So happy you dropped by to enjoy this fun 100 Blocks Blog Tour, by Quiltmakers Magazine. Vol 4 is here, and you have a chance to win a free magazine issue! I feel lucky to be one of the designers picked to have a block in this issue! As you turn the pages of the magazine you can see many wonderful creative blocks designed specifically for this issue.
I was on a little kick with yoyos when I designed this block. I chose the line Happier designed by Deena Rutter for Riley Blake Designs. When I look at this line of fabric I think happy thoughts. How can you look at these cute bugs and flowers and not think garden cheer?
I was inspired by the design of the prints to think flower garden thoughts. Thus, the flower pot with all the cute yo-yo flowers. Below I show how I made my yo-yo flowers. There is also the option of the clover Yo-Yo Maker tool.
I like making my yo-yos by first cutting a circle. This one is approximately a 4″ circumference and will make a yo-yo about 2″ in circumference. Use double thread in your needle for stitching.
Use your finger to press as you stitch a running stitch around the outside edge of the circle. Turn the raw edge toward the center of the circle 1/4″.
Continue to stitch all the way around the outside edge of the circle.
Once you finish your yo-yo, pull your stitches in firmly, without breaking the thread. Take your needle to the back and make a knot to finish.
For the flower stems I used the bias tape maker. I love the Bias Tape Maker by Clover. This is a fabulous tool that makes these wonderfully perfect 1/4″ bias strips.
I think this block would be great in a table runner with 3 or 4 blocks and some sashing to frame the blocks. You could alternate the direction of the blocks making it non-directional. How cute would a scrappy 2 1/2″ checker board border be with yo-yos. Place the yo-yos on the white 2 1/2″ block and the other blocks would be scrappy 2 1/2″ prints left over from your blocks. Soooo Cute!
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Happy Sewing and Creating!