Friday, September 23, 2011

A Different Kind of Finish

Hello Fellow UFO Busters! I have another Finish to report this week.

A few years ago, when I first started quilting, I took a class to make this purse.

The purpose was to learn how to bind a quilt. Basically, we bound this quilted fabric all around and then shaped it into a purse.

I bought some really cute buttons to put on this purse. And that’s when it turned into a UFO. I have re-sewn buttons before, but never put a brand-new one on. How do you line it up correctly with the buttonhole? How do you know the button will fit through the hole? Why do my buttons always look like they got attacked by a sewing machine with a reason for revenge?

So this week I buttoned down and got serious about finishing this UFO. (hahaha, sorry, had to pun!)

Then I realized that I will never carry this purse. It’s shallow (which means that anything you put in it is in danger of falling out!), it really needs a zipper to be functional (and buttons, but whatever!), and the strap is too dinky (I know, easily fixable). When you add up all those cons, it just doesn’t make sense to finish this purse. I was never going to use it even if I did get around to adding a button. I couldn’t in good conscious pawn it off on a family member. And I would be aghast if I gave it to another quilter.

So I did the only thing left.

And that counts as a Finish!

I’m linking up with Susan at Blackberry Creek Home Arts for her weekly UFO Party!


  1. Lol!!! That is a great finish! Someone will love it.

  2. It's cute, but I understand what you mean about being too shallow. Great finish!

  3. The first time I looked at your purse, I loved it. I got to the end of your post and couldn't figure out what you were talking bout, why you would give it away. Looked roomy. loved the black and white. Then I noticed your hand in the first picture. I understand now, but still a cute purse.

  4. Congratulations on the finish! I think you did the right thing. No point in spending more time and energy on something that isn't going to function the way you want it to.

  5. Love the purse, the fabrics, the colors, the finish, and your solution! What a bother that it was too shallow.


  6. Love it!!! Honest quilters are the best! :)

  7. Good on you Jen, seems like the perfect solution and now you have a finish.. If only I could donate some old fabric!!

  8. Hey I would love it! I have little purses made by a couple of friends that I hang around my sewing the fabric as well. I see you were on Linda's Award list from Stray Stitches so I decided to visit today. I'm a follower.


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