For a million reasons, I am behind on my bee blocks. Work is busy, home is busy and I am prepping like a crazy for Fat Quarterly Retreat. Paper pieced blocks take time- not just to make but to think about and design too and I have to be in the right head space, each block needs a lot of thinking time! I love a house block and that is Charise's theme in Cocorico for April. She wanted older house, Victorian, Edwardian, that sort of thing. I found my inspiration in a vintage game card at Ingrid's blog, Ing things and she kindly gave me permission to post here.
I always recommend a trip to Ingrid's blog, she posts almost daily and is full of creativity and zest!
Such a lovely house image, I loved the arcs above the windows and I knew I had to include them.
And this is how it turned out. The arcs were undeniably tricky and were hand pieced- too tightly curved for the machine. The roof is straighter than it looks- no subsidence here- I think the seams wouldn't lie flat for photographing. It has a French gite feel, I would certainly holiday there- chicken wire walls and a green dog- who wouldn't!
The images are from vintage fabrics and are my favourite feature when sewing a house. The 'garden fabric' is a feedsack scrap from Chase. We arranged a little fabric swap and it was one where I felt I got the better deal- she spoilt me with a gorgeous package.
we have a little future swap planned after the retreat rush is over where we make each other something! I already have ideas for this. Back to more prepping, I got my class lists today- oh my goodness, so many of you! I truly can't wait :)