Cute pictures! We totally had quilts with tied yarn when we were kids. I still have the patchwork one my mom made me when I was a baby. It is falling apart but I still love it. I think for my great grandma, grandma and my mom who made them that way, it was out of convenience and cost because the blankets weren't hobbies like quilting is for me. Those blankets were needed and there was only so much time to work on them with all of the other things that needed to be done around the house. And yarn-tying was quick, worked great and lasted a long time. Much faster than sewing all over a blanket by hand.
I want to learn to quilt as well. Both my grandmothers, and great grandmothers quilted. I have several of their quilts at home. My favorite is my baby blanket. It has embroidered kittens playing with balls of yarn. So precious.
My mother has been quilting for a year or two now, when she feels like it (arthritis). It was something she always wanted to do after retirement. While looking at books for her birthday I fell in love with many of the modern quilting patterns. I would love to try my hand at that.
Here are 3 of my quilts, all made by my paternal great grandmother. My mom has some more. Double Wedding Ring, etc. I was only allowed to look at them, and then they went back in plastic and into safe keeping.
The Tulip is my favorite
Here is my (pride and joy) baby blanket. I thought they were playing with yarn but its shoes, reading books, and drinking milk. Aww. I have not looked at it in years.
The quilts from my moms side of the family are large patch work, yarn tied, etc. I have a few that are super psychedelic and I love them.
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??
I can't believe I almost forgot this! It's my coat of many colors, my great grandma made for me. The same one. She was bitten by a rattle snake three times and survived due to quick thinking, and chickens, and dipped snuff. I loved that woman.
I love modern quilts. Most of the stuff I really like is modern. And the great thing about modern is that you can get away with anything, you don't always have to do intricate piecings. I love this thread!
Here is a Dr. Seuss quilt I made for a lady I worked with who was pregnant. This was taken before it was quilted. I started on it pretty early in her pregnancy. Good thing I did though because the baby was born prematurely at 32 weeks and I was able to take it to the hospital and surprise them.
My mom and I made a Dr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas quilt together. I don't have a picture but I love it so much, we use it year round. We are also big Dr. Seuss fans in our house. I also made my daughter a quilt out of the scraps from the baby quilt. We never run out of quilts to cover up with in our house.
I have never made a Lone Star quilt before but I think you need to make a small lap quilt or baby quilt to start. Preferably one with some squares sewn together so you get the idea of matching up the seams and sewing the pieces together. i'm not saying you cannot make a Lone Star quilt on your first try but it would be difficult for a beginner.
Freemotioning can be hard in the middle of your quilt. Depends on how large your quilt is, how large your sewing machine is, etc. You can look up videos online to help give you an idea. There are tons of websites and blogs dedicated to quilting and lots of You Tube videos. That is how I learned how to make a mitered corner, I could not figure it out from the description in the magazine I was using as a guide.