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Thread: Tying a quile

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    I want to know what you use to tie a quilt, embroidery floss, yarn or what. Also how big is to big to tie a quilt, is 73 x 92 to big to tie or what is the biggest size. Also I have signed up twice at JoAnn's and still have not received any thing on the computer or in the mail. No coupons, no newsletters or no fliers in the mail. What do I need to do? Thank you all for your help with my questions, but most of all thank you for sharing all of your projects and all of the helpful advice. I also like the fact that you treat everyone alike, that no question is to dumb. Thanks, again.

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    I will be watching this thread because I am wondering about tying a quilt also.
    I too signed up for Joanns and just realized they were going to my spam folder. I have yet to recieve anything in the mail. The girl at Joanns told me to sign up again at the store without an email address.

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    I have tied quilts as large as king size. I use yarn, but make sure that it is 3 ply like baby yarn because 4 ply yarn sometimes unties it's self.

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    I've used both embroidery floss and yarn to tie quilts. I feel that the embroidery floss has a less invasive presence on the quilt than yarn does. As long as you have the quilt basted well, and your tying is at regular intervals in accordance with the suggestions on the batting package, it shouldn't matter the size. :) Good luck!

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    My MIL just bought a quilt and it was tied with a relatively thick yarn. The yarn unravelled and looked messy imho. I also question if the distance between ties is too large.

    Read the directions on your batting and make sure that you stick to the minimum requirements (or better).

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    Embroidery floss, baby yarn and like MadQuilter said, read the requirements on the batting and follow that or closer :wink:
    You can tie any sized quilt, they have been doing it forever!! :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patched
    I want to know what you use to tie a quilt, embroidery floss, yarn or what. Also how big is to big to tie a quilt, is 73 x 92 to big to tie or what is the biggest size. Also I have signed up twice at JoAnn's and still have not received any thing on the computer or in the mail. No coupons, no newsletters or no fliers in the mail. What do I need to do? Thank you all for your help with my questions, but most of all thank you for sharing all of your projects and all of the helpful advice. I also like the fact that you treat everyone alike, that no question is to dumb. Thanks, again.
    My sis in law and I aren't hand quilters. WE've done every size of quilt. We use embrodery floss or a mid weight crochet cotton. You've got more color choices with the floss. I've never tried pearl cotton but that would also be a choice.

    Hint, keep a pair of pliers for pulling needle thru tough seams.

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    I am planning on using pearle cotton at the corners of each block which are 9.5 inches. There is no batting, we are using fleece on the backing.

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    I would buy something on line that is how I got on line with Joans

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    Then the distance won't matter if you are using fleece on the back...at least not the ones I have done. I have used both but yarn frays more than floss. But when I use floss I use a double layer. Hope this helps and I think it will look perfect no matter what you use.
    Quote Originally Posted by Patched
    I am planning on using pearle cotton at the corners of each block which are 9.5 inches. There is no batting, we are using fleece on the backing.
    :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by mysippycup2
    I will be watching this thread because I am wondering about tying a quilt also.
    I too signed up for Joanns and just realized they were going to my spam folder. I have yet to recieve anything in the mail. The girl at Joanns told me to sign up again at the store without an email address.
    I never signed up at the store but like I just said buy something on line I get both coupons on line and sale book in the mail

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    Size doesn't matter on tying, I've tied as big as an oversized king. I personally prefer embroidery floss, some people use yarn, crochet thread, ribbon, etc. I personally like to tie approximately every 4", then I go in between the 4" and offset it 2", if that makes any sense to you, but this is just my own personal thing, I've seen tied quilts as far apart as 10" or maybe more.

    As far as Joann's goes, it sometimes will take 3 or 4 months to get your fliers and e-mails notices started.

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    I've tied up to a full size quilt. Usually use emb. floss. I'll use an index card or the cardboard from a fat quarter as my quide.

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    I have either used floss or cotton crochet thread.

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    I had good success with perle cotton.

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    can tie any size quilt I remember going to my grandmas house
    and sleeping under her warm thick quilts, blocks cut from worn out clothes and then sewn together. Hers were tied with yarn and floss. Probably based on what she had on hand at the time.

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    I am making memory quilts from my Mom's polyester pants and I am using crochet thread to tie them. I use square knots so they won't come untied.

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    I like a heavier crochet thread or pearl cotton. I don't much like yarn since it never looks as good after a washing.
    I haven't tied anything but baby quilts but would not be afraid to do any size as long as it is close enough together.

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    When I was a member of the quilt guild in Oregon, we tied community quilts with crochet thread. Looked very nice and washed well. We tied with a surgeon's knot (look up on internet as it's too hard to describe).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patched
    I am planning on using pearle cotton at the corners of each block which are 9.5 inches. There is no batting, we are using fleece on the backing.
    If I tie a quilt, I always use Perle cotton thread. I tie with five per block if it is a 12" block - one at each corner and one dead center. Also, I use a color that matches the block and if it is a print with a white background I use the white Perle cotton. You could also shadow quilt which I have done with the Perle cotton - then I don't tie it. Whatever you like works good! Hey, My Quilt, My Rules! Edie

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    Quote Originally Posted by carhop
    I would buy something on line that is how I got on line with Joans
    All you have to do is go to the store and use their coupon and when you check out ask that you get a flyer. They will come in the mail. The only thing is that you basically have to get yourself established (which just means that you go to JoAnn's more often and they know that you are a frequent customer)and when you get the flyer in the mail it has a barcode with your "id" on it and when the store gets the coupon back, you are put into the system and then you will get them in the mail.
    I bought a few fat quarters or fat quarter bundles with a 50% off and that basically was how I got my stash built up along with my rulers and "toys". So I get flyers all the time now. Just got one yesterday! Good luck! Edie

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    As for the Joann's question, after you sign up it takes about 2 months to start getting sent to for the snail mail. During that time look through all the mail even the junk type postcards because the first thing they will send you is a postcard. A lot of people don't even see it and throw it out. Take the card to the store and purchase something using the coupon that is on the card. This will activate you getting the sale circular on a regular basis. Don't forget to get your address label scanned at the register about once a month. This not the use of the coupons will keep you on the mailing list. A couple of years ago they switched from using the coupons to actually scanning the address labels because some of the guests would buy things but not use the coupons because the items were on sale. Now it is getting the label scanned no purchase necessary. The team member that had you sign up should of told you about the card. So sign up at the store and start checking your mail it will be about 2-3 months. Good Luck

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    I would recommend not using yarn. After tying many of my first quilts, I found the yarn ravelled, shredded, sometimes melted and eventually pulled and sometimes ripped the quilt in the process. As a result, I won't tie anything now. My friend has had good luck using crochet cotton or floss. It doesn't make as large a hole going through your fabric and doesn't pull on your quilt the same way as the yarn. I find it is just as fast for me to machine quilt a quilt than to take all the time to tie it. If you want the tied look, I'd still put in a few lines of machine quilting just to stabilize everything so your quilt will stand up after many washings.

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    When I moved the last time it took months to begin getting my Joanns coupons in the mail again.
    When I complained they told me that the coupons/flyers are printed months in advance.
    So, in fact, eventhough you really are added to their list immediately, you won't begin to receive anything till they have mailed the already printed flyers.

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    I have tied twin size quilts using full 6 strands of embroidery floss with no problems, washed them many times, and they are fine. No problems whatsoever.

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