The Free Motion Quilting Project: Love Child of Knitting and Crochet

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Love Child of Knitting and Crochet

So what's going on in the studio today? Hmm...well, I've had a sudden craving to knit and crochet so yesterday I finished up this little eyeglass pouch:

free motion quilting | Leah Day

This is actually not knitting or crochet, it's broomstick lace! Just in case you've never heard of it before, it used to be pretty popular in the 60's and 70's (or at least that's when a lot of my old patterns were published) and was often called Jiffy Lace. I think it's the happy love child between knitting and crochet - the perfect melding of two awesome crafts!

I finally got the hang of this technique thanks to the Craftsy class Beyond Basics Broomstick Lace with Jennifer Hansen. I love quick little projects like this because it literally took 1 hour of playing with a huge needle and little crochet hook to come up with this nice lacy pouch.

Of course, I don't usually use an eyeglass case, so I think this is going to go in my gift box. This is a box of things I've enjoyed making, but don't need to keep for myself. Setting it aside in my gift box means I won't forget it during the holidays and will hopefully find the perfect friend or family member to give it to.

Now that I've got the basics of broomstick lace down, I'm eager to start the Rebel Lace Cardigan that is also featured in the class. See I've got my yarn ready to go and everything!

free motion quilting | Leah Day

It's really funny how my attitude and inspiration can change from day to day. For weeks all I wanted to do was cut and piece fabric, now all I want to do is sit in the sun and create broomstick lace!

When I'm not knitting and crocheting this cool stuff, I've still been piecing away at the tiniest hexies imaginable:

free motion quilting | Leah Day

I'm pretty happy with using these 1/4" hexies for the goddess's face, but I think we're going to have to go a couple sizes bigger for her body and arms. It's just too much to consider covering her entirely with 1/4" hexagons. Maybe I bit off more than I can chew...

Regardless, I'm enjoying the process! It's the oddest feeling in the world, but I think I've finally learned the most simplistic, but most essential (and difficult) lesson for any creative person to learn: do what you want to do when you want to do it! Now I'm off to do just that!

Let's go quilt,



  1. Great little hex pieces...I also keep a "gift box"...comes in handy when out of ideas, time, or energy to shop!

  2. That's beautiful. In my news feed, I thought at first that it was an iPod cover. Wouldn't that be unique?

  3. I'm a knitter and crocheter, but I've never tried broomstick lace. Very pretty! The big needle/little needle combination reminds me of 'condo knitting', which was popular in the 80s or 90s. I used to make things for my gift drawer but haven't in a long while; need to get back to that, so thanks for the inspiration! The hexagons--wow, that would drive me crazy, but it looks great.

  4. I love making hexagons, but those really are tiny. Don't know that I'd have the patience for that. But what a great idea to use them in that way.


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