I really don't understand the obsession with cocoons.
This time of year is very stressful for me, because I'm constantly being told about Pajamagrams on TV. If you were not aware of these before today, I apologize. If it's not them, it's the Vermont Teddy bears. Both make me want to run screaming from the TV.
I really can't wait to get back to commercials for the automatic battery operated stirring things for people who really can't be bothered with stirring their soup, or perhaps the ads for Slap Chop. At this point I'd even take a Shake Weight ad to get away from the Pajamagrams.
But here's what I don't get. Why are we in a cocoon decade? Why must Americans be completely encased in fleece at all times? Is it global warming? Does everyone have a rash? Is it the bedbug epidemic?
Let's take a look at what's happening.
There's the Slanket:
The Hoodie Footie (and yes, it's marketed as lingerie - the super fun part is that the FEET ZIP OFF - not even kidding):
And of course the ubiquitous Snuggie. Or, if you have a really ferocious bedbug infestation or belong to a cult, there's the Snuggie for two:
What if you have to run from a bear? Are their lawsuits involving people suddenly having to get up, (perhaps to admire the free hat box included with every Pajamagram) becoming hopelessly entangled in their 3 acres of fleece and falling and cracking their skulls on the coffee table? I'd just like to know those statistics.
In honor of our falling body temperatures and flight from dignity, I made a quilt card.
Our tutorial today is the quilted card technique, which is made for anti-cocoon, sewing impaired folks such as yours truly.
It's really kind of mesmerizing, actually, because the little patterns have to be perfect - there's not really any way to get them wrong. I enjoyed the heck out of it. After you piece it together, you can run it through an embossing folder for the "quilting".
I used this quilt pattern, some First Edition DSP, Sweet Stitches DSP and the Sew Suite stamp set. So fun, easy and no hat box, footies or cocoon required :)
Come play along and make a quilt card - I'd love to see a link! Unless of course, you're trapped under three acres of fleece.
In which case - God bless and have a warm and bedbug free day!