Quilting For Dummies (Like Me) Plus Yet Another Knit Project

For years and years I’ve only known how to knit. And in the past I was happy with that. I’m good at knitting and I no longer need to stick to the basics. But ever since I started this blog, I’ve been wanting to do more, create more. What has truly inspired me to branch out in my crafting have been other bloggers and the beautiful creations that they create.

This week, I’ve started quilting! I bought a great book–Basic Quilting from Stackpole Books–and have started on a small quilted pot holder.

Basic Quilting BookThe book takes you through all the tools, materials and skills that you need to eventually hand make a full sized quilt. It comes with 4 different projects and several variations within a couple of the projects. The book provides materials lists and a crash course on different types of needles, fabric, batting and stitching. I highly recommend this book as a resource if you are good at learning through pictures and text but you might need an experience quilter’s help for some of it.

Pot Holder Top 1So here is the top portion of my quilted pot holder. I’ve never touched a piece of fabric or a sewing needle in my life so it took me a couple of days to get this together. Next I’ve got to cut the batting and the back portion of the quilt.

Pot Holder Top 2What do you think? Are the different colors and patterns too much or just right?

As much fun as quilting is, I could never live without my knitting needles. As I said in my last FO post about the knitted cup cozies, I am knitting an eye glasses case for myself. I have bad vision as it is but when I wear contact lenses reading a piece of paper or a book with small text is quite a challenge. So I carry some cheap reading glasses around with me (yes–I knit and carry reading glasses–I’m officially a grandma). I keep loosing my glasses in the deep recesses of my purse. So, I am making a super colorful case, that way I’ll be able to see it in the void.

Striped Eyeglass Case

It’s made out of some hot pink, hot blue and black yarn I had left over from various projects. The pink and blue are acrylic but the black is 100% cotton. I’ve next blocked a project that was mixed before.

Striped Eyeglass Case Close Up

Any ideas on how it will turn out if I steam block it?