1. Thread needle with thread that matches the pearl bead and knot one end. Push needle through quilt top to back where you want the first bead. (The knot will be covered by the bead.) Take a few stitches on back to secure the thread, then bring needle through to top, right next to knot.
2. Slip bead on thread. Insert needle into top close to the bead and pull needle through to the back (Seed Bead Diagram).