A potholder, I've been informed by someone who knows, is really a tiny, tiny quilt. So, I learned how to make a quilt by making a potholder. The potholder method is in fact, just like making a quilt. I cut fabric into various size strips and then sewed them together, chose a back and then made a "quilt sandwich". The top and the back were the "bread" and the "meat" a small scrap of batting. I used my sewing machine to "channel quilt" the potholder. In other words, I just sewed evenly spaced lines. Then, I sewed a binding and bound the potholder. All pretty simple for a tiny little quilt. I'm pretty proud of my accomplishment. Needless to say, my tiny quilt does not live in the kitchen where it would most likely fall on a stove eye and burn to ash or get permanently stained with spaghetti sauce. No, it is proudly displayed on my desk where I use it for a mousepad or occasionally a coaster.