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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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