Tuesday, September 9, 2014

done good {Heal 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, Heal Circle takes the spotlight!

June do. Good Stitches blocks

In June, Emily of Quilts by Emily served as lead quilter for the Heal circle.  Quilter's take turns setting a vision for the monthly bee quilt, usually defining the block style, colors and block size.  Emily was inspired by Square Deal quilt in Block Party, which is a book about the modern quilting bee movement.  Anticipating the patriotic season, Emily requested red, blue and low volume whites and grays, showing this sample block to inspire her team of sewists.

Emily's large 22" square in square log cabin block, is quartered as 4 equal sections.  It's a pretty quick way to make blocks!

do. Good Stitches Heal circle

Although I'm not usually a red, white and blue person, I can't help but be completely won over by this quilt.  It all works together so well, both the bold colors and the clean, angular block design.  I love how these quartered log cabins look almost layered or overlapping when neighboring blocks have high contrast. 

do. Good Stitches Heal circle

Emily, who by my count has now finished FIVE quilts for charity through do. Good Stitches, quilted this work with durable, all-over free motion meander.

do. Good Stitches Heal circle

A few more blocks on the artful back, make such a nice, cohesive finish.  Thank-you, Emily, for your many years serving faithfully in Heal circle!  Heal makes charity quilts mainly for Hospice, comforting those nearing the end of this life's journey.  However, this particular quilt made its way to a young boy recently diagnosed with leukemia. 

Well done!  Congratulations to Heal host Nicke Cutler and the entire Heal circle, Flickr names:  Nicke Cutler, QuiltsbyEmily, stayathomelibrarian, birdydanana, shimmyblisster, kelseysews, sew fantastic, Carlaf2, cknitress, kylnq, tinkingalong and raqueltencza.

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. Rosemary B here:
    Yes, this is beautiful. I love this. And You <3
    thanks for sharing this

  2. What a cool idea! I bet this goes together really fast. I love the back of the quilt as well as the front.

  3. Fun post and so happy to be part of this great group : )

  4. Awe, thanks for sharing this Rachel! It's a joy for me to collaborate with such wonderful ladies to make these quilts and I appreciate the opportunity you've provided to be able to do it! I'm not normally drawn to red, white and blue schemes either (my mother-in-law always comes to mind first - SOOO lovely as she is, a little dated). The aquas and navys and teeny tiny pop of yellow help to modernize it I think.

  5. Bold, deep but bright, and all fun. Good job Heal circle! I'm certain this will be loved and studied many times over by it's fortunate recipient.

  6. This one really caught my eye, and I'm am not a red, white and blue person. Really cool, good job.


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