Monday, February 17, 2020

A New Adventure

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Last winter Shasta (High Road Quilter) showed us a very unique bed covering (here). Shasta is making one with 30’s reproductions and her yo-yo’s are piling up (here).

I found it fascinating and thought instantly how much fun it would be to make it with colorful vintage feedsacks. Of course, my decision had nothing to do with the fact that I had over 700 feedsack yo yo’s already made up.  

Several years ago, I cut 3” squares from around 800 different feedsacks in my collection and began to make 1” finished yo yo’s. They traveled with me in my Roy Roger’s lunch box and whenever I was at a meeting or lecture or red light (just kidding) I would make a few of them.

Not having seen the original spread in person, it was trial and error with the assembly method. I decided to make the front squares from just one feedsack fabric to give it some sort of unity. The back of each square is a different feedsack fabric (99 in all).

My squares finish approximately (and, I do mean approximate!) 3”. I cut the front and back fabrics at 3 ½”, faced them together and placed a 3 ¼” piece of cotton batting on top.
Then I stitch with ¼” seam allowance around the edge leaving about 1 ½” opening to turn the block inside out. I lop off the corners a bit to reduce bulk.
I press from the front and then top stitch close to the edge so that I do not have to hand stitch the opening.

I’m learning a lot about stitching yo-yo’s together. It is not as easy as I thought it would be. Have any of you made a yo-yo quilt? I’m wondering if you end your thread with each yo-yo or do you travel from one to the next? I am traveling from one to the next, but it has been tricky to make sure you don’t catch the edge of the yo-yo and have your thread show though.

Since it is technically a potholder quilt, it has to have a name with some sort of food reference. I think I am going to call it “Candy Dish”. I have a lot on my plate already so this will be my “pick up” project this year. Whenever I am in between other quilts, I’ll add a few yo-yo’s and hopefully be done by the end of the year. Or, in true Wendy fashion I just may end up making another lap quilt! 

And, I wanted to show you all how lucky I am to have such great friends! The last time Randy (Barrister's Block) visited me here in Maine she gave me this cute little caddy which I use every day for my water and starch sprays. I love it! 

And I was blown away on Saturday when I went to visit Cyndi (Busy Thimble) and she presented me with this little quilt! I had admired one that she made earlier (here) and she made one for me.
Beautifully hand quilted!
How sweet! I am indeed lucky to have great friends!

18 comments:

The Joyful Quilter said...

What a unique quilt you are going to end up with! Quilting friends are true treasures. Enjoy your special gift!

Quilting Babcia said...

What an interesting way to use a stash of yo-yos, something our quilt ministry group was gifted a couple years ago. I adore that mini quilt, with its sweet soft hued borders surrounding the fabulous toile. Enjoy!

Barb said...

Your yo-yo quilt is delightful! I love learning about your technique. I made a Christmas runner many years ago and gave it away, but now I with I had it of course. I a thread ender typically "just in case". I worry about the stress weight has on a yo-yo but with the plain blocks I'm sure it is less: science.
what a sweet quilt from Cyndi and caddy from Randy!
Quilters really are the best

Janet O. said...

Your feedsack/yo-yo project looks as happy as can be. You have an amazing feedsack collection.
I have never made a yo-yo quilt. Looks like something that would require way more patience than I possess!!
Sweet gifts from Randy and Cyndi. BTW--I will mail your soap today, since I forgot about yesterday being a holiday and the post office being closed. :)

Lori said...

Quilt friends are the best! Love your little toile quilt.

I don't know a thing about yo-yo quilts!!

Cynthia@wabi-sabi-quilts said...

That's a lot of feedsacks, and a great way to showcase them! Years ago I made a shoebox full of yo yos but who knows why, and why knows where they are now? Sweet gifts from quilter friends;).

QuiltGranma said...

WOW! Love the feed-sacks, love what you were gofted1

Karen said...

I do not like making yo-yos so I can't imagine making as many as you have set out to do.
Oh, a Roy Rogers lunch box! I never had one but I can remember asking for and receiving a toy gun and holster and getting one for Christmas. My request was inspired by the Roy Rogers tv show. Wonder how old I was.

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You are lucky to have great friends, love the goodies you received!The candy dish quilt is looking very nice can't wait to see it done!!!

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Randy D. said...

LOVE how you're using the caddy I brought you from Hawaii! I use mine for trash/scraps but I like your purpose better!
You are a great friend as well! Cyndi's quilt is spectacular.
You deserve it all!
love you~!

Shasta Matova said...

I didn't realize your yo-yos are so small. Mine are 2". This looks wonderful. When you show the light side, my eye focuses on the colorful yo-yos and when you show the color side, my eye focuses on the light yo-yos. The video I saw shows that the thread travels through the yo-yos, no need to start and stop. I did find I had to relax when sewing them together - I tended to make them super secure which meant some of it was too tight. I think if you keep them loose enough, you could probably go back and adjust the tightness of a previous stitch if necessary.

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