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    Tying a blanket

    When you tie a blanket (not a quilt), do you tie it with the knots on the top (pretty side) or on the backing side? What type of knot do you use & what type of yarn/thread for tying off? Thanks in advance.

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    I don't understand...

    a blanket is defined as
    a large,rectangular piece of soft fabric, often with bound edges,used especially for warmth as a bed covering.

    a quilt is defined as
    a coverlet for a bed, made of two layers of fabric with some soft substance, as wool or down, between them and stitched in patterns or tufted (tied) through all thicknesses in order to prevent the filling from shifting.

    why would you tie a blanket?


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    Sorry, I guess I didn't make that clear. I'm thinking of making a 2 layer blanket. Maybe something with flannel on one side & Minky on the other. I'm not going to have any batting in the center so I won't be quilting it like a regular quilt but don't want the two pieces to separate so thought I would tie them in spots.

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    A lot of the purists call a tied quilt a coverlet (not a blanket) because it is not truly quilted (not my idea but Gerald E. Roy went on and on about it in a recent issue of Love of Quilting).

    Tying it on the top or bottom is personal choice -- I generally tie on the top and make sure that what I am using to tie enhances the look of the coverlet. I used to use yarn, but I can't pull it easily any more so I use pearl cotton which comes in lots of colors.
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    That will make a soft and snuggly blanket.

    When mixing minky and flannel, you always want to pre-wash and shrink the flannel. Pearl cotton works well for tying minky. Yarn doesn't go through the minky as well. Usually, the tie is on the top. Or you could do the international stitch, where the tails are buried between the layers.

    You might consider tacking it in spots with the sewing machine. Or even sewing a big square to hold the layers together.
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    I did a double sided large square corduroy quilt with no batting for a friend. I used multicolor ribbon for ties at the intersections of the blocks.

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    I've tied before, but I also like doing just one decorative stitch in places instead. I use a stitch that looks like a flower, although the snowflake stitch is cute, too. Makes me wish I had more decorative stitches.
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    I use a double knot with either embroidery floss, skinny satin ribbon, or yarn.
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    I use crochet cotton and have never had it "fail" after many washes. I use a "surgeon's" knot. Liking the look, mine are tied on the "front".
    Here's a video of the knot. (I do the first "yarn over" once and the second one twice.)

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    I've done this and I use a curved needle like an upholstery needle. I also do it on a cutting mat so not to damage the surface I'm working on.
    Quote Originally Posted by Kitsie View Post
    I use crochet cotton and have never had it "fail" after many washes. I use a "surgeon's" knot. Liking the look, mine are tied on the "front".
    Here's a video of the knot. (I do the first "yarn over" once and the second one twice.)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeaIyAyg_cs

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    I use the surgeon's knot too and I usually put my ties on the back.

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    We tied a couple of quilts with Pearl Cotton, and many of the knots came loose. We retied them and put fray check on each one. What a pain. I have always used yarn; any kind. If you use wool yarn, they get tighter with each wash, and never come loose.
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    I've done them with DMC embroidery thread, using all 6 strands, with the ties on top, or like above posts mentioned, machine tack in random places enough to hold it together for washing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by osewme View Post
    Sorry, I guess I didn't make that clear. I'm thinking of making a 2 layer blanket. Maybe something with flannel on one side & Minky on the other. I'm not going to have any batting in the center so I won't be quilting it like a regular quilt but don't want the two pieces to separate so thought I would tie them in spots.
    Instead of tying my baby 'blankets' (usually two flannels), I use my embroider machine and embroider an almost 4" chicken scratch heart in various places on the blanket to hold the flannels together. Then I put blanket binding around it. I remember MY babies liked that satin binding.

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