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Thread: tying a quilt

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    How exactly do you tie a quilt. I'm making a traditional quilt and want to tie every other block. :-P

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    You need to tie at about every 4-6 inches. I use perlized cotton, and a needle to put through the layers and then out the top. Then I cut it off at about 5" and tie a bow with the ends.

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    I do every 4 to 6" as well. I use 6 strands of embroidery floss and I tie a surgical knot.

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    you can use floss, yarn, or crochet cotton, I tie a double know. A lot of quilts used to be tied before quilting machines became popular.

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    An index card makes a good guide for tying. I use a long piece of emb. floss, and take a stitch every 4-6 inches until I run out of floss. then I cut in between stitches and tie. It goes quicker that way for me.

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    definitely use a surgeons knot.

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    We tie our quilts made by our church sewing ministry with double crochet thread, using a square knot or surgeon's knot. We've found that large curved upholstery needles work well. It works well to hand sew the thread in several locations and go back and tie them all. It saves us a little time. We also put a knot every 4 - 6". Joann's has a huge ball of white crochet thread (No. 10?) that we put on a dowel mounted to a base so we can just pull the thread off easily.

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    I have tied quilts using the methods described above...but recently I found a blog with a different method (I haven't tried it yet, but it looked interesting). Here's a link:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/3133956...th/3471527020/
    Just click on each of the little pics and it gives you the pick and step by step instructions.

    Whatever method you choose, have fun and don't forget to show us your quilt....we love pics.

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    I use perle cotton crochet thread and tie a granny knot (square knot) then a surgeons knot. That's how I was taught to do it and I have quilts that are 40 years old and none have ever come untied. I think all the baby quilts have worn out except one that Mom used as a pad for a rarely used play pen. I know others just do a double granny knot but my granny didn't always use cotton thread and thought the slick acrylic threads could & would untie if the quilts were washed often so she taught us to do it this way instead.

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    if you place your fist on the quilt in any spot there should be ties on all 4 sides of your fist...top, bottom, both sides. --recommendation is every 4 inches. some people use purol cotton, some embroidery floss. tie with a double square knot

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