Thursday, December 15, 2011

Bee blocks

Yesterday, just after waking up, I got to spend 2 HOURS cleaning up a very nasty mess courtesy of my 4-year-old.  I could scarcely believe the brutal reality of that chore.  As in, really do I have to do this?  Seriously?  Only me?

How do you recover from a morning like that?  Of course I was furious when I started cleaning, but by the end of it all I was just ready to be done and move on and actually begin the day.  We took a holiday from formal homeschooling, opting to sing Christmas carols and play some math games instead.  The home seemingly back in balance, I invested some time in fabric therapy.

Faith do. Good Stitches, Dec 2012

Nope, not the shopping kind... the making kind.  These paper-pieced blocks were assigned by Kelsey, the quilter for December in the Faith circle of do. Good Stitches.  Her inspiration was a new design by Faith of Fresh Lemons merged with Elizabeth's ever popular, New Wave quilt.  I like the blend of the too!

for Kelsey

The solids I've used are Kona coal for the darker gray and Kona ash for the lighter gray.  I know that these particular Konas are super popular these days, but I'll admit that I never seem to reach for them.  I do like the effect of the grays with pops of bright color, as Kelsey requested, but something in me is just dreadfully out-of-fashion for "gray" does not make my heart go thump, thump.  Ah well, that is the thing about quilting bees - you're bound to try new things.  Thanks, Kelsey!

With these two blocks I've now completed my 2011 blocks for do. Good  Stitches.  I am in two different circles at do. Good Stitches, so that's approximately 45 blocks for the year!  Let's see a sampling...

do. Good Stitches 2011

Yes, I thought that was a lot. Fun, fun!  It has been a wonderful journey seeing this bee just grow and grow.  We started with one circle, the Love circle, making 1 quilt each month for Wrap them in Love.  Every month or so a new circle is born and the list of benefiting charities just keeps growing!  We have two new circles coming up in January, one out of the US and another based out of the UK.  How cool is that?  This year we scored a new logo, designed by Lee of Freshly Pieced and added individual Flickr groups for each circle so that team members can stay more connected. 

do. Good Stitches button
If you enjoy quilting in a modern style and would like to add your stitches to our efforts, all you need is an active Flickr account (since that's where we manage the bee) and a willing heart.  See "The Rules" so you know how it works and go here to register to join.  When we have enough on the wait list, I'll put together yet another new charity circle.  Hurray, hurrah!

Here's to being a blessing in the New Year!

17 comments:

  1. i love the blocks rachel. i really need to join one of the circles.

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  2. BEAUTIFUL blocks and great cause!!!!

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  3. Oh, I absolutely love the block you're working on. I ADORE gray and keep going back to it all the time. The color that gives me a very hard time is brown. All your blocks look amazing.

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  4. blocks look great, but I am with you. I can't do that plain solid gray. Nope, just can't do it. Give me a gray with a pattern in it, tone on tone it doesn't matter. Then it is ok. But not the solids.

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  5. So, it was a deep breath kind of morning? I'm glad that's behind you, and that you found solace in your fabrics!

    It's pretty astounding when you look back at the blocks you made for dgs this year!

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  6. Oh phew. I`m not a huge grey fan either and I worry that as it`s so super fashionable it will date quickly and people will say `Oh that`s so 2011`. Can`t wait to get started in January in the Care Hive! Your blocks are incredible!

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  7. I'm right there with you on the gray. At first I didn't like it at all when the gray/yellow combos started getting so popular last year, but now I'm accustomed to it. I know it's just not for me though. There are some colors that speak to us and some that just don't.

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  8. Hi Rachel, I like the modern look of the grays, but I agree they don't make my heart go thump either.

    I have 3 kids, one in kindergarten and a 3 year old and a baby who just turned 1 yesterday. How do you homeschool and find time to sew? I wanted to homeschool my 5 year old because I think all day kindergarten is a bit much, but I find caring for all three kids a little overwhelming and I never have any time to do me stuff. All of my kids shared a bed with us and nursed for a long time, which in our situation means that no one sleeps well unless mom is there to nurse or snuggle. I've even been having trouble sleeping at night now (I guess 6 years of terrible sleep are catching up to me!). Anyway, my question is how do you do it? I would LOVE for you to share any specifics that might help me out!!! Sometimes when I read blogs, I feel woefully inadequate. I know most people just share the good, not the bad or ugly, but how do you find time to sew 45 charity blocks, blog about it, and homeschool? Thanks!

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  9. Oh I love those blocks, such clean lines, and I love that pop of colour

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  10. I think I do like gray, the same way you can like someone else's style but not want to wear it. So, I tend to like gray when I see others doing it (gray and yellow, gray and pink, gray and teal, etc.), but for whatever reason I rarely do it myself. I just like warm neutrals, I guess!

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  11. Rachel, I have been humming and hawing about joining the do.good stitches bee - I think my hang up is this...I have a flickr account that I use once in a while, but I am a far cry from being active on flickr. I know this is a big part of the bee, I guess I'm just wondering how that goes? Also, I'm in Canada, are there "hives" here too?

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  12. such beautiful work Rachel! you are one of my quilting heroes!

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  13. All gorgeous, of course!

    Wow, what did Liam do? I have the same issue happening in my boys room now and I opted to just shut the door and walk away instead of dealing! ;)

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  14. Love the blocks! Great colors and so many quilts I would love to see completed. Beautiful!

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  15. Yes, there are hives in Canada! We have one going strong and there may be a place for you there sometime. I visited your blog - what lovely work! Being active on flickr means that you're willing to check in to keep up with the discussion threads to get directions for each month's quilt. It also means that you'll upload pictures of your finished blocks each month and kind of "show up" to encourage others with comments now and then. Ideally, being in the bee is joining in on a community. The community give and take happens on Flickr. It's not hard to learn/join, but not everyone wants to get involved with a new platform. Hope that helps!

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  16. Habibti - Oh, good idea! You can find the finished quilts here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/dogoodstitchesfinished/pool/with/6371318687/ for the most part.

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  17. How did I not know that you homeschool? I must have just been looking at your pretty pictures and mostly avoiding reading the words. I have been homeschooling our children for the last 17 years. (It sounds like a long and almost never done project when I say 17 years! We have eight kids, so it's a lot of homeshooling!) It has offered us some of the best family experiences!

    Oh. And I like the block too!

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