About 5 years or so ago I bought some basic black and white checked placemats and then added orange and black ribbon to the edges to turn them into the Halloween place mats that I wanted. Then I used freezer paper to make stencils in Halloween motifs to decorate them. I stenciled a bat, a cat, and two pumpkins on four different placemats. I never really liked it because the paint made it look to “crafty” if you know what I mean. More like a child’s craft project and less like something from Pottery Barn which is what I was going for back then. But I used them anyway and I felt they were at least half way there!
At the time I had a baby and a four year old and I really didn’t have the time or patience at that point to go the extra mile and get the applique done. But my plan was to eventually (when I had a little more free time on my hands) applique over the stencils. Well that day finally came! I cut out the same shapes in fabric and turned them into appliques that I then sewed on by hand.
So, have you ever started a project only to finish it years later? Were you extra happy with the final results due to the long road it took to get there?