Stitches for Tying a Quilt - International Stitch

For the last couple weeks, I have been helping a lovely group of ladies tie quilts for seniors that are graduating from high school. About half of the ladies that came to help had never tied a quilt before. 

Quilting Bee

So we had fun learning and quilting together. Today I will be sharing one of three quilt tying stitches that I know. It is one of the simplest and easiest to do. 

Start by going down through all layers and up again about a quarter inch away.

International Stitch

Pull the thread through until you have about a two or three inch tail hanging out. 

International Stitch

Then go down and up again through the same holes as before, or as close to it as possible.

International Stitch

Pull the thread tight, then move on to the next stitch and cut the threads so they are all the same length. 

Finished International Stitch

This stitch is easy and quick. It seems like it wouldn't stay, but it actually does if the stitches are pulled tight. 

Check out future blog posts for tutorials on the knotting technique and the crows feet stitch.

Have fun quilting!


  • Hi Naz!
    I have been told by many, many trust worthy quilting people that it shouldn’t need tying! How cool is that?!

  • This is so pretty! We dont have to knot it?


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