Yoyoville is under construction

Yoyoville is  happening here at Bunny Hill! We’re getting ready for our open house (quilt market)! Yoyoville will feature 3 model homes, all with different elevations and front yard landscaping.  The material is “Simple Abundance” from Moda.  The name just seems to fit!

Yoyoville houses

We’ve got an architect, project engineer, several construction workers, AND we can’t forget, the all important finisher, assembling Yoyoville.  It’s THE perfect town and can be constructed in any country. 

Nancy Ritter is my project engineer. She left the studio a few days ago with a box full of fabric and returned with this!

Building materials

Her instructions from me were to make four patches and  yo-yos.   Cut  fabric squares for the yo-yos, fold to find center, finger press,  glue baste yo-yos to center of square.  Simple, right?

Look at Nancy’s creation!  I’m calling it the “Ritter Maker”.  It’s amazing.  No more folding or finger pressing. Just lay your “Ritter Maker” (patent pending) on top of the square and plop in your yo-yo! You remove the Ritter Maker with the engineered scotch tape handle.

Ritter Maker 

Watch this! Place Ritter Maker on top of fabric square.

Lay on fabric

Add a thin line of glue to yo-yo and place in center of Ritter Maker.

Glue baste

Press to adhere, and remove Ritter Maker with special handle.  (That’s a scotch tape handle you’re looking at.) 

Place yoyo on maker

The Ritter Maker can be adapted to any size square.  It’s made from template plastic!

Now here’s the best part!  I’ll be teaching Yoyoville at our local quilt shop, Thimblecreek  on December 11th.  If you live in our area,  please join me for a day of construction fun!  Add a CLover Yo Yo MakerWe’ll be using the large Clover yo-yo maker, along with the “Ritter Maker”.  Nancy has promised one for every person in the class!

Thank you to my construction workers, Brigette Mason and Sandy Feigner.  Your yoyo talents are beyond belief!  And my finisher?  Anne Bryson get ready! I need your precision skills!

Hugs from Yoyoville,


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  • kahuna24 - I love the little houses. So cute! I have many of your patterns. I love to make yoyo's.
    You have a wonderful blog!ReplyCancel

  • MahSistersQuiltTrunk - I love it all! Can't wait to see it finished at Market.ReplyCancel

  • Auntie Pami - I love it! That fabric is so versatile, soft and romantic, strong and powerful. The perfect line! Can't wait to see the finished town!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara - Awesome, awesome, awesome…..love the village and the new tool. Can't wait to see it all finished.ReplyCancel

  • Miss Jean - I love YoYoVille and will certainly be signig up for the class!! WooHoo! Should be fun!ReplyCancel

  • Barb - I enjoyed your post today, love the ritter maker…hummmm and the construction ofyour yo yo'sReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - Oh my goodness it's going to be the best open house ever. I love all things little houses. What a magnificient construction crew you have.ReplyCancel

  • arkie - What a great thinker! I love yoyo's. Can't wait to see what you have done with them!ReplyCancel

  • Jewel - Oh my goodness! I was not even expecting to be close enough to come to your class I though midwest or something. I live in San Jose so I can totally drive up for it. I will have to check with hubby… eeep.ReplyCancel

  • luvtoquilt - Although we live in Visalia, I signed up for the class a few days ago. It's actually my Christmas present from my husband. We're going to spend the weekend in San Francisco. Even though I didn't know what the class was going to be about, I love everything you do and knew I wouldn't be disappointed, no matter what it was. I can now see that it's going to be fabulous — can't wait!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy B - Wish I could be there…looks like so much fun! Bit far from Oz!!Can't wait to see the finish.
    Enjoy the stitch-in.
    ;o) Wendy BReplyCancel

  • a little bit biased - Those houses are darling. Love the 4-patches and yo-yo's too. Sounds like you have a lot of fun in store!ReplyCancel

  • jaybird - love the ritter maker!! why didn't i think of that?… and the houses… adorable!!ReplyCancel

  • nckym - I love the yo yos! Your blog is always such a nice inspiration! I live all the way at the other coast but can't wait to see the finished product online.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Dear Anne,
    Thank you for such a wonderful blog. Every email is such a delight and brings quilting joy to my day.

  • happy zombie - The quilt looks like it's going to be ADORABLE (no surprise… it's coming from your creative mind). And the Ritter Maker… genius.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - Yoyoville looks like a wonderful neighborhood!! Can't wait to see more.ReplyCancel

  • Jen in NY - Aack! Those houses are too cute! Love love love it all!ReplyCancel

  • jacqueline - WOW those little house look soo cute! I love how you line them up that way. I too adore the fabrics you use from Moda "Simple Abundance"…just lovely! Would you be offering these lovely fabrics in bundle in your lovely shop?

    Thanks for the yoyo tutorial! Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!ReplyCancel

  • AnnieO - This is why humans rule the world–clever minds who come up with shortcuts and improvements! Congratulations on being so far into your project that finishers are already needed. Wish I lived where I could take your class.ReplyCancel

  • JKW - I may not quilt, but I sure do love the houses. I try to use different designs for pillows. That is a great gadget for yoyo's and so cute the name yoyoville. Very good on you. Blessings, JanetReplyCancel

  • trelly - ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, I love the houses!!!!!!!! congratulations to you and your team, your new creations are wonderful!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Thimbleanna - EEEEKKKKKK!!! That house picture is going to KILL me with CUTENESS!!!! Let's see….if I start driving on Halloween, I could make it for the class — Hubby might object to the 5,000 miles on the car though!!!ReplyCancel

  • Annelin - Wanna live in one of those houses!ReplyCancel

  • What Comes Next? - I can't wait to see the completed Yoyoville! all those little houses are so cute, and the Ritter Maker is ingenuous!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie P. - Those little houses are so cute. And that ritter maker is pretty cool too.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Anne Drury - When can I move into Yoyoville???? That's my dream neighborhood !!! I LOVE those houses !!! (and that Ritter Maker is brilliant ! )ReplyCancel

  • Sherri - Please tell me the little houses are in a pattern that will be released soon!!!ReplyCancel

  • dotti white - Those little houses are adorable X ten. Can't wait to see the finished project and hoping for a pattern!!!!ReplyCancel

  • arlette - hello there bunny hill people blog, I'm not really sure how to become your follower, I really like to, but I don't know how, I guess I need some help, thank you in advance!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Oh how I would love to put a down payment on a quaint little house in Yoyoville! For me, it looks like Yoyoville will become second "only" to Mayberry.

    Still loving to read about your magical inspirations – Margo :)ReplyCancel

  • Caryn - Can't wait to see all of this!!!! When will we? (not that I'm impatient or anything LOL)ReplyCancel

  • Janice - When my Mom was in the last few months of a battle she lost with lung cancer, she made hundreds and hundreds of yo-yos. They are so special to me, but I've struggled to figure out what to do with them. I've got bags and bags of them. Can't wait to see what you do with yours….ReplyCancel

  • Teresa - Houses are cute. I have read several times and studied the pictures of the Ritter Maker..I don't get what you are doing. Is it just something to line the yoyo up in a specific space?ReplyCancel

  • Loraine - cute, cute! Love it as I love everything you do.
    BTW, just wondering if you could make your fabric names available that you used for A Tisket A Tasket BOM. I am looking for border and sashing info. I noticed that you posted way back when, that it would be in your newsletter, but I wasn't subscribing then, and didn't realize how much I would love the color combination.
    I love working on that quilt!
    My Mom and I are starting "A Vintage Christmas". It is so wonderful. I love the pink Christmas theme. You have me all inspired and scouring around for glitter houses and bright vintage glass bulbs!
    Thanks for the inspiration. You are wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • Shirley - Well, I just purchased my ticket to Yoyoville. Is it okay if I make mine french with Rouenneries and call it Ville de Yoyo? See you at the class.;-)ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - that is the dumbs thing I have seen trying to get a piece of platic with a hole in it. Get real.ReplyCancel

  • PatchworkPottery - I can't wit to see the finished house project! Your neighbourhood looks so sweet! Can I move in?!ReplyCancel

  • passingdowncrazy - Who ever said the new home construction was in a slump. Yours certainly isn't. That is amazing!ReplyCancel