Yes-Yes-Yes, I finished my Japanese bag. Started 3 years ago during a workshop in Singapore. Rosie, the owner of Dreams in Quilts, has a fantastic collection of Japanese fabrics (the taupe, the textured, the earthy toned, the more-than-fifty-shades-of-grey...). She had invited Kumiko Minami for a bag workshop.
On the day, the room was bussing with 25 ladies, Kumiko didn't speak English and she was demonstrating the tiniest hand appliqué, everything translated from Japanese to Singlish by a non-quilter (Singlish is the localised English spoken in Singapore, a mix of English and Chinese with an interesting local accent). And of course, the bag was to be constructed almost entirely by hand. Bring some good friends into the party and you can imagine that I didn't finish the bag on the day
Now burry the half started bag, the pattern (all in Japanese) and move a couple of times… then 3 years later, dig the project out of your UFOs bin… I’m an archaeologist…
The assembly of the front and side panels were done by hand. Every flower has been appliquéed with tiny weensy little stitches. All the pieces have been hand quilted (my fingers are still sore). The handles had been set by hand too (more sore fingers). Only the final assemblage has been done by machine. I've changed the inside lining - I did not like the fabric from the kit and I had the perfect match for the bag, a print of a map of Paris, France and Japan having long lasting connections.