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To tie or not to tie?

Old 11-04-2010, 07:21 PM
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Do I tie a baby quilt or is that a no, no?

I normally machine quilt but this quilt just screams tie me. It has 1930s fabric and muslin and I added prairy points along the edge. The quilt is birthed versus the regular basting and binding. It is small about 40X44 and is for my friend's new born baby boy.

I am not sure if it is safe to tie or how durable it would be. I also thought about some primitive hand quilting else with larger stitches done in cotton crochet thread but I have no idea what do do on it. It has polly batting.

So do I tie or not?
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Old 11-04-2010, 07:23 PM
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Personally, I would not tie a baby quilt. Or ever make a rag quilt for a baby. Machine quilt it to be safe. Those poor little fingers and toes could get floss wound around them:< Not good.
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Old 11-04-2010, 07:31 PM
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I have heard not to tie baby quilts. But they used to do it all the time. I just machine quilt mine.
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Old 11-04-2010, 07:39 PM
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Maybe go for a primitive or embroidered style with crochet cotton, not too big a stitch (small fingers could get caught up). Fly stitch (turkey tracks) or feather stitch can look really good.

If not tying...would really firm french knots be ok? I am very keen on reading what others have to say. A baby quilt is in my not too distant future, so I am keen to learn more about "baby friendly" quilting tips.
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Old 11-04-2010, 07:41 PM
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Tying it doesn't mean that you leave long tails trailing. I've tied one, but cut the tying material close to the quilt. Parents are supposed to inspect little fingers and toes - and penises, if it's a boy - regularly for any thing wrapped around them. Even in a non-crafting household, there are stray threads from clothing and hair that can wrap around a baby.
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Old 11-04-2010, 07:55 PM
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I have seen floss bar tacked down and then tied in a knot. The floss isn't going to go anywhere, and if you cut the ends shorter, it can't hurt baby :D:D:D
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That's adorable !!!

Have used ties with no problems, used floss and kept short, have seen little tacks taken that left no ends.
Good Luck your choice!!
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Old 11-04-2010, 08:22 PM
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I have tied baby quilts for years, with yarn and have had no problems. I usually leave the ends about an inch long. I have one little grandson (now 6) who loved to rub the yarn ends on his nose to help him go to sleep. I use square knots and they seem to hold up just fine.
Your quilt is beautiful!
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Old 11-04-2010, 08:43 PM
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I have heard not to tie also, but I machine quilt because it is just easier to me.
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Old 11-04-2010, 08:49 PM
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You can machine tack it with a contrasting thread and you not only save time but it has the tied look you are wanting.
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