embroidery, sewing

to Ayumi with love

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This month’s installment of Ringo Pie is brought to you by all things “mail and packaging” for my good friend Ayumi of Pink Penguin.  I really had gotten myself stuck in a little rut lately of slacking off.  Thus May’s block will arrive at Ayumi’s house about a week late.  I guess I just felt kind of stuck.  But, as soon as I was nearly finished with this block, the biggest smile crept across my face.  So, thank you Ringo Pie and Ayumi.

I think this is by far the most difficult block I’ve made for this quilting bee (and believe me, the other members blocks are all so amazing and more difficult!).  You can see my other blocks here, here, herehere, and here.  And by far the one that involved the most seam ripping.  In the end, it’s just perfect for her (I hope).

I incorporated as many precious fabric scraps as I could, knowing she’d appreciate them as much as me.  It’s really no fun to let your favorite fabrics sit in a bin in a closet is it?  Some of the scraps are from other bee members, Amy of Badskirt and Kerry of verykerryberry.

Just to a quick count and this block is made up of 29 different pieces, whew, no wonder it took me almost 3 hours to complete.  Little beads of sweat were rolling off my forehead.  So worth it though.

I added a bit of hand stitching around the top heart to make it pop a little.  And below is a little sneaky of the seams in the back:

I can’t wait to see what your quilt will look like Ayumi.

37 thoughts on “to Ayumi with love

  1. Krista says:

    That is stunning. Stunning! I can’t imagine how you put something like that together.

  2. Kristy says:

    That is so pretty!!!

  3. Jenny says:

    Amazing Anna! You have such creativity! I love all of them.

  4. That is so pretty! The detail work is just precious :)

  5. Vickie says:

    Oh wow. This is really great!! I love the little pull tab on the door of the mailbox. How teeny-tiny!!! I have been enjoying seeing what is popping up over at the Ringo Pie bee, and this is going to be perfect with her other blocks. How fun!

  6. Sew Much Ado says:

    Wow, wow, wow! You are awesome! That’s all :).

  7. Wow! It looks very complicated.

  8. Jacey says:

    Anna, she will love it! This block is adorable, and I can see the love and time that went into each piece. Yay!

  9. wow.. You should get stuck more often if this is what you end up with after getting unstuck! Amazing!

  10. wonderful. Everyone’s Ringo Pie blocks always inspire me- they are all so great!

  11. Larissa says:

    So gorgeous…and you slacking off??? Hardly! That square is painstakingly perfect.

  12. Vanessa says:

    3 hours?! That’s it? WOW! Gorgeous, and I’m sure she’ll love it.

  13. Bethany says:

    She’s going to love that!! Especially the little flag on the mailbox :)

  14. …oh wow … this is soooooooooooooooo great!!! She will love it!!!

    lg
    Heike/ Leuchtzeichen

  15. Fiona says:

    So much wrk – so detailed. I have no idea how you made that. I’m in awe!

  16. Carolyn says:

    Wow!!! It looks gorgeous and I can’t believe that you used 29 different pieces to make it. Amazing!

  17. Megs says:

    I’m a total stalker of the Ringo Pie blocks on flickr. Everything I’ve seen is AMAZING – and this is no exception.

  18. Sheila says:

    Ayumi will be thrilled with this.

  19. Poppyprint says:

    Great work, Anna!!! Ayumi’s theme is so perfect for her and I can’t wait to see her quilt with all of your fabulous Ringo Pie blocks. What an inspiring group!

  20. Kerry says:

    Such a pretty block- I recognised the fabric straightaway! I am just working on stuff with scraps from Ringo bee peeps including you and others- makes me smile using each one!

  21. moxiemandie says:

    oh Anna! It is SO, SO pretty! You always do amazing work, but this is seriously awesome!!

  22. krista says:

    Super cool! These Ringo Pie blocks are all amazing. What a great group you guys have going!

  23. ayumills says:

    Of course this is perfect for me, Anna! You have no idea how much I’ve spent this morning adoring every detail of this block. It’s just so so so adorable. This is such a complicated pattern, but you executed it absolutely perfectly. Can’t wait to have this!!!! Thank you so much for making this, Anna!!

  24. Heather says:

    Oh, I just love it!

  25. I don’t even know what to say- this is AMAZING! wow… those are a lot of seams! -Erin

  26. Ruth says:

    This block is amazing! Just like the other ringo pie blocks – all so different but so inventive! Sorry to gush but I do find it really inspiring, so – genuinely – thanks for sharing.

  27. Sascha says:

    That makes me want to take up quilting!

  28. Meg says:

    I adore this! You continue to be an inspiration.

  29. Vicky says:

    This is really gorgeous. All your hard work has definetly paid off. x

  30. Such detail, Anna. I love the little stack of hearts. I can’t believe all the little pieces. Amazing work as always.

  31. Amber says:

    oh wow Anna – it’s amazing! Ayumi will love it!

  32. leslie says:

    that is AWESOME!!!

  33. erica says:

    OMG. This is adorable. Great work! I am over a month behind, so don’t feel bad.I’m sure Ayumi will love this.

  34. Tracy says:

    I am awestruck. Simply A-MAZING! I’d like to know some more about your design process. Did you find a photo and break it down? Is this paper pieced? Spill!

  35. Anonymous says:

    The block is fabulous!

  36. Sachiko says:

    I just LOVE this block, so fun and unique!

  37. Anna says:

    hey tracy,
    thank you! I just draw a little sketch of what I want and I think the technique I do is paper piecing.

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