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    What do you all use to tie a baby quilt? I was going to use crochet cotton. Cutting threads short. Does anyone else use this?

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    I use embroidery floss.

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    I use embroidery floss or Pearle cotton.

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    I use the light weight baby yarn. I leave about a 1 inch tail.
    I like how they yarn frays after washing.

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    I use pearl cotton

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    I used to tie but now I bar tack...it does the same keeps the batting in place and I like it because there are no ties for the babies to possibky get loose and choke on.
    Just a thought....

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    I use emb. floss or pearle cotton. Use 100% cotton. Tying a square knot helps too.

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    I use pearl cotton or embroidery floss. After I tie the tie I trim the tails to the depth of the first knuckle on my index finger. That length doesn't change through the whole quilt. It is about an inch.

    When I hem children's clothes, I use the width of my pinkie to space the stitches and for older children I use my thumb as a spacer.

    I figure that before there were rulers and such; people had to use some sort of measure. For me it is what is handy therefore my fingers.

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    Perle cotton...looks nice and ties easily without fuzzing or fraying.

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    I always used yarn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gigix12
    I used to tie but now I bar tack...it does the same keeps the batting in place and I like it because there are no ties for the babies to possibky get loose and choke on.
    Just a thought....
    What is bar tack? Another newbie here...

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    Bar Tack is when you zigzag in one place to form a tack (tie). You lower your stitch length, set your zigzag and go back and forth a few times. I do the whole quilt (baby size) and then cut the threads.

    Happy Quilting.

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    When tieing a baby quilt the only thing to not use is Yarn
    For some reason it comes untied easier than threads and can be easily swallowed and cause breathing problems. I have always used emb. thread, but pearl cotton works too. My grandmother used pearl cotton of some kind of cotton crochet thread and hers are still together.

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    I've used most everything. I've also used the 1/16, 1/8, and 1/4" satin ribbon to coordinate with the quilt.

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    I used to tie,now I use my fancy stitches on my machine,the delicate ones, and just spot one around. make sense?

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    I have cut very thin strips of the quilt fabric and pulled it through with an embroidery needle and then tied it off with a thorough knot.

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    If you bar tack (just a couple of zig zags) down the yarn or perle cotton, the tie cannot come loose and hurt the baby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jolo
    I used to tie,now I use my fancy stitches on my machine,the delicate ones, and just spot one around. make sense?
    I do this too. It would be safer on a baby quilt. I have one that looks like a little star, but a little pearl buttonhole works well too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gigix12
    I used to tie but now I bar tack...it does the same keeps the batting in place and I like it because there are no ties for the babies to possibky get loose and choke on.
    Just a thought....
    I do that too - or one repeat of a design like a snowflake or a flower, if your machine has that.

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    I don't tie, I use a star pattern on my machine and go to the interections and do a pattern, star, bear, tree, pony, etc. It works and is a lot easier than doing all the tying. Jan

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilter68
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    I figure that before there were rulers and such; people had to use some sort of measure. For me it is what is handy therefore my fingers.
    FYI:A foot literally was the length of some king's foot, forgot which one. A yard was literally from the tip of his nose down his outstretched arm clear to the tips of his fingers. (My mother would estimate the yardage of her stash that way, surprisingly acurate). An inch was the length of 3 barley corns. An acre was the area a man with a walking plow could plow in a day.
    Today a dollar bill is 6 inches long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gigix12
    I used to tie but now I bar tack...it does the same keeps the batting in place and I like it because there are no ties for the babies to possibky get loose and choke on.
    Just a thought....
    I love this idea. I am going to use this on my next baby quilt

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    Quote Originally Posted by EagarBeez
    What do you all use to tie a baby quilt? I was going to use crochet cotton. Cutting threads short. Does anyone else use this?

    I've always been to afraid to tie baby quilts. When I do tie quilts It is for heavy use (like grandma use to make) so I use yarn cuz it's cheaper than pearle cotton (save that for buttonhole wool applique), and I also bar tack, just in case! I don't put anything on a baby quilt that could possibly come off in little hands or mouths.
    JMHO

    and welcome to the board from
    t in NE PA :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by mshawii
    I don't tie, I use a star pattern on my machine and go to the interections and do a pattern, star, bear, tree, pony, etc. It works and is a lot easier than doing all the tying. Jan
    Wow, that sounds really cool!! Do u have a special machine for that? I am not that good of friends with my machine; but, I just got a new Bernina 240 that I love, so, I am trying to get better!
    t
    in NE PA

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    I have a 20 year old Bernina 1230 and it has those special stitches, altho I have not used them to "tie" a quilt but sounds like a cute idea. I'm not familiar with the 240 but it must be heavenly to have a new Bernina.

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