Sometimes I find finishing old projects hard. The knit cotton pullover sweater for the cushion covers from Saturday’s post was one such project. Another is this 44 year old quilt top. It’s made from leftover fabric from my grandmother’s, mother’s, my sisters and my sewing, as well as old cotton sheets from my childhood, Dad’s shirts, and cotton broadcloth from the fabric store.
It was my very first quilt, and because of that there are a lot of mistakes and many learning experiences in it. It is hand pieced and hand quilted, and none too well done I might add! I’ll have to fix it before moving onto the next project.
Still, for all the mistakes and trials that went into it, it holds a soft place in my heart. The fabrics are like little memory touchstones for me, reminding me of times gone by and people who came before me.
It’s hard for me to finish a piece like this. It’s like I will be putting the past behind me and that I’m leaving my parents and grandparents behind. But I know they are always with me in my memory. I just have to take that knowledge from my head to my heart. Plus I’ll have the quilt to remind me.
Sigh. Yes, sometimes it’s hard to finish a project.