Saturday, November 17

jelly roll rug class

My friend, Lexie, and I get to teach Adult Education 
classes in the community.
We recently decided to teach the jelly roll rug class.
I thought it was a great idea since I had planned to make one on my own a few months ago. 
I just kept putting it off - a little intimidated to even start.
I plunged right in using the pattern, 
"Jelly Roll Rug", by RJ Designs.  
(You can find it several places but I purchased mine here, at the Fat Quarter Shop.)

My first rug was a bit of a disaster - I only un-sewed it twice!

It curled up into a sombrero - or a very large bowl - or a very pretty dog bed without the cushion!
I was determined to get it right, after all, we were teaching the class in less than 2 weeks!
I finally realized my stitch length was too short - I lengthened it a LOT!
17 bobbins of thread and an entire bottle of spray 
starch later, I have a flat rug!
Finally - success!

We had 8 students for our class - every single rug was different.  
I love teaching - the fabrics & personalities are all different.
Here are several photos of the class.
Christine is using a poke-a-dot jelly roll...

I love how the "rope" falls into a pretty pile.

Roberta is making a sparkly Christmas rug.

Here is her "rope"...

Kathy used a nice natural looking jelly roll...

 Lexie is so fun to work with.  
Here she is giving Carolyn some instruction.

Devona & her daughter had so much fun working on one together.....I love this.
Two hands are always better that one.

Linda & Carolyn - so serious!

Here is Linda's "rope" - the pretty blues.

Tara's first rug is as flat as can be!  
It's so nice.

Here's Tara's finished rug:

Roberta was the first one finished in class with hers. 
she was so happy.

This is Lexie's first rug - she said everyone she knows is getting one for Christmas.
I'm SO glad I'm on her gift list!

My "Jen Kingwell, Gardenvale" rope is
waiting for my attention.
I might just leave it like this for a while - it's so cute.
That's Lexie's next one in the background.
I love her taste in fabrics!

One I made out of yardage for my sister.

 A very good neighbor and friend got this one.
I used some of my Civil War prints - goes perfectly in her vintage home.

And last, but certainly not beautiful "Amy Butler" fabrics rug.
I'm keeping this one.

Thank you, Lexie, for encouraging me and pushing me to finally take the plunge and make one - or five!  
I can't seem to stop! 


  1. I just got wind of this pattern and keep seeing the rugs popping up all over! I even watched a video on how to make one. You've prompted me to buy the pattern!

  2. I am amazwed that your student were able to complete a rug in a single class, the rugs are all beautiful. I feel the nudge to look into this, especially if you use a jelly roll. Thank you for sharing.

    1. We had a 7 hour workshop and we required that the strips be pieced together prior to class. That took about 45 min. off the class time. Jelly rolls are really fun to use, but so is yardage - about 3 yards.

  3. That would have been one noisy classroom with all those machines going, going, going! Fun, fun! I made a rug like this in October and it curled just like your sombero. I thought I was going to have to rip it all out and start over, but I brought it home from our quilt retreat, soaked it down with the garden hose, and laid it flat on our glass-topped picnic table. And to my utter amazement, it flattened right out. And stayed that way! I will try a longer stitch length next time, though. Kinda hard to hose it down if I make it in January, lol!

    1. You're funny - my first one sat under my upside down kitchen table, soaking wet, all night long. When I took the table off - it was still curled. That's why I had to unpick it.. You're right - January is not a good time to be hosing anything down!

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