Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Ringo Pie - April

I am caught up with my bee blocks for April - hurrah! This was Amber's month in Ringo Pie and she asked us to make blocks with a sewing theme.
I have always wanted a vintage fold out sewing box, I just haven't come across the 'one' yet. To me they are a bit like a treasure chest full of pretty shiny things waiting to be found. I love the idea of pulling out a drawer, rummaging through buttons and tangled threads to find the buried treasure under it all.
Ringo Pie April - sewing box for Amber

I thought this block was going to be a breeze, no curves no Y seams it all seemed pretty straightforward to me when I designed it. But I had underestimated the trickiness of matching up those skinny diagonal strips. A lot of time was spent unsewing and in the end there is still one unruly strip. One can only unpick a seam so often before it becomes a complete mess so I had to accept and move on.

That's two down, one to go!

x Leila


19 comments:

  1. It turned out great! One would never know the trouble it caused you =D


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  2. This is great. I actually had one of these sewing boxes and had always wanted one for the same reason. Mine was not vintage. It was modern and had ugly black concertina struts and most of it was pinned not screwed and unfortunately it wore out.

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  3. This block is just amazing, Leila. Nice work!!

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  4. Oh, I love these kinds of sewing chests too! Yours is wonderful! I completely know what you mean. Sometimes a seam can't stand for another rip out. That happened to me on Charise's block.

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  5. Well, I think it looks great! I would love to be a part of something as creative as Ringo Pie -- congrats!!

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  6. beautiful leila! i bet amber will love it!

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  7. Simply divine! There is so much that is right with this block it is a shame to point it's one tiny, little problem!

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  8. Oh thats gorgeous! so retro and fabulous :-)

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  9. Such a nostalgic item - I love it!

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  10. Leila, it's fab! I bet your bee mate will be thrilled with it!

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  11. You did an amazing job- I can see what a nightmare it would be matching up the diagonals but your are spot on!

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  12. I love this! The fabrics are perfection!

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  13. It's amazing...thank you so much! What a lot of work and I feel so honored that it's mine :-) I love it!!

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  14. You can't see the naughty strip - it just looks brilliant, what size is it?

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  15. Oh, but it's so, SO cute. I'd love to own the real thing!

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  16. Be still my heart. Serious cuteness.

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