|A Walk in the Park|
OK, you’re right, they are all really cute, but other than that… (and the fact that they are all Jillily Studio designs) what do you see that they share???
A hint—it’s an embellishment—added on after the piecing.
Right! Yo -Yos!
Yeah for YO-YOs! This humble little fabric embellishment has been around for a loooong time. They were a popular style of quilt making in the 1920’s and 30’s. I first saw a yo-yo when I was taking a class to make a quilted bag, sometime last century. The instructor had embellished her bag with these cute little dots of fabric.
This bag has been well used. For years it served as my family's “Sunday Bag.” Meaning that every Sunday it carted all the stuff we needed to carry to church with us—class materials, scriptures, and things to keep the kids quiet (theoretically). I’m sure that even the congregation was grateful for that Sunday Bag. Imagine how much noisier it could have been!
Back to my story—so when I finished making my bag in that class, I asked the teacher how she made those little circley things.
“Oh, yo-yos? You don’t know how to make yo-yos?”
Well, no, I didn’t. I was kind of new to this quilting thing.
So she quickly showed my how, and I have been embellishing with yo-yos ever since. (I wish I could remember who the teacher was, and I would give her credit here for her bag design and good teaching skills, but I can’t remember!)
I added some embroidery too. See, I said it was last century.
So now I will give you a quick lesson on how to make a yo-yo.
First of all, trace a circle on the back of your fabric. You can use anything as a pattern, or use a compass. I have a circle cutter around here somewhere, but it is missing in action, so this can of corn will have to do.
Keep in mind that your yo-yo will turn out to be about half the size of you circle, minus the seam allowance. So if you want a 1” finished yo-yo, use a circle about 2 ¼” across.
Cut out your circle.
Now thread a needle with strong cotton thread. Hand quilting thread works great here, but since I haven’t hand quilted in years (also last century) I don’t have any around. So I use my favorite thread, (AURIFIL) and double it. You don’t need to tie a knot, just leave several inches hanging when you start to stitch.
Turning a small seam allowance under as you go, take about ¼” stitches, basting all along the edge. I turn the edge with my left hand and stitch with my right. (For these photos you will have to imagine the other hand in there. I needed one hand to take the photo! )
When you have stitched the seam allowance all around the circle,
Your circle will now look like a little pouch. Pull the gathers as tight as you can and tie the threads together in a knot.
Now flatten out the yo-yo keeping all the gathers in the middle and spreading out the pleats evenly. Notice that my thread is still coming out of the top of the yo-yo. One end of thread is still threaded through the needle.
I use this way of knotting off the thread ends so that you don’t see it when it is appliquéd onto a quilt. . . . But if you are making yo-yos to use in a coverlet, or where you will SEE the back, tie your knot on the front and hide it in the folds of the gathers.
Now turn it over, and TA DAH! A beautiful finished yo-yo!
Thanks, Samm for having me here again. I hope to see all of your readers over atmy blog—so they can WIN something!
Happy Quilting, everyone! Go yo-yo your quilts--and do it this century!
Editors note...and our dear JILL is no YO-YO I am telling you..
she has lot's of balls in the air....but no YO-YO..
just full of Sew tales.... Thanks Jill you always bring
sew much to the table...
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