Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 6 1 2 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 140

Thread: Tying off a quilt instead of quilting?

  1. #1
    Junior Member shelburn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    NE Connecticut
    Posts
    131
    I haven't heard many references to "tying off" a quilt. That is the way I was taught by my grandmother, but then, she was not an avid quilter. She did more knitting, crocheting, etc. When I had my children she helped me with baby quilts and we tied them off. Several years ago a client asked me to renew one side of a counterpane that his grandmother had made, and she had tied it instead of "quilting" it. Just wondering if anyone still does that!

  2. #2
    okiepastor's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Oklahoma
    Posts
    1,500
    There was a thread about a week ago--I tie about 30 a year for charity quilts....

  3. #3
    Senior Member SittingPretty's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    East Central Wisconsin
    Posts
    673
    Oh, yes, a lot of people still "tie off" a quilt, but I think they do it mainly on ones with thicker batting. Trying to hand or machine quilt a high-loft batting can be difficult. I did machine quilt one with a high-loft polyester batting when I was stll pretty new, tho. LOL, guess I didn't know any better!

  4. #4
    Super Member MrsM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Hoosick Falls, NY
    Posts
    2,116
    I tie a lot of my quilts. I have just started free motion quilting.

  5. #5
    Super Member jemma's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    adelaide /australia
    Posts
    1,394
    tied a bit today

  6. #6
    Super Member thequilterslink's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    NW PA
    Posts
    2,682
    we tie charity quilts, but most of the rest i machine.

  7. #7
    Super Member Butterflyblue's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    1,438
    My first quilt was tied, made about 5 years ago. Since then, I've become enamored of machine quilting, and that's mostly what I do (with occasional forays into hand quilting).

    Tying is all my mother and grandmother do. I really prefer the look of quilting, but if I needed a kids quilt in a hurry, I would tie one. I think it is good to know as many techniques as possible, so you can pick the right one for a particular quilt. I think tying would be good, for example, on a thick wool winter quilt. I've seen some great vintage ones like that.

  8. #8
    Super Member clem55's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Lexington,Kentucky
    Posts
    6,200
    Blog Entries
    6
    because I have arthritis in my thumbs, holding a needle to handstitch is quite painful, therefore, I won"t be doing any handquilting. I've tied several large quilts in the past, and I enjoyed the process, and even like the look. I make quilts mainly for my family, and for them, it is the pretty pattern and colors they care most about, so it is a win-win for me.

  9. #9
    Super Member Jan in VA's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Piedmont Virginia in the Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mtns.
    Posts
    8,212
    Some of the quilts sent from this board for the Military Barracks Quilt Project were tied and looked darling.

    Jan in VA

  10. #10
    Junior Member shelburn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    NE Connecticut
    Posts
    131
    Thanks for the positive feedback. I love to make quilt tops and am also perfecting FMQing on small pieces. A lot of my work is for our charity group and try FMQing on pillows, cancer hats, lap quilts, etc. When I feel I have a handle on it, I Tying off" is still used!

  11. #11
    Power Poster sueisallaboutquilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    17,462
    One of my sons likes tied quilts the best. They are nice and fluffy. I think it's a great way to finish a quilt and have done several that way :D

  12. #12
    Junior Member ga447's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Omaha NE
    Posts
    264
    Blog Entries
    1
    I tie for my charity quilts, I just did 5 of them and now time to serge.

  13. #13
    Senior Member Jenni M's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Portsmouth, Ohio
    Posts
    807
    Would some of you post pics of your tied quilts? I'd love to see them!

  14. #14
    Junior Member ga447's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Omaha NE
    Posts
    264
    Blog Entries
    1
    Here are a photo of quilts that were made for Lutheran World Relief.

    LWR quilts
    Name:  Attachment-168907.jpe
Views: 50
Size:  57.3 KB

  15. #15
    Super Member sewwhat85's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    missouri
    Posts
    6,895
    we some times tie off lap quilts for nursing home

  16. #16
    Power Poster amma's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Out searching for some sunshine :-)
    Posts
    59,092
    Blog Entries
    1
    Some quilts just look better IMHO tied, all of Gramas scrap quilts were so it might be the memories that prejudice me :D:D:D

  17. #17
    Super Member grandme26's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Central Arkansas
    Posts
    2,562
    I tie off the quilts I have made and am currently tying off one for GD.

  18. #18
    Senior Member kclausing's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Grafton, WI
    Posts
    497
    I tied off a few of my first quilts. I like the old fashioned look of them. But lately I have prefered free motion quilting.

  19. #19
    Power Poster dunster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    Posts
    12,428
    I helped my guild tie one quilt, and it was a back breaking experience. The quilt was set up on a frame, and we had to lean across it. Is that the way it's usually done?

    I agree that there's a place for tied quilts (high loft batting, personal preference, etc.) but do they hold up as well as quilted ones?

  20. #20
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    475
    I have tied flannel quilts and a couple of others that are cotton. As long as you tie them fairly close and with the new battings they hold up very well.

    Quote Originally Posted by shelburn
    I haven't heard many references to "tying off" a quilt. That is the way I was taught by my grandmother, but then, she was not an avid quilter. She did more knitting, crocheting, etc. When I had my children she helped me with baby quilts and we tied them off. Several years ago a client asked me to renew one side of a counterpane that his grandmother had made, and she had tied it instead of "quilting" it. Just wondering if anyone still does that!

  21. #21
    Super Member EagarBeez's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Eagar, Arizona
    Posts
    1,685
    I have only about 2 1/2 yrs experience with quilts. I tie all of mine. I have tried hand quilting, but, the top looked good, but, underneath my stitches did not look anything like the top. I do have a little arthritis in my hands.
    I don't have a machine capable of taking on a large quilt. I can't afford to send one out either, so tying is for me.
    The quilts have turned out beautiful

  22. #22
    Senior Member MissBarbQuilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    300
    According to my grandmother (who died at age 98 and made countless quilts in her lifetime), it's called a quilt because it is quilted. If it is tied, it is a comforter.

  23. #23
    Senior Member vjengels's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Colorado
    Posts
    892
    oh yeah, I tie about half the quilts I make, sometimes I tie & quilt on the same project, depends on my mood.

  24. #24
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Alturas, CA
    Posts
    8,413
    Most of my quilts have been tied, since I donate probably 99% of the quilts I make.

  25. #25
    Super Member belmer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Minnesota
    Posts
    3,874
    This is really good to hear; I sent a post asking about how to go about tying a quilt. (never did it before) I did not get any reply, but I found a video that shows me how to do this. Thanks to those who tie there quilts, If I run into any difficulties, I will send a PM asking for help.

Page 1 of 6 1 2 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.