Tuesday, July 22, 2014

simple Love

This July in the Love circle of do. Good Stitches, bee mate Ara Jane is leading our group quilt with her usual jaw-dropping talent.  Her concept is refreshingly simple, yet intriguing.  She asked for 4", 8" or 12" blocks made up of neutral backgrounds with warm-colored stripes, no larger than 1" finished.

July in the Love circle

During rest time today, I made a total of four blocks all from neutral and string scraps.  Love that, love that, love that!  They were quick, yet satisfying.  The placement and personality of the stripes offering just that bit of artistry that keeps one engaged, waiting to see how it will all turn out.

simple is good

My largest block is made with Essex natural linen/cotton.  As a precaution, I sewed 1/2" seams on this block.  Take that, linen!  No unraveling seams here.

do. Good Stitches bee blocks

These blocks have such an beautiful minimalism, don't you think?  To see more incarnations, check out the Love circle photostream.  As with all our Love circle quilts, this one is destined to brighten a child's life through donation with Wrap Them in Love.  I'm so glad to have this opportunity to bless others while doing something that nourishes my soul.  It's the simplest way to love.

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.


  1. How sweet! Seems like a great way to use some strings :) I'll keep it in mind!

  2. I do really like that! I would have probably put that pink in my cool pile. When will I learn?
    But - I wanted to say that the colors as a group are very pretty.

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  4. Love your color choices! So pretty! Can't wait to see the finished product.

  5. Very cute! Reminds me of Elizabeth Hartman's Knee Sock pattern!

  6. you are always so sweet, rachel. thank you! and as usual, i love your blocks. i really do hope this quilt ends up looking as cool as it does in my head!

  7. I like the small blocks most. They look like summer ice.

  8. They are so pretty! The look like candy stripes.

  9. as much as i love patterned fabric there's just something about clean simple solid colors that makes my heart race. excited to see the end result.

  10. I just have to say - I love this design so much!

  11. I'm curious if those are finished sizes - 4", 8" 12"?

    1. Yes, those are the finished sizes, so the unfinished sizes are each .5" more to allow for seam allowances.


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