After longing to make beautiful quilts for five years but finding it all too overwhelming, I am incredibly determined after the birth of my second child this year. We are definitely not having any more children and I knew this was my last chance to learn the art of quilting and make beautiful blankets for the family before I have to go back to work. Armed with a very good beginners book I was still clueless on how to make a quilt! Even after asking (silly) questions kindly answered by the talented ladies in the craft section of our local hardware store. That is, until I found this simple tutorial on how to sew a quilted mat and and how to sew a quilted sewing machine cover tutorial. If you have never quilted before, I highly recommend both of these tutorials as a very good starting point. You don't need a sewing stash or even know how to cut squares, just purchase one charm pack and you have enough fabric to make both projects. Before you know it, you'll be taking those photos where you proudly hold up your beautiful quilted blanket spread across your body with only your head, arms and legs poking out. I can't wait to do that.