I was very much hoping to be able to tell you today that I had finished my Rosie & Bear Calendar Quilt. I sat down yesterday with cup of tea and audio book and soon became totally absorbed, both by my sewing and the rather exciting murder mystery plot I was listening to. But … while I was happily occupied .. someone was feeling rather bored and neglected and was plotting his revenge.
After about an hour I decided to head downstairs to put the kettle on for more tea. I was going to give Ben a doggie choc for being such a good quiet boy. But he did not receive his doggie choc. This was because I was totally horrified by the sight that met me as I descended the stairs. Ben had clearly decided that his beautifully made bed – a waterproof (for those swimming days) mattress topped by two freshly washed old woollen blankets – no longer met his requirements. The blankets had been pulled off the bed, and tossed around the hall where his bed is and now looked rumpled and scrumpled and decidedly grubby again.
That in itself was not so bad. BUT … Rosie gave him a lovely grey teddy with a squeaker and red Santa hat for Christmas. That teddy had died while I was sewing. It appeared as though there had been a snowstorm in the hall – fluffy filling was EVERYWHERE, whilst a few rags of grey fur and a sad tattered hat lurked in the corner. I have not yet discovered the pom pom off the top of the bear’s Santa hat and can only assume it has been EATEN. By the time I had finished telling Ben off (he didn’t care) and had cleared up I didn’t feel like sewing any more, so my quilt is not quite finished.
But I have finished revising and updating my Circus Lion machine applique tutorial. I’ve been using this really effective and fun technique a lot lately, one of the patterns for this month’s magazine, the China Cats cushion cover, incorporates machine applique. So I’ve added additional hints and tips as well as additional pictures to the pattern-based tutorial. I’ll be sending it out to my free newsletter readers at the weekend, so if you’d like it and you’re not a subscriber, then please do sign up to my free newsletter and it will be heading towards your in-box very soon.