Thursday, August 4, 2011

Notebook Block for Lynne

Orla Kiely inspired Stationery Block for Lynne - Ringo Pie

So sorry for being silent for such a long time again!
I figured I should have something new to share with
you, so I waited to blog until I am finished with
this block. I very much enjoyed lovely comments from
you guys on my previous post - thank you so much!!

Lynne asked for Design Classics for her theme for the
Ringo Pie bee. Since her inspiration mosaic was British
Design Classics stamps
, everyone started making blocks
that speak "British!" (Look here over Lynne's blog! - they
are all amazing!)

My take was on Orla Kiely, a popular brand designer in UK.
Embarrassed to say this, but I didn't know about this brand
until Kerry named it to help me get some ideas for Lynne's block
despite the fact it's really popular in both the US and Japan also!
(I'm not so brand-fashion savvy!)

When I looked at her website and saw the leaf design,
I immediately recognized that I have seen her products
everywhere and also thought of Lynne a lot, so I browsed
the site for some inspiration. I picked one of the notebooks
with her iconic design on and managed to mimic it.


Paper-piecing the notebook was not nearly as hard as choosing
right fabrics for leaves. Orla Kiely's design seems to focus on
Autumn colors (orange, brown, khaki, etc), so I tried to pick
fabrics in the color palette, but I have a very limited amount of
fabric in the palette. It was challenging to pick 12 different
fabrics that match well and I started mixing up quirky fabric
(as usual!), but hopefully I didn't go too far from
her original color palette!


In case you are building Japanese fabric stash,
I should let you know that I have listed some fun
Japanese fabric bundles in my etsy shop.

:Bundle of 3 fat quarters:

:Bundle of 3 fat quarters:

:Bundle of 2 fat quarters:

As always, please let me know when you come from
my blog so that I'll add an extra piece of Japanese fabric!

Have a great weekend, everyone!


  1. And of course because you are Ayumi, you didn't just make a flat notebook, but an incredible open book with text inside!!! It's wonderful and I know Lynne is going to LOVE, LOVE it!!! Your applique is so great on the leaves. Wonderful job!

    I've been thinking of you a lot as I work on my latest project (yes, that one). Thanks again for the encouragement.

    I hope you and Joe are settling in well and enjoying your new home in Japan!!

  2. Glad you are back, I do miss reading your blog...that Orla Kiely block is so perfect Ayumi! Also, I'm thrilled I managed to get some of the german patterns fabric from your store!

  3. Your notebook block is amazing! I love it!

  4. OH wow Ayumi!...another work of art.
    You are so amazing.
    Of course Lynne will love it...I just know:)
    The fabrics that you chose go so well together and are perfect in every way:)

  5. You really have captured Orla Kiely with a definite sprinkling of Ayumi, those colours are just right- apparently her earthy palette is inspired by the Irish countryside she grew up with. The angle and perspective on this block really are a treat and bring it to life and make it dance around too!

  6. Good to hear from you again...but I'm sad the cute 1st bundle has already gone!

  7. This is gorgeous! I'm sure Lynne with LOVE it :-)

  8. Ayumi, that block is just fabulous! When I first saw it, I thought it was a picture- not a block you had made- it is so well constructed.
    Love your text placement- England and quilt- very clever. And I love the colors you used for the leaves and the fabric of the pages of the book. Stunning.

  9. This notebook block is stunning! How clever you are! Jxo

  10. great block! the perspective is perfect.

  11. LOVE that block! What a treat for Lynne who I know really loves the aesthetic of Orla Kiely.

    and you are killing me with those japanese fabrics. off to check out your etsy site! lol

  12. That block is so cool! You did such a great job of giving it depth!

  13. Wow! Love your notebook block. So many great details.

  14. Lynne will adore this Ayumi, it is just brilliant.

  15. The notebook block is stunning and the fabrics are wonderful. Lynne will love it. I'm going to pop over to the Etsy store to see if anything is left for me to buy.

  16. What an awesome block! I love the Orla Kiely influence! Very cool!

  17. Ayumi!!!---I am just now seeing this block and it is amazing! What a brilliant idea!

  18. ayumi! this is so deliciously irresistable! it's so pretty and how perfect is that you know so much about the person and then take into consideration what they would really enjoy.

  19. your block is stunning = beautiful!

  20. Uau... pensei que se tratasse de um livro encapado quando bati os olhos... Ayumi, você sempre nos deixando boquiabertas... o bloco é absolutamente fantástico... não canso de olhar. Parabéns! Parabéns! Beijinhos

  21. That is an awesome block you made, very cleaver!! I am so bummed I missed out on the yumi hoo!!

  22. Ayumi, somewhere on your blog, I saw someone is making a sushi pattern, I cannot find it ,,,,do you know where that might be? It is one of your friends who makes patterns to sell.

  23. I love love love this block. Fabulous.

  24. Wow! I agree with Poppyprint! Not just a book but a book with text! I had to do a double-take because I didn't believe it was a block. You do such good work!

  25. i can't get over your use of perspective in this block. i love the open book and the angles of the book cover, but then you adjusted the curves of the leaves to take perspective into account and you blew. my. mind. you are a creative force to be reckoned with, my friend.

  26. you did a great job! i might try paper piecing one day (although i'm sure i wont be as good as you are!) :)

  27. That looks super fun!

  28. LOVE! I really love the design for your notebook block! Lucky for Lynne!

  29. The book block is the coolest block ever!! Love that.

  30. I don't know why it took me so, so long to finally visit you at your blog. I've seen your fantastic work around Flickr and through friends you sew with in quilting bees. So great to actually meet you. I noticed your bag in the most recent Stitch, and dogeared the page to finally look up your blog. Hello, hello!

    P.S. I made the Alphabet Soup quilt... =)

  31. At first glance, I thought you had made a book about 3D! Wonderful inspiration!

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