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From: MaryW
Date: 04-03-2006, 09:22 AM (1 of 8)
Someone sent me this last night. If you can advise, please post here, thanks.

I've been tying all of my quilts since I first started quilting about ten years ago. I made one for my double bed last fall and have had it on the bed all winter. I've just begun to notice that several of the ties have come untied, some have come out altogether and several more are very loose.
Can you tell me what I've done wrong that makes them come untied? I use a square knot and tied them really tight. Also I use two threads of Knit-Cro-Sheen. I'd hate to think that all of the quilts and lap robes I've given away have had the ties come loose.
Will appreciate any help you can give me.
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From: AdvaP
Date: 04-03-2006, 12:26 PM (2 of 8)
when i tie quilts i make a double square knot, going in twice, and leaving a tail of at least 3/4 of an inch.
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From: Patty22
Date: 04-03-2006, 08:55 PM (3 of 8)

Whenever I tie quilts I use the following method and have never had any problems (and some old quilts are quite thread bare from washing and use as I went to machine quilting in the 80's):
- with the thread I enter from the top to the bottom to the top and repeat this so that when I cut the tails the thread is quite secure and is almost a double loop in the quilt
- cut separate piece of thread and lay it on top
- tie a knot over this thread with the thread looped through the quilt
- now tie a square knot with tails from second piece combined with original thread.

I usually use pearl cotton or embroidery thread for tying.

I am wondering if with older quilts the reason why the ties stayed so well with wool yarn was because the wool felted in washing and made it a bit impossible to work itself out of the fabric and batting.

Patty, coming out of Lurk mode

ps. I have been enjoying reading the posts and getting to know the talented sewing enthusiasts on this board.
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From: HeyJudee
Date: 04-04-2006, 07:15 AM (4 of 8)
Hi Patty, Welcome & glad you've decided to come out to join the rest of us. I've never tied a quilt but remember having one on my bed when I was growing up that my grandmother had tied. It was tied with yellow wool and never came undone. Wish I had her around to ask how she did it. :smile:
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From: jenny-o
Date: 04-04-2006, 06:45 PM (5 of 8)
I'm a cheater and use my machine. I used to use the zig zag in place and tie the threads together and now with my newer machine it makes tiny little circles or stars and knots them itself. The threads haven't come undone but then again, those particular quilts aren't that old and don't get a lot of use.
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From: nativetexan
Date: 04-06-2006, 03:21 PM (6 of 8)
i think this site has a good pic of tying quilts
if you don't mind yarn, it works great and won't come undone.
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Member since: 11-15-2005
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From: AdvaP
Date: 04-06-2006, 04:12 PM (7 of 8)
that's a great tutorial!
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From: HeyJudee
Date: 04-07-2006, 07:24 AM (8 of 8)
I agree! I went back to page 1 and it has links that show other quilting tasks...definitely a great site!
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