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Old 08-13-2011, 09:04 PM
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As I mentioned I am just learning to quilt. I am making several baby quilts and my “teacher” suggests I tie them instead of hand quilting to save time. Do people still tie quilts? (The reason I want to save time is I want to try and get a king size one done for my granddaughters wedding in October and the babies are due around the same time.)
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Old 08-13-2011, 09:07 PM
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Oh yes! Tying is a great way to finish a quilt. It is a very relaxing thing to do also. You can also pick the tying spots, and tack the layers together with your sewing machine -- just a zig zag stitch on a zero stitch length.
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Old 08-13-2011, 09:12 PM
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Yep toeing fine. U can use emb stitches to tie also, use emb thread to tie also.
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Old 08-14-2011, 02:06 AM
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the only thing to think about with tieing your quilt is choosing a batting that is good for tied quilts-
warm & natural is a good choice many packages say 'good for tied quilts'
the ones that recommend fairly dense quilting (like quilt every 2"-4") are not good choices- the batting will pull apart and ball up after a few washes- but batts with scrim- that can be quilted every 10" (like w & n) are good choices.
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Old 08-14-2011, 04:25 AM
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Just in the past few days, I saw a few quilts tied with what looked like thin ribbon. I thought perhaps the ribbon was zigzag stitched down and then tied in a bowtie. Very cute.

There are some posts about what to tie with when doing a baby quilt for safety reasons...
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Old 08-14-2011, 04:27 AM
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Sure I have tied many quilts. Still do.
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Old 08-14-2011, 04:29 AM
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Alot of times; depending on the quilt I tie and do the stitch in the ditch. With tying you can chose what to tie it with; thin ribbon, etc. I like to use varigated embroidery thread that is in the same color category as the quilt. It just gives it something extra.
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Old 08-14-2011, 04:55 AM
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I've tied in the past and I'll tie in the future, I have quilted a few but to be honest, I've tied more than I've quilted. Also, I don't hand quilt, but since you're under a time constraint, I would go ahead and tie. Personally, I don't see anything wrong with a tied quilt, even though some people say that if it's tied it's not a quilt, to me, it's a quilt.
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Old 08-14-2011, 09:52 AM
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love tied quilts, do this when using 4oz batting, they are cosy too.
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You could also machine quilt them.
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