Episode 153: Yo-Yo Girl

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A basket of yo-yos, 90 to be precise:

yoyos1 I think it will take about 500 to make a quilt.

Fun blog post on yo-yo quilts:


Christmas tree blocks:


My quilting practice for the mosaic blocks:

quiltingmosaicI got the idea from the latest issue of the AQS magazine.

Here’s how it looks on the quilt (so far):

mosaic front quilting1

And here’s how the back looks (so far):

mosaic back 1

New quilting book–Angela Walters’ Shape by Shape Free-Motion Quilting


My fabulous updated quilting notebook:


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21 Replies to “Episode 153: Yo-Yo Girl”

  1. Am in the process of downloading your podcast on my slowed down internet. I will listen to it later tonight. I have ANGELA’s book and found it very helpful. I enjoy her slant / style on FMQ. I have taken all her classes on CRAFTSY and feel I learned a lot from them. LOOKING forward to what you have to say about your FMQ.

    QUESTION: Where do YOU start your FMQ in the middle/ center or at one of the sides / bottom of your quilt….. JUST curious.

  2. The Quilting design you chose looks really good. It looks like you really have the hang of it. This quilt is turning out awesome.

  3. How dare anyone say you have bed head! I hope you unfriended that person. (Or was it your Mom? If so, that’s okay. )

  4. Haven’t listened yet, but it looks like a great episode! I adore those Christmas tree blocks. And I’m so happy to see your progress on quilting the Mosaic quilt. You are doing a great job! It’s beautiful!

  5. COMMENT about the hair in MI … in the 80s hair still was long and straight on teens… remained popular around here …. I guess cause the guys liked it… both my niece and sister wore their hair in that style… mostly because Northern Italian hair does not curl well.

    EQ7 FOR MAC….. if I can learn to use it … YOU can too… just takes patience and persistence. I think they have on line classes at ELECTRIC QUILT so it is easier to use.

    STARS …. I think have been in fashion forever … all the magazines have had a least one star quilt till the MODERN MOVEMENT …. now I usually see squares and blocks …. STARS are very popular in patriotic and rural style quilts.


  6. i’m listening to podcast #151 (taking to heart your advice that we don’t actually have to listen to a podcast before we comment). but in reference to a juki 2010–i actually have a brother 1500 which is looks almost the same as the juki but doesn’t have the speed control (which i don’t think is necessary). i had wanted to buy a juki (the name is so much cooler) but when i first went to a dealer, the salesperson there talked me out of it(!) –i specifically asked for that model, explained i had a bernina already and wasn’t looking for any fancy computerized machine–but she kept saying that the juki was made in china, and not as reliable anymore–very odd–i couldn’t figure what her angle was ‘cos i wasn’t interested in anything else. anyways–in the meantime, i tried out the brother at a quilt show and it worked just fine AND it costed a lot less. i got mine for $600 online and i’ve seen it on amazon for the same price (though it also fluctuates a little). in the meantime, my bernina died(!!!) –the timing belt broke–i didn’t even know that was possible and the repair would’ve cost around $500 which i couldn’t bear to pay. anyways. i love the brother–sews really well, it’s kinda fun to oil it and hear how smooth it runs right afterwards. i piece and quilt on it (i wouldn’t say it’s “easy” but i do quilt up to king-size quilts on the machine) and am not going back to the Bernina family after this. i also have my MIL’s 1960’s Singer in case i ever need more than a straight stitch but i haven’t had the need yet. let us know what you decide!

  7. Bah on the person who thought you had bedhead! Clearly that one has no style. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I find handwork very soothing and even if you never make a yo-yo quilt, they will look very pretty in an antique apothecary jar.

    I love the book by Angela Walters. A friend loaned it to me and I am considering purchasing it. I am debating whether or not I want it in digital format or not.

    I love it that you and Will are working on a quilt together. Your blocks are very cheerful!

  8. Hi Frances, yes, my name is not pronounced Katie, but rather the second version as you said it, and yes, the other podcasters say it right ๐Ÿ™‚ But I always know you’re talking about me! Back to the podcast, as I’m only at 2 minutes. May be back later with more comments :))

  9. I’m back… ๐Ÿ™‚ I also have the supreme slider, and love it! Did you also get the bobbin washers Leah Day recommends? And the machingers gloves? They are both awesome! Your free motion quilting looks awesome so do your Christmas tree blocks and your yoyos! They are so colorful, and are so pretty in the bowl :))
    The star blocks have been around forever. I remember watching Simply Quilts on HGTV in 2001 when I started quilting and they were big back then already. Maybe because they are Alex Anderson’s favorites, I don’t know ๐Ÿ™‚
    I had an idea if you don’t want to make a whole yoyo quilt, you can use them as flower centers in case you decide to make an applique quilt, OR as flowers in your next sampler basket block. What do you think?
    Hope you’re feeling a 100% now, and looking forward to your next podcast!

  10. Great job on the quilting. You are correct. I am a big fan of dense quilting. Also do we get to see pictures of the potholders you were making?

  11. We spent last weekend in Raleigh, and I was amazed at the number of used car lots we saw. I was hoping to get to one of the area LQSes but had no time as we were there for a soccer tournament, The weather was perfect for December. I think it got up to 60 on Sunday, but I have to wonder who thinks mid-December is a good time for a soccer tournament,

    I did listen to the podcast last week, but it has been so long, I can’t remember what it was about. Sorry! My excuse is that I’m older than you, and menopause has hit my brain cells hard.

  12. Ok, so I just discovered quilting podcasts this week (crazy, I know I’m late to the game) and am a new listener. I loved your insight on why on earth should we drag out the Christmas gift making torture and stress more than 2 weeks. You’re so wise! ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, I definitely need to get a quilting binder together so I can be more organized. Did you find a special quilting binder or did you just use a regular one with dividers?

  13. I have been lurking and listening forever, but never got around to commenting until now. I listened to this episode today and agree wholeheartedly about the value of handwork in front of the television when you are sick. That’s exactly what I have been doing today. I found a picture of a pinwheel quilt in a book called Quilts of the Oregon Trail. A year ago I decided that if the woman who made it could achieve that while walking across the country in 1849 then surely I could do it in bits during my breaks at work. I have made a lot more progress since being off work due to foot surgery in mid-November. I can’t do much except sit with my feet up and watch endless Netflix while stitching away. I have made nearly 300 4″ pinwheel squares and now I am working on assembling them into 9-patch blocks. 25 down, 20 more to go. Then I assemble sashing and setting triangles. I’ll run out of Netflix and sick leave before I run out of quilt.

  14. I just listened to this podcast, I know, I know, I’m way behind the times but I wanted to tell you that I was listening during my walk and I laughed out load when you suggested the band name of the Violent Threads. Too funny. Thanks for sharing.

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