Hello, I haven't posted for a long time.  Been busy with sick people.  I have been approached to do a yo yo quilt.  Not sure on how to do it.  I have been thinking that I should put the backing on without batting and tack each of the yo yo's to the backing and then put on a binding.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.



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Comment by Loretta Yerbich Aymond on July 8, 2011 at 9:45pm

I have been doing a lot of research on yo-yo quilts and different uses for yo-yo's because my sister gave me all the different sizes of Clover "quick" yo-yo makers.  She thought this would be easy sewing that I could do while recuperating from a surgery.  Anyway, back to your question, there are a couple of ways to do a yo-yo quilt that I have found that I like. First is the "coverlet":  This is just attaching the yo-yo's together with whip-stiches on four sides into as many rows as needed.  Second is a "quilt": here you do the exact same thing as the coverlet but then you attach the coverlet to one large piece of cloth and that is the top of your quilt.  Then you would place your batting and backing as usual.  Be prepared to make lots and lots and lots of yo-yo's!  I've seen anywhere from 1500 to 2400.  It will depend on the size of the yo-yo.  I have not seen the quilt in the June issue yet, this may be something better yet!

The coverlets were usually used during the summertime in the 30's and 40's.

Good luck on your quilt. 

Comment by Amy Beth Miller on July 8, 2011 at 6:41am
There's an interesting quilt using yo-yos but with backing and batting in the June 2011 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine.
Comment by kathy cochran on July 7, 2011 at 10:09pm
i bought a box of yo yos already made from early 1900s @ an auction . i had the yo yo girls from Paducah ,show    me how to do it but when i get it out i stress out !!! they said you hand stitch them together in rows and thats it no backing or batting . good luck !! Enjoy making your yo yo quilt!!!
Comment by Patricia C. on July 7, 2011 at 9:26pm

Hopes this helps.

Comment by Patricia C. on July 7, 2011 at 9:25pm
Hi Ruth, I've never done a yo yo quilt either. You don't have to put a backing fabric.  Once you have made all your yo yo's. you place them in rows in the order you want them and then you attach them together on the four sides.  You see both sides of the yo yo's. You have no need for backing fabric, batting or binding.

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