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Thread: Tie quilting

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    Are there very many quilters out there that finish their quilts by tying or tacking?

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    I have done some with ties - some patterns just seem to me to be so strong on their own that quilting would take away from it. I like the look, but it's not good for baby quilts. Little fingers get caught.

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    Depends on the quilt. I just tied a quilt this weekend. It was a very old hand pieced quilt that could not be made square, no matter what.

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    I have tied the centers of some of the larger SID quilted squares. Not really a fan of that method.

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    My Mom always told me that if it's tied, it's not really a "quilt", just a pieced top, batting and backing that are tied together. I have done a couple of tied ones but I could tell she wasn't impressed, lol.

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    I have tied a few utility quilts - I was happy enough with them at the time, but I prefer to quilt them. I tacked one using thread and buttons. The buttons were a nice embelishment and I would do that again if the quilt 'called' for it.

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    I used to before I got a little confidence to try the hand quilting. My sister (Oklahoma Suzie) ties a lot of hers because her Arthritis forces her to.

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    Tied quilts are just as much a quilt as a machine or hand quilt is.

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    I tie all my quilts and they look just fine . Can't afford to have them quilted or a machine to do it myself.

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    I have tied quilts and I totally agree that a tied quilt is just as much a quilt as a quilted one. My grandmother made quilts, often multiple ones, for every member of the family, every baby that was born, and they were ALL tied.

    I have one that I tied because I wasn't going to hand quilt it as it is done on muslin foundation. It's not totally bound yet (has been years) and I think I am going to cut the ties, get new backing, and quilt it on my new long arm.

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