It's a box!
In June 2009 I started working on a mystery sampler from the Rocky Mountain Region of EGA. It was a lead-up to their 2010 regional seminar and published on the web. The link works now, but I don't know how long it will work.
I stitched on the sampler every month until June 2010 and then the finishing lagged a little. I didn't attend the seminar so I had to wait for finishing instructions (which I modified a lot).
This was the best mystery sampler I've done to date.
This isn't all of it but it is most of it. The section with the motifs was the hardest. We were given a page of motifs and instructions to do what we wanted. I don't want to admit how much time I spent re-arranging my most favorite ones trying to get them all to fit. I also experimented with adding an alphabet which I'm really glad I didn't do since the sampler got turned on it's side.
The finishing suggestion was a box. I used the best of the instructions received and combined them with some other finishing instructions to make a box.
I get tired of framing everything so it was nice to try something different.
The finishing lagged because I was avoiding the work and afraid it wouldn't turn out. But I made myself finish it and it did turn out. The front of the box is the floral tiles band which was my favorite part of the design. It is fully lined with a green leaf print fabric and has a batik lid and bottom. The hinges are simple stitches and I made a tassel for a handle.
I won't be making everything into a box like this, but I'll probably use this technique every once in a while.