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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.

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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.

Pompoms.

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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