Cutting + sticking + sewing + baking. My creative life.

Finishing Other People’s Projects

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.

Love Melanie Xx

One Reply to “Finishing Other People’s Projects”

  1. So lovely Melanie, thanks for helping me out! Of course the cherry on the cake giving me back the quilt finished especially as I know the distractions you have in your life!! Your MUM…

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