Tying A Quilt

Tips for Tying Quilts

1. Baste the layers with thread or pins

. 2. Use a smooth thread or yarn* in a matching or coordinating color. crochet cotton pearl cotton thin strong yarn 6 strands of embroidery floss

3. Use a large sharp needle. Use a sharp pointed needle with as small an eye as will hold the thread or yarn. Use a needle threader to make it easier to put the yarn or thread through the eye.

4. Quilt at intervals required by the batting you choose (usually about 3"-6") You can tie with the tails showing on top of the quilt or on the bottom. - Work from the center out. - Poke the needle through all 3 layers and come up about 1/8" away - Take an identical stitch on top of the first one & move to the next spot - Re-thread and continue this process until the quilt is completed.

5. Clip thread between the stitches.

6. Tie a square knot (surgeons knot) at each point* Trim thread ends so they are even, leaving at least ½" * A surgeon's knot is like a square knot in form, except you wrap twice at each step instead of once

Other Tips:

# We recommend smoother, strong threads or yarns for tying quilts. Heavier, thicker coarse yarns: - require larger needles and may create bigger holes in the fabric - may be more difficult to pull through - may bunch up your batting around the tie - may grab batting fibers that show up on the loop side of your stitch

# When pulling through the yarn or thread, if you feel it grabbing the batting, release the tension, change your angle and pull gently. Avoid making several stitches then pulling your thread or yarn.

# Tie by going twice through the 3 layers for extra strength # Taping the backing to a large table or floor with masking tape will help to hold it smooth for pinning. Also check our handout for the "Blind or International Stitch" to hide the yarn inside the quilt for a bar tacked look.

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