Thursday, November 1, 2012

Celebrate! Good Stitches

Celebrate Good Stitches 

It's time to Celebrate!

do. Good Stitches {a charity bee} has been making modern quilts for charity since it began as just a few quilting circles summer of 2010.  We're combining the fun and community of a virtual quilting bee with a wonderful reason for being - to bless and serve those in need with a tangible expression of love.  Our bee is composed now of 21 circles, each circle made up of 10 sewists.  Each month each circle works together to make a quilt for their chosen charity.  This all happens over at Flickr, a free online platform for sharing pictures that's also great for organizing groups. If you're active on Flickr and enjoy quilting in a modern style, why don't you join us?  Next year, we'll be celebrating you 

Meanwhile, there is a way for non-bee members to join our party via the Charity Drive.  Also retired do. Good Stitches quilters are eligible for the Quilter's Grand PrizeJust scroll down for details...

So what is Celebrate Good Stitches?  It's an end-of-the-year bash to celebrate and encourage our members in their work.  The bee only exists because so many folks have volunteered their time and fabrics on an ongoing basis to make blocks and do the hard work of quilt-finishing and crucial leadership.  I know that the quilters especially can use some extra momentum to finish up quilts!  Celebrate Good Stitches is a chance to give a shout for what we've accomplished and award prizes to all types of do. Good Stitches members.  Here's how:

Members Awards

Every pair of hands deserves our thanks.  I wish I could pass out prizes to all 210 beautiful people who currently make up this bee!  Happily some very generous souls have agreed to do the next best thing.  To make sure that everyone feels the love, Members Awards will be randomly bestowed upon 1 member from Every Circle.  That's a lot of prizes and they're good too!  


Julie at Intrepid Thread is providing $25 gift certificates as Members Awards for the Love circle, Faith circle, Hope circle, Joy circle, Peace circle, Bliss circle and Inspire circle.  Thank-you, Julie, for jumping at the chance to encourage our bee with these gifts!


The team at Fat Quarter Shop is providing $25 gift certificates as Members Awards for the Grace circle, Cherish circle, Harmony circle, Trust circle, Empower circle, Dream circle, and Imagine circle.  Fat Quarter Shop is always so generous to the online sewing community.  Thank-you for being a blessing to our bee!


Kathy at Pink Chalk Fabrics is providing $25 gift certificates as Members Awards for the Care circle, Heal circle, Believe circle, Wish circle, Cheer circle, Happiness circle and Promise circle.  Thank-you, Kathy, for stepping forward to give generous gifts of celebration to our members.  

The Members Awards gifts will be randomly bestowed on December 11th!  All members currently active in the bee on that date will have a pretty good chance to win!  


Best of 2012

Alright, now let's have a little fun.  This prize goes to the whole circle whose quilt is voted best of 2012.  Yes, that means every member of the winning circle gets a juicy prize, this time sponsored by Marmalade Fabrics.  But first, the details...

On December 1st the host of each circle will facilitate a private, inner-circle vote to determine which quilt the circle will present as their personal best of 2012.  Circles must choose from quilts that they finished in 2012, regardless of when they were started.  That means you have time to finish your favorite quilts that aren't quite complete.  Get them done before Dec. 1st for a chance at Best of 2012.  After the circle of 10 members vote, each circle host will notify me of the circle's representative quilt.  

All 21 quilts (one representing each circle) will be presented at Stitched in Color on December 11th for voting.  The general public (both bee members and all readers) will vote to select the overall Best of 2012 quilt.  Current members of the winning circle will each receive

Bottled Rainbow bundles

a gorgeous Bottled Rainbow Fat Quarter Set, plus 1 yard of a Kona neutral of your choice!!!  Marmalade Fabrics is providing all 10 prizes, featuring quality Kona fabrics in my personal rainbow of choice (updated with new Kona colors this summer).  The Bottled Rainbow Fat Quarter Set includes 16 fat quarters.  

new Bottled Rainbows

Add to that your favorite Kona neutral and you'll be quite set for a stunning quilt!


Can we say THANKS to Marmalade Fabrics!  Tammy at Marmalade knows that we modern quilters heart solids.  She stocks a very nice selection including crossweaves and Essex.  I was totally stoked when she offered this amazing prize!!!

Quilter's Grand Prize

Ok, this one's my favorite!  Earlier this year I received a roll of Warm & Natural batting from The Warm Company.  It made me soooo happy.  So, soooo happy.  Everytime I baste a quilt, I totter through the house like a penguin carrying this gigantic roll to my sewing room.  It's perfectly delightful.  I can't think of a better gift to give any quilter.  Because we all love our fabric, but we need our batting!

Quilter's Grand prize!

The Quilter's Grand Prize is your motivation, oh quilter, for finishing that bee quilt now!  Each do. Good Stitches quilt finished in 2012 by December 10th qualifies as an entry into the Quilter's Grand Prize drawing.  Finished means quilted and bound!  If you finished a qualifying quilt in 2012 but are no longer active with do. Good Stitches, you can still submit your quilt for this drawing!

On the 10th, I'll open a link party here at Stitched in Color for all finished in 2012 do. Good Stitches quilts.  More quilts?  More chances to win!  And, if you finished a quilt for another member (i.e. someone passed you the blocks or quilt top) then you're the quilter who earns a chance to win!


Personally, I'm looking forward to seeing our year's work gathered in one place.  I think it'll be encouraging for all involved, just to enjoy that sight!  On December 11th one quilter's number will be randomly selected from the pool of 2012 finished quilts to receive her choice of Warm & Natural or Warm & White batting in a gigantic (and quite valuable) 90" wide, 40 yard roll.  And you'll be set to make a whole lot of quilts!  Some, no doubt, for charity.

The Warm Company makes lots of great products, but their low-loft Warm & Natural batting is my top recommendation for batting.  It's affordable, soft and durable.  I use it for machine and hand quilting with happy results!

But what if I'm not in the bee?  Well, I bet you do good stitches too.  So, here's a chance for you to join in!  Finish 1 quilt for charity between now and December 10th and you'll be entered to win the Charity Drive prize sponsored by Mad About Patchwork.  We'll have a link party for Charity Drive quilts on December 10th.  And, we'd love to see what you've created to bless others via your chosen charity.  If you're not sure where to donate, consider Project Linus (for seriously ill children), Wrap Them in Love (for children in poverty), My Very Own Blanket (for foster children), Alternative for Girls (for homeless and high-risk girls) and Threading Hope (for children in poverty).  

Charity Drive prize!


Mad About Patchwork will gift an 18-piece Winterkist Fat Quarter bundle to one lucky quilter who makes a quilt for charity finished between November 1 and December 10.  Pam at Mad About Patchwork ships out of Canada. This prize is open internationally!


I am very grateful to each of these fabric shops who is generously supporting charitable quilting.  You know that we're going to use those gifts to keep that cycle of fabric and quilt running along! Thank-you sincerely!

I think this is going to be a whole lot of fun!  I hope you do too!  Please spread the word about our Charity Drive, as I'm sure there are lots of people who want to do. Good with their quilting but don't have the time to devote to ongoing bee work.  And, of course, we want all do. Good Stitches members past and present to feel the love!

Let's Celebrate!

44 comments:

  1. Wow, those are some very generous prizes! Not related to the prizes at all, I just applied to join a circle:)

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    1. Ok, I believe you... but it sounds fishy =). Kidding. Welcome, welcome! Hope you signed up to be a quilter, because we always need those!

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  2. This is just awesome! I can't say enough good about my experience in the joy circle of this bee. This really is the icing on the cake. Best of luck to everyone and thank you so much to Rachel & the generous sponsors!

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  3. While everyone who does charity work receives the warm and fuzzy feeling of helping someone in need; which is truly Thanks Enough...It is truly heartwarming when people have the opportunity to Thank those who donate their time/resources for such causes.

    I'm so very honored to be a part of the Trust Circle and of course do.Good.Stiches. I look forward to many more years of quilty goodness.

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  4. holy cow, rachel! i love that you put together such an amazing celebration for the bee with some seriously awesome prizes. i love being part of the love circle (love love) and i love all the good work you've been doing for the past few years. thank YOU!

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  5. Wow Rachel, this is fantastic! You really included lots of fun chances for everyone and lots of encouragement for our circles. I personally can't wait to see which of our harmony quilts our circle will choose as best. What a tough but fun choice that will be for all the circles. I'm excited!

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  6. cool....great motivation....now if someone will just give me a little more time to be good!! Fantastic

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    1. Hahahahaha! Yes, we just need more time to be good, don't we. Love that! I can just hear my kids if you gave them that phrase!

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  7. Wow, speaking for myself, I joined this group because I love the idea of being part of an international group of people doing something they enjoy, for the benefit of those less fortunate. The amazing work that comes out of all the circles is endlessly inspiring. Your co-ordination of such a huge group, and the enthusiasm you show is wonderful. Thank you for everything you do to make all this happen, and I look forward to seeing all the 'best' quilts in one place. That's going to be a tough competition!

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  8. Wow, this all sounds fantastic!

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  9. I am so excited for this! It will definitely be a great motivator to get all those WIP's in our group finished!

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  10. This is so wonderful! I love being part of this group and feel so blessed each time I see a finished quilt. Wow!

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  11. Aww, this is great! Can't wait for voting time. There are going to be some amazing quilts to choose from.

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  12. This is going to be so much fun!! Thanks for the work putting it together!

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  13. I joined the Happiness Circle this summer and it has been such a remarkable experience! I actually stalk all the circles to see what amazing quilts they are making. Thanks so much for organizing this fun way to say thanks to everyone who participates.

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  14. Rachel, you are so amazing to set this up!! It is already so fun and an honor to be a part of the Bliss group. Thank you so much for setting up this fun acknowledgment. It's going to be so fun to see all the quilts together in one place.

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  15. This is awesome! Thanks for all you do!

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  16. Thanks for all you do for this wonderful cause, Rachel! And thanks to the sponsors of this fun celebration! I love do.Good.Stitches and feel lucky to be part of it!

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  17. Wow. What a lot of prizes. You really went all out with your sponsors stepping up.

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    1. I was really impressed with their generosity! They really didn't have to do that and it says a lot about who they are.

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  18. What a lot of wonderful prizes for those who are so selfless! I'm also impressed with your ability to think up new names for all those circles :)

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    1. Oh, no, I don't get the credit. The hosts choose the circle names =). But, yes, they have stuck with a certain tone, which I enjoy!

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  19. Sounds wonderful! I have some work to do this month!

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    1. Yay, thank-you! Here's to finishing our quilts! It's so fun to see everyone's excitement about this celebration!

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  20. Wow! I can't wait to see all the pretty quilts in one place. Thank you Rachel and thank you sponsors!

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  21. This is very cool Rachel! Thanks for putting it all together. :)

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  22. What a great celebration! Thank you for putting this all together. Now I need to finish my first quilt as a quilter with the Hope circle..

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  23. Great celebration Rachel and such a lot of work to put this all together! Great motivation too for some of the ‘relaxed’ block makers!
    October was my first month as a quilter in the Cherish Circle, I hope to receive the blocks a.s.a.p. so I can get the quilt finished!

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  24. Wow! Thank you, Rachel! What a lot of work you've put into this celebration. And I'm sure all of us do. Good Stitchers (wether you are a part of the bee or not) do this just for the love of humanity and quilting. But, it's always nice to be "thanked." :) I am so enjoying my time in the Cheer Circle.

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    1. You're very welcome! Yes, I do believe you all have totally pure intentions, but that's what makes a surprise thank-you all the more fitting =)

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  25. Thank you so much Rachel for putting so much time and effort into this. As a new member, I'm completely in awe!
    I made sure to give do.Good a plug today on my blog; hopefully you'll get a few more recruits on the waitlist. :)
    xo
    Erin (Faith group)

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  26. This is really great! I'm working on several quilts for Project Linus so will watch for your charity link-up.

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  27. Great idea Rachel. So generous of those shops too! Thank YOU! :)

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  28. Wow Rachel! You've put a tremendous amount of time into this...so fun and Thank You :) It's a wonderful to see your sponsors supporting do. Good Stitches...what a great group of business people! It will be fun to see the quilts submitted...can't wait!!

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  29. And I'll bet if you are lucky enough to belong to or have a nearby physical quilt guild, they most likely have a charity program you can donate your quilt to as well as the organizations mentioned in Rachel's fabulous blog! Will post my upcoming charity quilt soon...

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  30. I signed up to join a while back but never heard anything. Do you send out an email or something when you set up a new circle?

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    1. Stephanie, You're on the wait list near the top. You should be in the next circle formed, which I expect to see happen in December or January. Yes, I'll be emailing you!

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  31. I would love to join do. Good Stitches as a sewist but can't quite figure out how to do it. Can you help point me in the right direction? Thanks.

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    1. Yes, you'll want to fill out this registration form: http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dDluZlpfZTl0akhVMWlHeG9qN1NNVmc6MQ

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  32. I've just scrolled through the do.Good Stitches - Finished Quilts group on Flickr, and MAN ALIVE, there are some gorgeous, gorgeous quilts there.

    There is some really great talent in this big hive of ours, and there are some very blessed people out there because of all that talent. :)

    Way to go, do.Good'ers!! :)

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  33. Hi - I applied on Nov 29th. How long does it take, on average, to get onto a circle (into, onto...)? I think this is an amazing movement and I can't wait to be part of it!

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