Monday, August 17, 2015

done Good {Cherish 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.  Every month or so, I'll share some "done Good".  Today, Cherish circle takes the spotlight!

do. Good stitches Cherish Bee March Block-1
In March, Kathryn of Kathryn Jones Quilts served as lead quilter for the Cherish circle.  Quilter's take turns setting a vision for the monthly bee quilt, usually defining the block style, colors and block size.  Kathryn requested the Starburst Cross Block, a free tutorial by Jessica Kelly.  She imagined a "sunny, starry quilt in grey and yellow. Something about the sun breaking through all this rain!"

Here is a block completed by Cherish member Nurdan.  Such beautiful, crisp points!

Cherish's #dogoodstitches blocks are coming along nicely. Starburst cross block tutorial by @sewcraftyjess. Thanks Jess!

Soon Kathryn had received a collection of blocks from her bee mates and began considering layouts....

In this capture from Kathryn's Instagram feed, she asked for feedback on these two options.  Both work well, but I have to agree with the popular vote for random!

Ah, she's all finished. Sorry for the overgramming but I love this #quilt. Hopefully it will make a small difference to someone trying to make a new start after DV. #cherishcircle #dogoodstitches  Quilted with #aurifil 5001 - a lovely gold. Background fab

And just look at that quilting!  Wonderful work, Kathryn!!

Many times our do. Good Stitches charities benefit children.  But this quilt from Cherish Circle, based out of Australia, was designed and donated for Assist-A-Sista.  It will be offered as bedding for for a domestic violence victim setting herself up in a new living situation.  The grown-up, but positive palette and asymmetric design strike me as perfectly suited. 

Well done!  Congratulations to Cherish host Kim Moran-Jones and the entire Cherish circle, Flickr names:  KMJ_creations, Nurdan Kulluk, Faffling1, KathrynJonesQuilts, evenlypieced, Cathy Cates (aka CrafteeCC), Mad Maddy, Schmunter, sewpurplecamels, Curlyque665 and thequiltmachine.

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. Stunning quilt - well done Kathryn and all her fellow bee members. I think this will bring someone a great deal of happiness!

  2. Inspirational work... And seems perfectly suited to someone breaking the cycle of abuse!

  3. Love that quilt and even more that it'll be for someone who really needs comfort and a good sign for a new start!

  4. Gorgeous quilt! I probably would have played it safe and did the grid too, but the finished quilt was even more amazing with the random placement. Beautiful!

  5. Not my usual choice of colours but I do love them in this quilt and my favourite is the random setting.

  6. This is just so clean and nice! Well done ladies!!!!

  7. The quilt was beautiful. It gives me hope for a quilt I will make in the future...I have lots of flying geese all finished up. Please forgive my intrusion in your private life, but there was an interesting article in the Deseret News today, August 17, about an extensive therapy for cerebal palsy patients started in Poland. A couple so loved how it helped their child that they raised money to start a clinic in Provo, Utah named Now I Can. It also provides housing for parents at $15 a night. The article was written by Lee Benson. I don't know if this is helpful to you or not, but I figured it couldn't hurt. Knowledge is almost always good. I loved how many people helped make this clinic possible and helped the parent housing come together. It made me want to be a better person.

    1. Thanks! I'm looking into it and it seems like a good possibility for Eleni in the new year!

  8. Beautiful and so glad she went random instead of checkerboard - i have the same tendencies and then always regret not doing something different. :) Thanks for sharing!

  9. What beautiful blocks AND quilting! Thanks for sharing and congratulations to the Cherish Circle!

  10. such a beautifully finished quilt :) I am always amazed at the end result of the quilt blocks we make - our quilters do a wonderful job :) <3

  11. Thank you for highlighting our bee Rachel! We all love this quilt; it is so bright and full of hope! I am so happy that we, all the do.good stitches bees, are serving for a good reason. Oh, I feel quite privileged by your kind words on my block. Thanks very much!

  12. Such a lovely quilt. I'm sure it will be much loved by the recipient.

  13. A stunning quilt for a lovely purpose. It is beautiful to see loving women reach out to hurting women. Love abounds. Thank you.

  14. What a beauty - great work:))


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