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    Quote Originally Posted by Sewnoma View Post
    My husband doesn't like the look of ties, so, this far I've quilted all "our" quilts. But my grandmother tied each and every one of her quilts and I have one that went all the way to Viet Nam and (thankfully) back with my uncle - the fabric is threadbare in spots but all of the ties are intact! She tied hers with yarn; usually leftover strands from latch-hook rug kits, because NOTHING was wasted! She used a really wide needle with kind of a spade shaped head on it to make it a little easier. (Not sure what type of needle that is.)

    To me the ties do give a sort of vintage or 'country' look - I think it's charming and makes me think of my grandma so I like ties even though so far I haven't made a quilt with them.
    Could have been a leather or glover's needle. Big tapestry needles work well and some upholstery needles. Need a big enough eye to get the cord or yarn through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marcycn View Post
    Does anyone here tie their quilts?

    Is it considered less of a quilt if it's not machine quilted or at least hand quilted?

    Yarn vs DMC thread vs crochet thread if you do tie?

    Do tied quilts hold up for a long time?

    I'm new to all this but I have 4 finished tied quilts over the last 2 months with 4 more tops ready to sandwich. My goal is 10 by Christmas and then work on one for me.

    I tie smaller quilts. I use either crochet cotton (mid weight) or DMC. I HATE YARN for tying!

    If I say my quilt is a quilt, I really don't much care what someone else says.
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    I've tied a quilt before because it was too big to FMQ on my home sewing machine. I've used perle cotton, DMC and also crochet thread used for crocheting edgings, etc.

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    We have made hundreds of tied quilts in our homemakers club for charity. When someone has a fire in our area, they get one or more of our quilts. We always tie - with yarn. The secret to getting the yarn through the quilt is the size of the needle. Really large, fat needles make a hole large enough for the yarn to go through easily. I poke the yarn down from the top, and pull it down leaving enough to tie a knot on the top. Then, using my finger as a measure, poke the needle up from under about a half inch from where it went down. Now it is important to pull from the top as your other hand guides the thread underneath so you don't get a big bunch of yarn in a knot at the bottom. We tie the knot twice, and cut the yarn at one half to one inch long. I know some leave up to four inch tails on their knots, but I don't like that. To each his own.
    I really like the puffiness of a thick batt in a tied quilt. Some of us pull our knots tight to the quilt, and some leave the knot loose so that the batt is still puffy under the knot.
    On a really fancy quilt, the ties may take away from the look of the top, but a tied quilt feels soft and warm.

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    I don't think it makes it any less of a quilt. I started out cutting my fabrics by hand (didn't know about a rotary cutter), and made several patchwork quilts and tied them. My brother is using his as we speak, has had it for years, and it gets washed a couple times a year, and is holding up great! Oh, and I used DMC emb thread to tie mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackie Spencer View Post
    I love the idea of the French knots!!
    Me too. But I wonder what it looks like on the back?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DebraK View Post
    Tying your quilt does not make it less of a quilt. I like DMC.
    I do both and use crochet cotton to tie with. One thing I do with tied quilts is when done I put a drop of fabric glue on each knot. That way I know they are secure for life.
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    I have done a lot of tied quilts. I use a bent upholstery needle to get the initial Perle cotton through.

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    The first quilts I remember were tied. My Mom would use an old blanket for the batting and maybe a sheet for the top and the bottom. They were great and lasted a long time. She usually tied with yarn I like emb thread. I made a quilt for my DGS that was tied and he loves to play with the ties. The batting I used for my DGS's quilt was fleece, it worked out great. As been said I think that it's what ever you want to do. It's your quilt so you are the boss of it.Have fun and be sure to show us what you did. BrendaK
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    I have tied a quilt 2 different ways. The first one was tied with embroidery floss. About 8 or 9 years ago I made quilts for my 2 grandsons and my sister, who has been quilting for many years, suggested that I use the stitch on my machine for sewing on buttons. It locks the stitches at the beginning and at the end and was much quicker than I could have done by hand. The boys have had them since and except for wear from being used everywhere and anywhere, they are still holding up quite well.

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    Did you notice the 4th quilt here that she posted?

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...ml#post5343506

    It looks like a real quilt to me.

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    Like the others, I have tied several quilts. I love them! They are fast and easy, or slow and hard depending upon how much time you have to spend on one. In a pinch, I have created a tied quilt in an afternoon.

    Any quilt you create is a gift of love.

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    I've used yarn to tie my cousin's baby quilt. And I have just recently used regular thread on my sewing machine and just made lines for my "quilt" projects. I figure it is my creation, made with love and care. It's really up to the individual doing the work, in my opinion.

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    Our ancestors had no choice but to tie their quilts and they deeded many quilts for warmth. Some of those quilts received very rough wear and held up for years. A few have survived and they were pretty as well as serviceable. A quilt sandwich is a quilt, regardless of how the layers are secured. Enjoy tying those quilts and getting them used.

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    I tie all my quilts..but the reason for that is.. we are using them as snuggle type quilts. The ones the are LA'ed feel like U-Haul mats.. stiff and not as soft. I do like the looks of both types. The quilt my grandma made for me.. is 34 years old..and it was tied only. I also use yarn (as did my grandma)
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    Perle cotton or crochet thread and surgeon's knots. These will NOT come out EVER! Makes for nice soft cuddly quilts.

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    I have several tied quilts that have been in use for over 30 years. They are usually washed at least 3 times a year. A few threads have come undone, but it is no trick to re-knot where they came out. I use perle cotton to tie. I usually use two strands, because I like the look. Have a crazy quilt almost ready to post.

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    I remember my very first quilt I owned, not made was tied. I loved it, actually to young as a child to know there was a difference. It held up for years! I remember it wasn't to fancy. Red and green squares and tied with yarn. but nontheless, I loved it because it was my own blanket. In my years of blankets I've done both, tied and quilted. I have to say my fave it tying. But then, I don't quilt so well, I have a hard time keeping the batting and backing straight and smooth. I'll learn oneday I suppose.
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    I prefer crochet thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mythreesuns View Post
    I tie all my quilts..but the reason for that is.. we are using them as snuggle typequilts. The ones the are LA'ed feel like U-Haul mats.. stiff and not as soft. )
    ROFL U-Haul mats! I think you made a point. When we went camping we took many quilts. DD 15 brought a extra wide and extra long twin that was tied. everyone was stealing it because it was so soft and just seemed warmer. It had warm and natural batting just like the ones that were machine quilted. It just seems to drape nicer if it is tied or even only lightly hand quilted.
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    I have tied reversible table runners specifically so that I could incorporate beads onto one side. Adds so much glitz and dimension without any extra work... and who can argue with that???!!
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    thanks for starting this thread. I would like to learn how to tie quilt.

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    I either tie my quilts with crochet thread or mac fine quilt them. Pattern of the quilt top and the batting used combined help me to decide which method is best. For a larger quilt, I prefer the quilt as you go method.
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    I tied a Tie Quilt for a friend. It turned out gorgeous. I used Embrodiery thread too. Nothing wrong with it.
    A finished quilt excites me!! Whether is it mine or yours!

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