How to Tie a Quilt…with a Modern Twist!

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Learning how to tie a quilt, but with a modern twist is a great example of what we 21-century quilters are all about ā€“ 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.

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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.

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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!

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How to Tie a Quilt

  1. 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.
  2. Create a simple X with the thread, still leaving the extra thread hanging on the back.
  3. Once your X is complete, repeat the same X pattern to double lock the thread into place.
  4. 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.
  5. Pull the knot tight and trim the tie, leaving at least a 1/4" of thread.
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Have you tried this technique or tied a quilt before? Let me know in the comments!

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19 thoughts on “How to Tie a Quilt…with a Modern Twist!

  1. Martha says:

    When I was a kid I remember having a quilt my grandmother made that was tied with yarn. I loved it!!! Iā€™m going to tie a quilt for my soon-to-be-born grandchild. Thank you so much foe the wonderful reminder and your tutorial! You have inspired me!!!
    Martha

  2. Lisa Long says:

    We old quilters have been doing this for a very long time. I have only been doing it for 42 years now. I always have my ties end up on the back of the quilt and I too prefer the perle cotton as did many quilters of the past. I am only posting a comment to give you two tips that you need to learn as a quilter that ties quilts for going forward. The tie/knot you made will work it’s way out over time with washings. We old timers tie that knot twice, not once and we leave a 1/2 inch tail so that if that knot comes out, we have something to grab onto to tie it back.

  3. StitchedbySaraTallas says:

    Hi Suzy! Do you think I could use Aurifil 30wt? I just finished piecing my RockSteady quilt top and picked up some Aurifil at QuiltCon that would go great with the teal and gold colors I used. Thanks as always for the great inspiration!

  4. Lea says:

    What a cute and different way to tie a quilt. I’ve tied a few kid’s quilts recently. I like your method. It’s different and it’s pretty. Thank you. I pinned this.

  5. slvrsnoozi says:

    My granny made a crazy quilt topper when she was in her 90’s. (She lived to be 105!) Because I’m the only granddaughter who learned to quilt, sew, etc., she gave me that topper, along with the batting and back fabric to complete. That’s on my to do list for 2018 and, in her honor and following a strong family tradition, I also will tie this quilt…and cherish it forever. by using it on the guest room bed. “Precious memories”….glad to see tying is making a come-back.

    • Suzy Quilts says:

      Some of that depends on your batting. The batting packaging should say how far about the quilting can be. I usually err on the safe side and keep my quilting at least 4″ apart.

  6. Rain Burch says:

    I absolutely LOVE this pattern and your choice of fabrics!! You listed your fabrics for the top, but what is the fabric you used for the backing?

  7. Emily Kiely says:

    I love how this method looks! If I am not machine quilting and only tying, how close do you suggest I put the ties together to make the quilt secure enough?

    You’re so great and I love following your work! You’re an inspiration!

    • Suzy Quilts says:

      Thanks, Emily! Your batting packaging instructions will probably say something like quilt every 10″-12″, but I think it’s better to quilt much closer than that. I’m going to say put ties every 4″-6″. I think you’ll sleep better at night. šŸ˜‰

  8. Helen Ducker says:

    Dear Suzy I clicked on some of the links in this tutorial, thinking I would see your patterns. NOPE just advertising links – some very false advertising going on here. Thought you should know aboutit.

    • Suzy Quilts says:

      I’ve noticed that an advertising company that I have been using has started placing multiple ads throughout my website without me realizing it. I think I’ll need to manually go through each post and weed them out. So sorry about the confusion and thank you for your patience while I work through this. So many growing pains! šŸ˜‰

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