The other day I was tying a quilt for this first time in a long time. Like 3 or 4 years. I use to always tie quilts then I discovered the wonderful world of long arm quilting. I don’t mind tying. Its a good way to watch a movie. Or lots of episodes of Drop Dead Diva on Netflix. I have a really fast and easy way to tie quilts and I thought I would share it. This is the way my mom taught me and the only way that I have ever tied a quilt.
Let me start by saying that I never “mark” the quilts I tie. That would take to long and I am a pretty lazy person. Ha Ha Ha. I find something on the design that repeats and I tie there. For example on this quilt I decided to tie on every orange floor. You don’t want your ties to be more than the width of your hand apart (see picture) or your batting will move.
Lets get started. Thread your needle with your yarn of choice. I prefer to use baby or sports yarn. It is easier to pull through your quilt layers. Once you have your needle threaded find a good starting place and go down through all 3 layers.
Pull all the way until you only have about 2 inches left on the top.
Then stick the needle up through the bottom about 1/8″ away from the other thread. Go all the way to the top.
Go back down in the same spot (or right next to it) as the first time you went down.
Then come back up in the same spot you came up the first time. (You tied a knot!)
Don’t cut your yarn just go to your next flower and repeat the process.
Do this over and over again until you run out of yarn.
Then cut your threads until they are all the same length. Then re thread your needle and start again.