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, Emerge Circle takes the spotlight!
In June, Kelly aka ScrapStudio
served as lead quilter for the Emerge circle's inaugural quilt.
Quilter's take turns setting a vision for the monthly bee quilt, usually
defining the block
style, colors and block size. Kelly was inspired by Amanda Jean's Bright Birch Trees pattern.
A little inquiring resulted in Amanda gifting the pattern to Emerge
circle to use for this charity project. (By the way, many kind pattern
makers have donated patterns for do. Good use. It never hurts to ask!)
project prompt to the Emerge Circle team, Kelly requested masculine colors: navy, grey, blues, greens with bright colors in the birch tree strips. These are her sample blocks. Such a no-fuss way to use those itty bitty scraps! You can create a stick of scraps and then use "slice and insert" to sew sticks at angles into the block.
One of the benefits of working with a bee is that you don't tire yourself out in the block-making stage of a project. I know when I'm making a quilt, I may start off open-ended about design, poised to explore all the possibilities. I can lose that flexible perspective if I get fatigued making the blocks themselves and sort of rush into a predictable finish. Working with blocks that arrive as if by magic, in the mail, can energize my layout process.
Maybe that was so for Kelly. Did you spy how Kelly mixed things up? I love how she used quilting to echo the lines of the sticks even in the blank blocks.
And then the missing three blocks show up on the back. Such a simple little design choice, but oh so effective! Makes for an interesting finish.
Thank-you, Kelly, for leading the first quilt as host for this new circle of do. Good
Stitches! Emerge Circle makes quilts to benefit Youth Emergency Services in Omaha, Nebraska. This organization works with teens who are in troubling situations. It places teens in a
half way house and teaches them the life skills they need for independence.
Well done! Congratulations
to Emerge host Kelly
(ScrapStudio) and the entire Emerge circle, Flickr names: ScrapStudio, jcrafter, allisonsews, Amandadaretodd31, betsyramm, luxxiasews, Wanda Dotson, Lynds0517, mamaspark, TiFoSew and windowshopmom.
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!