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    tied quilts are so nice warm and soft my husbands favorite lap quilt that I made 25 years ago it has an old mates pad for the battin and an old sheet on the back been drug all over the country cannot count the washings and still bright andsoft but also the top was made out of old polyester blends and is he bow ty pattern and still a favorite

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    I do it sometimes. Depends on the quilt and material used.
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    Funny...I grew up with my grandmother's quilts; my whole family loves these quilts and we all cherish the ones we have now that she's gone.

    But they're not real quilts at all, I'm told. She tied every single one. And her binding is just the backing fabric brought over to the front and stitched down. She didn't even miter any corners, just folded them flat and stitched them down.

    Well, for not being real quilts, they sure feel like quilts to me. They work like quilts, they look like quilts, and I love them as quilts. So, I call them quilts, and people can tell me they aren't all day long but I will never change my mind about Grandma's quilts.

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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.
    I made a quilt a couple years ago for DSIL. Used fleece on the back - no batting and I tied it. He loved it-soft and cuddley. This is the only one I have tied but, liked the results. It has laundered well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maviskw View Post
    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.
    Totally intrigued, where do you get wool ties? Cut up wool fabric? Wool yarn?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Jane View Post
    Totally intrigued, where do you get wool ties? Cut up wool fabric? Wool yarn?
    Me, too. I would like to know more about wool ties!

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    Yes, I tie quilts for Community Quilts for our guild for the give-aways, some for the grandchildren, and once in awhile for ourselves. It is very relaxing and the ties are really pretty.
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    At church sewing circle years ago this is how we laid out the quilts to tie.

    Automotive clamps were used to clamp down the layered quilt to the banquet tables and then slid down the side, reclamped and a new portion clamped to the table. At the start of the tieing the center of the quilt was the starting point. Sometimes in four hours twenty to twenty-five quilts would be tied. They were on table loose enough to pinch where going to tie so as not to scratch the table; pinch at go straight through instead of down-and-up. Took me some time to get it as it was not as easy as it looked to pinch correctly! Thumb and index finger spread out and placed hard against the table and slid together. All I know is these ladies kicked out a lot of quilts (which they called blankets) and sent them all over the world. They liked to make the blankets/quilts size HUGE so entire refugee families could fit under them together or could be used as a tarp of sorts if needed or folded up to mattress. The end products, even though all different fabric contents and not perfectly cut, ended up actually being beautiful. I don't know how many times I looked at a finished one and wished I could take it home.

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    Here are a few quilts I tied last year.Name:  1450188_189884531200047_1742024072_n.jpg
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    lildinks, your quilts are beautiful. thanks for posting them.

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    The last one I didn't do. Is one im working on presently . the last pic is a oops posted. I will share once I get it finished.-thx

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    Here a 2 links to show you how to do the "international stitch" for tying quilts. It is really easy, goes fast, and you don't have to tie any knots. I have made a lot of quilts for charity using this stitch. I usually mark the quilt about 3" apart, use a doll making needle (long) and crochet cotton. This holds up extremely well in lots of washings and tough love.

    http://www.quilt.com/QuestionOfTheWeek/1999/1018.html

    http://www.creationsbykara.com/2010/...ed-quilt.html/

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnie View Post
    Billi, love the quilts. I started on this quilting journey when I was a kid, so I tied my first 20 or so. when i was about 18, someone told me I wasn't quilting if I tied it. (this from a quilt store owner) so at that point, I started hand quilting. I've sent 3 out to be machine done, and I machine quilted 3 myself. but i'm a hand quilter. I'd love to tie a quilt again. and this topic just made me want to do one again. I think ill need to make a quilt to tie.
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    Oooooooh I love the inside out method of tying quilts. I will absolutely do that on my next quilt. Thanks for posting this.
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    I used to help my SIL tie her quilts (she called them comforters) that she made. Back then, an old blanket was usually in the middle instead of batting. We would lay it out on the floor and use yarn for the ties. It didn't have to be tied so closely, more to just keep the layers together. We did a running stitch and cut in between the stitches and then tied a double knot.

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    Our churcg group makes a number of baby quilts for a charity every year and we tie them because there a a few women who do not sew and this allows them to participate.

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    Sometimes I even turn the quilt over and tie the back. Then, you can't see the ties unless you look for them.

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    Here I always tie them. I have never had one that didn`t stay to tied unless the kids did it. Some of my sister-in-laws hand sewed quilts with a group of relatives. (called it a quilting Bee) I never had even stiches, even with all their encouragement, so I tied mine. I used yarn, or embroidering floss. several strands together. With 5 kids and more grand kids, they were washed a lot and always stayed together. I loved it so much I help out friends, since I had the frames, of course we never charged any thing, just having the adult company was good enough.

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    Lildinks thanks for all the pics, loved it. My mom had a blue, thick, puffy quilt tied with red when I was a kid. We would use that on the floor when making a "tent" in the basement. I like the tied quilts. I just can't imagine doing it for only $25. For my daughter's senior project in school she got donated fabric and batting and had a tying party at school. Then the quilts were donated.
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    I tie quilts, and hand quilt the really special ones. Most of the time I "let the quilt tell me what to do to it". I really like to tie baby quilts. I generally use yarn thinking it gives little fingers something to fidget with. I tie each piece three times. I match the yarn with the fabric used in the quilt. They hold up fine to washings and are easier to re-tie if they do come undone. I generally leave a 1-1.5" tail though.

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    Great to know I'm not the only one who uses old blankets for batting. I have even pulled the wires out of old, non-working electric blankets and used them. I have also used thin fleece as batting. No thin spots. I have taken a top to a machine quilter before. My mom cross-stitched it (found at a yard sale. lady started it. was ordered as a kit. Baltimore Wedding Album pattern), so I didn't want to damage the x's in my frame (pvc pipe). I gave it to my gdaughter for Christmas last year. It was almost a queen size and she only charged me $40.00! It was beautiful! I made my twin gsons a quilt a piece also and tied one of them. It was a patriotic quilt, so I used a verigated red, beige, and blue yarn to tie it. The other was a quilt-as-go that the same lady as above had started also for the other gson. Never will do a qayg quilt again. I did not like doing that one. But he said he wanted me to finish that one for him three years ago. Yes, I am slow, but I knocked all three quilts in less than six months. So tie those quilts up!!!

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    thanks for posting those quilts I love them tied quilts are so warm and snuggly anyway my way of thinking I like them on my better reather than a heavy quilted one as they are softer and warmer

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