Monday, November 18, 2013

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 25 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 

So what is Celebrate Good Stitches?  We take some time at the end-of-the-year to celebrate what we've accomplished.  The bee only exists because so many folks have volunteered their time and fabrics on an ongoing basis.  Last year we had a pretty big bash, and I wish I had pulled all that together this time too.  But with Penny Sampler class and Penny Patch QAL going lately, my schedule's been full.  I'll aim for another big bash in 2014!  This year we have a little something to honor both stitchers and quilters of do. Good Stitches.

Stitchers Door Prizes

Three super-lucky stitchers will win a gorgeous 8-piece bundle of Anna Maria Horner's newest collection.  Dowry just arrived at Marmalade Fabrics!  Tammy has generously agreed to gift one of each type to our celebration:  Brass Locket palette, Ruby & Pearl palette and Charm Bracelet palette.  With the help of Mr. Random I'll choose 3 stitchers from among all currently active members.   This prize can ship anywhere!

Quilters Grand Prize

This year 2 quilters will win big!  The Quilter's Grand Prize is your motivation, oh quilter, for finishing that bee quilt now!  Each do. Good Stitches quilt finished in 2013 by December 15th qualifies as an entry into the Quilter's Grand Prize drawing.  Finished means quilted and bound!  If you finished a qualifying quilt in 2013 but are no longer active with do.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 2013 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!

I'm so looking forward to seeing our year's work gathered in one place.  What a sight!  On December 16th two winning quilters' numbers will be randomly selected from the pool of 2013 finished quilts.

{the U.S. Prize}

Last year I received a roll of Warm & Natural batting from The Warm Company.  It made me soooo happy.  So, soooo happy.  Every time 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!

This lucky winner will 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!

{the International Prize}

Mad About Patchwork is giving this winner options!  Take home a $100 gift certificate OR receive the amazing 24-piece Dowry by Anna Maria Horner fat quarter bundle shipped to your international location.  Mad About Patchwork is located in Canada, and happily ships the world over!

I am very grateful to Marmalade Fabrics, the Warm Company and Mad About Patchwork for generously supporting charitable quilting.  These gifts provide inspiration that sure to keep that cycle of fabric and quilt running along! Thank-you sincerely!

Let's Celebrate!


  1. What an awesome way to end 2013! I'm so honored to have been a part during 2013 and can't wait for 2014. I may even volunteer as a quilter!
    Thanks Thanks Thanks for all you do!

  2. i am so proud to be part of your do good stitches, cheer group! what a wonderful thing you have created!.

  3. This is just to let you know that we are (still) a little group of quilters from Germany to be a quilting bee group. I will keep you informed about the
    outcome and results. Best regards, Marion

  4. Thanks so much for doing this again Rachel, it is so motivating to everyone to finish up the quilts. I can't wait to see everyone's quilts again in the linkup!

  5. Just wonderful and I can't wait to see all the quilts. I hope to become part of the group next year.

  6. Thanks for organizing this lovely do. Good celebration! Last year it was such a thrill to see everybodies work!

  7. How exciting! Thank you for making all of this possible. I absolutely love being part of this group!

  8. I am so happy to be part of the do. Good stitches Haven Circle and I can't wait to see all the amazing finished quilts!!

  9. Even though I've only been a member for one month, I have loved every minute of it! Doing something I LOVE and making a difference in someones life... what could possibly be better?? :)

    1. Exactly! It's such a privilege to be able to help out in a way that fits so well!

  10. I've been a member for only a couple of months with Happiness Do Good Stitches and I've enjoyed it so much. What great prizes you have to give out.

  11. Obviously I am not alone in this, but you do an amazing job leading this group and your efforts are most certainly appreciated. Thank you for your time and commitment to all of us!

  12. Wow! I only started earlier this year- but I've had a great time being a part of it! Thanks for hosting/organizing, and for such a great contest too!

  13. I can't wait to see all the quilts. I have had a wonderful time being part of CHERISH do. Good Stitches. Looking forward to 2014.


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