I don't hate it, but I don't love it either. I spent hours on the applique work. First I had to make the appliques and then I stitched them down with this beautiful gold thread that was a total BEAST to work with. I think it snagged almost every time I drew the needle through the fabric! I acutally had done this for both sides of the bag, but as I was just finishing the other side, I stepped out of the room for a few minutes and Viv found her way to it, and cut it up. Needless to say I cried and she spent a considerable amount of time listening to why we don't touch scissors and then standing in the corner. So, I just replaced that side with a non-appliqued piece of the striped fabric. I'm not sure if its the size, the colors or what, but I'm just not feeling it. Oh well, maybe I'll try to sell it. Perhaps the next project will be less ambitious.