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Thread: Why advice against tying quilts?

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    Why advice against tying quilts?

    I am curious why so many advise against tying quilts? That was the most common practice in my experience. In fact I never saw a "quilted" quilt until I was well into adult hood. Is it more a regional preference or is there some other reasons for this advice?

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    our bee makes quilts for hospice we tie them i think its all up to the person making the quilts your own prefance
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    never heard of that, tie as many as you want. It your quilts. I think tying suits some patterns better probably.

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    I tie the string quilts that I foundation piece. I quilt everything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnotherMadQuilter View Post
    I am curious why so many advise against tying quilts? That was the most common practice in my experience. In fact I never saw a "quilted" quilt until I was well into adult hood. Is it more a regional preference or is there some other reasons for this advice?
    You have to remember in the old days, things didn't get washed in agitator washers, and didn't get washed often. If you are making for charities, many want sturdy quilts that will stand up to commercial washers. I see nothing wrong with hand-tied quilts, but have found them not to hold up to todays lifestyles as well as machine quilted quilts. Just remember, they are YOUR quilts and you can do as you please, there are no quilt police around here.

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    It's just personal preference. Not everybody has the time, talent, or inclination to do intricate quilting. I have some beautiful quilts that my great-grandmother tied and I don't value them any less than the ones she hand quilted. I belong to a group that makes charity quilts and we tie almost all of them - we can make more quilts faster that way.
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    I think it might be regional. I had never seen a tied quilt in my childhood. All of my grannies and aunts were quilted. I am in Georgia and am most familar with quilts from Georgia and East Tennessee (my mother's girlhood home)
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    Personal prefence machine quilt, hand quilt, tie what ever you like.
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    I tied the log cabin quilt on our bed right now and just machine quilted the borders. we've been using it about 10 years about half the year in the winter and it doesn't get washed all that often, but it seems to be holding up just fine. I do think some of the charities prefer quilted, but tying for your use...why not?

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    My mother tied most of her quilts. I think it was a time saver for her, she had 11 children to care for and the kids could help with the tying under her supervision.

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    Until I got a long arm I tied everything.I no longer do that-The quilts that are getting used a lot by the grand kids are holding up to use/abuse much better than the tied ones did.If you can not quilt it tying is an option
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    I don't advise against tieing quilts. I don't tie them because even after my hand surgery my hands still go to sleep. I don't hand sew binding for the same reason. If you want to tie them, go for it.
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    I have always tied my denim quilts, since they are such heavy material. However, now I have a longarm and may try one on it one day!
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    I have seen quilt that were tied and not done very well , the stitching in the top was broken during the tieing and they started to come apart. I think too much yarn and too large a needle was to blame .. but that's only a guess. I prefer to machine tack inplace of tying .... and incourage some to try it in place of traditional ties .... its faster , just as forgiving ...and no concerns about breaking the piecework treads at intersections.

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    I'm just not as fond of tied quilts, maybe cuz they do look old fashioned, I'm really not sure.

    I firmly believe that if YOU want to tie your quilts, that is what YOU should do. My opinion really doesn't matter
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    I completely agree with poster Granof6. Tied quilts are great if they are only washed a couple of times a year. If your receiver is machine washing and drying the quilt more than that, it won't hold up as well as a quilted quilt. As mentioned, the agitator is somewhat rough on these. Same thing happens with commercially made quilts as well. All the stuffing bunches up where the stitching is.

    As mentioned, do what you wish to do. Tied quilts will still last quite a while - but maybe not the choice for an heirloom style quilt.
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    We tie a lot of quilts for charity. Different people have different ways of tying and some do not stay. Others use a tying method that works great. I have a quilt on my daughters bed that has been washed 10-15 times and it is in just as good condition as when it was new. Ties are all in place and batting is intact. I have heard that the ties need to be 4" to 6" apart. As far as what is catching to my eye? I love a quilt that is hand quilted rather than tied or even machine quilted.

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    I love my tied quilts! Have one on my bed and wash it often. The perle cotton washes very well but I wouldn't cut it shorter than 3/4 to 1". I did it to save time and always meant to untie it and quilt it in parts, but probably l never will. It's lovely and soft.
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    who's advising against tied quilts? i see posts all the time asking how- and advice- i never see anyone say ---not to.
    if you want to tie your quilts do so-
    the only thing that needs to be kept in mind is the batting used- if you use a batting that says it needs to be quilted every 2"-4" it is not a good batt for tied quilts- you need to use a batting that states it is a good choice for tied quilts- otherwise when the quilt is washed/dried --with time- you will have clumps of balled up batting- and empty areas.
    other than batting choice there is no reason to not tie quilts if that is what you want to do-
    and using flannel- or fleece instead of batting really works great for tied quilts
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    I believe tying is just another way to quilt the sandwich together. I can't imagine machine or hand quilting a high loft batting. It's a personal preference.
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    Is there research somewhere that says tied quilts don't last as long as machine quilted ones? What about hand-quilted? I would think hand-quilted quilts have the shortest lifespan, then machine quilted, then tied. The ties in the tied quilts my family has passed around for 50 years have outlasted the quilt. The only machine quilted ones that have survived were "special" and only brought out occasionally and washed once per year but still show as much wear as the tied baby quilts.
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    We always tied too. If you use wool yarn it shrinks and makes a great firm tie. We also washed ours a lot in the washing machine, so don't have a clue why you would be advised not to do it.
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    Growing up our quilts were tied. They were not " pretty quilts" . Theywere made from clothing and usually old blankets for batting, warmer if you were lucky enough to get wool blankets. You could tie them because the blankets would not bunch up or shred when washed like batting.

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    I think it is just personal preference, possibly also a matter of skills and time. Maybe some dont know how or dont like to either hand or machine quilt...or have the time. I think all methods are lovely.
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    Thanks for the replies! I wasn't asking for advice on my own projects but I do appreciate the information you've shared. I was just curious cuz I read other threads where the advice was against doing it so I wondered about the reasoning. I've done my quilts in various ways. Some quilts I've machine quilted, some are done quilt as you go, some were machine tacked, some were birthed and others tied. I like them all for different reasons. My WIP will probably be a new method of quilt as you go I read about. I think tied is pretty durable. I have 3 quilts my grandma made me 39. 38, and 37 years ago that were tied and used on my bed for 30 years off and on. They are a bit frayed in the binding now and some of the squares have frayed but I still love them. As long as we are quilting at all we are doing it right in my opinion .

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