Month 3 of Seaside Town - "Seaside Garden" - had been sitting in my sewing bag for simply ages - and consisted of lots more foundation pieced cottages! The first two foundation pieced cottages are only 3" in size, and were a little bit trickier than the previous 4" ones. I struggled with using the Paper Solvy, as I found despite using a much smaller stitch length, it was tricky to remove the paper and the cottage was very stiff. So I tried using applique paper instead - as this is very soft, it really was much easier to work with. I didn't try to remove the paper, I left it in place (as it is semi water soluble it would be easy to dissolve it if necessary) and the cottages were easy to piece together...
...thankfully the remaining cottages were back to the 4" size, so I used Paper Solvy to print the templates on and made them exactly the same way as I'd made the cottages for month 2. Lynette suggested using blue fabric for the sky in these 2 extra blocks. The Sea side Garden was traced using a Mircon Pigma pen and a light box, weaveline (a lightweight soft woven interfacing was fused the back of the background fabric, and the embroidery was completed using a selection of variegated Valdani threads (I've used 2 strands in the colours recommended by Lynette). I absolutely love the soft variegation of these threads, although they do tend to be a bit "dry" so I prefer to condition them with Thread Heaven before using them, and a good quality applique needle so the threads don't snag...
...the smaller 3" cottages were joined together, and the embroidered garden added to the lower edge. A final press, and it was ready to be photographed. The cute carrot hand painted wooden button will be stitched into place once the quilt has been completed. This mystery button club by Lynette Anderson Designs is so pretty. Month 4 is still lingering in my sewing bag, and I'm sure it won't be long before block 5 arrives!
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