Okay, readers, PLEASE, the next time I post a photo of some store-bought pattern - Butterick, Simplicity, McCall's packets full of folded tissue paper and directions in 17 languages - that I'm all excited about, remind me that I HATE making things from patterns, okay? I was cursing this dratted thing all last night. But it is finished.
Sigh. And this is probably one of those "sew simple!" patterns they like to push on people! The whole time I was working on it, I imagined the recipient saying, "oh, I love it! Now I need one for my OTHER cat!" to which I would reply, "I will happily give you the pattern and you can make it yourself!"
Tonight I will reward myself by returning to my quilting in some way. Kaleidoscope needs mostly hand work, so does preparing applique, and I have to cut more fabric before I can do anything on Dark Star. I really, really want to use that "Ready Set Snow!" jelly roll to make the Lone Starburst quilt in Kimberly Einmo's book, and I have so many charm packs itching to be tossed together into something pretty, but I think I will do some cutting for a few hours and then hand sew on Kaleidoscope so I can get those two quilts out the door soon. But first I'm going to work out before I head home.