting.  It looks like lines of plastic, not a smooth finish you'll find on molded plastic, but that doesn't make it rough, just different.  So unusual.  
Make sure you feed the fabric so the fold goes the right direction, and then you'll be having fun.  I did start this into a ball, but realized I was not keeping the rope from twisting and that became a problem later.  I think this is where the pattern  would be helpful.  But just keep sewing.  

Once the Jig is up (I mean done) lol and your strip is now a rope ball, put it back into the basket.  Form your center part of the rug, and make sure it will rotate so the outer part of the rug will be to the left of the machine.  
And keep sewing.  One thing I figured out at this stage was that you needed to keep the fabric just touching, even to the point of pushing the outer edge a little bit more, as it is being stitched to the previous row around the curve, so the rug will stay flat.  I did NOT realize this with the first few rounds, so my rug is not flat before the coral fabric strips, but after that it's not too bad.  When I did the fabric wrapped clothesline baskets, you needed to keep the outer rope taut, so the basket stands up.  NOT in this case, make it looser.  They need to just touch, and even push it, almost as if you were easing a gathered sleeve.  

When I was done, I sprayed it liberally with Best Press and used a steam iron.  It came out better, but it's not flat.  I'm wondering if Hazel will mind, and I do know it's washable, so maybe I'll wash it and lay it flat, and steam it again.  I do need the pattern, lol.  


I need to take more photos in daylight.  The fabric is much prettier than this shows.  I just wanted to get this post up.  

The next thing to share is that I finished the Table Topper snowflake runner from last month.  I used a Variegated blue Forty-3 thread from Aurifil, and a quilting design of snowflakes I purchased from My Creative Stitches.  I used the Basic Bluebird to bind the edges.  Vanna, my Handi-quilter Amara with Prostitcher, did a really nice job.


 
And I was accepted for a juried Arts show.  The Long Island Arts Council is having a Fair on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Small Business Saturday) at the Samanea (formerly Source Mall at Fortunoff's) in Westbury, Long Island NY.  I'm honored to be in a juried arts show, and so excited about the weekend, hoping that many customers support my small business.  If you can't get there, I do sell on Etsy.  There's a link on the right side.  If you see something you need, please consider purchasing it from me.  I do put my heart into everything I sell.  

I wanted to make some embroidered ornaments for this show.  I have 3 done so far, and hope to finish the set from Embroidery Library.  They are cute!  They are about 5" tall.  Gingerbread cookies that never go stale!  It's felt and Aurifil thread.
Thanks so much for reading this long post.  
I do hope you decide to make something fun from Island Batik, and share the photos.  

This also means I completed my One Monthly Goal!  Yay, me!