Learn how to tie a quilt, once you have made your quilt top, how do you finish it? Rather than the time consuming method of sewing the three layers of your quilt sandwich together with quilting stitches, tying quilts is an easy way of finishing your quilt which gives you a softer and puffier feel.
Stretching out your backing face down on a table or floor, attaching it to the surface with masking tape at corners and around the edge. Spread the batting over it, smoothing out any wrinkles. Lay the quilt on top, face up.
You will be tying the quilt through all three layers at regular intervals. The batting you use will determine how far apart your ties should be You will want to place your ties so they enhance the design of the quilt top.
Try a 4 ply yarn, 4 to 12 strands of embroidery floss If you feel the ties will take away from the design, tie from the back.
Using a tapestry needle, make your first insertion down the center of the quilt. Try for a 1/4” gap between the insertion point and the return pass of the needle. Work your way down the center of the quilt DO NOT cut your ties. Continue working down the center of the quilt and tie off when you get to the end. Then go back to the center and do the same in the other direction.
You can cut the string between your ties and make your ties using a square knot or surgeon’s knot. A surgeons knot is a square knot with an extra twist. Or you might want to take two stitches for ties. The second one is just a back stitch over the first. If you would like, you can seal each knot with a button or a piece of decorative yarn. Pull up each pair of ends and snip at 1 /2″ to 3/4″ above the surface. You will have your quilt finished in no time. Bind it and enjoy!