When it comes to getting a quilt finished, sometimes it feels like the very last resort is to tie it.
Tying a quilt can be just as satisfying as hand or machine quilting it, despite the fact that hand quilters adore the appearance of a quilt that has been hand quilted with skill and machine quilters admire the beauty and complexity of fine machine quilting.
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The majority of quilts with ties simply have the blocks’ corners joined together at right angles, leaving the blocks themselves open. In some quilts, the center of each block is bound with yarn or perle cotton, depending on the style of the quilt.
The best neckties can be washed without losing their shape, do not unravel, do not come undone when tied, and have sufficient strength to remain joined when tied. Why not add some flair to it, even taking those factors into consideration? The use of embroidery floss or cording is something that could be considered. And instead of yarn or perle cotton, you could try using a ribbon instead.
And what do you think about including an interesting detail in the tie? After you have sewed a fun-shaped button onto your quilt, such as a train or a fire truck, you can finish by tying a knot on the reverse side of the quilt. Pull the thread through from the back of the quilt, attach the button, and then tie a knot in the thread, just as you would if you were sewing a button onto a shirt.
A bow is yet another option to consider. Make a bow out of your quilt tie as an embellishment rather than simply tying it in a knot. If you want your look to be even more interesting, add a large button under the bow. Double the number of knots in the bowstring to increase the level of protection against it coming untied.
And speaking of trains, trucks, and other vehicles with wheels, you can make fabric circles with two faces (called yo-yos), and then sew them onto your quilt to represent the wheels of your vehicle. Be sure to attach them in the middle of each circle. You could even sew a button onto the very top of the fabric circle wheel, then give it the ability to turn in a circle.
If the top of your quilt features a lattice, you might be able to secure a narrow ribbon to the lattice by tying it in place at regular intervals along the way using additional ribbon ties. If you plan to wash this quilt, you should probably reinforce the ribbon strips with additional stitching to prevent them from coming undone during the washing process.
The locations on your quilt in which you choose to attach the ties can also be interesting. Your ties can contribute to the overall design of your quilt in the same way that quilters stitch their quilting to make a design.
If your quilt has a nautical vibe, the ties you choose for it can be designed to look like cheeky birds in the sky or the whiskers on a seal. There is a possibility that a basket quilt will have bows in addition to the basket handles. And it’s possible that your Sunbonnet Sue is wearing ribbons on her hat.
Have fun with each step of the quilting process, from piecing the blocks together to quilting the top. Whether you choose to hand quilt, machine quilt, or tie your quilt, make sure to finish it so that someone you care about can use it.
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