May is Ayumi's month in The Ringo Pie bee and she made a great inspiration mosaic- click here to see, the coloured pencils caught my eye straightaway and the germ of an idea started to grow. And then Ayumi made this block, which is simply stunning!
All those colour colur envelopes and prints and some very cute fabric choices. Just wonderful! So I had to wait a while to recover from having seen this before I started mine!
I wanted to do a colour wheel with coloured pencils but I didn't want rainbow order, I fancied a scrappy mix of vintage and new fabrics and more random colours to complement Ayumi's block. I had to work out the logistics of the pencils first. Each tip is foundation pieced on to stabiliser- I prefer this to paper. Foundation piecing is very accurate for little fiddly things like this when the right shape is vital.
Here they all are in their wheel doodling and writing Ayumi's name.
She choose a great theme- I had other ideas about letter paper sets and stamps and could've made a whole quilt of blocks. Each month in Ringo Pie is an education- sometimes the pleasure and pain of each block are a little close together and it was definitely a pain piecing that inner circle as it is on the small side, but the themes have had so much potential and seeing the designs that the other bee members come up with has been amazing and constantly pushes us all creatively, it is always exciting!