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January 31, 2012



Thank you for very clear pictures,will be
trying this tomorrow,Regards,Coralie

Nancy Watkins

Thanks for the tutorial and tips!


Excellent tutorial! I love my easy threading needles. Makes a horrible job so much easier!!

Barbara Anne

Thanks for the excellent tutorial and for the morning chuckle. God bless you whether you enjoy tie offs or knot (bruu-HaHa! Sorry, my father's corny joke affliction just surfaced).



And this is just one more reason we're all so happy to have you back blogging! Thanks for a straightforward, practical tutorial! Does anyone really love tie off's? I'd say they're more of a necessary evil!

Mary on Lake Pulaski

I do my tie offs exactly the same way Nicole!


That was great to see it step by step. I have to add, life is too short for me to do it! LOL


Thank you!

Kathy L

Thank you so much. I have been tying and clipping and hoped no one would notice, I will be using this from now on.
Sincerely, Kathy in Tucson.


I do almost the same technique you do, except instead of a square knot, I tie a "quilter's knot" like when I'm quilting by hand. Here's a tutorial on it -

I loop the threads around once when I'm doing both tails at the same time.


Good tutorial. It is one of those steps that a lot of us take for granted and have no idea that newer and/or self-taught quilters might not have a clue. You made it easy for everyone to understand. Are you going to show us the front of your quilt?


Thank you so much for the tutorial. I've heard it before, but never understood it. Now I got it! Thanks.


Great tutorial and wonderful idea, Nicole! I've always just stitched a few stitches in place and have never liked the way that looks!


Good information to know! I had a rough idea of what that was, but now I know for sure! Thanks for the step-by-step instructions.

Elaine S.

Thanks for the instruction.....this is much better than what I have been doing.


Thanks - now I know what to do when I advance to more sophisticated machine quilting. Since I've only machine quilted one quilt so far and it was all on a continuing grid I was able to back stitch in the seam allowance.

Lillian C.

Thanks for documenting this. I learned this technique from a quilter at the International Quilt festival in Long Beach but forgot about it.

Julie in WA

Thank you for an excellent post on a tedious subject. I have been just back-stitching with the machine at the beginning and the end, knowing full well that it was not what I would call a proper procedure. Your method of hiding the knots looks simple to do and could even be enjoyable if the right dvd is playing!

Debbie R.

Hi Nicole,
Thanks for the tutorial. I knew I couldn't just leave those threads hanging, or cut them off either. I did come up with my own method for dealing with them, but think yours is better, and will adopt it. Thanks.
I've been AWOL for a few days, so am just catching up on your posts. Your Blueberry Crumb Neighbourhood is terrific! Was happy to read about your excellent little vacation, and to see your wonderful barn quilt score. What a find! Also, thanks for that photo of the red and white nearly insane quilt. Fabulous. It's so beautiful that I don't think anyone would be at all insane to want to make one.
Thanks, always, for your interesting, informative and entertaining blogging.

Christine Thomas

Yep, that's what I've been doing for years; just didn't know it was an actual technique according to anyone else. I LOVE that needle though. As one who has "old people's farsightedness", that needle is the perfect thing. Cool beans.


Wow, I learned so much, I had no idea what tie off's were, let alone what to do about them. I'm good now. Are you getting tired of hearing how much you were missed, I'm so glad you're back to blogging!


Thank you for such a clear, easy-to-follow tutorial. I'm fairly new to machine quilting and this will be very helpful. And I have to get some of those needles!

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