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Thread: Help for a Newbie, please

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    Can I use flannel for the center layer of a quilt? Any suggestions?

    Also, I have been reading up on tying a quilt and it seems that many quilters won't tie a baby quilt. I would like to tie a baby quilt, but I would not want it to be a choking hazard. Any thoughts?

    Thanks for any help you can give me

    Alice

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    I was taught that baby quilts should only be machine quilted because baby's toes are tiny enough to get under hand stitches and ties, and in no time can cut off circulation. This sounds like an old wives tale though - I doubt if many of our forefathers were short fingers and toes from quilting accidents.

    Anyone have some insight?

    As for the flannel, I'd shrink it before using, but it should be fine.

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    Yes ,flannel can be used for the center of a quilt. Some quilts even omit the center of the "sandwich" depending on the weight desired or simply by neccesity and style. Crazy quilts usually had little, if any, center layer. I agree with Moonpi.....I don't know of any who have lost toes or fingers to quilts that are tied. I daresay, as long as the stitch isn't over a 1/4" and is snipped close, it should present no problem. Basically you are tacking it down. I do know buttons are an absolute no-no.

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    I've tied lots of baby quilts....no missing toes or fingers or choking incidents resulted! My mother in law used flannel instead of batting many many times!

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    it's possible, i suppose, that a child could chew off the ties. but choke on them? catch fingers or toes? no way.

    unless ...

    you weren't planning to tie it with huge knots of clothesline, were you?

    :wink:

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    I agree Patrice,. I have tied many baby quilts and never had a complaint . :roll:

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    I was raised with tied baby quilts, and my kids have several! My Grandma and Mom only TIE with yarn...no other quilting for them.
    The only thing to worry about is sometimes after a washing, one will come untied...I just check them after washing and tie any that need it.
    My kids enjoyed picking at the yarn. I think it is funny when they get their noses tickled with one of the ties! LOL!
    I actually have some quilts QUILTED WITH YARN! My DH's great-granny made them! They are posted somewhere under pictures on this board.

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    All of my kids(3) were raised with tied quilts from crib on. It was the only kind my m-i-l made. I cannot recall any accidents or problems arising. I would keep the stitches short and clipped close to the knot. My oldest liked to rub the knots between her fingers as she was falling asleep.

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    If you feel uncomfortable about tying a baby quilt you could do the method that uses a uphostlery needle and all the stitches are run between the the layers drawn up and down and never have to tie. I don't think I am explaining myself very clearly but it works just like tying only there are no strings on the top of the quilt. Sorry I don't know the name of the method.

    Rita

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    I think thats just basically quilting with yarn but am not really sure....but have heard of it.

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    I have always tied baby quilts. I use a matching color of embroidery floss( using all 6 strands0. I tie two very tight knots and clip leaving about 2 inches of the floss. This way I can retie if need be. All 7 of my grandchildern have tied quilts and Mom's have never had a problem.

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    Thank you all for your great advice.

    I'm definately going to use the flannel. I'm Still unsure about the tying. Can I "tie" with a machine stitch? maybe a bar tack or other decorative stitch?

    My problem is that I cut the fabric on the width, not realizing how much "give" this particular fabric had. The blocks will not lie flat, so I'm afraid that if I quilt the entire piece I will have lots of folds and puckers.

    Thanks for the info about the buttons. I was going to look for the large primaray colored ones.... saves me one trip to the store.

    Thanks again

    Alice

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    We'd love to see your quilt when it is done.

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    Alice...I made a tablerunner that had an embroidered center and didn't want to quilt it or tie it so machine "tacked" with a design "star" instead and it turned out ..... so my answer would be yes to the tacking question...

    I too would love to see your project once its done! :)

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    Me to me to I want to see your quilt when its done, I know its going to be beautiful.

    Rita

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    Me, too, me, too! Want to see it, that is! lol lol Really I do, there are kids all round the world that got baby quilts that were tied by me. There are some in England that were hand quilted, and my own kids had quilts yarn tied. (I'm saving them for my youngest son's children, he's 33 and still living here with us, you think I have a prayer's chance of more grandies or am I keeping clutter??)

    The Star Tack sounds like the answer for you! I've used it before for detail and I love the look it gives. It should surely save the day with your wavy fabric, don't you think? Do let us know.

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    I posted a picture under 'Baby' Quilt

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    been reading various posts. even though i just started quilting in January of this year, I'm sure learning a lot, have to - i'm getting old. will answer several questions all at once - yes i have used flannel for batting, i wash all my material first, and it does great and it's so huggable. here's a lap quilt i made with the sew & flip method. and yes i machine tacked it with a lock stitch of a little heart. even did the binding with a decorative stitch instead of hand tacking. i sew the binding to the back instead of front, then bring the folded edge to front and pin, then sew that too on the front side with a continuing 'star' stitch. did great. this is sure a fast way to make a lap quilt, I'm making several for Christmas gifts.

    i used unbleached domestic to sew the 3" strips onto, so it actually has 3 layers of cotton with flannel for the batting.
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    hey!!! you don't think that clothesline would make a snazzy quilt :lol: :lol: :lol:
    guess i will have to "scrap" that idea :? :shock: :roll:

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    i too sometimes sew the binding with a decorative stitch. fast and very cute.
    love your quilt, so cheerful and the colors are great.

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    I have a tied baby quilt from 1925, it was my Mothers cousins. She's still around last I heard. They used embrodry thread. I have used the tacking stitch to make quilted shades for the windows in my house so it should work great.

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    I have tried a few things where you sew them down and have a back side that is caught too. As in hemming both sides of the binding at once. How do you do that without having a mess on one side or the other, in other words how do you always have both sides lined up to match. So you can sew down both sides together. I guess I am dumb.

    Rita

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    not dumb at all, when u sew the doubled binding on the back side, then bring the folded side to the front of the quilt to the sewing line where you sewed it to the back of quilt. pin carefully, making sure when you pin that you catch the front & back side, then i sew it with decorative stitch on the front side, back side looks good too. hope that helps. i went to my embroidery club meeting this morning and we made machine embroidery Christmas cards.

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    those are so cool and thank you for the answer, I will try it even tho I don't have many decorative stitches. Thank you anyway for the info.

    Rita

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