Wednesday, July 30, 2014

done Good {Love 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 please forgive me for putting my own circle in the spotlight.  I couldn't resist sharing this quilt!

happy little Village

When Natalie of Greenleaf Goods asked for a quilt made up of "happy little houses and trees," I knew just what I would make; or, what I would re-make, as it happened to be.   Natalie had granted our circle total freedom in the design of our blocks, only asking that the color scheme landed somewhere bright and scrappy.   After seeing so many charming renditions of my Penny Sampler Little Village, it was great fun to make remake the block for the Love circle in bursting bright colors.

Happy Houses Quilt

But, let's be honest... the blocks my other bee mates made really take the cake.  The above is a house by Jaceycraft, so beautifully detailed.

Happy Houses Quilt

And this peaceful farm scene was crafted by the talented Amanda at My Sewcial Hour.

Happy Houses Quilt

Ara Jane's greenhouse is an unexpected delight!  I can't resist that vivacious floral print or the delicate black lines.  As you would guess, most of these blocks were paper pieced.

Under Natalie's talented hands, they certainly came together!  For me this quilt represents something inspiring about quilting bees - how each member can bring the best of her talents, personality and even fabrics to create something so completely special.  This quilt would never have existed if we weren't working as a team: sometimes leading, sometimes following, always sharing the same ultimate purpose.  Without question, it's a joyful quilt full of love. 

Do Good Stitches: Happy Houses Quilt
all photos of finished quilt are by Natalie of Greenleaf Goods

I recently received a note from Ellen at Wrap Them in Love, where our circle and several other do. Good Stitches circles send completed quilts.  She said, "Please let all of the wonderful quilters who help you with the quilts know how much we appreciate your beautiful work. The quilts from do Good Stitches have provided much comfort to many children in the US and around the world."  I'm so blessed to be a part of this effort!

Well done!  Congratulations to the entire Love circle, which includes myself and Flickr names:  Greenleaf Goods, AraJane, Jaceycraft, LittleMamaD, Ups & Downs, My Sewcial Hour, Antstosugar, Jenelle@E&A and A Little Gray.  Plus, at the time of this make included Doodledodesigns, Alia PS and Blue.Crab.

p.s. 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.

11 comments:

  1. Love Love this! It's amazing how they all came together so well.

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  2. So awesome...I just cannot stop smiling each time I look at your quilt. It's such a warm and happy piece...you made my day!

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  3. oh, i love this one, too! natalie's themes are always so fun and make the most wonderful quilts.

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  4. what a cool quilt! that greenhouse waaaaah!!!!!

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  5. This is such an amazing quilt. Just looking at it makes me smile! All the different blocks came together so beautifully!

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  6. Absolutely love this quilt. So quirky.

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  7. Beautiful quilt! So warm and special too!

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