Thursday, July 22, 2010

For do. Good Stiches - Round 1

I am so glad that our first round of charity quilt-making with do. Good Stitches is finally here!  I started the Flickr group in June, and was thrilled to see so many kindred spirits join up to do some good.  Because of summer travel plans, we decided to wait out July and make our first quilt this August.  I've been chomping at the bit to start!

{If you find yourself wishing you had joined in time, don't hesitate to contact me!  I'm making a list for do. Good Stitches Too, a second group I expect to launch this fall.}
Piecing in Aqua & Red

So, without further ado, let me tell you what we'll be making!  This first month, I am quilting.  I settled on a Red & Aqua Sampler Quilt.  The concept is simple:  each bee member will make 2 blocks in aqua and red.  But not just any 2 blocks!  The blocks must be made in the same block style (log cabin, square in square, flying geese, etc) and the block style must be a straight, non-wonky design.  So, block styles with rectangles, triangles and squares are perfect.  Blocks incorporating curves and irregular (ie wonky) cuts are out.  I imagine that this sampler style will allow the completed quilt to feel harmonious, even though each member is sewing with her own fabrics, which will obviously vary quite a lot!
do. Good Stitches - Round 1

Completed 12" blocks are to be mailed to the quilter (that's me) by August 31st.  But I hope folks send them in early, because I can't wait to start putting this together!  I'm committed to finish the quilt by the end of September, when I'll mail it to Wrap Them in Love.  From there the quilt will make it’s way to a child in need of warmth and love!

Here are my finished blocks for round 1.
Red & Aqua Sampler Quilt blocks

The cycle begins anew in September, when our next quilter will launch a new quilt.  Yah!  By the way, there are two levels of bee membership, which you can read about here.   If you want to help by making blocks, but aren't prepared to finish a quilt, you can sign on as a "stitcher" only when we launch the next charity bee!

6 comments:

  1. Absolutely wonderful! I can't wait to dive in! :)

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  2. What a great idea! I can't wait to see the finished quilt!

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  3. You're blocks are just lovely! I can't wait to see the finished quilts!!

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  4. Your blocks are so pretty! And get this... I just got some of the same red fabrics in the mail. I think this sampler quilt is going to look wonderful!

    Jennifer :)

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  5. Yah! Ooh, I'm curious to see what fabrics everyone is using. Fun surprise! I'm glad that you all are ready to start too. I just couldn't wait till August to post these blocks.

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  6. Your blocks look lovely! Red and aqua are so perfect together.

    I have all the pieces for the two blocks cut and ready to go. just trying to get time in the sewing room. I'll get there soon, I hope. =]

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