Yesterday my hands were a bit sore so I did the right thing and stayed away from my stitching. To fill me need for all things crafty I went for a wander through the local newsagents and found this issue of Quilt Mania...
It's a French quilting and stitching magazine that I love! We get it a couple of months after its European publication date in Australia so my French friends would already be enjoying the next issue by now. However, I am always excited to see it, regardless of how old the issue is.
Inside this issue there are a lot of wonderful quilts, but the projects that I really want to make are these...
Isn't this young lady the sweetest thing!? And those houses are to store your sewing bibs and bobs inside. The roof hinges open! I'm thinking that I'll make my young lady in Tilda fabrics, what do you think?
There is also a project in this issue by Australia's own Helen Stubbings - a lovely applique wallhanging!
Whilst resting my hands yesterday I made time for a haircut. It's been about 6 months now since I went from long hair to short, and to be honest I really miss my long hair. But it's so very hot living here, and while I'm still going through 'the change' (as my grandmother used to call it) and those hot flushes, I thought it best to persevere with the short hair until they pass for good.
Have you tried to take a photo of yourself and keep a straight face?? I can't.
Today the hands are much better, so I finally finished my first bird for the Weekend Birdcage Sew-In...
I used mother-of-pearl buttons to secure the wings, pretty rose glass seed beads for the eyes...
...and a piece of vintage silk ribbon around the tail.
This afternoon I'll finish some more. They're so pretty, and I can see myself making them in future as gifts, perhaps with a lavender filling.
The last block and quilt assembly instructions for my Shabby Roses 'A Christmas Story' quilt are now available in my Etsy Shop HERE for those who are doing it as a 5 month BOM.
Theresa has now finished her quilt top and it's just gorgeous!
She used all fabrics from her stash, and they worked beautifully!
If you'd like to make this quilt yourself you'll find the pattern HERE.
Now, off to make more birds...you too?
Have a lovely day!