Tight Lipped Tuesday Project Progress

Yesterday I asked you to guess what I was making with a jelly roll of fabric and some strips of batting/wadding.

For the uninitiated a jelly roll is approximately 42 x 2.5 inch strips of fabric, usually from a coordinated range, cut across the width of the fabric and rolled up into a pleasing shape like  this.

Now, three of these jelly rolls remain in my stash and, as I literally have no more room in our house for any more quilts (or crocheted/knitted blankets) and all the people I love enough to toil for hours over a new quilt already have one, when I saw a project that used a jelly roll and some batting (also in my stash), I knew it had to be done.

As two of you guessed and a couple more might have suspected the project is indeed a jelly roll rug and as I have not yet filled my house with rugs I thought I’d give it a go.

So, first step is to join the strips of fabric.  I did this with a diagonal seam as I think it is more discreet than a straight join.  Then I lay the batting strips on the fabric strips, folded the long edges into the  middle and then fold again.  I held my somewhat bulky strips with wonder clips as I fed them into my machine which I had furnished with a walking foot and a denim needle.  Then I sewed up the long, long, long (did I say it was long) edge with a narrow seam.  Some people sew up the centre of the strip but I don’t want more  thread than necessary showing on the finished rug.

I let the emerging long fabric snake fall into coils into a wire basket behind my machine like so –

– in the probably vain hope that it will be easier to feed back into the machine when the  time comes to join them all together in a big, squidgy oval shape.

I’m not actually using a pattern but have watched numerous YouTube videos on how to put one of these together so I’m hoping I’ll be fine.

One tip I learnt was to use an extension table on your sewing machine so that, as the rug grows, it will lay flat because not laying flat appears to be one of the pitfalls of these rugs.  I haven’t got an extension table so I built up the level around my machine with  a variety of filing boxes and files.

So, many fabric strips later, I have a nice curled snake in the basket.

Ready for the next stage which I will attempt tomorrow (or maybe Friday)

I’m afraid the KAL (knit along) blanket I’m supposed to be doing has met with some delay 🙄

Still, like I said, I don’t need another blanket.

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  1. #1 by magpiesue on March 31, 2021 - 16:41

    That’s one of those projects I’ll probably never undertake. Kudos to you for dong so! And good luck taming that snake; it looked quite content in the basket.

    • #2 by tialys on April 1, 2021 - 09:10

      It does doesn’t it? I’m just about ready to start charming it. 🐍

  2. #3 by nanacathy2 on March 31, 2021 - 17:57

    Well I never !

  3. #5 by Carol on March 31, 2021 - 19:51

    It is going to be Fabulous…. What patience you 💋

    • #6 by tialys on April 1, 2021 - 09:08

      I had an audible book going while making the ‘rope’ and time passed surprisingly quickly.

  4. #7 by craftycreeky on March 31, 2021 - 20:21

    Ooh, I shall watch your progress with interest, it’s been on my to do list for a couple of years. The jelly rolls look very pretty, good luck 🙂

    • #8 by tialys on April 1, 2021 - 09:08

      I’m going to try my best to start ‘coiling’ this morning and, if I can manage to keep it flat, I’ll be pleased.

  5. #9 by anne54 on March 31, 2021 - 22:31

    Oh wow! I am impressed!

    • #10 by tialys on April 1, 2021 - 09:07

      I would reserve judgement if I were you 🤞

  6. #11 by cedar51 on April 1, 2021 - 03:26

    oh I love – hope your “basket snake” gives you no jib as you neatly work the magic of sewing it all together…

    • #12 by tialys on April 1, 2021 - 09:06

      I’ve watched a lot of videos – now to put what I’ve learnt into practice.

  7. #13 by Laurie Graves on April 1, 2021 - 03:46

    That looks like quite a project! Looking forward to seeing the rug.

    • #14 by tialys on April 1, 2021 - 09:04

      I’m hoping it won’t curl and look more like a sombrero.

  8. #15 by kathyreeves on April 1, 2021 - 03:54

    That snake is resting well, soon to be a rug!

    • #16 by tialys on April 1, 2021 - 09:03

      I hope it will be soon as I need to get back to the KAL.

  9. #17 by katechiconi on April 1, 2021 - 06:40

    Yay! I guessed right! I shall steal your bin idea, and I’ll also be winding myself several bobbins. I have an extension table, but I don’t think it’ll be large enough – I was thinking about unopened reams of paper, which are nice and heavy and won’t slide about. One thing my pattern does say is that if the rug starts to get bowl-shaped, take it out of the machine, zap it with Best Press, and working from the outside in, block it flat again. Apparently miracles can be achieved, even if it’s very wonky. Good luck, and keep us up to date with progress!

    • #18 by tialys on April 1, 2021 - 09:03

      I knew you’d know! Yes – bobbins go very fast, and I haven’t even started joining the ropes yet. I haven’t got any Best Press but, if it does start to curl, I’ll take some sort of steps with the steam iron, I have a free morning – i.e. there’s no-one else in the house – so I’ve just refreshed my mind with a YouTube video and I’ll be off upstairs in just a mo to give it a try.

      • #19 by katechiconi on April 1, 2021 - 11:46

        Take photos as you go. I reckon any spray starch that isn’t in an aerosol spray (ie, something ‘wet’) would do the job. My pattern also suggests that fabric and batting are sewn together slightly differently, so I’ll be interested in your comments after it’s started/finished, in case it makes a difference.

      • #20 by tialys on April 1, 2021 - 13:12

        I’m taking photos – I’ve got something the size of a large place mat at the moment.
        I had a rocky start so the centre isn’t perfect and my sewing machine isn’t happy so my zigzag stitch is putting a straight stitch or three in between the zigzags occasionally. I’ve ditched the walking foot and am using an ordinary one and also cleaned out my feed dogs which were embarrassingly clogged and probably have been for some time. Every time the thread snaps – which it’s doing with annoying regularity – I’m taking the opportunity to steam press the life out of it.
        I didn’t join my batting at all. I cut very long pieces and just overlapped the joins by about 1/8 inch. It shouldn’t move as it’s folded three times,stitched along the edge, then zigzagged. I hope I won’t be proved wrong 🙄

      • #21 by katechiconi on April 1, 2021 - 16:42

        Gosh, it sounds challenging, but I think the end result will probably be worth it. I’ve noted all the stuff you’ve said. I won’t be starting mine any time soon, so I’ll stick some notes into the project basket for when the time comes…

      • #22 by tialys on April 1, 2021 - 18:48

        Good idea and supremely organised too.

      • #23 by katechiconi on April 2, 2021 - 01:26

        Nah, merely the action of someone with a very poor memory…

  10. #24 by DawnGillDesigns on April 1, 2021 - 09:51

    that’s fabulously inventive with the boxes. Now I want to see Wonder Clips!
    Thanks for sharing the progress and the how and why so far. I’m looking forward to the next update 🙂

    • #25 by tialys on April 1, 2021 - 13:04

      I will try to remember to put a photo on for you 😉

  11. #26 by Carol on April 1, 2021 - 11:00

    Wow, that is a lot of work, but am sure the end result will be Fabulous……

    • #27 by tialys on April 1, 2021 - 13:05

      Well, so far it’s looking O.K. although it’s certainly not perfect. I’ll just be happy if it lays flat to be honest.

  12. #28 by CurlsnSkirls on April 1, 2021 - 13:42

    Sending you lots of good straight wishes that is going well!
    🤞🤞 and 🍀 (for good measure!)

  13. #29 by Born To Organize on April 2, 2021 - 03:28

    This looks like fun, Lynn. I read in reverse, so I saw your follow-on post with the stitching in process. I’m glad I came back to see the start of the rope/snake. You’re clever to have gathered it in a wire bin, too. I’m excited to see the finished rug. Will you put gripping on the back so it doesn’t slip? I’m looking forward to learning more.

    • #30 by tialys on April 4, 2021 - 09:21

      I’m not even sure where it’s going yet but I’ll probably put it somewhere it won’t be walked on or not much anyway.

  14. #34 by Born To Organize on April 2, 2021 - 03:28

    PS: clever you using a series of boxes to create a platform.

    • #35 by tialys on April 4, 2021 - 09:20

      I expect I got the idea – or something similar – from elsewhere. You’ve got to love the internet.

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