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Does anyone tie quilts anymore?

Old 01-21-2015, 05:12 AM
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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.
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Old 01-21-2015, 05:41 AM
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I've tied a few. They are holding up very well. One was a scrap quilt. I used different colors for the ties so they blended in with the fabrics and were not as noticeable as if all were the same color. I don't like to draw attention to the ties.

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Absolutly, I don't do my own quilting so yes some of them get tied instead of turned in to get quilted. My most recent one was a baby quilt with 3d years and tails before that was a tshirt quilt for my daughter it gave us the look a puff and feel she wanted. $25 just to spend a couple of hours to tie a quilt isnt that bad depending on the size of it, and how close the ties need to be.
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I just did my first tied quilt as a Christmas gift. My gran tied ALL of her quilts but it felt "risky" to me for some reason, so I washed it four times before I gave it away, just to make SURE everything stayed together! It held together just fine, and all the washing frayed the ties which I think made them look nicer and I imagine helps make sure they stay tied. (I used pearl cotton #8, worked great. My gran always used yarn scraps but I don't really like how bumpy the knots are.)

I have a king-size quilt I am finishing for our bed, and I want to double-batt it. I quilt my quilts on my DSM; it has a 9" harp but shoving a double-batt king-size quilt through has been something I've been putting off and dreading. But now that the other quilt went so well, I've decided to tie it! I didn't have any good ideas for the quilting anyway, and since I want this quilt to be extra warm I think tying makes more sense anyway - leaves more loft to trap heat. I just have to get my hiney down to the store and find some brown pearl cotton for the ties.
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Old 01-21-2015, 06:48 AM
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Even though we normally do not tie we still do tie some quilts. some quilts just call to be tied and also it seems the tied quilts are warmer and have a better drape then machine quilted quilts. I really like the look of ties and sometimes combine it with regular quilting. Indeed $25 seems a steal to have some one tie a large quilt. Of course it also depends on how they do the tie.
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My sister's "SOSE" (significant other, spousal equivalent) asked if she and I could repair a quilt his mother made. All 5 could use the repair. These quilts are very old. His mother worked in a textile mill and so did he. He made thread. Anyway I went to look at it. The batting needs to be rearranged or replaced and it also needs to be retied. He asked if I would trade labor for the FW he has. You BEtcha. It works. This I know for sure. This is a full size quilt.
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Old 01-21-2015, 07:10 AM
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He asked if I would trade labor for the FW he has. You BEtcha. It works. This I know for sure. This is a full size quilt.
That sounds like a great deal to me!! Nice!
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Old 01-21-2015, 07:21 AM
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I still tie quilts, although not as often as I used to, it just depends on the batting now, for me to tie. I use embroidery floss and tie about every 2", which is a lot closer than people who tie, tie theirs, but I really like the closer ties.
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Old 01-21-2015, 07:48 AM
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pocoellie, would love to see one of your tied quilts. I think tied quilts are charming and old fashioned, in a good way.
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Old 01-21-2015, 07:55 AM
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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.
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