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hourglass bag

I was really excited when my circle of the Do. Good Stitches quilting bee decided to do a swap! I have only participated in a few swaps previously, because it can get overwhelming to load up on sewing obligations, and truth be told, I am a little protective of my sewing time! However, a swap among friends is always welcome, and I’ve loved getting to know the women in my quilting bee!

love circle swap

I was lucky to draw Rachel as my secret partner because I think I have a good sense of her style. Rachel loves rich, saturated color and patchwork, and appreciates text based prints. She also has expressed a love for linen as a neutral fabric– something I’m totally on board with! So, when I put this all together, I wanted to juxtapose the dense color with the black and white text, and soften it all with the linen. I got to business by making a bunch of hourglass blocks, and decided to form the front of the bag with these.

scrappy handles

I set one block in some patchwork for a pocket on the back, and I made the bag a little larger than usual so that it could hold a quilt or other sizable projects.
I love swapping handmade goods with friends!

Outer pocket on love circle swap bag

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x & + Love circle August blocks

Today I finished up my Do. good stitches bee blocks for August. Ara Jane requested x & + blocks, and had us follow the popular tutorial written by Amy. These blocks are quite fun to make. I found that it was easiest to cut a number of 3.5 inch blocks as well as quite a few 2 inch wide strips, and then to sub-cut the strips as I needed to to make all of the 2 inch squares required for each block. This gave me a chance to lay fabrics out to see how they looked together as I went along to create the blocks. I like when there’s quite a bit of contrast between the different shapes in the blocks, so I used that to guide my fabric choices.

Love circle Do good stitches August blocks

It’s my turn to design the quite for September, and I’ve been working on a new block I’m excited to share soon!

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Do good stitches improv chevron quilt

A few months back it was my turn to design the quilt for the Love circle of the Do. Good Stiches charity quilting bee. I love designing the quilt– I let the other women in the circle know what type of blocks I want and in what colors, and within a month they all begin rolling into my mailbox! This time I chose an improvisational chevron block (using the tutorial from Six White Horses.) I asked the members of the group to use turquoise and robin’s egg blues paired with oranges, yellows, and greys.

improv chevron quilt

I have creative license to put them together however I want, and it’s always fun to play with different layouts. Usually I would use some sashing to break up the crazy patterns in blocks such as these, but this time I thought they were playing well together and I sewed them all right up next to each other. I love how bright and busy the quilt is, and I’m really hoping it will brighten up the day of the child that receives it through the charity we donate to, wrap them in love.

improv chevron quilt back

For the back of the quilt, I pieced together a number of fabrics in coordinating colors for a bright and patchwork-y back. I just love reversible quilts! Plus, I was able to incorporate the one extra block I had from the front as the focal point.

back of the improv chevron quilt

Thanks so much to all the women in the love circle who contributed to this quilt! I couldn’t have finished this one without you!

improv chevron quilt on the porch

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I had to put a few things on hold while work was busy in the last month, and a number of little projects or quilt blocks were started and finished without mention, so I thought I’d share them here.

kindle pouch

I made this zippy pouch for my little sister for her birthday. She wanted something she could put her kindle in when traveling, and I knew this was the perfect time to bust out the typewriter fabric. I picked these typewriter prints up from Brenda when she had them in her shop for about 2.5 seconds a couple of months ago. I absolutely love them! Plus, I think they work wonderfully with my Hope Valley fabric. I may be a little obsessed with this line, and stocked up now that it’s out of print.

polaroid bee blocks for Rachel

Last month I made the polaroid bee blocks for Rachel. Aren’t they adorable? I love how she put them all together into the “tossed polaroids” quilt!

Love in Polaroids with do. Good Stitches
***Quilt Photo by Rachel of Stitched in Color***

May Bee Blocks

Next I made these scrappy blocks for Deb. She linked to this tutorial from Don’t Call Me Betsy. This was the first time I had worked with half square triangles, and I can see why people get hooked on making these! I would love to make a quilt out of these blocks in the future. I’m not sure when I’ll have time, but I *may* have stocked up on some neutral gray fabrics from Pink Castle recently with the hopes of using them in this quilt!

Back to my happy place

And, I cut into a lovely pile of fabric for a new quilt that I’ll share here soon. I know I say this frequently, but I think it’s my new favorite!

I’m linking up to Ellison Lane Quilts for the Summer Sew-Along! Check it out to see lots of other great projects.
Ellison Lane Quilts

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March is my month to design the next Do. Good Stitches quilt for the Love circle. I always look forward to designing the quilt– This is one of my favorite parts of the process. I like to think about the level of difficulty in the blocks I’m asking the circle to make, as well as what colors I want to be inundated with as I work on the quilt.

Lately I’ve been very drawn to turquiose and robin’s egg blues paired with oranges, yellows, and greys. I found a few lovely photos for inspiration on pinterest!

Next I had to think about the actual design. This wasn’t too hard, as I recently found a new tutorial I’ve been wanting to try that incorporates 2 things I’m loving right now– improvisational piecing and chevrons! I found a great tutorial for the blocks through pinterest (anyone seeing a pattern here? I ❤ pinterest!).

I can’t wait to see the blocks as people make them! In the past I have selected colors that are a bit more feminine, and I think sometimes it’s easier to lean that way, but boys need quilts too! So, hopefully these colors will be suited to a kid of either gender.

Do good sitches retro flower block- pink

For our February quilt, Ara Jane asked us to make retro flower blocks using Christina’s pattern. These did take a bit of time to put together, but there was something very satisfying about working with such precise pieces. Of course, as you can see my seams didn’t line up 100% perfectly, but I think they are close enough. I was also glad I read this post from my friend Kate before making my blocks– I was very aware of using a scant quarter inch seam while piecing, and it did make a big difference– I’m happy to report that my blocks all came out the right size!

Do good sitches retro flower block- red

One more note about pinterest— if any of you are on pinterest, let me know your pinterest name so I can follow your boards! Or, if you’re not on pinterest and you want to give it a try and need an invite, let me know! Happy pinning!

**** ETA: I was telling J about my do. Good Stitches quilt plan, and when I told him my color scheme, he said “oh, because of leap day! In honor of Leap Day William!” Yes. That is exactly why I planned the quilt this way.

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Do good stitches quilt in the window

I’m so excited to finally share my finished Do. Good Stitches quilt!

do good stitches finished quilt

Last weekend when I was visiting my parents in Cleveland we drove up to Squires Castle (located in a nearby metro park, and open to the public) to take some photos of the finished quilt.

Squires Castle

Hanging out in the window (the quilt version)

The members of my circle did an amazing job, and although my original plan was to cut up and re-piece all of the strips I received, I couldn’t bring myself to do it! Each strip was so unique and they all looked so amazing together, I just lined up them and added a red border. Deb was kind enough to send a bit extra, and I *love* how the extra chevrons look in the border. Perfect!

finished do good stitches love circle quilt

For the back of the quilt, I raided my stash for red and white fabrics and used a patchwork style to keep things bright and fun!

patchwork do good stitches quilt back

Quilt backs

Ok, so I was also taking photos of another finished quilt that day– one I plan to blog about soon!– and here’s a sneak peek! Of course Simon needed to sneak into the picture.

Simon posing with the quilts

Thanks so much to everyone in the Love circle who contributed to this quilt! I think it will make one kid very happy!

Quilt in the castle

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Finishing up the Quilt

It’s been a while since I’ve given an update on my progress in the Do. Good Stitches bee! I’m in the Love circle, and we donate our finished quilts to Wrap them in Love, a charity that distributes quilts to kids in orphanages.

Almost Finished

Recently I’ve been working on quilting and binding this strip quilt. I asked the members of the bee to send me a strip, pieced however they would like, in either gold, plum, or red colors. Originally I planned to cut the strips up and stagger them, but as I received them and laid them out, each was sewn in such a different style and was so gorgeous that I clearly needed to leave them intact. I added a red pieced border, and I love the bright, warm colors all together.

Simon Helping with the Quilting

Sime was keeping an eye on the quilting, and he gave his approval. And his yawns. I caught him mid yawn– he looked so funny caught in the act!

Caught Mid-Yawn

In the last couple months I also made these asterisk blocks for a quilt Lee is working on,

Do. Good Stitches Asterisk Blocks

And this herringbone block for Rachel. I can’t wait to see the quilts come together! Each quilt is so unique and so gorgeous!

Do Good Stitches Herringbone Block

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