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When you’re new to quilting it is easy to get intimidated or discouraged by two things: perfect matching & quilt topstitching (also called stippling). This is especially true if you don’t have a special walking foot, or a long arm sewing machine.

Luckily, both of these common issues can easily be resolved with some creative tacking! Called quilt tying, this technique offers multiple options for embellishing not-so-perfectly matched areas and keeping the layers of your quilt together.


Colourful Buttons.

Sew colourful buttons through all layers of your quilt at the centre of your blocks or in the corners where they meet.

Hint: Use flat buttons. Shank buttons will more easily catch the blanket when it is being used.

Embroidery Floss Bows.

Tie off a few quick hand stitches with embroidery floss in a pretty bow.

Hint: for a delicate bow, use only one layer of floss. For a more bold-looking bow, double or triple your floss before tying.

Rick Rack.

Stitch, or use a thin strip of HeatnBond Ultrahold fusible tape to attach a length of brightly coloured rick rack between blocks.

Hint: If rick rack is fused in place, be sure to add “tacking” handstitches in a neutral thread colour to keep layers secure.

Playful Motifs.

Iron-on cute motif shapes to cover matching imperfections and add a touch of whimsy to your quilt.

Hint: Because the motifs are simply ironed on, be sure to include tacking stitches.


Tiny pompoms are an adorable way to add texture to a quilt. Use a large eyed hand sewing needle to stitch pompom tie ends through the quilt layers, and tie to attach.

Hint: This is a great way to upcycle yarn ends.

Ribbon ties.

Centre a length of ribbon over the tacking point. Sew a short bar of stitches at the centre of the ribbon to secure. Tie, and tie again for a knotted ribbon tie.

Hint: Save the ribbon from your Fat Quarter Bundles! This length of ribbon should be enough to ribbon tie a whole quilt.

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