Thursday, 5 September 2013

It's been a funny old week

Don't get me wrong it's been a great week, meeting up with Nikki (best Project Linus co-ordinator ever) and Claire at the Muckhart quilters comes a close second to the stitch gathering in being the most fun stitching event this year. It's still been a funny week though, funny peculiar.
Anyone who knows me in the slightest knows my hobby is patchwork, as a colleague at work said 'The whole bloody world knows your passion!' Her sweary words not mine :-)
So I wasn't surprised when one of our lecturers asked if I would like her mothers sewing things. Her mother had passed on and she was clearing out her things, could I make good use of them?
No problem said I, delighted too .....
Totally unaware of what an emotional thing it would be to do. I don't know this woman, I don't even know her name, I didn't like to ask as it wasn't volunteered. So I have called her Joan, it seemed only polite to give her a name.
I came home with 4 carrier bags of 'stuff' all accumulated over the years, little kits from the front of the old Needlecraft magazine, remember that? And from early copies of the Cross Stitch magazine.

I salvaged what I could and will give some to a local craft group, a chum who knits gets the knitting things, I have kept various floss and fabric, but it is these things which puzzle me and get me a bit emotional:

Bits of EPP, know maybe it's because I am doing bits of EPP myself (the fab kit from Dolores which was in the stitch gathering goody bag) or because it is a bit more finished than just a bit of fabric or thread, I don't know but here is Joan's on the go project. I have no idea what she was going to make here. There are some clues:

This is the only bit put together, there are small hexies which don't seem to fit anywhere in the above section.

I am going to finish this for Joan, I will ask her daughter what her real name is but maybe wait till some time has passed, but I want to finish one of Joan's WIPs for her. It seems the right thing to do.


  1. Yes, it is emotional to acquire someone's fabric and projects. I went to an estate sale of a quilter. Her name was on a card in the "stash" and I always think about her when I use her fabric. I think she would enjoy knowing that another quilter acquired her fabric and is using it. I think you "Joan" would be happy to know you're finishing her project.