The Yo-yo story started a couple of years ago when Lori said she wanted to use her huge collection of fabric nickels and expressed interest in something to do with yo-yos. She is a sucker for handwork which I generally loathe.
Clover Quick Yo-yo Makers
into our regular order from the wholesaler. At the time I ordered the
extra-large size (because making less is better right?) and of course
the end product was larger than I had expected, requiring a larger than
5" square of fabric. Strike one ...
Then there was a magazine, this one, American Patchwork & Quilting, June 2011. I dropped heavy hints to no avail, even took the magazine to South Dakota on my summer trip, but there was no divine turquoise yo-yo lap quilt in my Christmas box. I can't find the magazine but seem to remember it is made by stitching the yo-yos onto 3" strips.
Last week I re-ordered and got the right size, large, which makes the traditional almost 2" yo-yo from a 4-1/2" square. Yay!
When the box arrived Lori was literally hovering. Since then I know she has made more than 200. I am impressed that the ugliest of fabric looks nice scrunched into a yo-yo.
Lori wants to make a queen sized quilt.
She is going to make a plain white wholecloth quilt, quilt it and then stitch 'blocks' of yo-yos to make a medallion on top. I think she told me she would need a couple of thousand yo-yos.
The thought of that makes my mind spin wheelies and feel quite hysterical. I think I shall make a small pillow. Maybe.
The two yo-yos? Well obviously Lori (2000 of them!) and me because I am making them too.
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