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Thread: How to tie a quilt

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    I am making a pinic quilt. I want to tie it, yet am not really sure how to. Can anyone help.

    Thanks

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    Depending on the size of the squares, I would tie at all 4 corners, then again in the middle.
    If it's little pieces, I would tie at an "intersection" about 3-4 inches from each tie.
    I use embroidery floss and double it. Just a quick up and down then tie with a square knot. Make sure it's a square knot, so it doesn't come undone. I know of some people who would use a drop of No Fray to make sure the knot was secure. I never used it.

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    My blocks are made up of four 4inch squares with sashing in between each block. At that size would you tie in the middle or each square and the middle.

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    How do I make a square knot.

    (I told you I have no idea how to do this)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ladybugquilter
    How do I make a square knot.

    (I told you I have no idea how to do this)
    Ok, let me see if I can explain this.
    To make a square knot..

    Tie like you would start to tie your shoe.

    Put left string OVER right string like you would make the first part of a bow.
    THEN...
    put take the RIGHT string and put it OVER the left side.

    Make sense?

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    Yes, thank you

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    If you still get stuck, try doing a Google search for how to do it.
    I did, but didnt like how the pictures showed, so didn't post those. Didn't want to confuse you. :)

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    Thanks you always seem to know how to help. How long have you been quilting?

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    Square not:

    Right over left and under; left over right and uder.

    Kyia

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    I try!
    Well, I've been sewing since I was about 10.
    I did some sort of quilting thru out the years, but then got away from sewing. When my youngest was born, I started making her clothes. Once she started deciding what she wanted to wear, it was hard for me to buy what she wanted. She was one of those little girls that HAD to wear dresses. Not just ANY dress, it had to be the long ones. So, I found a pattern and made them for her. Once she outgrew those and didn't want dresses anymore, I didn't do much sewing except for a Christening Gown for my Godson. That was back in 96
    Managed to NOT sew until about 2002. I did make curtains here and there, but that was about it.
    Then one day, my neighbor came over and noticed I had a machine. She asked me if I did any sewing and explained everything to here, about sewing, not sewing, etc. She asked me if I would like to help her make a quilt. Explained that I hadn't done any sort of "formal" quilting and she said she didn't mind and all of a sudden....a quilter was born! lol
    My neighbor friend already had a couple quilts she had made....bear paw, grandmothers flower garden and one or 2 others. I admired them, but would never attempt them. The ones I did, way back when, were just scrap quilts made with squares. She was the one that got me into patterns and such. Then, of course, we started searching the internet. lol

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    http://www.fabric-mill.com/infopage.asp?page=10&extra=1

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

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/4171.page

    Here are some resources for you to try. HOpe it helps! I like the international stitch because it doesn't leave little fuzzy ends and it's much more durable. Although I've used this one, I really like Crows Foot even better! (see old links about that too)

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    We always tie our quilts for my church guild with all 6 strands of embroidery floss in square knots. If your squares are 4" you could tie in the middle of each (much easier than trying to knot through the corners where you've got all those seams to go through). But you should check the label on your batting - some say they need to be quilted no more than 2" apart. Otherwise you'll end up with a lumpy quilt when it's washed.

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    I made a baby quilt and didn't want the end of the thread to show so instead of tyeing it I just tacked it on my machine at the corner of each block. I used the same color thread as the fabric and you couldn't even tell. Just thought that I would share this method with you in case you didn't want to tie it.

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    Thanks for all the great suggestions.

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    It helps to use a curved upholstry needle also. I lay the quilt sandwich out on my queen size bed or a large table then slip my cutting mat under the quilt backing. It helps reduce wrinkles if you start tying the quilt from the center out. When your needle goes thru the sandwich you don't have to worry about it catching on anything or scratching the table if the mat is underneath.

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    Quote Originally Posted by auntluc
    It helps to use a curved upholstry needle also. I lay the quilt sandwich out on my queen size bed or a large table then slip my cutting mat under the quilt backing. It helps reduce wrinkles if you start tying the quilt from the center out. When your needle goes thru the sandwich you don't have to worry about it catching on anything or scratching the table if the mat is underneath.
    I've tried the curved needle and I don't like it.
    I found this really nice embroidery like needle that has a flat tip to it. Works wonders. Don't know where I found it.

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    how do you tack a quilt block by machine? I thought I remembered Eleanor Burns talking about this years ago, but can't remember how she did it.

    simple quilter

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlrnhi
    I've tried the curved needle and I don't like it.
    I found this really nice embroidery like needle that has a flat tip to it. Works wonders. Don't know where I found it.
    I had to try a couple different sizes of upholstry needles to find the right one for me........sure beats that big old darning needle my mother used. Now that I think about it, that old darning needle was used to string beans also.

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