Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Ringo Pie Butterfly

I am almost caught up with my due Ringo Pie blocks.  Marit asked for 'butterflies' to go with her summer blocks from the first round.  I found a beautiful adaptation of a vintage quilt block on Martha's Q is for Quilting blog which I have been following for a while.  You can read her post on it here and the pattern is in her sidebar downloads.  It is a challenging pattern and relatively small so it can be printed out on standard paper.   
 I combined foundation piecing for the fan/wings with hand piecing for curves and short Y seams and the rest was machined.  I used a mix of thin paper for foundation and freezer paper for the other pieces. I draw round the hand and machine pieced sections with a Sewline pencil which has a ceramic lead and is much smoother than a standard pencil so doesn't pull or tug the fabric.  This is my go to mark maker for quilting and clothes.
The background fabric is Sevenberry.  I have used their dotty fabric before and they are a lovely fine cotton and cut and handle very nicely.  The butterfly fabrics are a mix of vintage (many from Chase) and a little modern- Kei and Lakehouse flower text. 
I have sent off for Amities newest Block of the Month club, 'Bring Me Flowers'- you can see inspiration on these blocks herehere and here.  I plan to use a mix of hand and machine piecing and am really looking forward to a year long project.  Only one more block to go in Ringo Pie...I am drawing it out right now.
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32 comments:

  1. This is so cute, just want to leave and go home to make one Butterfly for me ;-)

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  2. Wow, this looks very advanced. All those curves and no puckers! Excellent stitching and a really pretty block x

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  3. This is gorgeous!! I love Sevenberry fabric - their stripes are so even and easy to match and the fabric, as you say, is lovely to handle, cut and sew!

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  4. This is so beautiful, Kerry! Your techniques and lovely choice of fabric is very inspiring. I can't believe this beauty is going to flutter my way!
    ; )

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  5. Kerry, that's so pretty! You have thought so well each fabric! Just lovely!

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  6. It's perfection Kerry! I love all the pretty vintage fabrics for the wings, it makes them look so delicate and lovely.

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  7. I love how you show that you did not press every seam open!

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  8. It's really beautiful! Lucky Marit.

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  9. Oh, I do love this butterfly ~ it's really lovely. Marit is lucky to get it!

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  10. Oh, and thanks for the link too!

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  11. This is delightful.
    Love butterflies.

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  12. Wow! never seen anything like that before. Top work. Jo x

    http://joeveryday19.blogspot.co.uk/

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  13. What a precious block, Kerry! Beautifully done.

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  14. Really lovely - and great choice of text print!

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  15. Your butterfly looks very nice! I think I have the same pattern in an older book from 1999. It is from the new England quilt museum. A quilt full of those butterflies is on my wish list for quite some time now;)
    Groetjes
    Annemieke

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  16. I recognise those butterflies - the butterfly quilt I made is currently on our bed! I did mine by hand and am impressed that you managed it on the machine. BTW - you make some wonderful clothes.

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  17. What a gorgeous block. Perfect fussy cutting and piecing.

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  18. Oh Kerry, I'm in love with your gorgeous butterfly, your fabrics choice is so lovely!
    I'll have it in mind all the day in the garden!

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  19. Stunning, makes me want to push my boundaries to have one but I think I'd get annoyed with myself!

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  20. So pretty! I'm interested to hear more about these pencils - are they any good on jersey? I need something to stencil appliqué shapes onto black interlock...

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  21. This is just stunning! The fabrics are absolutely perfect for it!

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  22. Kerry - this is so stinkin' cute!! Perfect fabric choices.

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  24. That is such meticulous work! Beautiful!

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