How lucky am I to be a contributor to Quiltmakers’ ‘Parade of Homes’… to be considered in their 13 favourite designers, alongside some of my own favourites and two other Aussies is very exciting.. and an honour…
I wanted to use my new line of fabrics with Red Rooster ‘Primrose Sands’ which meant I couldn’t start my block until two weeks before I left for Market in May – along with making all my other projects for my booth! – nothing like last minute panic. I wanted that soft relaxed look of a seaside villa in spring. Of course I needed to add some of my favourite techniques – a little applique and some embroidery. Which meant I was almost still stitching as packup started on the Sunday at market and poor Carolyn came by for the fiftieth time to pick up my block! oh I work well to a deadline!
I used my applique paper to add window boxes full of flowers, pots in front of the home with espaliered flowering roses and an arbour of flowering vine around the entrance ,can you smell the sweet scent as you enter? A lovely ornate door knob was also embroidered over the print of the red Lace fabric.Of course the prefect seaside retreat has lacey curtains on the top floor with the breeze flowing through and lower French windows neighbours can peek in as they stroll up the cobbled path.
You can all have a chance to win this original version of my block.. you just need to go to http://www.quiltmaker.com/articles/parade-of-homes and leave a comment to win the blocks and a copy of the magazine. Plus many other giveaways and goodies they are offering during the blog hop.
I have a little kit of fabric to give away – so you too can make this little seaside retreat – and I’ll include a pack of applique paper – you can see how I use it on YouTube here.
Just leave a comment below – what would your favourite seaside retreat be like? we are allowed to dream, who know’s maybe one day someone it will just appear if we wish hard enough..
and the fabric pack and applique paper could be winging their way to you. For those who don’t win, Im offering a 10% discount on the applique paper for the duration of the Parade. Use the discount code: parade10 to apply your 10% discount until the 28th August.
PS: I have just been reminded I can also give away a copy of the magazine! yay!!! I will send the winners name to Quiltmaker and they will post it direct to the chosen winner.... so enter now - leave that comment below....
hugs for today