Today I completed my second Jelly Roll Rug... & I've learned a lot. My first rug was a challenge not only to understand the technique, but also because my Babylock refused to cooperate. (It kept skipping stitches and drove me crazy!)
Before I started this next rug, I cleaned out every speck of lint and fluff. But it still didn't matter. For whatever reason, my Babylock Elisimo hates this rug and it still skipped stitches!!! I tossed and turned overnight and contemplated if it was time for another tuneup at my shop--- (they take weeks & these Texas rugs are for my kids).
Then I decided to see if things went differently with another machine. I unpacked my Bernina "workshop" machine" & it was a VERY DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE. This rug seemed to WANT to be created and DID NOT SKIP STITCHES with the walking foot. Once I got past the first few twists, the rows started joining very easily and I found it to be rather relaxing. The only time my stitching went off, was when I would take my eyes off the needle & glance at the rug to admire my stitch work!
But, I'm jumping ahead...
I used all the same supplies:
Roma Lambson's pattern, Moda's Bluebonnet Patch
Jelly Roll, Bosal Katahdin precut batting,
Auriful 50 thread & a jeans needle.
Since I knew exactly what I was doing this time
everything moved very quickly. I chain pieced the strips.
Cut seams & ironed them open to make the endless strip.
I added the batting, triple folded it in and straight stitched in place using the walking foot. I continued carefully rolling in to a ball as needed.
I didn't rush... all was relaxed.
Eventually my beautiful ball was ready for...
Then I realized I screwed up!!!
SO, Here is what I learned:
I do know the technique to make the rug.
it is important to glance at the pattern for reminders! (Especially for me!)
I forgot that the outside of rug needed to be the first part of the strip to be prepped, sewn, & rolled...
far more important:
that is where the tapering needed to be!
That meant that by the time I finished my rug- I would not have a nice edge :( ...
Alas- I did not figure that out until my final 6 inches of rounding...
So there you have it-
CHECK & RECHECK THE PATTERN INSTRUCTIONS!
My "rope" atop my first rug that I promised to mail out to my daughter:
The disaster of skipped stitches caused by my babylock... and my attempting to resew over the rows repeatedly
I would eventually give up-
& put my seam ripper to the challenge
I put my Bernina 350 in to the sewing table space
normally housing my Babylock.
Not having a large flat surface became an issue later,
since this rug is definitely not as flat as the first...
but hopefully the starch took care of it.
Bernina 350: RickyTims Special Edition
Zig Zag Stitch 2: with walking foot at 5.5 width at 3 length
Rugs ready to ship for
my daughter & my daughter-in-love