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Topic: Yo-Yo Quilt - First & only quilt so far  (Read 4641 times)
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« on: August 18, 2007 10:52:13 PM »

I had spinal fusion surgery a while back and wanted something to do while lazing around in a drug induced state recovering.  I needed a project that didn't take a lot of thought, but wanted to accomplish something besides watching too much TV.

This is something I'd had on my list of "some day" crafts - and it really fit the bill.

It's all Aunt Grace fabrics (the 30s/40s reproduction stuff).  It wasn't a cheap quilt to make - but it was a great use of time that would have been wasted.  I cut all the circles before the surgery and then just made zillions of yo-yos while watching TV. 

I assembled small rows, then assembled those into squares semi-randomly (counted colors for even distribution), then assembled those squares into rows, then joined the rows.  It's a great easy project.
 
BTW the quilt at the end of the bed was made by someone else as a baby gift when my daughter was born.  She always said the kids with no faces gave her the creeps, so I still have it.
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« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2007 11:12:13 PM »

OMG this is so cool! You did an amazing job, i love it, i love it, i love it!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2007 11:20:49 PM »

WOW. I've been working on a small yo-yo wallhanging for what seems like ages so seeing your huge quilt just amazes me! Looks great. About how big is each yo-yo?
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« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2007 11:40:03 PM »

It looks nice! I had that same surgery about ten years ago, and I wish I would have thought to get some sort of cool project lined up to do in the recovery time. (But I was 13, so what can I say?) Congrats on being able to turn that time into something useful and pretty!
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« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2007 11:54:28 AM »

Totally awesome. great foresight to occupy yourself during a potentially un-fun time. a lot of my craft projects are planned around long trips, jury duty, etc.
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« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2007 12:12:59 PM »

i love yoyo quilts! i found one from the 70's/80's in progress in my grandparents basement...all the circles are cut out and some yoyos are begun...i am feeling inspired now!! you did a beautiful job and i'm glad you had something to keep you busy while you were recovering!  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2007 08:33:30 PM »

Thanks everybody!  What nice comments.

AmyB444 - 13? That is way too young to have to go through that!  Hope it all came out okay.

SewPixie - Each finished yo-yo is about 2" (and I bought a circle cutter for fabric - lots easier than trying to cut circles - I could even stack them and get 4 at once).  It actually went much faster than I expected (buying one of those little push button needle threaders saved a crazy amount of time). 

miss_K -Fabric from the 70s/80s should make a cool one!


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« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2007 09:18:09 PM »

This is so cool! I like how it could be modern or classic, depending on the surrounding decor. It's a great way to pull together a lot of fabrics and compose them nicely.
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« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2007 02:29:07 AM »

 :oBeautiful!   Oh I have often thought about making a yo-yo quilt(dreamed,planned,started never to quite finish).  Very nice fabric.

You said you used something to cut your fabric. I am interested in learning more of this product.  You see, I want to make a quilt ( I think it's called Grandmother's Garden) and I need to make little hexagons. 

As for your daughter and her quilt I can relate.  My teen daughter never went for dolls with hair  because she said it gave her that "fingers across the chalkboard" feeling. ::)whatever(as she would often say)
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« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2007 06:56:20 AM »

I am *so* with you about "dreamed, planned, started, never to quite finish" Grin

If it hadn't been for the enforced sitting around and the drugs/pain which made it too hard to concentrate on a book I probably never would have gotten around to it.  (Oh, and I couldn't handle the laptop sitting on my lap - so Craftster was also out of the question.)

Here's the circle cutter:
http://www.amazon.com/CMP3-18-Rotary-Circle-Cutter/dp/B0006SJB3I
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