Learning how to tie a quilt, but with a modern twist is a great example of what we 21-century quilters are all about – honoring the past through imitation and transformation. Sometimes I dress Scrappy up as a pioneer dog by placing bonnets and adorable chihuahua-sized aprons on her. But do I make her sleep in a barn? No. She wouldn't stand for it.
See? Imitation, but also transformation. Makes perfect sense now.
If you scour YouTube, you'll find lots of tutorials on how to tie a quilt using thick yarn and simple knots. And that's a great way to finish a quilt. But, can we transform that into something new? Check out the video below to see exactly what I mean.
Simple Supplies to Tie a Quilt
This is a great way to finish a quilt or add some texture to a quilt that has been finished on a sewing machine. You can see in this example, I sewed simple straight lines with my machine and then added these extra ties.
Example Quilt Fabric
Before you ask, here's a quick list of the fabric I used in this Kris Kross quilt, which is a pattern sold in the shop!
- Pink Kris's: I used a variety of peach and pink solids I had laying around. You only need a fat quarter of each to make a baby quilt. Kona colors and links: Pink, Ice Peach, Peony, Primrose, Creamsicle, Bubble Gum
- Striped Kross's: IKEA duvet all cut up! I've purchased both gray and blue striped IKEA duvets and love using them in tons of projects. You can see a few appearances in my Rocksteady quilt and free table runner tutorial.
- Connecting Fabric: Nani Iro Double Gauze (this isn't where I got mine, but they sell a lot of Nani Iro)
- Background: Kona Bone
How to Tie a Quilt
- After threading your needle with a single piece of thread, insert the needle in the back of the quilt and pull it through to the top, leaving at least a couple inches of thread hanging on the back.
- Create a simple X with the thread, still leaving the extra thread hanging on the back.
- Once your X is complete, repeat the same X pattern to double lock the thread into place.
- After the X is finished for the second time, you are left with two hanging pieces of thread on the back of the quilt. Double knot those two pieces of thread into a square knot by first knotting right over left and then knotting again, left over right.
- Pull the knot tight and trim the tie, leaving at least a 1/4" of thread.
Have you tried this technique or tied a quilt before? Let me know in the comments!