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Thread: To Quilt or not to Quilt

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    To Quilt or not to Quilt

    A 92 year old lady brought me this exquisite quilt top today that she made entirely of men's ties. She outlined them in the Brier stitch or "feather stitch" to showcase their beauty. The quilt top drapes over the sides of my King size bed and almost touches the floor on both sides. She didn't know if she wanted it handquilted or tied. Help us make up our mind for sure which would be the best route. We have looked it over and felt it's personality and we feel that it should be tied with embrodiery thread down the centers of each piece so as not to take away from the delicate stitching. What do you think? Or would you go an entirely different route and send it out to the longarm?
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    I can be of no help, having never tied one, but this is one beautiful quilt. I am sure there are some experts out there who will know how to advise you.

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    I would tie tie quilt.

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    I don't know how big a LA machine is but the way you talk it must be about 120" and isn't that the max of most machines. I bet this weights 40 - 50 lbs. It would be beautiful to quilt inside each piece and not cross the sides but the work on that would be unreal and expensive. But for this one it would be well worth it. I don't think personally LA ing would take away from her stitches. I would say quilt it plus quilting it would help to stabilize it more also.
    It is a strikingly beautiful top. I would love to see it finished.

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    I don't know, but it is a really pretty quilt.

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    What a fabulous quilt! However you decide to finish it, will only add to it's beauty!
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    I agree with Goosepoint ... my first inclination was to highlight the stitching already in place by outlining those stitches in a neutral color, or mimic the color she used in her stitches.
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    I would tie it, having tied a lot of quilts. Most everyone I have seen like this are tied.
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    I'm no help other than to say HOW BEAUTIFUL!

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    I agree that longarming is probably not the way to go, but tying it seems like it wouldn't be as stable (and with those fabrics, it might be important). If you could hand-quilt about a quarter inch away from the feather stitching, it seems like it wouldn't take away from the feather stitching at all (especially if you were careful with color choice for the quilting thread), and would still have the stability of quilting over tying.

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    This would be beautiful tied. What a lovely quilt. I look forward to seeing it completed. Thank you for sharing.
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    Tying is hard on the fabrics and may be too much for the ties. I think it would hold up better and be more beautiful if it were machine quilted. Just my opinion.
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    This is gorgeous quilt top! Personally, I'd like to see it LA quilted 1/4 inch in from the feather stitching to highlight that detailing. I might also choose to quilt one or two of the sections in each block with a series of small motifs. I have tied quilts before and wonder how you could best place the ties. Some of the blocks have a fabric division very close to the centre diagonal.
    Whatever you choose, I'm sure this quilt will be wonderful. Please post again once it is completed.

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    It is a wonderful quilt... I think tying would be fine unless you think it may need more stabilization then I would agree with "Butterflyblue".

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    I don't really know ,My first hunch is that machine quilting would take away from the vintage look of the ties . I really have not seen machine quilting on this type of fabric,however I am certianly not an expert or ever well seasoned amature

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    I am waiting to see the last finishing u decide about this wonderful ties

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    Beautiful quilt!
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    Beautiful! I would worry that as heavy as the quilt must be tying just wouldn't be stable enough.
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    Beautiful quilt!

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    I made one of ties on a foundation and tied it in each block corner. she did a great job on the feather stitches

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    I believe I would just tie each corner. Beautiful!

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    Beautiful quilt. I would tie it.
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    The ties look like they are on the bias, therefore, I would tie it. Beautiful.

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    Gorgeous, I vote for tieing!
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    I would tie at each corner with the same color thread. Beautiful
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