When I first started quilting years ago I was a little distraught after spending a whole month meticulously piecing blocks to make my first quilt top… only to find out that after all three layers were put together I had to either learn how to machine quilt or pay a longarmer the big bucks to finish it for me. I guess I kinda hoped it would magically be a perfectly finished quilt after all the piecing was done! HA!
I was a 2nd year law student at the time and could NOT afford to pay anyone a few hundred dollars just to get it quilted. So I took it to my sewing machine and a walking foot. RESULT: Let’s just say that quilt is sitting nicely on the top shelf of a closet somewhere.
At that time I wish I would have known I could tie the quilt instead of bother with the machine quilting. It would have saved me a ton of headaches and the million puckers on the backing. Ouch.
If you’re a quilting newbie here’s my tip for you…. you can tie a quilt!
I hope this will help some of you to dive in and create your first quilt knowing that you will be able to finish the entire thing yourself and easily with this tying option. All you’ll really need is embroidery floss or yarn and a tapestry needle.
Some quilters I know frown on a tied quilt but I dare someone to take a look at this baby quilt and tell me those cute little ties take away from this quilt. I think it is just darling! Don’t you?
9 replies on “How to Tie a Quilt“
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Wow, tying a quilt sure brings back memories for me. My grandmother did this, it seemed like every summer. I still have the quilting frames she used to roll the fabric so we could reach the middle of the quilt.
It took a long time for me to catch the quilting and sewing bug, but now I am enjoying learning this craft. So much fun and so much to learn. Thanks for all your tutorials and info that help me so much.
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It took some time for me to capture the making quilts and stitching bug, but now I am experiencing learning this art. So much fun and so much to learn. Thanks for all your guides and details that help me so much.
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That is such a good idea and an adorable outcome. Love the quilt pattern. I can’t let my husband, Gary, hear about this, or alas, my longarm machine shopping will be halted immediately!!!!!
Working on my first piecing quilts (just did a panel), and plan on using this technique.
I prefer tied quilts to ones that have been stitched flatter than pancakes. Much softer and cuddly.