Are you familiar with yo yo quilts? They were very popular in the late 1930's, during the depression when women didn't have money to buy beautiful fabrics to use for quilting projects. Instead they would use the scraps of fabric from the families worn and tattered clothing. Salvaging what they could of the beautiful dress cottons. Made from small circles of fabric, gathered and sewn into little yo yo's then carefully stitched together into a beautiful quilt. Most of the time these quilts were used more as bedspreads, without a fill or backing. Also, mostly made from the scraps of fabric their designs were random. Occasionally you will find one that has a pattern of sorts and I've also seen table covers and pillows made from the yo yo's. This is a photo of just a small portion of a yo yo quilt owned by my friend, she purchased it several years ago in an antique store here in Portland and enjoys displaying it on one of her beds.
This friend is the one who has me now hooked on yo yo-ing. We have been cutting circles and stitching them together during our breaks and lunch times at work. I am making a tablecloth to match my kitchen colors and it will be in a pattern of sorts, I'm not quite sure what that pattern will be but it is coming together slowly. She has a couple of different projects going, one table cloth and one small bedspread.
Apparently, there is some new yo yo gadget that is sold and it can make the yo yo-ing easier but really, these are so very simple to make there is no need for anything except a cardboard circle, a tracing pen, scissors, needle and thread. It is a great portable project (once you have your circles cut) and is quite relaxing. I'm currently exploring some other ideas with the yo yo's and know that there are hundreds I haven't even thought of yet.