Daisy Yo Yo Quilt Pattern


Daisy yoyo quilt

Daisy yoyo quilt

A yo yo or a button can be used to conceal a multitude of sins, but for this yoyo quilt pattern I have used them deliberately as part of the design.  They make the middles of the daisies and give a bit of texture to the quilt.  Overall the quilt measures 48″ square and I have used 3/4 yard each of white and blue, 1/2 yard of grey and 1/4 yard of the peach coloured fabric for the yo yo circles.  The quilt is made in four quarters with four yoyos in each quarter.

Cutting requirements

3.1/2″ squares:  thirty blue, forty eight white, thirteen grey

3.7/8″ squares:  fourteen each in blue and white, sixteen each in grey and white, four each in blue and grey

Making each daisy quilt block

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles with the 3.7/8″ squares in the colour combinations listed above.  Place two squares with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line.  Cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units.  These are both 3.1/2″ squares.

 

Daisy quilt block layout

Daisy quilt block layout

Lay the patchwork squares out for each quarter in eight rows of eight squares.  There are a lot of white squares which could have been cut as strips rather than squares, but I have chosen to use squares only as this makes it easier to place the yo yos for the centre of each daisy.  If you wish to use strips, a 6.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangle is equivalent to two 3.1/2″ squares.

 

 

First four rows of the daisy quilt block

First four rows of the daisy quilt block

Bottom four rows of the daisy quilt block

Bottom four rows of the daisy quilt block

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together to complete each daisy quilt block.  Make four of these.  Notice that the blue – repesenting the sky – is on the top and the left of the block while the grey is on the bottom and the right of each block.

 

 

 

 

Two daisy blocks facing the same way

Two daisy blocks facing the same way

Rotate one of the blocks

Rotate one of the blocks

On the right you can see two daisy blocks placed facing the same way as each other.  Swivel the right hand block so that the blue is on the top and right of the block and you can see the design beginning to form.  Sew these two blocks together for the top half of the quilt.  Do the same with the bottom two blocks, rotating them so that the blue continues round the outside and the grey is always in the middle.  Sew the two pairs of blocks together.

 

Making the yo yos

Cut circles for the yoyos

Cut circles for the yoyos

I want my yoyos to be about 2″ across, so I have used circles about 4.1/2″ across for the main yoyo section, with 2″ circles for the blue centres.  These measurements don’t need to be accurate, so you can just use whatever is available to draw the circles.  Cut sixteen in each size. For the larger circles, cut 1/4″ outside the circle that you have marked.  It’s important that you mark the circle on the right side of the peach fabric so that you can use the mark as a guide for turning under a hem.  For the small blue circles you can cut on the marked circle.

 

 

 

 

Baste a hem around the circle

Baste a hem around the circle

Place the blue circle in the middle

Place the blue circle in the middle

Turn under a small hem as you baste (large running stitches) around the edge of the large circle.  Leave a few inches of thread when you begin sewing so that you can gather up the circle when you have finished.  I have used black thread here so that you can see what I am doing, but you should use matching thread.  Leave a trailing end of thread when you have finished the hem.  Place the small blue circle with right side up on the wrong side of the peach circle.

 

Pull the threads to gather

Pull the threads to gather

Tie the ends of the thread

Tie the ends of the thread

Begin to pull the two ends of the thread gently to gather up the circle.  Gently push the fabric along the thread so that the gathering is even all the way round.  When the fabric is gathered tightly and you have a circle about 1″ across of the blue showing in the middle, tie a couple of knots in the thread to hold the gathering and snip the ends of the thread.

 

 

Sew four yoyos in each daisy block

Sew four yo yos in each daisy block

Place four yo yos in the middle of each daisy flower quilt block and sew round the edges to secure them.  I haven’t sewn them in the middle of each white square because I wanted the yo yos to touch each other along the edges.  That gives a nice star shape in white in the middle of each yo yo grouping.

That completes the yo yo quilt pattern.  I have chosen to use each yo yo as a design feature, but I have often seen them used to hide a mistake – now isn’t that a great idea!  You could also sew a large button in the middle instead of using a contrasting fabric.

Full details of layering, quilting and binding can be found in the beginner quilting section, towards the bottom of the page.

Here’s the video:

 

 

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Comments

  1. Hi Rose, Another easy quilt you have come up with. I have many Yo-Yo’s made up to use up sometime but now I know what to do with them for another lovely quilt. Thank you Rose.

  2. That is so very pretty Rose. I love it.x

  3. Hi Rose what a surprise for you me sending you a mail this way !!! just giving you a laugh again ,I started making Suffolk Puffs for something to do whilst my husband was on the down ward slope of his life cycle ,7 years ago ,anyway I have a box with about 300 plus in !! a quilting friend just hates Suffolk Puffs so she will be delighted to see this week quilt .
    love and hugs Sheila xx

    • Hi Sheila. You could make a complete quilt with all those yo yos. You wouldn’t need to use wadding because you have all that extra thickness already. Or you could donate them all to your friend to save her having to make any! Hope you’re keeping well.

  4. Joyce Cuillerier says:

    I love the pattern instead of daisy , I will make it as a poinsettia for Christmas.

  5. D. Friendly (Canada) says:

    Rose – Another sweet quilt. As I glanced at the photos, I was wondering why you did all of those little white squares instead of one big square and then I read the instructions where you give the option of using strips! In addition to this being cute daisies and someone else recommending poinsettias, I think this would look wonderful in yellow with brown yo-yo’s to make sunflowers!

    • Hi Debra. Thanks for your comments. Oh I really like the idea of doing the yo yo quilt in yellows and browns. What a great summer quilt that would make.

  6. Hi Rose,love this one,I also like the idea of a Christmas theme in the middle,perhaps a tiny snowman,or holly would be good.Have a great weekend,love Carole

  7. Sandra Barnett says:

    Rose,
    Love this quilt. Also like Joyce’s idea of Christmas colors. Finally finished my quilt from May. Starting on another one don’t know which one to choose. Possiblely this one.
    Hope you have a nice weekend.
    Sandra

    • Hi Sandra. Thanks for your comments. It’s always exciting starting a new project, isn’t it? I suppose it’s a bit like an artist must feel with a blank canvas!

  8. Thank you Rose for another lovely quilt idea. I also like the idea of using Christmas colour too.

  9. nice pattern..thank you for sharing

  10. I love this quilt Rose, beautiful xx

  11. Nola Strang says:

    Rose, you never fail to excite me with your pattern ideas. Also it’s amazing how easy you make it. Thank you so much.

  12. How do you do it Rose? You never run out of ideas and always come up with a winner every time. This is one of many.
    I have begun cutting the brown squares for the Christmas tree table runner. Hope I can finish it by Christmas.

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