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    Where to tie?

    I have a large quilt I'm getting ready to finish up and am now thinking about how far I should be tying. The quilt is 4" squares that alternate pattern square and solid white square. I only want to tie in the middle of the white squares. Do you think I can get away with it?

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    How close does your batting say that it needs to be tied/quilted?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cashs_mom View Post
    How close does your batting say that it needs to be tied/quilted?
    ditto .... every batting has a maximum distance (in every direction) recommended for quilting.

    Your blocks are 4". So, if you are doing the centre of alternate blocks that would mean 8" apart.
    And would be further that 9" apart on the diagonal.

    For a lot of battings that would be too far apart for their specs.

    Check your batting for that distance, or choose one that would let you do it the way you want to.

    On another note, typically the ties are put where seams meet,
    for better stability and easier wear on your quilt.
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    When I tie a quilt, I like to do it across seams so there is more fabric to secure the knot. The knots get a fair amount of pull on them and one layer of cotton on the top and bottom seems flimsy to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    When I tie a quilt, I like to do it across seams so there is more fabric to secure the knot. The knots get a fair amount of pull on them and one layer of cotton on the top and bottom seems flimsy to me.
    My mom used to have some old quilts that were tied. As I remember, they were tied in the corners of the blocks across the seams.
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    I have one right now that I'm considering. I think I'm going to stitch in the ditch around the blocks and then tie the center of the block. The s-i-t-d will secure the blocks but the ties will be a decorative feature and go quicker than having to quilt the entirity. I have another on the bed that is tied in the corners and the center of the blocks.

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    I tie in the corners and in the middle of the blocks and sometimes, if the fabric has animals or dolls, as a little trim where appropriate. The more the better since there little quilts get a lot of abuse.

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    Yes, I've tied diagonally across the " + " where blocks meet. Can even do it both ways at each corner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Almelton113 View Post
    I have a large quilt I'm getting ready to finish up and am now thinking about how far I should be tying. The quilt is 4" squares that alternate pattern square and solid white square. I only want to tie in the middle of the white squares. Do you think I can get away with it?
    No — that will not be enough ties. It does not matter what the batting says you “can” do. If you want your quilt to hold up for any lenght of time and not sag, you must tie it closer than the center of each block. The “rule of thumb” is, your stitches or ties should not be farther than a fist width away from each other (Which is about 3” apart).

    An idea for you to experiment on this is to make two quilts that are alike. Tie one as you have stated and tie the other one the fist width away. Then wash them several times. You will see the one that is tied farther apart will start to look sloppy and droopy. Perhaps you could do this and post the photos for everyone to see the difference. (I hope you can-I am unable to do it). :-)

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    I only tie comforters. I always like every three or four inches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post

    On another note, typically the ties are put where seams meet,
    for better stability and easier wear on your quilt.
    I made the mistake of tying a quilt only in the middle of my squares. During regular use, they began to tear through. Now if I only want ties to show in the middle, I do that, then either, SID around the blocks, or tie over the seams to the back so the little ties are on the back of the quilt to actually help hold the quilt on the bed. Do not be stingy with your knots. There are several types of knots used for this, I prefer to stitch down from the top, move over 1/4”and come back up, repeat, then tie a “surgeons knot”, and have never had one untie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by madamekelly View Post
    have never had one untie.
    That depends mostly on the string. We used pearl cotton once and had to re-do the entire thing. It is way to slippery to really hold a good knot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maviskw View Post
    That depends mostly on the string. We used pearl cotton once and had to re-do the entire thing. It is way to slippery to really hold a good knot.
    When I did the Eleanor Burns QIAD class way back in the early 90s, we used embroidery floss.
    Mine was a queen-sized quilt and it stayed together through many washings.

    Unfortunately, it faded dreadfully and finally retired it.
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