July 2, a knotted quilt

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.:)

Let’s start…

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 šŸ˜ƒ  Be a good week for it ,for its to be a hot week.

Happy July 4 th to all !!šŸ˜„ 



15 thoughts on “July 2, a knotted quilt

  1. mcinnesjanette

    Thanks Deb, this is a great post! I have tied a few quilts bu t I like the way you work your thread across the quilt then knot it. I might have a look through my tops and get one on the go! Thanks for sharing, Janette

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  2. KerryCan

    This is very helpful–I tied a quilt years ago but it never occurred to me to do the big stitches across the quilt and then tie after. What are you going to do all these quilts you’re making?!


    1. Deb Post author

      Glad you found a tip you can use. šŸ™‚ all of the quilts I’m making will go to Christian Aid Ministries, a Mennonite disaster relief ,aid organization. They could use up to 100,000 quilts a year.


    1. Deb Post author

      I’ve heard that the Mennonites in Pa have some good places to eat. They and the Amish do make beautiful quilts, but my mama nor either of my grandma’s knew how to quilt. So I had that to learn on my own as we are in a small Mennonite community. Nothing compared to Pa.

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      1. blosslyn

        Thats wonderful that you learnt on your own. Some of those quilts are really intricate, my daughter and I used to make what we called scrappy ones, all different odd shapes zigzag machine together, they looked quite good, nowhere near as beautiful as yours, but we had fun doing them together. Yes some of those places to eat, are wonderful, beautiful home cooked food šŸ™‚


      2. Deb Post author

        Just the fact of you and daughter having fun together making it ,makes a quilt beautiful thing even if there was no beauty,which I’m sure was beautiful to look upon.

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      3. blosslyn

        Thank you, yes it was a very precious time and I still have the quilt she made me, which is about 20 years old now…..ha ha nearly vintage, actually some of it was made from old fabric that we had, 1940’s etc :):)

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  3. Sheryl

    Like you, I love knotted quilts. They seem so homey. I enjoyed the pictures and the text about how to knot quilts. I never before knew exactly how it was done. And, it’s wonderful that the quilts are going to a wonderful cause.



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