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Thread: Hand-Tie Quilts

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    Member NanaBear's Avatar
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    Hand-Tie Quilts

    I am working on a quilt with very thick batting (about 3/4")....I notice that it seems pulled and super puffy and I am wondering if it is possible to over-tie it.......right now my ties are about 3-4" apart. Also, in order to make sure the ties do not become untied, I am cinching the tie/knots very tight and I think this is adding to the pulling/puffiness. Thanks for any information on this....janie

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    The knots themselves should be tight, but not the part of the thread inside the quilt. Think about buttons -- you have secure stitching, but there is a shank, so that there is some space between the button and the garment for the other part of the garment with the buttonhole to slip in between. It is the thick batting that requires special treatment. Try putting a thin piece like a small pencil, chopstick, or dowel between the quilt top and the knot. Tie tightly against the stick, so that the knot is secure, and then remove the stick. See how that works and adjust the thickness of the stick if the result is still too puffy or is too loose. I think the distance between your ties is fine, but the directions on the batting will tell you how close they should be.

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    I don't know what happened to my reply just now.....hopefully this isn't a duplicate...I didn't know I had a response to my "hand-tie quilts" thread....I just happened to be playing with the membership list and saw that someone (you) had offered help.....I'm lost how this site works I guess....I used to get e-mail notices that someone had replied, but not anymore...oh well...thanks so much..excellent advice!!!

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    I certainly wouldn't pull tight on the knots if you use very puffy batting. hope you solved your problem.

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    I agree with Daylesewblessed, but the quilt will be very "puffy" with 3/4" batting, and I think that it will be somewhat "stiff".

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