Spring Projects

jellyroll rug-1
You need enough support to keep going round and round… I used my table’s leaf

I’ve certainly been away a while! As they say, life gets in the way of living but now I’m back and have several projects to share with you in the upcoming weeks.

This one was simple and quick, if not entirely easy. I’d been wanting to make a jelly roll rug for some time, and had even gotten the supplies from my local quilt shop – thanks QE! It took me a while to get started on it but once I did I was able to soldier through it in a couple of days.

I found the instructions a little difficult to understand, mostly about which way the folded fabric faced, either rolled around the spine side or the open side, but in the end I don’t think it mattered – I did have it backwards though.

I took it in steps – pieced the strips, pressed the strips, then joined the two layers, batting and strips. That was difficult to finagle; I couldn’t decide if I should lay them together first, or as I went; I settled on something in between, laying together a length then sewing it.

Many people online seem to fold the “rope” as they go, feeding and folding at the same time. Because I have tendonitis this was actually very hard for me, awkward and painful. I used clips to hold the fold in place and was only able to really get 18 to 20 inches done at a time. This made the project very slow for me, and not at all as fast and simple as it’s touted. But that’s just me, maybe you can work your hands and fold and feed as you go, and it will only take you a couple of hours instead of several days as it did for me.

Another disappointment is about washing. Since I was going to use this as a rug at an outside door, I would have preferred to prewash and preshrink the fabric. But with jellyroll strips, this is very difficult. To prevent shrinking, you can only really wash it in cool water and let it line dry after. These may not be the best for high traffic areas.

I only used one pack of strips, so my rug is smaller than the pattern states. But that’s OK, I wanted the smaller size anyway. A good thing about this project, you can use up any odds and ends of spools and bobbins of thread; if you use multiple colors of fabric, then it really doesn’t matter. I used yellows, creams, whites and light greys.

jellyroll rug-2

I don’t know if I’ll ever do another jellyroll rug, but they are kinda fun, especially if you can get a good groove going. Maybe in a few years when I’ve forgotten how much trouble I had with this one….

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