On a Roll With The Jelly Roll

I know some of you like to see progress reports for projects and, although it’s something I don’t usually think to do, this jelly roll project is going so fast I thought I would.

I got off to a very rocky start.  I followed some advice on a YouTube video to made an oval shape for the centre in order  to help make getting round those first few curves a bit  easier.

As you can see, it didn’t work for me.

Then, disaster struck and my sewing machine decided it didn’t like doing the zigzag stitch as a zigzag stitch should be done,

I undid it all and started again.

I switched from a walking foot to an ordinary one and cleared the feed dogs of accumulated years  of lint and fluff.  I suspect it was the latter which proved more helpful but I haven’t bothered to put the walking foot back on anyway.

The ends were still curving up a little so every time the thread breaks (depressingly often) or I haven’t quite caught both sides in the zigzag I steam press the hell out of those curves.

Which seems to have helped.

You must only join the new ‘rope’ from the right hand side or you will end up with a rather large expanse of coiled fabric where there is no room for it.  Somebody else did this – and thought to tell us – so we now don’t have to make the same mistake and t will all grow out to the left and on to the raised flat surface you have provided for it.

I know it won’t be perfect in the end – the zigzag still plays up now and then and I managed to get an odd curve in the centre piece –   but I’m quite pleased with how it’s progressing.

The thread snapped (again) and, as I’d just started joining the colour change to red, I thought it would be a good time to give it another steaming and take a progress photo.

I think these would make very nice place mats if you didn’t want to  go the whole hog and made a rug.

Just as an aside, Dawn asked what Wonder Clips are.  I usually use them to hold on the binding of a quilt after it’s been machine stitched down on one side and waiting for me to hand stitch it down on the other.

Like so –

In the rug project I used them to hold the folded length of fabric and batting in place while I fed it into my sewing machine.

Hopefully, the next update will be a finished rug – I’m zipping along with it.  Then I can catch up with my knit-along project disturbed only by reaching for another piece of Easter Egg and Mr. Tialys telling me what he’s up to in the garden and what he’s done with the seven or eight bags of potting compost I  saw being unloaded from the boot of his car yesterday.

Have a good Easter break wherever you are. x

  1. #1 by Laurie Graves on April 1, 2021 - 14:17

    I think it’s really pretty, and I like the curve of the center piece. Gives the rug an arty dash. Looking forward to seeing the finished project.

  2. #2 by craftycreeky on April 1, 2021 - 14:21

    Looks great so far, I really must give it a try instead of procrastinating 🙂

    • #3 by tialys on April 1, 2021 - 18:54

      It’s good fun really and would be even more so if my machine wasn’t being quite so temperamental. I did read somewhere that the better your machine the easier it is and although mine isn’t quite a basic model it isn’t that sophisticated either.

  3. #4 by Wild Daffodil on April 1, 2021 - 14:34

    Ah – now it all makes sense!
    Well done for persevering.
    It might be a good idea for Mr T to order a dumper bag of topsoil and/or potting compost – I ordered 3 last year, one each of Mushroom compost, potting compost nand top soil (shared one bag with my neighbour but I could have used it all myself) and they were a godsend. I got mine from here – excellent stuff: https://www.sherborneturf.co.uk/landscaping-aggregates-compost-soils

    • #5 by tialys on April 1, 2021 - 18:50

      Thanks for the recommendation – we’ll bear them in mind,

  4. #6 by Claire on April 1, 2021 - 15:36

    ah ha! looking good, and hope the rest is plain sailing, if your sewing machine agrees to play nicely with the zigzag!

    • #7 by tialys on April 1, 2021 - 18:50

      It is being a bit temperamental but there are a lot of layers and curves to contend with so I suppose it’s not really surprising.

  5. #8 by katechiconi on April 1, 2021 - 16:59

    It’s looking gorgeously puffy and plump. Despite the trials and tribulations, you can’t see any of the issues you’ve mentioned. The issue with what to do with adding in the first bit is covered in the pattern I have by using a very, very long taper down to almost nothing, so I’ll definitely be following that myself. Love the colours you’re using – it looks like a French General jelly roll?

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

      The taper thing is what I was trying to do but I didn’t really get the ‘covering it back up bit’ right when I came back round to it.
      I’m probably nearing the finish now and I’m having to be careful not to make the sides wavy as it gets larger.
      Yes, it’s a French General fabric – I’ve used quite a lot of their designs in the past, the colours are right up my alley. I’ve just been on their website actually to see if I could find the name of this range but it’s probably discontinued now. I did see their ‘Sashiko’ range but I wish I hadn’t.

      • #10 by katechiconi on April 2, 2021 - 01:25

        I love their fabrics, but the colours tend to be too subtle for the kind of quilts I’m making these days. I especially love those warm French greys…

  6. #11 by Born To Organize on April 2, 2021 - 03:31

    It’s so frustrating when your machine refuses to work properly. I’m glad you didn’t give up.

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

      The thread snapping occasionally gave me a good excuse to steam the coils flat as they were being joined although that hasn’t prevented me getting a wavy edge at the last. I’m hoping to remedy it but we’ll see.

      • #13 by Born To Organize on April 5, 2021 - 00:14

        I wish you the best of luck. Uneven stitching and thread breakage are often the reason I don’t sew. I wish I had the mechanical wherehow to figure it out in the moment, instead of retreating in exasperation.

      • #14 by tialys on April 5, 2021 - 09:54

        I’m trying to flatten out some waviness on the outer curves – I’ll reveal whether it has been ‘a hit or a miss’ soon.

      • #15 by Born To Organize on April 6, 2021 - 17:25

        I’m hoping its a hit after all your hard work.

  7. #16 by nanacathy2 on April 2, 2021 - 09:02

    My goodness that looks really good , and jolly hard. Look forward to the final update.

    • #17 by tialys on April 4, 2021 - 09:18

      The hardest part is trying to keep the dreaded waviness at bay – as I’m finding out at the moment.

  8. #18 by DawnGillDesigns on April 2, 2021 - 09:36

    Thank you!! I have seen them at Craft 4 Crafters (big local events filled with suppliers of every possible thing for indoor table crafts) but now I see what they are used for. And that’s really impressive. I think I’d be breaking needles, not just threads.

    • #19 by tialys on April 4, 2021 - 09:17

      I’m looking forward to being able to go to those sorts of events again – although I always come out with too much ‘stuff’ and much less money.

  9. #20 by CurlsnSkirls on April 2, 2021 - 15:42

    WOW!!! It’s looking marvelous! Keep at it!
    (Hope the eggs hold out 😉)

    • #21 by tialys on April 4, 2021 - 09:16

      Oh dear, the place is full of hot cross buns, chocolate muffins (made by my daughter) and then, today, Mr. T. presented me with a very posh dark chocolate egg in a beautiful box. I look forward to next week when I can stop eating 🍫🍫🍫

      • #22 by CurlsnSkirls on April 4, 2021 - 13:47

        Awash in chocolate?! 😢
        Need reinforcements?
        Help is on the way! Who’s with me?
        🤣 😂

      • #23 by tialys on April 5, 2021 - 09:52

        Joking aside – I do need help. I can’t eat much chocolate in one sitting so I’ll probably still have some left over way into the Summer months.

      • #24 by CurlsnSkirls on April 6, 2021 - 17:09

        If you don’t mind a little cosmetic”bloom” on it, you can refrigerate/freeze chocolate. Just a thought…

  10. #25 by Robin Murphy on April 4, 2021 - 01:33

    I made one of those a few years ago and even with having the extension table it became like wrestling a boa constictor. I did end up with a bit of a wave in it at the end. It was because I was pulling the fabric a bit tight as it was feeding through my machine. I put it under a mat under my husbands computer chair for a week or so and it came out nice and flat. it is a lovely bright spot on my wood floor. i just have to remember it will slide if i am not careful how I walk over it.

    • #26 by tialys on April 4, 2021 - 09:13

      Ooh! A timely comment Robin. My last two rounds (or ovals) have been a bit of a trial. I undid them twice and tried again but it’s still wavy around the outside so I’m trying to flatten it out – a little in the manner of blocking knitting – but will also find something weighty to put on it and see if that will work.

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