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Friday, March 9, 2012

Making A Yo-Yo Quilt

Sewing Unplugged

90 Fat Quarters

We spend most of our day plugged in.  What is the first thing you do in the morning?  Do you check your computer? We are always plugged in.  We don't go any where without our cell phones.  By the end of the day I need a little unplugged time.  

When I learned to quilt I did most everything by hand.  I loved hand quilting, it was a great way to unwind at the end of the day.  But then I began to teach and I needed to do quilts fast.  So, out went the hand quilting.  But my goal in the next few months is to make a yo-yo quilt.  This quilt is portable enough to go with you, or work on it while watching television. 

Now don't get intimidated by how many yo-yos you will need.  Remember the old adage how do you get an elephant out of the room, one bite at a time. Let's get started!

The quilt will measure 60" x 72"
you will need 90 fat quarters
1080 yo-yos

  1. Layer 5 fabrics, lining up 2 sides, and press.
  2. Draw 12 - 5" circles on wrong side of top fabric.  I used a jar lid as my template.
  3. Place a pin in the center of each circle.
  4. Roughly cut apart circles.
  5. Precisely cut around circles.  I like to cut as I go.  
  6. You will need a thread that co-ordinates, a sewing needle (sharp #5). This is a good time to practice using a thimble.  It goes on your middle finger of the hand you are sewing with.  It helps push the needle through the fabric and protects your finger.  And a small pair of scissors, to snip the thread.
  7. Thread your needle with a double thread and knot.  Place needle 1/4" from edge of fabric going from back to front, pull through to the front.
  8. Folding edge over about 1/4" sew a running stitch around the perimeter of the circle.
  9. Pull thread to gather and knot.

If you finish before I do let me know and I will show you how to put them together.

Only 1079 more to go.


  1. This looks like it will be really cute...is this something that a first time quilter should attempt?

  2. Ive had my yo yos made for five years or so. I have started sewing them together but havent enjoyed that process. Will you hand sew them or use your machine?

    1. i will be doing it by hand. but you could zig zag together with invisible thread.