Admiring the Finish

I mended my friend Cheryl's little black dress for a special occasion. And I finished it two weeks in advance, not the day of the event, so I was very pleased with myself. I texted Cheryl to say I would be brining the dress back to her that evening. Done and done. 

But wait, there is more.....

When I got to Cheryl's home, neighbors were waiting there to see the dress. There was pizza.  People patted me on the back and offered to get me drinks. The dress was handed around for each person to admire the new zipper I had just finished. Then a guy I didn't even know played Pomp and Circumstance on his phone while a tiny parade returned the dress to a place of honor in Cheryl's closet. I know, I couldn't believe it either. It was like being in a Beatrix Potter story. It was an actual mending party!

So I'm relaying this strange but beautiful circumstance to ask; how do you celebrate your craft?

Are you like me?  The minute I finish a quilt, I start another quilt. 

It has never occurred to me to be like Cheryl's neighborhood and truly recognize the finish. Even after reviewing Visible Mending here on the blog, and believing i had a new found attitude of celebrating stitches, and thereby fearlessly creating more art pieces , wow - it still never dawned on me to just honor a finish. 

Next time... I'll wear my tiara. What will you do?


  1. Love your Happy Birthday mini! I don't do any mending, especially a zipper in a dress, so you did deserve a Finish party!

    1. Thanks, Danette! it is my first art quilt:) And now that you mention it, that zipper was stinking hard. The fly had 90 faux satin buttons. Fortunately, I had a tiny vintage zipper foot in my collection that was able to fit under the buttons and get the job done at last.

  2. Thanks. What I needed to hear after reverse sewing every seam, at least once, that I put in yesterday. I celebrated my 'leave in seams'.

    1. Peaceful seams! Do tell, how did you celebrate?


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