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Thread: Having a terrible time with jelly rolls

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    Super Member Roberta's Avatar
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    Unhappy Having a terrible time with jelly rolls

    For some reason, perhaps the severe fall causing brain damage I had, has frozen my mind to figure out a pattern that I've made several times before. It is featured in the book Jelly Roll Quilts by Pam and Nicky Lintott on page 56.

    You simply take jelly rolls and sew four of them together then take 2 strip units and lay them right sides together alternating the colors. Cut them into squares then diagonal. That I understand but, when I lay them out they are not working, small strips don't meet, and so on. What in the world am I doing wrong? The more I try to make them work, the worse it gets.

    Maybe I'm just not to quilt anymore because of the injury but that is my joy and I've been unable to do it for 5 1/2 half months and would really like to get back to it.

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    Super Member Onebyone's Avatar
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    Why would you have small strips? Wouldn't the strips all be the same width? Maybe someone has the pattern and can help. I wouldn't give up quilting, just do it your way. If a piece doesn't match up so what?
    I love my life!

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    I have the book at home and have made most of the quilts in it. Will look as soon as I get home from work.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    Super Member EasyPeezy's Avatar
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    Sorry to hear about your head injury.
    Have you checked the width of your jelly rolls? If they are not all the
    same width they might not match. I also like to heavily starch my
    jelly rolls. When working with bias edges starch is a big help.
    Even if it doesn't match perfectly, it won't show after you quilt it.
    If it gives you too much grief, move to something else less stressful.
    Just have fun.

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    Super Member Annaquilts's Avatar
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    No answer but sending a big hug.
    Anna Quilts

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    Hang in there Roberta, someone in this fine group of quilters will have the answer. Keep on keeping on and enjoy the process. Your cheering section is roaring loudly.

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    Don't give up! Just keep working at it and try not to feel too frustrated. Some things may be harder to do, but you can still do them. Just may take a little longer.

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    I really can't help you but just wanted you to know that someone on this QB will come thru for you. These members on here are the most kindest and most generous people ever. Sorry to hear about your injury-hope all goes well for you.

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    Super Member soccertxi's Avatar
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    Roberta, This looks just like one of Bonnie Hunter's patterns. I have dropped a link to her page. I think her pictures will be helpful. Possibly your top and bottom squares are not lined up when you cut the diagonal? Keep plugging girlfriend! It will click!

    Beth in AZ
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    I too have troubles with math these days. I do more simple things now than before. I will wait on the answer too. Loved the one on quiltville link.

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