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I love being part of the do good stitches quilting bee, it challenges me to design quilts that will be fun for my fellow bee members, and asks me to try new things when I’m sending in blocks for a quilt.

do good stitches bee blocks

I thought it was time to do a little round-up of recent work for the bee. These blocks I made for Rachel this month.

do good stitches bee block

Ara Jane asked us for courthouse steps blocks. These were so fun to make, and the sneak peek of the quilt she gave on instagram recently was gorgeous!

January bee blocks

Last month I asked for blocks I designed using a scrappy log cabin approach. This quilt has been so fun to put together, and I’m thinking I’ll do a little tutorial with my instruction for this quilt block soon.

DGS bee blocks

DGS bee blocks 2

I quilted my happy houses quilt, and am finishing up binding it by hand now. I love how it turned out, too– it’s a testament to the creativity and skill of the members of my circle!

Happy Houses Quilt Top

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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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Color stack for Do Good Stitches Quilt

This month it’s my turn again to design the quilt for the Love circle of the Do. Good Stitches quilting bee. Instead of asking each member to make 2 blocks (as per usual), I asked for one strip from each person that is 6.5 by 48 inches long. Each strip can be pieced in any style, and I think a variety of styles would look best in the quilt! I have an idea about how to put the strips together that’s a little different (as in, I’m not just planning to sew them all together as is!), and the more variation the better!

I asked for strips using the colors red, plum, and gold. I can’t wait to make mine, and to see how this quilt comes together!

Plums

Reds

Golds

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Finished the Love circle's Do. Good Stitches Quilt!

Well, truth be told this has been finished for about a week, but I could never find the time to get a good picture of it, until last night! This quilt was made by the Love circle of the Do. Good Stitches quilting bee, run by Rachel of Stitched in Color. I gave the members of the circle these instructions back in April, and by May I had a pile of quilt squares that had been sent to me to put together into this bright and cheerful quilt.

Patchwork Back of the Do. Good Stitches Quilt

I used a few blocks in the back of the quilt to carry the design through, because I love reversible quilts. I filled out the back with patchworky squares, and added a 5 inch border to the front of the quilt to frame all of the scrappy string blocks.

The quilt finished to about 60 inches square, and will be a good size for a small bed or a throw quilt. I wanted the quilt to be versatile, because we send the finished quilts to the charity Wrap them in Love, which distributes them to children in orphanages. I think this quilt can grow with the child who receives it, and I hope it brightens up their room!

Do. Good Stitches quilt detail

Thanks so much to everyone who contributed blocks to the quilt! I had help from:
Amanda
Angela
Ara Jane
Kate
Lee
Mari
Melanie
Rachel
Robin

Also, I’d like to thank my helpers on the home front– J often cooks me dinner and always does this dishes, buying me a little extra sewing time. Plus, he holds up all the quilts for my photos!
And Simon always keeps me company. He was very excited when we went outside to take these photos– his tail didn’t stop wagging the whole time! (well, except for when he’s distracted by chasing bugs).

Simon on the deck

Simon's happy tail

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March Bee Blocks

These are my first bee blocks for the Do. Good Stitches quilting bee for March. I was so excited to be asked by Rachel to join this virtual quilting bee, and I got right to work on this month’s blocks, which were very fun to make. In fact, I totally want to make a quilt using blocks like these! I think that may be the only downside to a bee like this– I will want one of everything for myself!
I sent the blocks off to the quilter this month, who will put the quilt together once all the blocks arrive. (If you’re interested, you can see some photos of blocks and quilts in progress at the Do. Good Stitches flickr group). All of the quilts are sent off to various charity and non-profit organizations once they’re finished, and I’m really happy to be a part of such a good group! Plus– next month I get to design the quilt, and I already have a million ideas about what to do… I’ll be making some test blocks for it this weekend!

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