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Thread: tying a quilt......any tips?

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    I've not tied a quilt b4 and am attempting to determine spacing/frequency, etc. Also.......there seems to be an ongoing yes/no thing about washing the fabric before assembling it all. This 'guy' would appreciate any and all suggestions from those of you that are more seasoned than I when it comes to this subject. Appreciate you.....Bear (Norm)

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    Hi Norm, and welcome to the Quilter's Board. I would look at the batting package and see how far apart it says to quilt and make your stitches that far apart. Take a long stitch, then a short one, do a running stitch. Then you cut them when you get all done and tie the ends and trim if you wish. I hope this make sense, Linda

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    Each batting is different and you should read the package to see how far apart each tie should be. :)

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    I've tied hundreds---pm me if you get stuck!

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    If I buy quality fabric I donít wash it, however if itís red I do. I made a log cabin quilt in black and white, red was my middle square, it bled.

    I can't help with tying a quilt. Ive never done that.

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    Those of us past 65 probably have some memories of tacking a quilt. All of the family would gather around and tye about every 3 to 4 inches apart. My quilting group does the same thing when we do our charity quilt. It must be close enough together to hold it secure. I prefer mine about every 3 inches apart. I have one made and tacked over 30 years ago and its still in my car. It has a fun life as we use it a lot. Best of luck to you. Marvel

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    I know that it depends on the batting, but regardless of the batting, I tie mine every 4", then I offset it in half and tie again every 4", so it's actually about every 2" that are tied. I use embroidery floss when I tie.

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    When I helped at a community service event, I started making individual ties. Small stitch, pull through, tie and cut. Start over. One of the ladies showed me what has been described in the other answers: To start with a long string and take the first small stitch then make another small stitch about hand-width apart - keep going until the thread is used up. Then she told me to cut the threads halfway between the stitches. Now I used those ends and made a square knot or a surgeon's knot.

    A friend of mine ties hers double - she takes one small stitch and takes another small stitch in the same spot, then square-knots the thread.

    I never really found a real liking for it.

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    Since the quilts I've tied have mostly been for friend's daughters or granddaughters, I've used narrow satin ribbon, cut just longer than needed to double knot and then make a small bow. I know they won't stay tied in the bow, but retying the bows is one of those 'I'm bored, what can I do' activities that can entertain a youngster on a road trip.

    The thing I found most helpful was to use a REALLY big needle and then the needle nosed pliers for pulling it through the really tough spots.

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    One quide I have used is a note card. I do the shortstitch/long stitch mentioned by others using my card as a guide. The cardboard from a charm pack works well, too. Sometimes I use the blocks themselves as a guide, tieing in the center of a block or at each corner.

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