Thursday, 24 May 2012

House for Charise

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.
Swap from Chase.
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 :)
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11 comments:

  1. Your block is delightful!

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  2. Love the house almost as much as you putting a link to wikipedia for 'gite'! x

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  3. Those arches are so wonderful. I probably would have appliqued them and been too scared to try what you did. Super!

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  4. So beautiful - and the exquisite care you devote to your blocks is amazing! Each one is so well-thought out and your fabric choices are always perfect. Sigh.

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  5. It is just incredible Kerry! Thank you for sharing the inspiration. The fabrics are amazing and how did you know I always wanted a European gite? Thank you so much - It is just amazing!!

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  6. Wow, how Nice! The house you made is beautifull, I wish I could live there!,
    The pictures are on their way, enjoy your weekend! (and thank you so much for your kind words, you are a sweet lady..)

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  7. Hi Kerry. I am in your class for the freezer paper piecing on Saturday morning - and I have a silly question! Can I use regular A4 printer paper for this block, or does it have to be some kind of special freezer paper that I will need to hunt for on line?? See you next week. Tan x

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  8. Super lovely! There's a whole story in there... Love your choice of fabric and attention to detail!
    ; )

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  9. I wish I could attend your workshop! :((( But Brazil is sooooo far away from London! One day!!!
    I looooooove your house and Charise is a lucky lucky girl!!!

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