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Thread: Having a terrible time with jelly rolls

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    I'm so sorry to hear of your misfortune! I hope you can continue to heal quickly.

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    Roberta, sorry to hear of your head injury. I hope you're mending.

    I have the book and took a look at the pattern. It's gonna be one of those where your seams have to be pretty accurate in order for the strips to line up properly. If the seams aren't too out of whack, I'm sure you can "fudge" getting them to match up since the cut is on the diagonal (which could be part of the problem). Or, if you really don't want to fiddle with this pattern, maybe you can try Bonnie Hunter's pattern that Beth posted above (at #9). All the pieces are the same; the layout is different but you would still need to match up seams.
    "I keep my end tables full of needlework and quilting so I don't have to dust them." ~ Author Unknown but I agree!

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    See if you can get a sewing friend to come over for an afternoon. Sometimes two hards ARE better than one. I understand your frustration. I had to have a two week series of shock therapy treatments to try to get me out of a suicidal depression cycle. Dr said most people don't lose any memory. I did. Had to learn to use my computerized longarm all over again. It's a good thing my husband and I have always done it together. Turns out the suicidal thoughts were a side effect of Lyrica and I wouldn't have needed the shock therapy after all.
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    Wishing you a speedy recovery. Hope you are able to continue your quilting.

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    Yikes! I posted my response to you yesterday afternoon and it doesn't show up here. I have made this quilt before. A couple of things that I noticed while making it was to make sure that you have one light/dark/light strip and one dark/light/dark strip when you're getting ready to cut your squares. All strips should be the same width. If, when you say "small strips" you're talking about the squares that you've cut, or the diagonals you've cut from those squares, I found that stay-stitching the diagonals really helped keep everything the same size. A design wall helps too - you want to form an on-point square from one of your darker strips. Wishing you all the best!
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    I have done this block many times, sometimes using scraps and sometimes using jelly rolls. I am pretty sure of my ability to do an accurate 1/4" seam, but often my blocks don't match up like I want them to. I have found that the little culprit is my pressing: I have a bad habit of not working carefully and slowly to make sure the seams are truly flat. I get in too much of a hurry, I guess.

    Please don't be too hard on yourself. Take it slow. Sew steadily. Press well. Cut accurately. You'll get through all of this and create a colorful masterpiece at the same time.
    Sometimes I try to act "normal," but it gets boring so I just go back to being myself.

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    I am sorry about your terrible fall. Sometimes it takes longer to get back in the grove. Quilting is so versatile you can do so many easy patterns, just do what comes easy and gives you joy.
    Wishing you a complete recovery

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    I don't know the pattern but just wanted to add my wishes for your recovery. I think getting back to quilting will do great things for you.

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    It may be that you are having difficulty with your 1/4" seams because of your injury. I might recommend that you start back with a pattern not requiring so many matching seams. Perhaps use the jelly rolls to make a split rail top. There is absolutely no better medicine than a hit of confidence. And it feels like trying to work thru this problem is creating some frustration. Please do things that will let you give yourself a giant pat on the back to help speed your recovery. Tricky quilt tops can always come later. Good luck to you and keep trudging on - it will get better, just not usually as quickly as we would like.

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    Make two individual strips each containing four different strips. Then lay the two strips right side facing and cut your squares. From these squares cut them into half on the diagonal. Then sew the mismatched diagonal triangles together. to make another square. Did I get this right??

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