|finished yo-yo dolly quilt, 15 x 19"|
This doll quilt would have been Maddie's, but she's going to a friend's birthday party next week, and she said the first one can be a gift for her friend Madison. Then Maddie and I can make more yo-yos together for her own little quilt. Did I mention that I'm going back to Georgia next week? DH and I drove there earlier this month, but I'm flying solo next week. I'll have the fun of being the babysitter while DS and DIL are out of town, celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary.
I sought advice from my quilting friends (the Mavens) yesterday. I needed a plan for attaching the yo-yos to fabric, creating the quilt. Advice given, and advice followed. This was easy to do, and as I stitched the yo-yos down, I was also doing the quilting.
|three layers of quilt with yo-yos pinned in place|
Step #2 -- Arrange yo-yos as desired, and pin them in place through the 3 layers. (Can be tricky--poking fingers is a possibility with this step)
Step #3 -- Stitch vertical lines between the rows of yo-yos. Use zigzag or meandering stitch to catch the edge of each one as you stitch past.
Step #4 -- Then stitch horizontal lines between the rows, again catching all the edges.
Step #5 -- Run a basting stitch 1 inch outside the yo-yos. Use this as the guide for trimming quilt layers and attaching binding.
|lines of meandering zigzag stitching between rows|
|pinned in place till they're stitched|
|A fun Hoffman yellow and blue floral on the back|
The little quilt is all done and ready to pack for a trip to Georgia. It's a bit heavier than I'd expected. Maybe I'll skip batting in future yo-yo dolly quilts. Or I might use just the lightest layer of polyester. I used a leftover piece of Hobbs 80/20 here. That's not particularly heavy, but a tissue-thin layer of polyester batting may have been a better choice. Isn't hindsight incredibly smart?
This is another UFO off my list. It's going to look very pretty covering some dollies or teddy bears.