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« on: July 23, 2007 03:04:32 PM »

I'm working on my second quilt and decided that I wanted to tie this one, partly for a different look and partly because it's bigger than the first one I did and I thought it might be pretty challenging to use the machine.

I'm using embroidery floss and tying at about 3" intervals (I really wish I had used better batting) and it is taking FOREVER. I've put in several hours and only have a small portion of the quilt tied.

Is it just me? Any hints to make tying go faster? I am impatient! Other projects await! Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2007 07:36:16 PM »

I've seen in books where it is recommended to "sew" across the quilt without cutting.  Basically just make a basting sort of "seam" across.  Then cut the thread in the middle and tie them off. 

I elected to use buttons on one and am already regretting it.  I have some very cool glow-in-the dark thread and wanted to us this and have the little X's in teh buttons glowing.  I am now thinking that quilting is probably just as fast!!!!

Good luck on your project.

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« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2007 05:58:41 AM »

Most sewing machines come with a few tacking stitches, such as for buttons.  If the look of the 'ties' is not important to you, you can just tack with the machine at 3" intervals, and this will go quick.  To save even more time, don't cut the thread between tacks until after you have finished, this way, you can just go across the top without having to cut the thread each time.  Good luck. 

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« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2007 08:37:31 AM »

My one solution to this is to invite some friends/relatives over, lay the quilt out on a bit table, and make it a group effort.  Have a couple people work the needles and a couple others go behind them and tie the knots.  Completely non-crafty people can do this with very little "training"  Grin  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2007 08:58:01 AM »

When I tie a quilt, I usually stitch about two rows of the yarn through the quilt, leaving a gap between its "tie" position.  Then I go through and cut between each "tie" and THEN tie the quilt. 

The process is much faster this way -- it was a tip I learned in a "Quilt in a Day" book, and I've used it ever sense. 

It also helps to get a big fat needle for the stitching and some thimbles.  Your thumbs and fingers will thank you later!
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« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2007 07:01:20 PM »

The first time I tied a quilt, I got blisters on my fingers from the effort. Then I realized, that it had been so tough because I was trying to pull thick ribbon through the seams. Since then, i've learned to feel for the area that does not have seam underneath and use either a thinner ribbon or embroidery thread.
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« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2007 11:10:47 PM »

Also a great help it having a huge rubber band that nurses use for a grip in the needle. That has helped a lot. All you need is a small square of it! That saves fingers too and grips the metal great!
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« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2007 04:15:42 PM »

This is a quilt that I have been working on.



You can see the heavy white cotton thread that I have been using to tie it all together in the pic if you look close.  Its down the left side, and along the bottom.  I just went from spot to spot and then cut in between.  Still took a while.

BlondGirl is right, this is about the easiest way to do it.  If your spots are to close together to have enough to tie with, make sure to leave some slack.  I like to put my quilts on a big hoop when I am doing the ties, it makes pushing the needle through much easier.  A sailors palm or a thimble can also help.

Longer hanging ends will make it easier to tie (looks at hands cut up by pulling on heavy cotton thread), much easier.
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« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2007 11:57:35 AM »

When I tie a quilt, I usually stitch about two rows of the yarn through the quilt, leaving a gap between its "tie" position.  Then I go through and cut between each "tie" and THEN tie the quilt. 

The process is much faster this way -- it was a tip I learned in a "Quilt in a Day" book, and I've used it ever sense. 

It also helps to get a big fat needle for the stitching and some thimbles.  Your thumbs and fingers will thank you later!

Thanks for this advice...I did it, and it went much faster than the way I did it before!
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