January Island Batik Challenge

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Island Batik Forget Me Not designed by Kathy Engle. Hobbs Batting Fusible Strips

The Island Batik January Challenge was to make placemats and since there are only 2 of us now I also made a runner. The Forget Me Not fabric collection is so pleasing to my eye I have been saving it for something special since last year.

The strips sets include 40 strips with 20 fabrics. I’m always concerned about making a quilt with fabric that is no longer widely available so I decided to use this collection on my placemats.

The Hobbs Fusible Strips are 2 1/4″ wide and 25 yards which was enough for the 20 strips in the runner. Wonder if the fusible strips make a difference? For the placemats I cut strips from Hobbs Batting Scraps, non fusible. While the non fusible worked (using clips to hold my rope) the fusible definitely held my folds together.

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Joining my strips

First I joined 20 strips for the runner.

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Trim flap to 1/4″

After all strips were joined I trimmed the seam down to 1/4″.

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Press seams open.
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Zigzag stitch, widest stitch. Schmetz Needles

I had read that you should use denim needles when making fabric rugs but I used a Schmetz Chrome Microtex needle and had no issues.

I’ve wanted to make a fabric rug for a long time and I am happy I finally decided to jump in with both feet.

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Thank you Island Batik, Hobbs Batting and Schmetz Needles for this making this project possible.


  1. I love these! I’ve been wanting to make a jelly roll rug and haven’t yet. Doing smaller ones hadn’t occurred to me but I love yours!

    1. Thanks Emily, I wish I had tried sooner. The first couple rounds are a pain because of the sharp turn. You’ll have fun making one.

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