The Tied Quilt

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This simple quilt was the very first of the articles and projects for The Knot issue. Luxurious materials are used for this minimal play on the traditional tied quilt.  Here at Hand and Hand we think tied quilts get a bad wrap in the craft community because they're so easy to make. Instead we think their texture and simplicity – think form and function – ranks right up there with the very coziest of blankets.

This project is an excellent first quilt, and can actually be completed totally by hand if you don't have a sewing machine. Only the binding requires any traditional stitching, the rest of the construction is exclusively knots! Now, if you're an experienced sewer, this is a super quick and fun project to tackle. You'll love the chance to play with the materials we have selected.

Read a bit more about this project on Carrie's blog, and get your hands on The Knot issue to make your own.

Making some of the projects in this issue? Join the community with the tag #handhandmakes.


Jessica Marquez for The Knot issue


Hand and Hand: The Knot includes a beautifully inspired pillow project by Jessica Marquez of Miniature Rhino

Her delicate ode to the french knot, is just as much a conceptual project as much as it is a playful, simple use of this lovely embroidery stitch. Making the connection between braille and the french knot, transforms a simple embroidery into a loving tribute to the sense of touch. Check out Jessica's words, more photographs, and a how-to in this issue!

About the cover of The Knot issue


The Reef Knot graces the cover of our first issue of Hand and Hand. Photographed by Marko Metzinger, an avid sailor and knotter, who also happens to be a talented professional photographer.  We asked him to tell us a little bit about this knot.

"The Reef Knot is also known as the Square Knot. It’s basically the knot we are taught to use to tie our shoes, except I've learned that most of us tie it incorrectly.  When you make this mistake its affectionately known as The Granny Knot. If you find your laces coming undone regularly, then you’re probably tying a Granny Knot. Learn how to tie a Reef Knot instead and they won't come undone."

Check out our first issue on Tuesday to see Marko's photo essay, and learn more about the knots he photographed.


The Knot


We're putting the finishing touches on our first issue The Knot , and are incredibly excited to announce that the issue will go on sale next Tuesday, June 25th at 12p ET. Working on this first issue has been a wonderful lesson for Tim and I in the generosity and excitement of our community. We hope this issue reflects to everyone the inspiring, creative conversations we've had about knots together over the past several months with this talented gang of contributors.