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What do I use to tie it with? I have heard both yarn and embroidery thread can be used. How many strands of embroidery thread do I use? Also, what type of needle is best? Once the thread is through, is there a special kind of knot to tie?
Alot of questions, so thanks in advance!
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There are a number of forum people who tie quilts regularly, so they could probably give you more exact information, I'm giving you what I've heard and read. carol/kittyquilt
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I like Carol's idea of using crochet cotton... just a tad thicker...
I also have a quilt made many years ago and my GMIL used plain old yarn... it kind of balls up after years of washing and use... so there are all these balls kind of like cotton balls over the top.... but it is my favorite and the most precious one I have....
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I use embroidery floss because it comes in so many pretty colors and is easy to work with. I use the full 6 strands and a darning needle, taking a bite through all the layers between 1/8 to 1/4 inch in length. Then I tie them with a surgeon's square knot: right over left TWICE, then left over right TWICE.
I use leather thimbles to protect my fingers from the darning needle. The first few quilts I tied made my fingers pretty sore. I tried a couple different things to pad them and found I like the leather thimbles the best.
As to where to place the ties, generally a tie at each corner and one in the center of each block will do it, depending on the size of the blocks. Depending on the borders, you may want to put ties around the border as well. Sometimes I will use different colors of floss in different areas of the quilt...because I can...and I think it gives a fun look.
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Baste your quilt first will thread or pins. Thread the proper sized needle with a long piece of crochet cotton (I like a medium sized). Then take your stitches diagonally across the middle of the quilt until the thread is used up. Go back and tie square knots; cut the string after you tie each knot the length you want. After a few you will know how much of a string tail to leave for tying (about an inch).Then continue until the strand is used up. This wastes very little crochet cotton or floss.
I tie an extra knot if it is a child's quilt. I have seen ties of yarn, but I have seen them break after a long time. Maybe moths got into wool yarn.
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