How to Yarn Tie a Quilt {or busting out old skills}

I tend to be a lazy quilter. I love the end results, but hate the process. This charm pack and yarn tied quilt is my kind of project. Minimal time, minimal repetitive actions, and pretty results.

Yarn tying is a simple process. It's something I learned to do in high school. The church I grew up in had a quilting club. They would make beautiful, yarn tied quilts for all newborns and graduating seniors. Bonnie, the woman who ran the quilting club, always mentored a high school girl. She set her sights on me, and boy was I lucky. Some Sunday's I'd stay after church to hang out with her and then other grandmother aged women. There was so much joy and wisdom in that room. I'm very glad to have had that experience. 

Bonnie always put me to work yarn tying quilts when I was there. After I dove in head first with no clue what I was doing, Bonnie showed me this simple, fast way to quilt with yarn.

You'll need a basted quilt, yarn, a yarn darner (like these) and scissors.

Start out by deciding where you want your yarn knots to be. Your batting should have a rating of how far apart you can quilt. Mine was 6 inches. Therefore, I made sure my knots were less than 6 inches apart. If it's not a simple pattern (like at the corners), mark with disappearing ink.

Thread your yarn darner with about three yards of yarn. This will keep you from having to rethread too often. Don't knot the end.

Take your yarn down through all three layers of the quilt. Then, bring it back up about a quarter inch over. Make sure you leave about a 4 inch tail with the end of your yarn.

Continue this process through a full row. Trim your yarn at the end, leaving a 4 inch tale.

Repeat the process until you've quilted the whole shebang.

Now, you're going to snip half way between each of your stitches.

Once you're done snipping you'll get to tying. How you knot is important. A simple knot will come undone in the laundry. You'll want to knot right over left and then left over right. Pull tightly. Continue through all the knots.

Now, trim your ends down to about 1/4 inch.

Bind with your preferred method. Then, throw your quilt into the wash (on gentle) with a tinny bit of soap. Dry on low or line dry and then enjoy all the wrinkly goodness that is a new quilt.

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