It all started with my need for an entry rug.
A local quilt shop has a rug by their check-out counter made using a jelly roll. The owner of the shop calls it a floor quilt. I always liked it and decided to try making one myself. The process seemed simple – a waterbased sealer, some protective finish, artist canvas, fabric (that I have lots of), and some sponge brushes.
I test ran the instructions by making a glass coaster using a license plate from Calico Gals, Syracuse, New York. It was a little oblong for a coaster so I added some red fabric around it to enlarge it a little. Here’s my test of the floor quilt:
I ordered some artist canvas and waterbased sealer from my local craft store, bought some protective finish from a hardware store, and picked up sponge brushes from a dollar store. Here’s a picture of the supplies. I used a card table with a plastic tablecloth because the sealer will soak through your fabric.
During a tour of Row by Row Experience Facebooks, I fell for a Row by Row Home Sweet Home kit from The Quilt Shoppe in Poulsbo, Washington. Although I don’t live in a cabin, I love vacationing in places like Liberty Bay so thought it would make a great floor quilt. As you can see by the pictures, I stretched out the strips to make the row larger than the normal row size as my floor quilt is 36″ wide by 24″ tall. I also added a few other fabrics at the bottom to help fill in the space. So here is what you do:
Cut your artist canvas to the size you want your floor quilt or rug to be. Sew the edges around the canvas creating a small hem because the canvas frays. Then lay out the fabric you want on your canvas and with the sealer, apply it using a sponge brush. When it dries, put another coat of the sealer on. You will need three coats of sealer. When that third coat is dry, put on three coats of protective finish making sure each coat is dry before you put another one on. And that’s it! Another way to use a Row.