Ms. SpoolTeacher has always, always wanted to make a yo yo quilt. So now, in the evenings, when she is sitting on her bed watching a video, (yes, video), she cuts her scraps and makes yo yo’s. It really feels good to see them accumulating.
NewVintageOldSkins has this yo yo quilt posted on Etsy. You can go right to it by clicking the image. She says, “Over 200 hours have been devoted to this beautiful quilt. The quilt is made of 3050 yo yo’s! There are 270 flowers of every color.”
According to Ms. SpoolTeacher, it deserves it’s $2,500 tag. At $10 p/h that’s $2,000 for her labor and $500 for materials and etc. How ’bout $15/h for a living wage? That would make it $3,000 without materials, etc.That’s a great value for a quality product, eh?
Here’s another queen size one. You can click the image to go right to this one as well.
Ms. SpoolTeacher thinks she will fashion hers like the one above that has “flowers” rather than squares.
That’s the plan so far; however, she is at the beginning of yo yo production. Perseverance is key.
As she has mentioned lately, her whole house is “Ever Evolving Resource Central“. She is very tired of taking out and putting back fabrics. Frequently her whole house is boxes and piles of yardage and various deconstructions zones of up-cycling things to use again. She would like to be able to open a shop again just to have a place where Resource Central can reside without disruption of it or her house.
Right now, she can scarcely get her mind off the dirt outside needing to have seeds put in it. There is a rain predicted for the weekend; so she has decided to wait to plant so they will not all run off in the deluge that is hoped for.
She took two images of this, one filtered through the leaves of a tree, and one not…
Which image do you prefer? She likes the one with the texture of the shadows.
Yo yo’s are used for making many things. . .
And here’s another one she thinks shows as though great skill and attention to detail have been mastered… but, she can’t imagine this for a baby, what with all those little toes and fingers moving around constantly…
So, until the rains have come and gone, she will keep trying to master Resource Central and spend her video-watching time either deconstructing for up-cycling or make some more yo yo’s. It’s all fun and productive.
Ms. SpoolTeacher uses a defunct DVD/CD for a pattern. It’s the size she likes. She got her instructions for how-to make them from Heather Bailey and can’t imagine making a better how-to for you than Heather did, so head on over there to see… (click pic or this link How to make a yo yo, by Heather Bailey)
The yo yo quilt was popular during the 30’s and 40’s and Ms. SpoolTeacher gravitates to all things that era. She also wants to make a smocked pillow again. She made one once when she was a teenager and had fun doing it. She likes the more modern versions though.
These pillows are more reminiscent of the 60’s, which, by the way, Ms. SpoolTeacher grew up in and gravitates to those things also.
Here’s a fun YouTube teaching smocking you might like. Google “how-to smock” and lots of things come up.
So, hey, yo, let’s get a smock on or a yo on, yo?