Tie or Knot Your Quilt Layers Together
The quilt above, Summer Sherbet, from my first book, was tied at the center of every 4 patch.
I just created the Wise Craft YouTube channel. It is where I will be adding several how-to videos, mainly about quilts, but there will also be some other things as well. I get asked basic quilting questions often, and wanted to have a place where I could directly those wanting to learn specific steps in quilt making.
The quilt above, Turquoise Trail, is tied in a grid pattern across the quilt, which I marked first.
My first video on my new YouTube channel is about tying quilt layers together. I tied my first quilt together, made of my daughter’s baby clothes (which I show in the video). It was made about 16 years ago, and I didn’t know how else to “quilt” it, other than spend lots of money sending it to a long arm quilter. And I didn’t know how to even find one. So, I decided to tie it, after seeing some pictures of antique quilts that were tied.
The Friendship Bracelet Quilt in the video and above, was also tied in a grid pattern I marked on the quilt’s surface, this time closer together. This pattern is available in both my Etsy and Craftsy pattern shops as a downloadable PDF.
The Eiderdown quilt from my first book, pictured above. I tied it at the corners of each square, using perle cotton, but knotted the threads on the back instead of the front, for a smoother look on the front.
There is a lot of emphasis these days on free-motion quilting on your home machine, or elaborate long arm quilting. I am loving free motion quilting, most definitely. But if its not your thing, let me assure you, those ties on that first quilt have held up beautifully through several washings). It’s an easy, doable, fun method to get those quilt layers “quilted” together and as an added bonus, will create some nice surface texture.
Have you ever tried tying quilt layers? I’d love to hear your thoughts or suggestions about things you’d like me to do videos on.