How To Bury a Knot

by Karen on January 24, 2013

in How to bury a hand quilting knot, quilts

I have had several people in the last couple of days ask me “how do you bury a hand quilting knot”.  Seeing as Mike is home I had him take a little video – it is short and having watched it I probably should have gone in a little more depth explaining – but here it is.  With practice maybe I can do more of these – with the hubby’s help that is.  He put the video all together.  What kind of tutorials are you all interested in ?  I do have some on my side bar already.

The main thing you need to remember with putting the knot through when hand quilting is that you do not go through all three layers, you put the needle through the top fabric and catch it in the batting and then do this again when you finish.  You can have your knot very close to the fabric or a quarter to half inch away – just make sure the knot is in the batting.

Yes I am using my paddle thimble in this video although I wasn’t showing exactly how I use it – I guess that can be for another video – it is hard sometimes though to get photos – the hands are always in the way!

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Debbie Rogowski January 24, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Love the video, you did a great job. Now I want to know how you mark your quilt lines. I’ve been using stencil spray but yours looks so neat.

Penny January 24, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Thank you Karen and Mike. I bury my knots with machine quilting but have a problem with the thread breaking at times, but I have been going down in front of the last stitch so maybe that is the problem. Sure hope so. now I will try going to the back of the last stitch. Having a hearing impediment, classes are a waste of money so I try to teach myself.
With your previous post, the woman who organizes our quilt together days likes to spray base and if you take a quilt up to layer using their large tables she likes to help and then she insists on spray basting. Most of us do not like it because it is hard to wash out, makes the needle sticky, and smells terrible. Because of this I do mine at home, but would be easier and quicker using their tables.

Steffi January 24, 2013 at 3:47 pm

For me it is very amazing that you can quilt in different directions. I can only quilt towards me and because of that I love my hoop that I can rotate.
I guess it is a matter of training to quilt in various directions on the big frame?

Cindy January 24, 2013 at 4:26 pm

I bury knots this way even when sewing up closures – just bury it.
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Vivian January 24, 2013 at 7:17 pm

Great video, Karen.

I must be on a hiatus from everything because I sure have been lazy lately. I really need to get on the ball.
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Astrid January 24, 2013 at 7:21 pm

Thanks to you and Mike! Interesting to see how you do it when hand quilting. I also bury the thread ends after FMQ, since I do not like the way the sewing machine does it. I know some do it that way (by machine) but that is no-no to me.
Have a wonderful weekend!
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Melanie Goad January 25, 2013 at 9:00 am

This is actually really funny because I almost emailed you to ask you to remind me how to do this the other day. (I will have to show you the shawl wrap I made that is partially “quilted”). I experimented a little and finally remembered how to do it. :)
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Mary Ann January 26, 2013 at 7:24 pm

How about hand piecing – how you hold the needle etc. I know you show the needle in the fabric with some stitches on it on the Patchwork of the Crosses tutorials, but would like to see someone doing hand piecing. I would like to try hand piecing, but I don’t know of anyone who hand pieces so I could watch them doing it. Your tutorials, blog info and other tutorials are all great, Karen. I get so much quilting info from your blog. I really like the lumpless binding one. I did 3 bindings on quilts for grandchildren for Christmas using your tutorial – first time doing binding also. Worked great!

Erlinda January 27, 2013 at 7:39 pm

Thank you, Thank you. I love the video, it answered all my questions. Thanks to Mike for helping.
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Kathy ... aka Nana July 10, 2013 at 9:16 am

I clicked on the video … all I got was a black screen with the message that the video was private. :-(
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