Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Yo-Yo Quilt Story

Anyone remember Millenium Quilts? In 1999, there was quite a buzz about making quilts to take note of the turn to not just a new century but a new millenium. Now there were quite a few possibilities for these quilts: quilts from your stash of (obviously) 20th century fabrics, quilts with 2000 pieces,and charm quilts using special collections that fabric manufacturers made available with new fabrics for 1999.

I decided I would make a yo-yo quilt using my stash...after all, I had been quilting already for 10 years and thought it would be nice to have a quilt using all the fabrics in my closet (even ones I'd never yet cut into!) I made a circle template, cut off about 4 1/2" from each piece of fabric and marked the circles, marked circles on larger pieces from my scrap drawer and voila!

You saw in my last post my pile of cut circles...here's a stack of only marked circles!

Here's a bag of sewn yo-yos...
And here is my effort so far for my Millenium Quilt! 20 rows with 10 yo-yos in a row! :)
I think I had better get working on this! I'm thinking of a pre-New Year's Resolution: finish this before 2010! Think I can make it??? I'm not sure but I'm going to give it a try.

What's your longest UFO?



Bea said...

LOL I still think I have some fabric around that has 2000 printed on it.
I went through my stack of UFOs a while back and decided if I still liked it I would finish it. If not I donated it to the local Charity shop. There are a lot of reasons why I don't finish a project. Not that it happens that often but when it does something has usually changed. I no longer beat myself up about those pesky UFOs I just donate them.
They will end up being a treasure and real find for somebody or not.
The process of actually working on it is what was important. Well, that's my story and I'm sticking to it. :)Bea

Heather said...

i have some christmas tree wall hangings that have sat untouched for years. I thought that why make one when I can make 7 at the same time. I have finished 2 and the rest languish. If I had finished one each year I would have been done years ago.

Muddling Through said...

Miri, that is so pretty! My grandmother had two pillows in her sunroom - one lavender and one pink both covered with yo-yo's. They were a bright spot. Your quilt will be, too!

Julia said...

So Pretty Miri...I love them.
I have an embroidered and appliqued rose and lavendar swag, that only needs a border and binding...about 6 yrs old...it will be my New Years resolution to finish it!

Karen said...

Making yo-yo's are not my favorite thing to do but I sure like what can be made with them. I just made some yo-yo's for a little Christmas decoration. The circles were large so I turned the edge under using the sewing machine. Then I used needle and thread to gather them by hand. Went faster that way.

Roslyn said...

Oh Miri I swear I will never make anything yoyo, I do not have the patience, but yours is looking good!
I am working on clearing up every last UFo before year's end, think I can??

Anonymous said...

what a challenge: I commend you for the patience and skill required for this task!!! great blog.

Anita said...

Yes, I remember the millenium quilts. I still have the parts to one in a box in my closet. Oops! You are very, very brave to attempt a yo-yo quilt! But it will be amazing when it is finished.