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Thread: Where do you start when tying a quilt?

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    Where do you start when tying a quilt?

    Do you start at the top and work your way down, or in the middle? I am doing 2 lap size quilts for presents, they are strip pieced jelly roll.

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    I'm pretty sure you start in the middle.

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    I've done it both ways on smaller quilts, but the bed size I started in the middle.
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    The main idea is to avoid having the backing skewing and not covering the front. Starting in the middle of the quilt is a sure way of avoiding this problem.

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    Thanks, I am using a curved needle with two different color embroidery floss - green and red. The quilt is Christmas prints.

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    Middle is where I start when I tie.
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    I will baste one side on lap quilts. Then pin every 6" (inches) in rows
    Working from baste side away from me. I start tying. As I work, I check with my hands yo make sure fabric is smooth with no nunching. If it has then I move pin smooth out and repin. Works up fast.

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    I will baste one side on lap quilts. Then pin every 6" (inches) in rows
    Working from baste side away from me. I start tying. As I work, I check with my hands to make sure fabric is smooth with no bunching. If it has then I move pin smooth out and repin. Works up fast.

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    When I tied them, I always pinned them all over. About every 6-8 inches.
    I sit on the floor and use my coffee table for it. I start in the middle and tie all the way across one row at a time. It wasn't very comfy sitting on the floor, but it made it so much easier. It was nice when I had my DD helping.
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    I start in the middle of the middle row working my across to each side. Then I go to one row up and then one row down until it is done.

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    i was taught to start in the , middle and work outwards that way you can smooth it out as you go
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    I put my quilt on my quilt sticks, pinning the 3 layers, bottom first, then filling, then top. I start to knot at the top and
    go down all the way across , until i can`t reach in any more, then loosen the side material so I can roll it down and keep on rolling every time I can`t reach in, till I get to the bottom, where you can make small adjustments. I run a yarn string
    from side to side every 4 or 5" and place a T pin in the quilt where I need the next tie. Removing pins as I go, the quilt
    stays real tight on the frame. You only need enough pins for a few rows ,as you take them out as you go, and reuse.

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    I have always started at the bottom and worked my way across and up. I have it all pinned and the ladies that I learned to quilt with taught me this. we never have back issues because we clamp the back all the way around and then add the batting and clamp again and then the top and clamp before we start to pin. we pin the the center of each block. no issues on the back then. I use the clamps you can get from Menards or Lowes or some other hardware store. They work great.

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    Yup, working from the middle to the sides seems to be the answer.

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