I’ve had an idea for a business, it’s something I could consider setting up when I’ve retired. It needs a catchier name but for now I am calling it “Finishing Other People’s Projects”. All those projects started with the best of intention now languishing in plastic bags in cupboards and under beds. All that potential. I enjoy finishing work started by others and I get a thrill from returning a completed piece to it’s original maker. I am a finisher. Completion is one of my favourite feelings.
This is a quilt as you go project started by my mum at a class she attended. I’ve never used this technique before and I had to take a row of blocks which she had sewn apart to see how it was constructed. If I did it again I would insert a fillet of wadding in to the sashing (actually my friend Amanda from Seven Sisters Quilters did suggest I do this when she saw me working on this quilt!).
This technique does give you a reversible quilt, this one is red on one side and blue on the other.
I decided to finish all the projects which were started when I taught patchwork and quilting at the Salvation Army Day Centre and then return them to the stitchers who started them. I called our group the Salvation Army Stitchers (The SAS!). It was a fun class and I taught it for two years. I learned so much about accepting people where they are, it’s okay if someone uses the table on your Bernina sewing machine to make roll-ups on and if every twenty minutes people have to go outside for a cigarette break and if someone brings their Staffordshire terrier to sewing class. In turn everyone accepted me, we sewed and talked. Here are some of the projects I have finished from that time.
I’m writing a tutorial called
How to make lots of quilts when you have a job, dependants, commitments and a bizarre amount of laundry.
Hopefully this will give people some tips on how to finish those UFOs (Unfinished Objects). Until then I’m working on a quilt for a friend’s birthday so I’m afraid I am unavailable.