|Longer ago than I care to admit, a friend loaned me a quilted bag that she had made, for me to copy. I choose the fabrics, cut out the squares and stitched the pieced sections together. The pieced unit (outer unit) was then used like a pattern piece to cut the lining. Unfortunately, I forgot to separate the lining from the pieced unit before I quilted the pieced unit. As a result, I quilted the lining piece together with the pieced unit, thereby making it impossible to sew the lining separately (DUH! hit forhead with flat of hand....). I could have unpicked the lines of quilting but I thought it would be just as easy to leave things quilted and finish sewing the bag partly by hand.|
In retrospect, I think it would have been faster to unpick the quilting. As it was, I was so disgruntled by my stupid mistake, that I quit working on the bag...and it has remained half-finished ever since - and steadily worked its way to the bottom of my UFO pile.
After I signed up for the UFO contest, I took a look through my UFO's and decided now is the time to finish the bag. I hand-sewed the inside lining seam, hand-sewed the upper edge closed, sewed the strap and attached it and machine stitched close to the upper edge. Not really very much work. Now why did it take me so long to finally get around to it?!?