I spent the weekend at a guild Getaway in North Falmouth on Cape Cod. A Getaway is like a Retreat. We call them Getaways, some call them a Runaway! Runaway all weekend to sew with like minded quilters!! These events are great to sew, sew, sew, quilt, quilt, quilt, learn and share ideas and tips! Plus, we had a great view!!
We work on our own projects. There were two quilters who brought their jelly roll rugs to finish from our workshop a while back. It is always fun to see their “Ta-DONE” projects! Below are two of the rugs. Carol V.’s is the blue/white and Kathleen L.’s is the browns/black/burgundy. Wonderful job ladies!
We discussed a couple tips as they completed their rug. First, how do you keep the rug sliding if you don’t have a smooth table? (We work on wooden tables with table clothes. The tables have seen a lot of use 😉 !) Carol placed her Teflon pressing sheet on the table which helped the rug slide. Wonderful idea!
#1 – If you do not have a smooth sewing surface, create on with a Teflon pressing sheet.
When Kathleen was finished with her rug, she wanted to smooth out a couple spots. So, instead of standing at the ironing board, she sprayed “Best Press” over the entire rug and laid it out on a table with another heavy pressing board on top over night. Voila! A wonderfully smooth rug with out ironing. We took Carol’s rug and did the same the following night! See the table on Carol’s rug below.
#2 – To flatten a “Jelly Roll Rug”, spray with spray starch (we used “Best Press”) and lay something heavy on it over night. Flat as a pancake in the morning. The portable ironing board is by “TNT Quilt Boards”.
Another, ahhh, oops and tip…don’t leave your directions under the piece you are sewing. Yep! It got sewn to her piece. That is 8+ pieces of paper. No wonder the needle sounded like it was having trouble. We laughed and the seam ripper saw some action.
Bonus #3 – Do you know where your directions are?!?
All in all, we had a great time. Loads of laughs and loads of sewing/quilting!