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June 21, 2012


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Yo Yo's are just so darn heavy really. I cannot imagine an old thread that is going to be able to withstand the test of time there. Should you sell it some crazy ass fool (like myself) will sit for a bazillion years fixing it.

I think you can't decide which fabrics go together because you dont have any white space in between them for your eyes to rest on. But never mind that, again, some one will buy them!

Even though your hex project is small it is still enough to be a mat/rug/thingy under a bowl or whatever on the hoosier! The Japanese love those hexagon mug rug type things. (And so do I. I put them under lamps even. A sickness I tell you.)


Claire and I had a discussion about yo yo's the other day. Spoken like an innocent child she proclaimed that yo yo's must have been for people who couldn't sew all that well or they would have stitched them together. Never thought of it that way. We talked about it and decided in the end it was still a nice way to see the fabric. At least you took a picture! Smiles...Renee

Kim Kenward

You certainly have more patience than I do. I give you a lot of credit for repairing and working on that special quilt and taking all those pictures of your precious feedsacks.


Your to-finish pile is very impressive...I hope you find more green fabric as those hexagons are so pretty. Loved your gardening vs junking post, my two favorite worlds.

laurie magpie ethel

My mom has been making me a yo-yo quilt. She has something like 1900 yo-yos made and she has been working on it for 3 years or so now. Someday it will be done....someday.

Into Vintage

Any time I see a yo-yo quilt, all I can picture is a quilter with the absolute patience of a saint. Who else would take on a project of that magnitude? I think I would get about 20 yo-yos in and abandon ship.


I love that yoyo quilt. I have a lot of old clothes I don't know what to do with, maybe slowly making yoyos from the family clothes would be a nice continuous, long term project...by the way you describe the amount of work it would be ready for my first grandchild lol(my kids are 7 and 5...)


Wow, fixing the yo-yo quilt is a test of extreme patience, i take my hat off to you. As to the selection of fabrics, that's pretty much one of the best bits of quilting! I think the combination of patterns and colours just comes to you pretty quickly, after all there's always another quilt to be made with another combination. Have messaged you via Etsy as am in need of those pretty feedsack squares...
Have a super weekend,
Hen x

Lavender Dreams

It's definitely more fun to treasure hunt! Hugs!


I once tried to launder a very old yo-yo quilt for a friend. I didn't want to crowd it so I filled the bathtub with lukewarm water, swished in some gentle detergent then submersed the quilt. And stood there watching as it disolved before my eyes.
I have another quilt that lives a peaceful life inside a vintage suitcase until I am dead and gone and it becomes someone elses problem.
I am with you on the finding and leaving the making to someone else when it comes to quilts!


Regarding the Grandmother's Flower Garden hexagons: now you know why the fabric companies came up with the pre-printed design! :) Textile companies did these patchwork designs even in the 19th century; proving our quilting ancestors wanted a "better way" of achieving the pattern. However, yours look quite beautiful in the vintage fabric and make a good project for sitting quietly when the weather is so "freakin'" hot. :)

chris mckinley

I am still amazaed at your luck in finding the yo-yo's and feed stacks!! Isn't it fun to figure out what to do with it?



When the yo-yo qult get found again in your closet, summon up lots of patience and applique it to a light weight blanket or plannel sheet. The applique process should take care of the original bad threads and you will have a vintage looking bed spread.Teach that dog this is the one bed he cannot sleep on.


Several years ago I made a yo-yo pillow for my sister...yikes, it took forever because I was doing it the old-fashioned way. Now, there is a handy yo-yo maker you can buy at the fabric store. I can't imagine the time it took making a vintage quilt. Now, I'm trying hexagons - English paper piecing...still slow, but easy to do sitting and watching t.v., but we'll see how far that goes. lol.
I have a vintage quilt (postage stamp size squares), that has the same shade of green in the backing/binding as yours. This was one of those miracle finds at a Goodwill...and, for $4.99! (Thank-you thrifting gods that it came to me instead of possibly ending up in someone's doghouse). :)

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