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Remember this quilt ?
It's almost done on today's episode .
We're going to show you one method for finishing it .
Join us tying a quilt is a way to join the sandwich , the backing , the batting and the top of your quilt to join those pieces together and to finish your quilt and it's totally good in a pinch .
And we're gonna show you how to do it today .
Ultimately , we hope that you will try a little machine quilting or , um , even hand quilting or send your quilt to a long armor to finish .
But sometimes you tie a quilt and that's totally cool .
And so we're going to show you how to do it today .
Um , the first step , uh , is to get your completed quilt top , um , basted and , and put together with the sandwich in a secure way .
Um So before me , I have a little quilt top that we did .
You might remember it from an earlier episode of Quilty .
This is the stripper quilt that we did with Shana a few months ago .
And we had all these scraps and we put them together in these long strips and it's kind of the perfect size for a baby quilt .
I mean , this is a sassy baby , not like any baby quilt you've ever seen before , but it's a quilty baby quilt .
And so we're gonna , we're gonna tie it .
I'm gonna show you how to do a little tie on a quilt with this .
So the first thing you do is put it down , uh , on top of the batting and the backing .
So let's take a look down here .
The first , uh , uh , layer that goes down is your backing fabric and you secure it on a really , um , flat surface with tape .
I like to use like a duct tape or a masking tape .
You can do this on the floor .
You can do it on a huge card table .
It depends on the size of your quilt .
But I've chosen , um , to piece the back of this quilt .
Actually , I used some black that was in the quilt somewhere or something that was similar and a piece of black that I had and I pieced it all together so that it was a little bit bigger , a few inches bigger around than the quilt top itself .
On all sides , you tape that down onto your table and I'd secure it , like definitely one in each corner , one on the sides .
Make sure it's not gonna budge anywhere .
You don't have to pull it really tough , but just lay it down , make it secure , then comes your batting and this is a really nice soft natural batting that I use .
And that needs to also be cut bigger than on , on all sides than your , than your quilt top .
Uh You know , at least an inch and a half , maybe a little bit more , just enough to be able to fold over to trim and fold over for your binding later .
And then your quilt top goes on top and then you base it .
And we've done this once on quilty before when we were showing how to prepare uh a piece of , of quilting for machine quilting and for hand quilting .
But , um , we're gonna do it one more time here as we show you because this is the same process when you tie a quilt .
These are basting pins .
When you get all your layers down on your flat surface , you need to secure them with basting pins .
That's actually a regular safety pin .
But that's a good thing to show you that's a regular safety pin .
And this is a special quilters basting pin .
And we've talked about this before , but that has a bend in it and the reason why that's awesome is because when you're putting your pin through , just do it right here .
When you're putting your pin through , it's got this angle .
You want to go through all three layers and bring it up and that bent pin is awesome for that .
So that is a very good supply to have in your quilting tool kit .
So you put those pins down in your , in your quilt top .
And the rule is it kind of varies .
But usually if there's about a fist width distance between your pin , like in any direction , your basting pin , like I could probably use one right about there .
So I'd put one in there .
You make sure you go through all your layers , you don't want to miss a layer and you get those put in , OK ?
And then you can take your tape off and you're , you know , you're secure .
Um And then to tie your quilt , you don't use regular thread , don't use quilting thread .
So to thread this .
So this is a , um I found this thread on the clearance bin uh at the uh at the craft store .
It's like a poly blend .
It's variated .
I thought that would be good for uh for this quilt kind of pinky and cute , but it's got that scrappy look to it .
So you cut a piece of this thread , um , you know , a piece that long enough to work with and the needle that you would use to tie .
This quilt is gonna be different from just a regular small needle .
Obviously , it's thicker thread .
You're gonna want a better needle .
I'm gonna lay it down right here .
This is , um , I think this is a basting needle .
You could use , uh , a tapestry needle or a wool applique needle .
Anything that's bigger , it's got a little heft to , it is gonna be a good choice for you .
Sometimes it can be hard to thread the guy because the , the yarn and you can use yarn , you can use , uh , embroidery floss .
Uh , you can use pearl cotton .
Anything that's got some , um , some weight to it will be fine , but that can be hard to thread through that needle .
So a little trick is to take a piece of thread , just regular quilting like sewing thread that you would put in your sewing machine and make a loop .
Just a little tiny loop .
We'll get a close up of it and thread that loop through your needle .
Do this .
Do you wanna know something really gross ?
This is a tip .
This is a tip .
I'm gonna do it .
I'm gonna do it grease on your nose .
This is some , one of the first things I ever learned about quilting .
I know .
I can't believe I'm doing this on camera .
But the fact of the matter is is that the grease on your nose helps make a point that will get , see .
It's , it's gonna work .
It's kind of waxy .
And quilters have used bees wax in the past to make their thread thicker .
See , I got it .
Um , but that's , that's like a tip .
I mean , it worked right .
I couldn't get it threaded and then just use a little bit of , you know , grease off your nose and he'll do it anyway .
So , once you have your loop threaded through your needle just like that , I'm gonna put it down on this , this area too .
See , I've got this loop through my thread then just run your floss or your Yeah , whatever your yarn that you're using is through that .
It's like you're making your own needle threader and then pull the loop true through just like that because it's really hard .
I mean , if it's hard enough to get that little piece of thread through this needle , it's really hard to get the yarn through .
But see , does that make sense ?
A little loop thing ?
Little loop trick ?
So once you have your yarn ready to go , you're ready to tie .
So I'm gonna go back into this little blue area because it's easy to see .
And you're going to go down through all four , all three of your layers and then come back up not too far away .
You don't want to take a big bite of fabric .
This is probably plenty and you pull through , you have to tug it a little bit , but you have to be gentle because you don't want to be tearing anything and I'd leave , you know , few inches and I go back down through .
You really want this to be secure .
I'd come back down once and come back up one more time .
Right about where you went , where you took your 2nd , 2nd stitch here .
So you're coming back through , you just want to make it a little , little extra secure , especially if it's a baby quilt .
You want it to be very secure .
And then you can tie it off .
Now some people will use a surgeon's knot .
It's a different kind of knot .
I just do a regular square knot .
I think it's ok .
It works for me .
It's worked for a lot of quilts in the past and then trim it off and about every , everywhere you have a pin , I would say double that amount of ties .
Just make sure you're getting a very secure .
Um a , a very , you want to make sure all your layers are securely tied .
So that's how you do it .
It's pretty self explanatory , but sometimes it's nice to see that prep , work done and now that you have the nose grease tip , you're set for life .
So um tie a quilt if , if you , if you like it's a , it's a fast way to finish it for more tips on quilting .
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Quilty is brought to you by a pqs handcrafted quilting machines .
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Baby Lock .
For the love of sewing .
Cloth works inspiring creativity with art on fabric , hovel , sewing when you need to cut it close .
Choose hovels emv our fabrics , your lifestyle mythology , the urban cloud space .