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Quilted throw

Lorna123 | Posted in Quilting and Home Decor on

I have recently completed a King-size bed throw which I quilted by hand every 2 inches by using buttonhole thread tied in a knot with 3/4 inch tuft.  However, every time the throw is moved some of the knots work loose and come out. The edges have been finished with machine sewing so the throw won’t come apart, but I’m obviously going to have to do the quilting again.  I don’t have much experience of quilting so I don’t know if I should have used a backstitch instead of a knot, a special type of knot,  or used different thread as the top fabric on the throw has a slight sheen.  Can anyone help, please? I’m an avid dressmaker but  here in the UK I don’t know anyone who sews so I very much appreciate being able to share ideas and glean information via Threads – it’s just amazing.


  1. Megh | | #1

    Buttonhole twist is very slick, and won't hold a knot, as you're finding out.  Is it possible for you to get a perle cotton in the same color to replace the buttonhole twist?           Meg

    1. Lorna123 | | #2

      Thanks for replying Meg.  I really appreciate your advice  but  I'm not sure what perle cotton is - it's not a term we use in the UK - might you be able to tell me what it's usually used for, eg. dressmaking, embroidery?  The colour shouldn't be a problem as I'm using gold coloured thread on a dark red background.

      Kind regards


      1. Megh | | #3

        Perle cotton is used mostly by crocheters (a skill I've not mastered).  It's found in ball-shaped skeins, 3-4 inches in diameter.  You might also use embroidery floss, but I'd think that the perle cotton would be sturdier over the long term.  Perhaps someone else can help out?  I usualy machine quilt my quilts.  Meg

        1. Lorna123 | | #4

          Many thanks Meg, I know just what perle cotton is now.  I shall try it out and will let you know the result.


          Kind regards



          1. Kilroywashere | | #5

            Also, are you sure you made square knots rather than granny knots? 

          2. Lorna123 | | #7

            Hi - I think I did use granny knots.  I've looked up square knots on the net but, being left-handed, I did find them confusing.  My son used to be a Boy Scout so when I see him I'll ask him to explain (he's also left-handed).  Another kind respondent has suggested I try using fray check before replacing the knots so I shall do this first but if I have to replace I'll definitely take your advice.  Many thanks - Lorna

          3. mem | | #9

            you could also try using embroidery floss. It would give you a wder colour range . I would do a couple of back stitches before knotting.

          4. Lorna123 | | #10

            Hi - thanks for the advice.  I'm going to try all the suggestions on a trial piece and will report back in due course.  Kind regards, Lorna

  2. Alexandra | | #6

    Try putting a dab of Fray Check on every knot to glue it shut, before you go replacing all your knots.

    1. Lorna123 | | #8

      Hi Alexandra - I shall certainly try fray check before removing the knots.  Many thanks for your great advice.  Lorna



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