Quilting v. Knitting
Posted 05 April 2012 - 07:54 AM
Posted 05 April 2012 - 09:08 AM
Posted 05 April 2012 - 09:44 AM
Posted 05 April 2012 - 10:45 AM
Knitting is a bit easier from a book then Quilting and if all you paln to do is make scarfs and blankets the 'basic' stitches are easy to learn. BUT if you paln to make things like sweaters and booties you are better off learning the harder stitch right the first time, so take the knitting class!
So take one or the other or vice-a-versa!!!!
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Posted 05 April 2012 - 12:24 PM
Quilting, for me, is just a matter of sewing a straight line to put the pieces together. The actual quilting part was getting the hang of 'rocking' the needle back and forth on top of the quilt instead of punching the needle down through the top and back up from the bottom. Not pretty. The more you do the quilting the smaller your stitches will get. The hardest part of quilting for me is color combinations. Some of the prettiest quilts are just pieces of fabric sewn together using a straight line. It's the color combinations that really make them pop. Applique is harder for me. Quilting can be more expensive. Good fabric is expensive and you will need the batting and the backing. Also, a rotary cutter and mat and needles and thimble. And, quilting thread is different from regular sewing thread. Walmart material and thread is good for beginners and especially for baby quilts etc. I've also used sheets for the backing. If I was selling or gifting, I'd get the good 100% cotton highter count material. Anyway...
If it were me, I think I'd take the quilting class because there is more to learn such as stitches, color combinations and using a rotary cutter. Knitting is basically learning to do the knit stitch and the purl stitch. I learned how to quilt, knit and crochet from books but now with Youtube, you don't really need to take classes although they can be fun.
Really both are just a matter of practice, practice and practice.
Posted 06 April 2012 - 07:30 AM
Posted 06 April 2012 - 12:58 PM
I was gonna say knitting is easier to do with small children, because you can pick it up and go anywhere. And you can do a lot of different things.
BUT HEY... if you can do both... GO FOR IT!!!!
I have my Amish Grandmother's quilting frames, but have never learned enough quilting to use them yet. She was known to be one of the best quilters in this area. (I'm hoping it will rub off on me.... YEAH, RIIIIIGHT! )
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Posted 06 April 2012 - 03:05 PM
Hope you enjoy your classes!
Cat, you are so lucky to have your grandmothers quilt frames. Quilting is just like anything else; to be good at just takes practice and jumping in there and doing it. I love to quilt and see the results but I'll be the first to admit that I'm not that good at it. Good enough for me though.
Around here, if you want to sell anything quilted, it has to be hand quilted. Some of the larger relief charity auctions won't even accept machine quilted items. Hand quilting is concidered an art. So...I guess that makes me an 'arteest' (not even close)
Posted 18 April 2012 - 06:56 PM
How is your knitting class going? I do both, although I seem to knit more than I do quilts. I am glad you had the opportunity to do both, they are both so valuable to know how to do
I missed the first one. DS2 had roseola but didn't know that is what he had. I'll go this Friday and make up the first one.
Posted 18 July 2012 - 09:44 PM
I need to decide if I should just bite the bullet and take a quilting class or if I should look at the next knitting classes offered (or a sewing refresher). Taking the kids to the library tomorrow, DS1 wants a book on pirates, so I'll look for a beginners quilting book and see if I can make heads or tails of it.
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