Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Tying a quilt

I finally got started on tying At Home and Away. I decided on using a blue cotton embroidery floss that comes as six strands, that I've divided into three strands.

I used a continuous tying method on the only other quilt I've tied - here is the method and some pictures.

When beginning, insert the needle from the front to the back, then from the back to the front, about 1/8" away from each other. Pull up all the thread, leaving about an inch tail on one end, poking out the front. Tie that short tail and your long still threaded thread together with a knot - right over left, left underneath, left over right, right underneath. Anyone did brownies or girl guides when they were little?

Now move your needle ahead about 4" or to the next decided on spot. Insert the needle front to back, then back to front, always about 1/8" - 1/4" away from each other. Now the next part -
insert your needle under the long stitch you just made by going from the first spot to the next -

Then, put your needle and thread through that loop formed by going under the long stitch -

Repeat, under and through, pull, and there's your knot. Continue going, re-thread when necessary, and when you're done, just clip the long stitches between the knots.

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southern Ontario, Canada
I began quilt-making in January 2001, as therapy following diagnosis a chronic autoimmune condition. I enjoy creating and exploring hand and machine applique, machine piecing, english paper piecing, machine quilting, and machine embroidery. I have been working with Electric Quilt for several years and I'm comfortable with just about very aspect of using EQ to design pieced, applique, and embroidery quilts. I'm an early retired Mom with two teenager and a son who'll be married in Fall '09. My husband is my biggest quilting supporter.

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