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    I tied 2 quilts a couple of years ago when I was in a tiny studio apartment and had no room for a table to hold the bed quilts for machine quilting. made the quilts for my nephew's bunk beds (he loved them). now that I have more room to work with, I'll probably stick to the machine quilting - nothing fancy yet - just stippling and stitch in the ditch.

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    Nanny, your french general quilt is beautiful

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    irishrose2, I would love to make a prayer quilt

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    I think a tied quilt is softer than a machine quilt. Seems some of the machine quilts are so heavily sewn they look like cardboard.

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    Anyone else learn to "speed tie"? I am not really sure I can explain but basically, you tie one and then without cutting, go to the next spot, put the needle in and tie and go to the next spot. You end up with a grid of yarn/thread atop that you clip in the middle of each and all done.

    Also, years ago at a church quilt day the ladies did "inside-skip-the-tie". Again, hard to explain. The needle went in through the fabric and came back up the same as if gonna tie but instead went in and up again then in again but this time only into the middle of the sandwich. From here you went to your next tie spot, came up and did another "inside-skip-the-tie" knot. I always wondered how this type held up with years of washing; if the connecting strings inside snapped or tightened and made the "quilt" bunchy.

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    I wonder if you can tie a quilt by just sewing x's instead of ties, like cross stitch, has anyone tried that?

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    I feel like some quilts patterns want to be tied. I have done several that I tried several quilting patterns on and ended up tying them. One has been on my bed since 1981. lost a few strings, but these are easy to replace. Since it is on the bed summer and winter both, it is washed at least twice a year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lildinks2013 View Post
    I tie all my quilts as I don't have a machine to quilt. People here like the old fashioned way and often ask for it to be tied. They say it is warmer than a quilted ones.
    So what did they charge to tie the quilts?
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    My mom left a big box of double knit fabrics all cut and ready to sew. They are too heavy to wrestle through my sewing machine so I tie them. The grandkids love them. They are fabulous to take to the lake, camping, and to carry in their cars for winter weather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bee3 View Post
    I wonder if you can tie a quilt by just sewing x's instead of ties, like cross stitch, has anyone tried that?
    I have done this with a small baby quilt it worked ok could have been my sewing skill or th method but I feel like I replaced those tacks more than on anything I had ever just tied.

    Also Yobrosew, I didn't know that they way I tied a quilt had an actual name "speed tying" or there was a different/better way. I've used a variety of different yarns and treads one time I tied a quilt with ribbon that was a pain in my ass and the only time I stitched and tied as I went with out the grid. I have never heard of the other inside-skip-the-tie I would like to see that demonstrated.
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    I put quilts on my 100 year old quilting frame, and make ties in the center of blocks. Ties in the corners sometimes have to go through too many layers of fabric.
    Some ladies make their ties very loose, I tie mine tight. Loose ones are probably warmer, as the batt retains its lofty quality and so keeps in the heat.
    My granddaughter and I tied a quilt once with pearl cotton. They all came loose. We had to re-tie them and then put Fray Check on each one. Some still came loose, and now that quilt is in my sewing room waiting to get completely retied with wool.
    Wool ties never come loose. The more you wash them, the tighter they get.
    Some are cut 4 inches long. I cut mine to less than 1 inch.
    Ties can add a lot to a quilt top. I think using many ties really looks nice.
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    maviskw, thats good to know about the wool ties. Do you mean wool yarn or do you use something else?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yobrosew View Post
    Anyone else learn to "speed tie"? I am not really sure I can explain but basically, you tie one and then without cutting, go to the next spot, put the needle in and tie and go to the next spot. You end up with a grid of yarn/thread atop that you clip in the middle of each and all done.
    this is the way aunt kay and i tied her pink/green quilt
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    I like to use my decorative machine stitches to "tie" especially baby & kids quilts so they don't pick at the yarn or thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bee3 View Post
    Nanny, your french general quilt is beautiful
    Yes I like it too - you're giving me ideas!! LO

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    I tie most of mine. The tide in our area has changed in that the new brides want the old fashioned look. By the way, I was born and raised in MD

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    yobrosew, speed tie is the only way to tie, as far as I'm concerned, but didn't realize it had a "name".

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    Love this quilt. May have to recreate for my DGD. She loves grays and pinks and if tied I believe would work great. Beautiful job!
    Quote Originally Posted by Nanny's dollface View Post
    I will occasionally tie quilts depending on the batting loft . I do find them warmer than machine quilted quilts and like the look.

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    I tie some of my quilts if I want a softer look. I tie mostly baby quilts but some just ask to be tied while others look so much better quilted. I tied the lap quilt, the only quilt I have kept for myself and it is several years old and has held up as good as any quilted quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bee3 View Post
    Nanny, your french general quilt is beautiful
    I agree. Very pretty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dd View Post
    I didn't think that was done much anymore but I just had a woman approach me about tying a quilt for her. She said she had a woman who would tie her quilts for $25. I told her that was a steal and she should call her again. I can't imagine tying a quilt for $25 but not sure what I would charge either. I haven't seen a tied quilt in years. Does anyone still do that? These are wedding quilts for her grandchildren so I'm assuming they are big enough for a bed.
    Yes i still tie quilts. I tie a lot of my grand kids quilts because I know they will be washed a lot and used more. I hand quilt special quilts for my married children and sisters.

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    I really prefer tying all my quilts...I love the finished old fashioned look it gives

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    I've tied one completely and then another tied and handquilted. The rest machine quilted. I have a string top, basted with quite thick batting, it is an absolute nightmare to put under my machine. I am thinking as it's been on the 'backburner' so long, maybe I should tie it. A couple of times I've overheard others say that a tied quilt isn't really a 'proper' quilt.....I am beginning to think 'they' were wrong. Thanks fellow quilters, I think Rachel's string quilt is going to be tied.

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    I love tied quilts. They drape better and are softer. I have started tieing all my larger quilts. $25 to tie a quilt large enough for a bed seems cheap.

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    Last night I babysat my 2 year old granddaughter and her blanket of choice she brought along was the flannel quilt I tied for her Mom forty years ago. It's flannel on both sides and has a thin blanket as batting. I had tied it about 6 inches apart and it has been washed sooooooooo-many times. It's barely faded, ties have held up fine and can't see hardly any wear on it. It was tied with regular yarn. I do believe the flannel was better years ago and I think a tied quilt is a softer quilt. For that reason I still tie charity baby/kids. All a matter of choice.

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