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    If having the knot on the top, how long do you leave the tails?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitsie
    If having the knot on the top, how long do you leave the tails?
    I think it depends on the quilt and what looks good. On baby quilts, I try to cut them short. On some of the others, I like the look when they are longer

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    I use yarn, square knot, leave the ends about 1 - 1 1/2 inches long.

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    Thanks to all who posted in this thread.Have learned from it & will try tying a small wall hanging 1st.

    Quote Originally Posted by Alice Woodhull
    I use yarn, square knot, leave the ends about 1 - 1 1/2 inches long.

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    I will post my picure tomorrow, then make the big decision. You people have been a real help, so much information!

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    yarn or crochet or cotton, I have never used floss. Some of my best memories are tying quilts.

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    I prefer the pearl cotton. It is easy to tie and doesn't fray. congrats on the quilt, sounds lovely

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    #3 Perle Cotton would work best. I love the ribbon idea. I have a red, white, and blue top my Mother made of poly knit material. I'm going to tie it and may try the ribbon. Wonder if I could find a red, white, blue ribbon???

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    I think I use Perle Cotton--is that the crochet thread? That's what I use. It comes in lots of colors. I've used it for decades, and it really holds up.

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    I've used embroidery floss, square knots, and left the ties about an inch long. After repeated washings the knots untied and the floss came out.

    If you use ribbon... the cut edges will shred, so you'd have to use fray-check or something similar.

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    Am I right in thinking that later if I want too, I could snip out the ties and machine quilt the project?

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    I use fine crochet cotton. I can usually get partially used up balls at the thrift shop in all kinds of colors. It is great for that Japanese style of quilting with big stitches to make a pattern, I can't spell the name but it sounds like "shashico". I also put a dot of fabric glue on each knot to keep it strong.

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    Thanks for asking this question, I was wondering too what to use.

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    What is a 'tied' quilt?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rowan8
    What is a 'tied' quilt?
    Google- images- "Hand tying a quilt". It's just what it says, tying little knots at various intervals instead of "quilting" the top. Many great pictures there!

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    I use three strands of embrodery thread and then I tie a square knot plus one extra knot for good measure. I tie mine on top and try to have the knots blend in with the quilt colors. I only leave the tails about a half inch or so long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zephyr
    I use three strands of embrodery thread and then I tie a square knot plus one extra knot for good measure. I tie mine on top and try to have the knots blend in with the quilt colors. I only leave the tails about a half inch or so long.
    Mine are 1/2" or so, too. A good knot is the "surgeon's knot" where you wrap the left thread over the right TWICE. That keeps it from loosening while you do the right over left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitsie
    Quote Originally Posted by Zephyr
    I use three strands of embrodery thread and then I tie a square knot plus one extra knot for good measure. I tie mine on top and try to have the knots blend in with the quilt colors. I only leave the tails about a half inch or so long.
    Mine are 1/2" or so, too. A good knot is the "surgeon's knot" where you wrap the left thread over the right TWICE. That keeps it from loosening while you do the right over left.
    Thanks, that sounds like a great knot!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitsie
    Quote Originally Posted by Rowan8
    What is a 'tied' quilt?
    Google- images- "Hand tying a quilt". It's just what it says, tying little knots at various intervals instead of "quilting" the top. Many great pictures there!
    Ahh thank you. :D

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    I usually use floss. I have even used two colors together for a different look. I had trouble pulling the perle cotton through the quilt. The yarn lasts but does not look as good after many washings. I do have one my Grandmother tied with yarn 50+ years ago, too. The yarn is in almost a ball.

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    The surgeon's knot is easy to do with a pair of hemostats. Saves the hands & fingers.

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    I tried that surgeons knot last time with no success, maybe I'll try agin.

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    I like a doubled strand of Crochet cotton. There are lots of colors and it stays tied and doesn't get ratty looking in the wash. I use a size that is not too large that will be easy to thread on a darning needle and that will be easy to pull through the fabric when it is doubled.

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    I tied my first quilt with yarn, in 1982 -- it has been used daily since and have had no problem. Will also tie the one I am working on now.

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    I prefer the perle cotton too, love the look of embroidery floss,and like to use it to hand quilt big stiches on something scrappy, I find the embroidery floss is too slippery to stay tied.

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