Lulu’s Yoyos

I almost finished my Mom’s Christmas present. I just have the binding to go – unfortunately my machine decided to die just before I got the binding on.

I’m also trying decide whether or not I should add some embellishments such as dragonfly or butterfly buttons above the flowers and maybe a ladybug on one of the flower leaves. What do you guys think?

I was dying to do something using our batiks and Karen sent around a link to the Lulu’s Yoyos Pattern which I ended up using for inspiration. You know how you get this idea of what size a project is in your mind, and even when you read what the size is you still don’t believe it because you’ve already decided what size it is? Well that happened with this project. I decided once I saw the picture that it was wall hanging size and that this would look great on my Mom’s bedroom wall. As I started putting it together and it got bigger and bigger I realized once again reality and me had parted ways. I shorted the rows and left off the last 2 to make it just the right size for a large wall hanging. I also managed to turn it into a quilt-as-you-go project.

I’m using the rest of the colorful squares to make a runner for her dresser, it will be 2 rows with the rick rack down the center of each row like vines and Yoyo flowers on them. I’ll post a picture when I finish it. I will also have some of the brown and green squares left which I’m going to use to make a table runner for myself! I used the Summer Batik Stack and the Fall Batik Stack plus some yardage.


  1. Laurel H. - November 3, 2010

    I love to embellish! I think a ladybug button or two, a caterpillar made from ruching with embroidered antennae, a spider made from different sized beads with an embroidered spider web are somethings you could consider. I like the idea of butterflies and/or dragonflies.
    I love your fabric choices and how you used them! Your mom is a lucky lady!

  2. Dorothy Ridley - November 3, 2010

    I’m a relatively new quilter (1 1/2 yrs)and I’m looking forward to any books and stash to help me learn more. Love your farbic and thread. The colors are fantastic.

  3. Adela Koch - November 3, 2010

    I have always wanted to make a quilt and I believe this book would be the perfect answer

  4. Ginger - November 3, 2010

    I think your quilt looks great just like it is. But I think some embellishments would really make it pop! Go for it! Can’t wait to see the final product.

  5. opal - November 3, 2010

    Love on hands books, need to feel the pages and go back and look at times I just sit down. Never know when you inspiration will enspire mine. Thank you.

  6. Samra - November 3, 2010

    I definitely need this book. I am a beginner and need all the help I can get. I love quilts and I am trying to make one on my own with the help of another book I purchased, but where one is good, two will be better!

  7. Pattylou - November 3, 2010

    Luv luv luv it!

  8. Rosalea Wright - November 3, 2010

    Quilts is just about my most favorite subject. I would be elated with any of the prizes…they are very generous!

  9. Virginia Simon - November 3, 2010

    Elizabeth, I love the fabric, colors, and great ideas.
    I am a new quilter. A ladyfriend that has helped me get started in quilting suggested “Connecting Threads. We live in beautiful scenic Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. Quilting and fabric stores are far and few between. I love the fabrics,supplies,kits and books that are available on your website. My orders arrive in no time I can get busy sewing. I have loved everything from and about Connecting Threads!

  10. elsa - November 4, 2010

    love the suggestion from Laurel H. I’m going to have to try it on one of my own quilts!

  11. Carol Scott - November 4, 2010

    this would definitely make a perfect gift that anyone would enjoy

  12. Lynn - November 4, 2010

    A new quilt book with great ideas, fabric and thread to match. I’m all setto go. Thanks

  13. Treasia Loomis - November 4, 2010

    I like bold colors,and your project just “sings” to me.