It's Sunday morning, and I completed another block in The Splendid Sampler quilt-along before the next one comes out. I said I would only make the ones that intrigued me so now I'm.. well... four for four.
But isn't this a happy block? It's aptly named Happy, Happy and created by Jen Kingwell. Her pattern called for straight appliqued circles, but I loved the idea of doing Yo-Yos and other techniques. When first I saw the block I envisioned ruched flowers, ribbon embroidery, poppies. I'm inspired by the others in the quilt-along fussy-cutting and embroidering. How hard can this be?
Oh, how naive.
My first Yo-Yo in about 18 years and it came out a planned 5/8"! Holy smokes that's small!
It took a few minutes to remember the formula, but I have it now.
Admittedly, I didn't like my first Yo-Yo flower. My second wasn't fabulous either. What is it? What am I forgetting? What's nagging at me? I felt like Winnie the Pooh
|Think. Think. Think.|
Ah, my running stitch was too small. As I result my first Yo-Yos were all "gathers" and little "flower". The smaller the stitch, the more fabric bunched in the seam and the taller the effect. With my red Yo-Yo, I made my stitch a little longer, and it turned out smoother and tighter.
By the time I was satisfied with my Yo-Yos, I had enough for a bouquet and decided to stick closer to the character of the original pattern.
|I almost fussy-cut my bouquet - lovely fabric.|
|Can you believe these are 6" blocks!?!|
For a free copy of Happy, Happy, visit the The Splendid Sampler webpage.
What have I learned?
- Batiks are fabulous to use for Yo-Yo's not only for their unique designs but they don't shred as much as regular cotton fabric.
- When using cotton fabrics, use a good-quality fabric with a tight weave.
- Don't forget that the smaller the Yo-Yo the likelier the fabric pattern will get lost.
- The longer the running stitch the flatter the Yo-Yo.
- Use the formula!
- Yo-Yos are addictive!