Thursday, 22 November 2007

Project from Hell: Bitch Bag


My GOD when I subscribed for the class to make this bag in my local quilt shop I had no idea what hell I was getting myself into. Everything went wrong! First the pattern was not available, it only became available two days before the class. So Tiu and I had one night to cut all the fabric and the iron on interface. We stayed till 2:00 am cutting everything and than we found out we needed to iron all the interfacing too for the class puffffff!!!!! So we went to bed and decided to do the ironing in the morning before our 10:00 am class. We woke up at 7:00 am to start ironing all the fabric parts with the interfacing. We managed to do it all in the nick of time and hopped in a cab to the quilt shop. After an hour of waiting in the class we were told that the tutor was ill and had cancelled. So one of the shop assistants was going to give the class she had made this bag before but some time ago. You can imagine what a mess. She forgot some parts, so my front pocket is missing a lining. Than we went home with loads of homework because, of course its a hard bag to put together and the assistant could not really give a lesson from someone else. So off we went and not looking forward to all the work we had awaiting us. The next lesson I had two doctors appointments and was only in class for an hour. When I got there everyone seemed in a gloom and I could see we would have much work again to do at home. Tiu invited Linda to meet us at home and work on the bag before our next class. So we met at my house and worked like labour workers in a Chinese sweatshop. Lisa was very upset because her Singer machine was giving her problems through out the whole project (I was secretly thinking to myself "thanks god I have my bernina!" I felt very sorry for her.) and she thought the tutor didn't like her very much. So on the third lesson we worked very hard but the tutor had to go see the doctor and left 2 hours early. So finally I manged to finish the damn bag. It looks ok but there is some mistakes but for someone who just started sewing 5 months ago I think I did well. I did have help; if it wasn't for Tiu I think I would never have finished it. After so much grief and bitching I don't think I am trying to make this bitch oppps I mean bag again! But please feel free to leave me any comments and have a look at the end result. Well hope you all enjoy the slide show. Take care.


8 comments:

Kate XXXXXX said...

What beautiful bags! Sometimes the most troublesome projects are worth all the trouble!

Keep 'em coming, kid! ;)

Kate XXXXXX from R.C.T.Q.

bonquilt said...

The bag looks great! You did a wonderful job, especially considering what you went thru. What a bad experience, tho. I'd complain to the shop owner. You didn't really get the class you paid for.

Bonnie in Snohomish, WA

Mic said...

I love the bag! "That which does not make me kill someone makes me stronger". We have all been in that position at some time. I think that it will be easier next time. I always learn something new in every project. Sometimes I learn not to do that again. LOL

Michele
from The Buzz
Keep on sewin' on ....

Mic said...

I love the bag! "That which does not make me kill someone makes me stronger". We have all been in that position at some time. I think that it will be easier next time. I always learn something new in every project. Sometimes I learn not to do that again. LOL

Michele
from The Buzz
Keep on sewin' on ....

Susan said...

The bag is beautiful, no doubt about it. I am sure you will enjoy it, now that it's finished. The shop ought to have postponed the class, in my opinion. Now everyone who was there will have a bad taste about the situation.

Karen said...

I agree with Bonnie that you didn't get your full class worth from the shop. But the bag looks wonderful. Who did the pattern for it?
karen in ct

Anonymous said...

I made that bag too! You did an excellent job for a beginning quilter. You should be proud. There are a million steps to making that bag....and it was hard on the needles too! Sewing through stiff thick layers. I have a friend who made three (what a glutton for punishment).
Betty in WI from RCTQ

Anonymous said...

It looks GREAT! You did fabulous work. Don't give up.

Happy sewing and quilting,

Lenore

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