Before you begin
Print version contains diagrams and templates to aid in the creation of this project. Do not pre-wash your fabrics. All fabrics 100% cotton. Press all fabrics with a dry iron. It is also helpful to use a pressing cloth to protect your fabrics. Use a 1/4” seam allowance for all seams unless otherwise noted. Place fabrics right sides together when piecing. (RST means “right sides together”)
1 yd (Fabric A):
Cut 1 - 26” x 26” (resize to 24 1/2” x 24 1/2” after sewing on yo yos)
1/2 yd (Fabric B):
Cut 2 - 2” x 24 1/2” (side inner borders);
Cut 2 - 2” x 27 1/2” (top and bottom inner borders);
Cut 4 - 2 1/4” x 44” (binding)
1/2 yd (Fabric C):
Cut 2 - 4” x 27 1/2” (side outer borders);
Cut 2 - 4” x 34 1/2” (top and bottom outer borders)
- Mark center panel (Fabric A) for yo yos with chalk or marking pencil. Make
a mark 13” down from top and 13” in from side. Using Diagram 1, continue
marking for yo yos equally spaced, 5” apart on center panel.
- Make 25 assorted yo yos from Charm Squares using the yo yo template.
Trace the template onto template plastic. Cut out. Trace around the template
using a fabric marking pencil onto assorted Charm Squares; cut out exactly
on the traced line. Thread your needle with a strong, doubled thread and tie
a knot in the end. Turn circle edge under about 1/4” toward center (wrong
side up). Take evenly spaced 1/4” running stitches near the folded edge (Dia. 2). Stitch around fabric
circle to your first stitch, folding over seam allowance as you work; do not cut or knot thread. Gently pull
thread to gather folded edge, then flatten gathered circle evenly to make yo yo; take a couple of stitches
to secure yo yo. Tie off threads, trim thread tails, and hide inside yo yo (Dia. 3).
- Pin or glue-baste yo yos on previously marked center panel (Dia. 4). Hand sew yo yos to center panel with
coordinating thread close to edge using a small running stitch. When you reach your starting point, push
needle through all layers to back; secure threads and trim. Repeat until all yo yos are secured to center panel.
- Trim center panel evenly to 24 1/2” x 24 1/2”.
- Sew Fabric B side inner borders to quilt top center (Dia. 5). Press seams away from center. Sew top and bottom
inner borders to top center. Press.
- Sew Fabric C side outer borders to quilt top (Dia. 6). Press. Sew top and bottom outer borders to quilt top. Press.
- Press backing fabric and finished top well. Cut batting 2”-3” larger than the
quilt top in each direction. Lay the backing fabric on a flat surface with the wrong side facing
up and secure tautly with masking tape around the edges. Next, place batting on top of the
backing fabric, making sure it is flat and smooth. Place the completed top on the batting,
making sure it is centered over the backing fabric. If using the spray baste method, spray
backing fabric’s wrong side then place batting on top of backing. Spray batting and finally
place quilt top on batting.
- Start from the center and work toward the outside, basting all three layers
together securely with safety pins, thread, or basting spray to eliminate
shifting during quilting. Remove masking tape.
- Select an appropriate thread to match your project. To machine quilt, it is very
helpful to use an even-feed foot attachment for quilting wavy lines or use free
motion quilting for an all over design of your choice.
- Trim excess backing fabric and batting to the same size as the quilt top.
Make sure all sides are straight and corners are square.
- Sew the four 2 1/4” x 44” binding strips with short ends together in one long continuous strip. Press in half lengthwise with wrong sides together.
- Fold one short end diagonally and cut on fold. Press 1/4” to the wrong side to finish the end. Leaving a 5” tail unsewn, align raw edges of binding with raw edges of quilt; pin. Stitch binding, folding in a miter at each corner. To finish sewing the binding, overlap ends 1” and trim if needed.
- Turn folded edge of binding to the back side, enclosing the raw edges of the quilt. Pin in place and sew the folded edge down
to complete binding.