Before I tell you the exciting news – I would just like to thank everyone who told me their own shaggy dog stories – it appears that Ben is not alone in behaving badly when he thinks he’s being ignored! I would also like to mention that he had in fact been for a very nice walk earlier in the day – had been given a lovely chew that morning and, as always, had received lots of fuss and petting. So there was absolutely no justification for his behaviour!! But yes, I do still love him and he was forgiven very quickly (though I still haven’t found that pompom!).
Moving swiftly on … I am so enjoying completing the final bits of hand quilting on my Rosie & Bear calendar quilt – as I stitch I am imagining the little fingers of grandchildren and great-grandchildren yet to be tugging the quilt around them and enjoying the different pictures. Commemorative quilts are also tradtional heirloom pieces – and so I am creating a new set of quilt blocks in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
This year Queen Elizabeth II has reigned for an amazing 60 years – longer than I’ve been alive! And what a changing world she has seen since ascending to the throne in 1952. But one tradition that hasn’t changed is that of making commemorative quilts – and I thought a Rosie & Bear quilt would be a wonderful way of celebrating this special year. The quilt will be made up of 12 blocks – the two centre blocks will show Rosie & Bear with the Royal Arms (that’s the image above) and details of the Queen’s titles and dates. The remaining 10 blocks will each depict a Commonwealth Country, with a special bonus design depicting the USA – to reflect the special relationship that has flourished between Britain and the US during the Queen’s reign.
Here are quick photos of the first two Commonwealth country blocks – India and Mozambique. You can purchase the Coat of Arms block in my Etsy shop, but the other blocks will not be available to purchase separately. I am issuing them as a special free partwork supplement to the Bustle & Sew Magazine for magazine subscribers only. The March Issue (out on 23 February) will contain the first three blocks and with a further two blocks issued each month until August when the final block, together with instructions for creating your heirloom quilt – a family piece to treasure forever.
But remember, I am only offering these blocks as a free supplement for magazine subscribers at present – they won’t be available anywhere else. Magazine subscribers receive at least 3 original Bustle & Sew designs plus vintage patterns, features and articles in each issue, and now will also receive their free Diamond Jubilee Quilt Blocks – all for just $5.50 per month with no minimum subscription period. To learn more CLICK HERE, and you can subscribe using the button at the top of the right hand sidebar.
Oooooh! Looking forward to the suppliment!
What a lovely idea! Can't wait!
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