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I Am Done

Em's quilt will not be finished, nor will any of the other quilts I have on the go. 

I don't enjoy making quilts. 

I love the patchwork side of it, cutting and piecing the fabrics, but the actual construction of the quilt I do not enjoy at all. My reason for making the first one was just that I'm not a finisher, I have loads of ideas, enjoy the prospect of so many things but I never see them through to the end. So I thought a quilt would be a great project. And it was, that first quilt, which is still my favourite was great, I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed learning how to do everything, choosing fabrics and taking time over putting everything together. 

As time has gone on I haven't taken as much care, I've just wanted to make the blocks, then finish, the attention to detail has gone, so there's no point. When I found myself this morning, sitting on the dining room floor close to tears making the gift for Em I just said enough is enough. I was even slightly cross with Dan for suggesting we send it as a birthday gift and even more cross with myself for agreeing. 

I haven't decided what to do with all the fabric and equipment, but I don't need to act just yet.  I think I need to deal with how I feel about the wasted time, effort, money and emotion I've put into these projects I'll never finish, but at least I'm not going to waste any more just for the sake of finishing.

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  1. That's a shame about the quilt, but I know exactly what you mean. I had grand ideas about making a quilt, I even have a book about quilting, but I don't have the patience and decided to turn my blocks into a patchwork quilt cover instead and even that isn't finished. There's no point in forcing yourself to do something that should be pleasurable, if you don't enjoy it.

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    1. Making the blocks is fun, the rest feels like work!

      I have made 4 quilts and a patchwork picnic blanket so I think I've proved to myself I can do it, I'm happy enough with that.

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  2. I know exactly what you mean, I am just the same. If I can get something finished in one or two sittings then it's fine, but otherwise I just lose steam. I've never completed a large patchwork, and every garment I've started making for Ivy she has outgrown before it is finished.
    Perhaps you can work on small projects to keep your hands busy and use up your supplies, and then you get the buzz of finishing a project. My favourite things to work on are trivets and coasters because they end up finished!

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    1. Thanks. I have an embroidery project on the go and I'm happy with that, it;s more open ended and fun so I should be able to stick with that for the time being.

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  3. What a shame! If I lived nearer, I would have finished for you gladly. We'll not even be near St Anne's now til next April ish time. Don't do anything rash just yet! It could be deconstructed into table mats, cushions, a couple of smaller quilts for cosiness in the colder weather. I'm currently finishing some items I started for LAST winter festival of light and I'm finishing them before I even start something new. Catriona

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    1. Awwww, thank you, hopefully our paths will cross sometime you're in town.

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  4. Your friend will totally understand - some things are just not enjoyable. I love sewing and constructing things but I do not like mending or alterations - everyone thinks I must because I sew. I can make a new garment in the same time it takes me to alter one. Perhaps if your friend sews she could finish it herself after all you have done the leg work and it would only be like buying a kit.
    Nothing in life is wasted remember you got such pleasure from your first one and someone perhaps at your charity shop will get some pleasure from finishing what you have started.

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    1. Reading your comment actually pushed me to finish the quilt, the idea of my work selling for a couple of quid at a charity shop made me feel ill!

      You are so right though, people do assume that because you ike one thing you like everything - as though all sewing is the same!

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  5. This is such a shame - you're right not to waste time you don't want to though!

    https://lizziedailyblog.blogspot.com/

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  6. I love quilt making and have to be careful or we would have more than there is room to store them. Luckily all the family and most of my friends are only too happy to accept one. It is a shame but these things happen.I am a knitter but recently ripped many hours of painstaking work off the needles and frogged it. I had ripped back and re knitted one time too many.

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    1. I was already planning on cutting down, as you say it's not good to have more than it's possible to store. It must be lovely to have people around who appreciate your work.

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