I'm almost embarrassed.
My well intentioned yoyo along grew stale with all the happenings of the last quarter of 2011, but thanks to a few nudging emails that have come in over the last few weeks, I decided to pick up the camera, turn on my machine, and get the next step of the yoyo along posted. So thank you to those of you who have been patiently waiting. I hope it will have been worth the wait for you once you start seeing your quilt come together.
For those of you who are newer to sewtakeahike, I posted the first part of the yoyo along here, just click the button and it will take you to the first step.
I have yet to finish my yoyo's myself, but I've given myself permission to take my time since I know this will be the one and only yoyo quilt I ever make this size!
Here we go!!
I'm not a huge fan of hand sewing, plus I want this quilt to be more durable, so I decided to teach you how to sew the yoyo's by machine.
My bernina has a stitch called the bar tack stitch. I like using the bar tack stitch because it automatically does a tie off stitch for me at the beginning and end of each bar tack. If your machine has this stitch, then great! If not, just set your zig-zag stitch to a zero length and it will achieve the same end goal.
My bar tack stitch is highlighted here, #25
I set the length to .4 and the width to 4.
Also, if you have access to an edge-stitch foot and some 50wt aurifil, that would be very helpful. I like using the 50 wt. aurifil to sew them together because it is strong, but thinner so the stitches aren't as noticeable.
Pull 16 yoyo's from your bag of 1008 and arrange them into blocks of 4X4. There are limitless ways you can arrange your yoyo's. By color, with stripes of different colors, with white based fabrics in the middle square or the outside edge, the same color for each point, and any other combo you can think of! For me, I like it best random and scrappy.
Using your bar tack stitch (or modified zig zag), sew your yoyo's into strands of 4, making sure to keep them in the order you like.
Using the same technique as in step 2, sew the yoyo strands together so you have a block of 4X4 yoyo's. Trim your stray threads.
Once you've sewn all your 1008 yoyo's together, you should have 63 blocks consisting of 16 yoyo's each.
I don't have any photos for this step yet since I don't have all my yoyo's made, but basically, you will arrange your blocks so they are 7 blocks across and 9 down, and sew the blocks together in the same manner as you did the individual yoyo's and strips of yoyo's in steps 2 and 3. If you used the same number of yoyo's that I'm using (1008) and the same size yoyo maker (60mm), your yoyo quilt will measure approximately 63"X81".
So there you have it. I'm almost 50% done with my yoyo's and will try to keep you all updated with my progress. And if you can, please do post your photos of your yoyo quilt in progress, and completed, in my sewtakeahike flickr group!
Happy Friday, and Happy New Year. Here's to a spectacular 2012!