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Thread: Question about tying quilts

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    I've never tied a quilt -

    I've seen what I call the "running" stitch between tying points - so when it's tied the thread/cord/yard only goes "down and up" once before being tied.

    Do any of you go "down, up, down, and up" again with your thread? It would seem to me that would be more secure?

    And then when tying? Do you just do a square knot? (left over right, right over left with the ends)

    Or do you do another (left over right, right over left, left over right) with the ends when tying?

    Or is this question as clear as mud?

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    How my quilting group does it, is when they do tying, they either do reverse or not. They have a double strand of crochet thread, and instert the needle, leaving about a 4 inch tail. Then they come up and do a small stitch, go back down, and without cutting the thread, go to the next point.
    Hopfully that makes sense..

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    Apparently I can't add an attachment when/if I want to edit

    I'm attaching an "illustration" of my question - -

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    When I tie, I only go down and up once. And then do the right over left, and then left over right. i have seen it done with the 6 in apart across the quilt, and then stopping and tying, but just doesn't work for me.

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    I do them one at a time. I've tried the running stitch method and hated it. Seemed I was always short when I cut it to tie it. I use all four strands of embroidery floss and go down and then back up.....cut and tie it in a double knot and trim to about 2 inches the tails. I've never had any come out with repeated washings and dryings.

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    I use a cross stitch with the tails tied on the back. The top pattern is X, the back pattern is = . So I guess that's twice up and twice down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loretta
    Hmmmm. Is there a tute online about tying?
    I think there were several - with different variations -

    Why should I have been surprised at that???

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    I have made a lot of small quilts, a few larger ones, and tied them all. It depends on what the quilt is made for, and the material I have pieced the quilt of what I use for tieing. Most of the crib quilts have one side made of cotton flannel and I use a good yarn, but not wool, for tieing. I pull the yarn through my needle to make a double strand, take one stitch, and tie and cut, leaving ends about 3/4 inch long. Occasionally, I have used "baby yarn" and do a double, x shapped stitch, then tie and cut. The yarn ends make a soft little fuzzy ball when the quilt is washed.
    If using a smooth finish material, I then use embrodery cotton, or other heavy thread - tie the same way, but always with the double stitch in the manner that show the x on the back side of the quilt, and usually cut the ends only about 1/4 to 1/2 inch long.
    I try to make the ties match the pattern of my pieces in the blocks - either in corners, etc. to compliment the top. My mother used to tie her quilts, and usually had them about the same distance apart in every dirrection. Can't see but what either way works as well, as far as the use of the quilt. And I have found that the ties usually hold better than hand quilting, if the quilt is going to be used and washed fairly offten (crib quilts, especially) Vegas Gram

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    I am tying my second baby quilt with this pattern. The back is minky, so I didn't want to actually quilt it. I used crochet cotton and did a loose running stitch (lots of extra thread between stitches) about every 3 inches. I snipped the threads and did a double square knot and then clipped the threads with about one inch tails. After I get the binding on, I will post pictures.

    This is how my guild does charity quilts and I thought it would be a good solution to this quilt

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