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Topic: Tying a Quilt - Best Wool Yarn?

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Subject: Tying a Quilt - Best Wool Yarn?
Date Posted: 2/17/2012 10:38 PM ET
Member Since: 8/24/2008
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Okay, I'm getting all of my materials ready to have a quilt finishing day this coming summer.  I have three tops done and am putting flannel in the middle to have a medium-weight quilt.  I want to tie with wool, but it's been so long since I last did this that I can't remember what brand of yarn I bought.  It's fairly soft and shrinks up well when you wash it.  I'm hoping to get a fourth top done before summer so that I can sell them next fall at my craft stand.  My flannel throws are selling quite well, when I can keep them in stock...

Any suggestions on what brand/type of wool yarn to buy for tying quilts?  I have all sizes, from throw to queen size.  They're all cotton or poly cotton blends.  Oh, and how much do I sell a quilt for?  Apparently what I think is reasonable is way too cheap. 

Date Posted: 2/18/2012 9:39 AM ET
Member Since: 7/10/2011
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On tied quilts, most people use crochet cotton or cotton yarn, or wool - I don't know of any brand that is any better than the others.  Don't use polyester blends as the knots slide out when the quilt is washed.

Your second question is very difficult to answer.  It depends on the size, how well it is made, the amount of piecing, the quality of the fabrics (all cotton is more valuable than poly blends), how the quilt is held together (tied vs quilted, and how it is quilted for example all-over meander, or motif pantograph, or full custom), the venue where you are selling (high end boutique vs flea market).  You might look on ebay for quilts similar to what yours are, and go from there.  I did a search for you, here's the link - ebay tied quilts.

Show your completed quilts to some of your friends, and ask what they would be willing to pay.  If your craft stand is up for several days, start at the high end and if they sell you know where you should have them.  If they don't sell, mark them down over the next few days.  Good luck!!