I know there’s information on how to knot a quilt,even YouTube tutorials ,so why am I writing another?!
I love a knotted quilt. They are so charming with their “home sweet home ” look. I learned to knot a quilt way before I learn to quilt one. I have used just about every kind of fabric in them from upholstery,men’s ties,knit polyester ,corduroy ,flannel and cotton.
I have cut blocks out of top sheets ,shirts,skirts,and jeans. It is also a good way to use little balls of yarn that you have laying around and not sure what to do with.
I used to knot the quilts on the floor, that’s when I was young..er, now I do it on my table. My knees like me better for it.:)
First I put something down on the table to protect it from the sharp needle point. I use old calendars that hubby gets from business companies. They are made of heavier paper but not as thick cardboard.
I tape it down with packing tape. Then lay down the backing using the tape to stretch the backing out nicely so there are no wrinkles. Packing tape is nice to use for it pulls up nicely when you need to reposition the quilt.
Now that the backing is stretched out nice and smooth,with a three inch hang over on the one long side of table , the other side is hanging almost to the floor or on the floor depending on the size of your quilt. You want the hang over so you have room to make your binding. Be sure to give three to four inches on the other three sides also for the binding.
Then comes the batting ,lay it to the edge of table where you have the three inch hang over.smooth out the wrinkles but don’t tape it down.
Lay quilt top on batting leaving at little bit of batting sticking out around the edges as shown in photo.
Now you are ready to start knotting.
I use quilting gloves,it helps with pulling the needle though,ones hands don’t get so tired,or sore.
When threading your needle cut your yarn to a point ^ ,pitching the threads flat..threads easier that way.
I go from one block to the next like this before knotting.
Then I knot the rows that are over the calendar mat. Pull the tap up from backing ,pull the hold quilt several more rows over,( the side that had about three inches hanging over the side) retape the backing down…keeping everything smoothed out.
After the knotting is finished,trim off extra batting ,measure 1.5 inches from the quilt top on the backing for your binding.
Trim,fold ,pin binding then sew using a fancy stitch or a straight stitch. Ta da! Finished
The back of quilt..
I have several more of these to sew together this week. Well… Not several….eight of them. My goal is to get all of them done this week.. At least tops all sewn together 😃 Be a good week for it ,for its to be a hot week.
Happy July 4 th to all !!😄