Do you have a hard time letting go of things you have made?
I have been looking critically at some of my finished and unfinished quilts and have decided that it is time to let a couple go and to donate them to the local association’s community quilts program. By my donating them, they might get finished by other members and used by people in need. At my house, they are collecting dust and sending me into spasms of guilt.
First to go is my first quilt. I think I was about 15 when I started it and close to twice that age when I finished. Sort of finished. I hand pieced all those hexagons as a teenager but did not know what to do next. When I started, and mum taught me how to English paper piece, we did not feel the need to worry about the next stage. With all those hexagons to sew together, we knew it was a long way away, and we had plenty of time to figure it out.
Many of the fabrics were scrounged off my mum. I am sure I recognise a yellow jumpsuit from my childhood and other garments in some of the fabrics.
Much, much later, I found the hand-pieced hexagons in a box. Still not having a clue what I was doing, I added some polyester wadding – all that was available back then – and backed it with a sheet. I had a go at hand quilting, but it could use a lot more quilting.
Although it is very old, it has not faded a bit as it has never seen the light of day. It has lived undisturbed in a blanket box for a very long time, hanging out with some of my childhood stuffed toys. I have kept it because it was my first and because I hand pieced it, but it is time to let it go.
The other project to go is a crazy quilt WIP. This crazy quilt started as a plan to recycle a mattress protector that was too small for any of our beds. It was a fun project to work on, but I have not touched it in years, and it has sat in the Cupboard of Shame.
Instead of keeping it with me, someone who means to finish it, I will hand it over to someone who really will finish it. It goes with its pre-prepared binding and a couple of skeins of embroidery thread. If more is needed, at least they have the DMC number to colour match.
In fact, to prevent anyone from talking me out of it in the comments, they have already been handed over. Earlier this week at my sewing guild’s end-of-year wind-up, everyone was asked to take and show our first quilts. It was a lot of fun. I have never seen so many ancient and well-loved samplers and hexagon quilts in one place. The earliest shown was made in about 1980. Some quilts still look amazing; others have faded beyond recognition. Hilarious stories about learning to quilt without a single lesson, from magazines and the hard way from one’s mistakes were shared. I was not alone in starting blindly, without a clue what I was doing! I showed my hexagon quilt and then promptly handed both to the community quilts team.
No more guilt.
Hmm … Maybe I can start a couple of new projects now!