Thursday, October 20, 2011

Making Yo-Yo's (Albuquerque, NM)

Yesterday, I woke up with a very stiff neck and sore shoulders.  I must have slept wrong or it was all that rubber necking I was doing while Dan drove around Albuquerque.  We drove through our old neighborhood and saw our house.  They repainted the exterior.  I'm happy to see the owners taking care of the house and yard.

Since Dan had to take our car in for it's annual check-up with the dealer, I decided to stay home and focus on making my first yo-yo's.  It is a lot more comfortable to sit in my favorite quilting chair than sitting in the dining area trying to type on the computer especially when I am in pain.  (I feel better today.)

So, here's my first try at making a yo-yo.  Oh, I'm making them for the Fancy Sue block.  I was tempted to use the small tulip pattern from the Dresden Plate, but it was time to try something new.

I'm using freezer paper as a template.  I made a dozen circles so I could just relax and just sew without jumping up to iron on another circle.

ironed the circle onto the reverse side

cut 1/4 inch seam

marked the circle (template doesn't slide)

a perfect circle
running stitch the seam
Okay - not a perfect looking circle, but with some practice...

lots of practice

I think they are starting to look better.  I found it easier to start the gather while I am sewing the seam down.  Not too bad for a day of vegging out, eh?


  1. Thanks Grace! They are fun to make as well!

  2. Beautiful. They look like perfect circles to me!

  3. I love yo-yos! I remember the first time I ever saw them -- someone in my family had started a clown doll with them. There were zillions of yo-yos and I had fun stringing and playing with them. I was a little kid at the time! Wish I had them now -- all that cool vintage fabric!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  4. these little yo yo flowers are so cute, I have used them on my cards before...hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    enjoy *~*

  5. Very interesting! I think they look nice. Glad you feel better today.

  6. Those are so cute! And I love all the different colors and patterns!

  7. I never knew how to make those before, thanks the lesson!

  8. They look perfect to me! That's the kind of think I like to do while watching TV or a movie. Glad you're feeling better!

  9. Hi Sarah, Oh that would have been nice to have the old yo-yo clown and all the yo-yos too. I remember seeing them in magazines. They were so cute! Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Thanks Teresa! That sounds like a cute idea to use the yo-yo flowers on your cards.

  11. Thanks Memoriesforlifescrapbooks! I'm so happy to hear that!

  12. Thanks Annette! I'm glad to be feeling better too. I think so too. The perfect no-brainer, but keeping my hands busy work.


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