Wednesday, January 29, 2014

done Good {Grace circle}

do. Good Stitches is a modern online community that quilts for good.  Over the years the bee has grown and grown, so that these days I find myself struggling to keep current with all the beautiful work being done.  I'm taking up the habit of cheering for them from here, in the way of finished object posts.  About once a month, I'll share some "done Good".  Today, Grace Circle takes the spotlight!

Browsing the do. Good Stitches flickr group, I came across a ton of recent finishes.  How encouraging to see that fruit from our Celebrate Good Stitches event!  I was struggling to choose just one quilt to feature today when I noticed that several of my favorites had been completed by the Grace circle.  And then.... wow!  Grace had finished SIX quilts in December!!!

Star Crossed. Quilt Top!

Early on in December, Robin of Tip Toe Tango turned this quilt top...

To: My Very Own Blanket

into this finished quilt, bound for My Very Own Blanket and the arms of a foster child.  Grace is one of do. Good Stitches' oldest circles, and as such has undergone many, many changes in membership.  Robin is serving as Grace's new host.  She finished this quilt for retiring host, Jenny Squawk.  It's great to see members work together to come to a finish when life gets crazy.  Nicely done all!

Star Crossed. Jean Back

I also have to share the quilt back.  Don't you love that dark fabric and contrasting bright pink binding?  Beautiful!  You can find a tutorial for this enlarged Star Crossed block on Jenny's blog. 

Grace @ do.Good Stitches - September block
by MegMormel

In September, Irelle of Jibberish Designs led the Grace quilt, requesting this block from Sew Mama Sew's Modern Block of the Month.  It might look humble, but check out what she did with it....


Woa, Nelly!  Is that not the most unexpected and fabulous layout you've seen for a bee quilt?  Simply stunning!

Plus, did you notice the quilting?  Irelle said, "I started the center of each spiral as free motion quilting and tried to keep the lines about 1/2" apart. Once I got to about 8 inches, I put on my walking foot and rotated the quilt around and around and around and around..... I like how the circles intersect which creates more interest than if I had just done one large circle over the entire quilt. My plan was to start in the center of each large block but once that part was done, it needed one more circle on the lower right hand side. It was very time consuming but I was pleased with the outcome."

I'll say!

Lastly, I'm eager to share this gorgeous wintry finish by Laura of Little & Lots for Grace circle.  I shared the blocks I guess-contributed awhile back.  Laura's c-c-c-cold color scheme doesn't disappoint!

snowy stars align detail

And since today there is SNOW on the ground in South Carolina for the first time this season, I can feel right akin to miss Laura!  Yay, for pretty snow!

finished snowy stars align quilt

This Grace circle quilt was made with the Stars Align block from Stitching and Bacon. What a beauty!

That's just 3 of Grace Circle's 6 December finishes.  Maybe visit them at Flickr to see the rest and send some encouragement their way?  Congratulations to the entire Grace circle, Flickr names:  Tip. Toe. Tango.,  littleandlots, Jibberish Designs, quiltfairy33, Sing All You Want, megmormel, onelittlethread, rockETgum, beadqueene, klinky04, Melissews.

**Learn about do. Good Stitches here.  While quilts of all styles are wonderful acts of charity, this bee intends to bring together active Flickr-users who enjoy sewing with modern fabrics.  To join the wait list, please use this form.**


  1. Thanks for sharing the fruits of our labor! do Good Stitches is a great organization and I'm proud to be part of the Grace Circle!

  2. What a fun treat to see the Grace Circle featured! I'm completely tickled! So proud of these ladies, their creativity, and generosity. It's so fun to continually be impressed my each quilt. That goes for each group within do. Good Stitches Charity Bee. Such wonderful inspiration abounds.

  3. I'm so proud to be a new member of Grace Circle and in such talented company! Thanks Rachel, for creating a community that brings together love, creativity, and children in need. Yay for do.Good Stitches!!

  4. Those are amazing!!! Good job! So beautiful

  5. Wow! I'm so impressed by the foresight on the quilters in selecting their block patterns and colors. And the quilting! Ah-mazing. Such great inspiration. Thanks, Grace Circle!

  6. These are all stunning! Great job, ladies! Rachel, can you tell is how long the waiting list is for do.Good?

    Thanks so much!

    1. The wait list is actually not long right now. Be sure to apply via the form I linked up in the last note of the post =) It's important that members have photo history in their photostream so I can confirm they are a good fit for the bee. Thanks!

    2. I filled out the form last week sometime. Maybe I don't have enough photos posted in Flickr?

    3. You're on the approved wait list! I'll be in touch.

      BTW, you are a "no reply" commenter. =)

    4. Thanks so much, Rachel!!! I didn't realize I was "no reply." Thanks for the heads up. Have a beautiful weekend!

  7. Beautiful quilts all made with love for such a great cause! I'm loving being a part of this circle and do. Good Stitches!

  8. All fabulous - congratulations to all makers.

  9. Beautiful quilts - all really great!

  10. So beautiful--both visually and in the gift of giving such great quilts to so many people. :)


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