I was pretty good at it. I made 2 quilts and gave them away as gifts. And I made smaller quilted items like tote bags and pillows and wall hangings. I even sold some!
But I found a job, and didn't have as much time to cut pieces, and quilt like I used to. Its a little sad really. I enjoy sewing so much. Quilting is a little like alchemy; you can turns scraps no one wants into art.
While I was cleaning out my fabric box, I found two pieces I never finished:
I think this was going to be a pillow? Its the size of a throw pillow. It could have been a panel for a bag though. I remember when I designed the quilt block, I was teaching myself paper piecing, and really loved house shapes. So a house shaped quilt is what came of it.
This is how I know it wasn't meant to be something larger. The backing fabric is just white cotton. And its already quilted. I think I meant to leave it like this, but I think I'll put another 2 border pieces on it to make it a little bigger.
I must have really liked this fabric, because I have more than a meter of this purple, and a half meter in another color. I think I will try and finish that up this weekend. My machine is on the fritz right now, but I know a great place where I can sew by the hour...
Another leftover paper pieced block. Its pretty cute. I remember I got these scraps from a quilter, and she said that they were too small to do anything with. I must have taken that as a personal challenge (like I would probably do) and make a block out of them. If I had the time, I would make an entire quilt out of heart blocks like this. But I think I may have to turn this into something really small. I hate to see quilting go to waste.
I'm not someone that likes to leave things unfinished. I wonder what made me stop working on these. Oh, sometimes I wish my memory was a lot better. But at least now I will be able to turn these forgotten crafts into something I can use of gift away! Does that count as upcycling?
Have you ever abandoned something you were working on? Why?