Thursday, September 17, 2015

done Good {Comfort 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, Comfort Circle takes the spotlight!

In March, Eva-Marie of Zusje B served as lead quilter for the Comfort circle.  Quilter's take turns setting a vision for the monthly bee quilt, usually defining the block style, colors and block size.  Eva-Marie was inspired by a Broken Dishes quilt from Rita of Red Pepper Quilts shared way back in 2011.   In her project prompt to the Comfort Circle team, Eva-Marie said, "I have never made an all solids quilt and I don't own enough solids to make it. That is why I would love to make it with you."  And, indeed, that is some of the fun of being a quilter in a bee like do. Good Stitches.  You get help making some of your quilty dreams come to life, and all for a truly good cause!

I made 3 blocks for the #comfortcircle #dogoodstitches March round. I hope that's ok.

Eva-Marie requested any colored solid fabric paired with white.  Her bee mates chimed in to say which colors they were making so as to work towards a well-rounded rainbow.  Soon finished blocks were popping up in the Comfort circle Flickr group.  Some member, like Quiltification, even sent more than the minimum 2.  Comfort circle is a very chummy group.  I'm thinking it's the little gestures, like sending extra blocks or communicating when you're going to be late, that create that sense of real community.


So the finished quilt?  Such a beauty!  I admit, I'm partial to all solids quilts.  They're so crisp, colorful and bold.  You really can't go wrong with pure color.  This happy quilt is sure to cheer someone's day again and again.




And Eva-Marie's choice of playful backing and classic stripe binding are perfectly delightful.  Thank-you, Eva-Marie, for your many years serving generously in do. Good Stitches!  Comfort Circle is based out of Western Europe (mostly the Netherlands) and benefits charities local to the quilters.  This quilt was donated to some young children in need.

Well done!  Congratulations to Comfort host Nicolette (Dutch Comfort) and the entire Comfort circle, Flickr names:  DutchComfort, Muriel (doucepoints), Lotje M, zusjeb.blogspot.com, Silly Banana, molsig, Alphenquilts, Asarlieve1, quiltification and Coser Tejer Crear.

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.  We're always in need of new quilters!

10 comments:

  1. Thanks Rachel for your kind words. I love the word chummy, I wasn’t familiar with the meaning. Eva-Marie’s quilt is gorgeous!

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  2. Wow rachel, thank you for showing our quilt! I love all the quilts we make, but this one is a real favorite of mine! The boy who received it is living in a temporary childrens home and is behind in his learning. He was chosen to receive this quilt so he can learn to name colors (he is 6 years old). It makes it all worth it to know you can help. The children in this home do not know if and when they will return home, but they can take a quilt with them, whatever will happen. To give them comfort. We made this possible, but you did too rachel, by founding this wonderfull initiative. In holland, where very few people make quilts, this circle does give me a sense if community. It makes this hobby so much more fun and meaningful! Thank you for making that possible, with love from holland! Eva-marie

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    1. Hi Eva-marie:
      Thanks for sharing the story behind this quilt. It makes it even more special. What a gift for this little boy.

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    2. I agree, knowing how this beautiful quilt is to be used makes it even more special.

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    3. Yes, thanks so much for sharing his story! I am discovering in my journey with Eleni lately how it feels to be on the receiving side when something so meaningful is given. We are so fortunate that kindness is not really so hard to share. It is a privilege to be working together =)

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  3. Thanks Rachel for your kind words about our Comfort circle :-)

    groeten from Alphenquilts

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  4. Gorgeous! I've never made an al solid quilt but this is inspiring. Way to go!

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  5. Nice quilt, great collaboration! The quilt is so bright and cheery!

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  6. Beautiful quilt. I would like more info on do. good stitches. I thought I signed up to participate about 6-8 weeks ago, but I've not heard anything. Is there a waitlist?

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    1. Thanks for asking! Yes, there is a wait list, particularly for "sticher" spots. We're always in need of more quilters, which are those folks who are willing to lead, assemble and quilt the finished project. If you signed up as a stitcher it's likely months before I get to you. Sorry for the wait!

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