Monday, June 6, 2016

One Ringy Dingy, Two Ringy Dingies

I was lucky enough to win a copy of Lara Buccella's new book, Crafted Applique...New Possibilities  and wanted to try something small to test out Lara's method. Lara Blogs at Buzz in Bumble. Lara did a free tutorial for his cute rotary dial telephone as a guest blogger on Sew Mama Sew last month. Of course Lily Tomlin's character, Ernestine the telephone operator came to mind as I was working on this applique.

I love both Lara's applique method and this cute telephone!

I used some tiny rickrack instead of cutting out fabric for the cord. I fused the rickrack down using the same method as the fabrics and it worked great! I think the rickrack looks more like those curly phone cords. Remember how the cord would twist up and you had to drop the receiver to let the cord untangle?

I ended up hand stitching around the dials because my straight stitching on applique just isn't too neat! These were too tiny to machine stitch straight.

I am so pleased how this cute telephone came out. Thanks Lara for writing a wonderful book! There are definitely some new possibilities to explore using your applique method. You will be seeing a lot more applique from me.
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  1. Ha, ha... Yes, I remember trying to untangle the curly telephone cord. The stitching around the dials makes your fabulous telephone look 3D.

  2. Oh my goodness I love it!! The ric-rac is perfect for a phone cord!

  3. this is perfection, I love every detail in it. the phone cord is beyond cleaver and your colors are so fun and cheerful. long live Lilly Tomlin for those of us old enough to remember talking to an operator.

  4. I will have o read Lara's book to see what magic she uses for applique. Your Rotary phone is really excellent and the ric race really does look just like the old curly cords. Yes, I remember having to drop the receiver to untangle that curly cord. Fabulous Phone Dear... P.S. I loved Lily Tomlin and her characters..

  5. Your phone is the best yet Daryl! I really love the ric-rac phone cord and hand stitching! The colors make me fall in love too!
    I had to laugh because the original name for this pattern was "One Ringy Dingy" but my husband thought a lot of younger quilters would not get the reference. My grandmother used to do a knock out Ernestine impression and have us all holding our sides we'd be laughing so hard.

  6. Great job. I love your use of the ric rac and the special stitching. Excellent!

  7. Isn't Lara's method fantastic? Your old-fashion telephone is very lovely. And what a clever idea to use the ric-rac. I still have a phone with a cord and can attest that yours look like the real one, which always find a way to get twisted even when we handle it with care. ;-)
    Thank you for participating to my Fabric, Thread and Yarn link party. Have a good weekend!

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    1. Thank you Swapna. You are a no-reply, so I couldn't email you directly. Appreciate the nice comment.

  9. The ric rac is so cute for the cord. I love your phone.

  10. I love this phone! It is perfection! Beautiful!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ The Submarine Sunday Link Party

    1. Thank you so much! Did you know you are a no-reply Navy Wifey Peters? I couldn't email you directly.

  11. That is sew cute. LOL I remember Lily Tomlin too.


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