How To Tie a Quilt - Step By Step Guide For Hand Quilt Tieing


When you're done with a quilt, there are a few ways to attach all the layers of the finished product.

You can use a quilting machine, hand stitch along seams, or, the simplest option - tie the quilt.

When you tieing a quilt, you're not only holding everything together, but you're giving your quilt a unique look as well. Many people prefer the look of tied quilts using thick fabric.

In this post, we're going to dive into how to tie your quilt and everything you're going to need along the way.

To get started, you essentially need to place the knots and tie them. Its relatively simple, but this post is going to go into detail to help!

Let's get started!

What You Need For Tieing a Quilt

Once you have your quilt top layer of the quilt patterns created, you need to attach it to the back. When you opt to tie your quilt, you're only going to need two things: Thick quilting/embroidery thread, and a quilting needle.

Depending on your design, you can opt for a thread color that blends in, or a color that adds flair.

When tieing quilt patterns, you want to make sure you have a thick needle. Since you're using thicker thread, you need a thicker needle to get through the quilt top and other layers.

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Placing The Knots

When you tie your quilt, you want the knots at regular intervals, ideally in the middle of individual squares of fabric. The point of tieing your quilt is not only to hold the whole thing together but also to hold down individual elements.

For a basic symmetrical quilt, it's a great idea to tie a knot at the center of each square, working from the center outwards. You can also tie knots at the intersection of the squares to accomplish the same thing, with a slightly different look.

How To Tie Your Quilt - The Tieing

Once you figure out where you want your knots to be, it's time to start tieing!

  1. To get a symmetric knot, find the center of the square in your quilt patterns and mark it. It may be easier to mark all of the centers before you start tieing. 
  2. Take your needle and make a bite in the fabric. Once you have a single stitch, go slightly below that, and make another one, so the line of thread is visible. 
  3. Cut the ends of your thread, so you have enough space to make a tie, and tie it!
  4. Repeat this all along your quilt until you're completed. 

It's that simple! If you're more of a visual learner, check out this great video on how to tie your quilt:

Now that you know how to tie a quilt let us know what you think about the process in the comments section below!

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