Do you enjoy burying your thread ends after quilting? If you do, please stop reading this and give me your address so I can send you some work.
If you also find this a wearisome chore, have you tried the method shown in this video by Grace Howes? As is often the case, this technique has many mothers. Robbi Joy Eklow first blogged about it, then Grace decided to make a video to show how it works. I stumbled upon it after I struggled to bury some very short thread ends and decided to consult the internet for solutions.
Up to now I’ve tied a square knot in my thread ends, threaded the ends onto a large eye needle (many people use a self threading needle), and then pushed the needle in very close to where the threads exit and out of my quilt back about an inch away. I cut off the thread ends even with the back and rubbed the area with a fingernail to hide any hole.
This method worked fine as long as my ends were a few inches long. However, sometimes the ends were really short – maybe an inch long.
The genius of the Eklow/Howes method is you make a thread loop by putting both ends of a 6 to 8 inch long thread through a needle’s eye, insert the needle into the place where the threads to be buried exit the quilt and then push the needle back out about one to two inches away from the insertion point. Don’t pull the loop through yet. First, shove the quilting thread ends into the loop and pull them into the quilt’s interior by gently tugging the needle until the loop comes out. Clip those thread ends close to the back and save that needle already threaded with a loop for the next time.
I know it sounds complicated, but it really works. And if you’re careful, you only have to thread a needle once. My apologies if I’m the last to learn this technique.