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Warning--whiny rant follows

Ever have a craft project just go to he11? I am making Christmas presents for my stitching friends--a ruler tote (for our big 6 X 24" rulers) and a matching tote for our portable sewing machine tables. (We go to sewing weekends often and lug our stuff around in tacky plastic bags...) Well, of course I didn't like the patterns so I had to change them....big mistake. Usually I can make something once according to the pattern, then modify it with no trouble.....but not this time. I thought the bags were too flimsy, so I added a lining...and a wool applique floral design...and pockets (lined)...then I changed the fabric to sandcastle (kinda like a quilted denim). The lining is what is screwing things up....too many layers, "right sides together" not working because of the lining (the closure flap gets all messed up)....my fancy thread is shredding....
I have been working on these totes (on and off) for 4 weeks, and they are still in pieces; every time I think I have one problem solved, another one pops up created by the "fix" to the previous problem. I have so much money sunk into these things now that I can't just scrap the whole idea and start over....and I even tried to use my new serger to do them and got a big hunk cut off of one of the totes because I forgot about the knife!
This is just driving me NUTS.

Rant over.

isewquilts....notice the name ISN'T isewtotes?????
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