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    I'm wanting to get my "Chubby Chicks" quilt quilted so I can get it to my GD. My DD said she would like to tie it with yarn. That would be cute and she would get it much sooner but I'm worried about how well it will hold up not being quilted. Especially where all the seams meet in the pinwheels. Won't they start separating?
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    That depends a lot on how many ties you make. I have done several quilts with yarn ties and they hold up very well. But you could have some bunching up of the batting if you leave the ties too far apart. I don't think the pinwheels will come apart.

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    Darling quilt! I've used embroider floss insead of yarn...

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    I read somewhere you aren't supposed to use ties for babies, in case one comes loose - possible choking hazard.
    Also, are your chicks appliqued? An all over quilting would help to secure them.

    Adorable quilt, by the way!

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    Can you do both? Tie a couple in each chickie, like feathers, and machine in diagonals through the pinwheels 1/4" each side of the diagonal seam.
    Jan in VA

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    I've tied baby comforters for years. I use a baby weight yarn. I usually tie every 4 to 5 inches. I've never had a problem. I cut the yarn ends about 1 inch. The yarn will fray a little after a few washings. I also use a polyester high pile batting for tie comforters.
    Years ago I called one of these blankets a quilt and was informed by the quilt teacher in front of the class that it was NOT a quilt, but a comforter. Yikes, 30 years later and I can still hear her say that in my head.

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    I have heard not to tie baby quilts but the really old ones I've seen have all been tied. Guess they held up just fine. I can't believe anyone would not consider a tied quilt a quilt. She didn't know what she was talking about.

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    That's adorable !!!! Saw one done the other day with little tacks of the theme, done on an applique machine, thought well how clever, cool looking too...
    have used embroidery, or thick colored, didn't care for yarn, have had this fuzz

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    Quote Originally Posted by dellareya
    Years ago I called one of these blankets a quilt and was informed by the quilt teacher in front of the class that it was NOT a quilt, but a comforter. Yikes, 30 years later and I can still hear her say that in my head.
    LOL,I know the feeling. I have only ever quilted one baby quilt, I still call all of the tied ones quilts,I do remember the first time I read that all this time I was not making "quilts"

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    that quilt is absolutely precious - I honestly like quilted ones for babies since they require more washing

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    Quote Originally Posted by dellareya
    Years ago I called one of these blankets a quilt and was informed by the quilt teacher in front of the class that it was NOT a quilt, but a comforter. Yikes, 30 years later and I can still hear her say that in my head.
    That quilt teacher was a snob and a self-appointed purist!:evil:
    That same teacher probably turned her backings to the front for bindings, used only polyester fabrics or blends, used larger than 1/4" seams, cut *everything* by template, and wasn't choosy about her thread, at one point in her quilting life. All of which she, if being the same snob now, would probably deny ever doing. What a joke. The end result justifies the means, however we do it!

    A quilt is 3 layers "sewn" together to create one covering.....whether it's with a "quilting stitch" by hand, or by machine, or by individually sewn ties is irrelevant. Visualize yourself putting that teacher's words on a message in a bottle and throwing it out to sea!

    Jan in VA (can't stand teachers who take the upper hand with precious students like this! Grrr!)

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    The quilt is really cute!

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    Too cute!

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    I'd do some basic SID down your seam lines to hold everything in place and to reduce any possibility of shifting after repeated washes. Then add all the ties you want. I tied quilts for my kids when they were little and I found that some of the ties did pull out or eventually tear the fabric. The embroidery floss worked better I think because it wasn't as thick as the Sayelle (4 ply yarn) I first used before I knew better. It's a really cute quilt that will be treasured for years.

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    I've used crochet thread for tying before (works great...easier than tying with embroidery floss). Someone here showed some kind of tie that looked somewhat like chicken tracks....it was so cute. Also if you tie, use a surgeon's knot....it will stay tied.

    Look up surgeon's knot on internet...it will show you how to do it. Also search turkey track on this site and you will find how to do that.

    Darling quilt!!!! Dani

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    I have just found this precious quilt and HAD to tell you it is so cute! I want to get the pattern and make one now for my greatniece... Your quilt is the cutest one made in this pattern I've ever seen! Adorable.

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