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Thread: Question about tying a quilt

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    My mother loved to piece quitls. She is now in the nursing home and cannot do anything with her hands. This year for Christmas the family wants to give Mother a quilt for her bed using one of her quilt tops. Since I am the only one with any quilting knowledge, I am in charge. Problem is, I have never tyied a quilt. I decided on tying so that everyone can participate.

    I have a full-size floor quilting frame. Should I set the quilt up on this? What do I need to tye with? Like I said, I have never do a quilt like this. Any help is appreciated. We are not doing this will the week between Christmas and New Years when all the family is here.

    Thanks, Elsie Keaton

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    I tie most of the baby quilts I make. I use all 6 strands of embroidery floss and tie with a square knot. I put mine in my frame just to keep my layers from shifting. I have to pin baste as my frame doesn't roll the three layers separately. That's a really sweet thing for you and your family to do for your mom. Good luck!

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    Here is a site with a lot of ways to tie
    http://www.quiltersbee.com/tyingaquilt.htm

    I use the large balls of crochet cotton or embroidery floss to match each area

    post a picture when it is finished. and welcome to the board

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    The top I am using is a bow tie. I plan to tye in the center of the bow. It is done in greens. Should I tie with white of green? I am going to back it in dark green to show less dirt and stains. My frame rolls so I will not have to baste or pin.

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    I would probably go with the green that is most complimentary to the other greens in the quilt. I don't use white just because it looks grubby too easy from just being handled, but that's me. You might try both and see which one looks the best.

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    All tie all my baby quilts and most of the larger ones too, I use perle cotton. I also do a square knot.

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    I tie some of my quilts and uses embrodiery floss all 6 threads. you should use green the white will take the look off the bow. take a pic and show us ...Thanks Jerrie

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    When you tie a quilt, how far apart should one put the knots? Is there a rule (or rule of thumb) for the spacing?

    Connie

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    I tie alot of my quilts and I've used both embroidery floss and yarn....I tie them according to what it says on the batting (every 4 inches for most but have done as much as every 6 inches)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Connie Hadba
    When you tie a quilt, how far apart should one put the knots? Is there a rule (or rule of thumb) for the spacing?

    Connie
    Your batting label will list the spacing it requires. Usually, most are tied as far apart as your hand. A very loose type batting would need to be spaced closer.

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    For those ladies who have said they always tie the baby quilts, is there a specific reason why?

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    Hi alimaui....everyone has their own way of doing things. in our area... we do not hand tie baby quilts because of the danger of them pulling out the tie & swallowing it, however some people do use their machine to make a fancy of zig zag tie stitch.

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    That is so sweet. I'm sure she will love and cherish it.

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    I tie off all my baby quilts with
    6-strand embroidery floss.
    Heres an idea for you .....
    Instead of plain green see if you
    can find one of the " green varigated" colors;
    as they are rather pretty.

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    I have only tied one quilt. It was a king size made from 4in blocks from my stash. I put it in my floor frame just like I was going to hand quilt it and then placed a tie in the middle of each block. I used varigated thread since there was so many colors in the quilt. I enjoy hand quilting, but liked the old fashioned look for this quilt. [img]

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