I moved on to try the Cotton Theory method for rug making.
I saw a rug made with this technique and it was impressive. It looked good, it was thick and heavy, and it didn’t have that quilt as you go (QAYG) look.
I decided to make a hot pad instead of a rug just to test everything out, and I’m really glad I did. My sample wasn’t thick or heavy. It had the feel of a little wall quilt. There are five layers of fabric in some places, and you can’t even tell.
So where did I go wrong? I think it has a lot to do with the batting. Whatever the speaker used in her samples must have been a lot heavier than the batting I used. She may have also used some denim and upholstery fabric, whereas I used quilting cottons.
I’m no longer keen on this technique for a rug, but I will consider using it for charity quilts. I didn’t like the weight and bulk of the quilt samples I saw at guild, but then again mine didn’t turn out that way. I think the right fabric placement can minimize the QAYG look and the technique sews up fast.
I love that I learned something I can use on my way to something else. Maybe the point of the rug project isn’t to make a rug at all. Maybe it’s everything else learned in the attempt to make a rug.