How To Bury a Knot

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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11 comments… add one
  • Debbie Rogowski Jan 24, 2013

    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 Jan 24, 2013

    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 Jan 24, 2013

    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 Jan 24, 2013

    I bury knots this way even when sewing up closures – just bury it.
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  • Vivian Jan 24, 2013

    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 Jan 24, 2013

    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 Jan 25, 2013

    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 Jan 26, 2013

    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 Jan 27, 2013

    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 Jul 10, 2013

    I clicked on the video … all I got was a black screen with the message that the video was private. 🙁
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  • Kathy Jan 6, 2015

    I notice that you make a single knot when you end your quilting … I always made a double knot, which seems to be about the same size as the quilter’s knot I make to begin my quilting. I do have trouble (especially on the quilt I’m currently working on) with the knots popping through the fabric … sometimes I have to really tug and sometimes the knot leaves a “run” in the fabric. Perhaps my knots are too big? I assume that you don’t have trouble with your knots somehow popping back through? I’ll have to try smaller knots when I quilt today.
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