Monday, November 9, 2015

done Good {Emerge 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, 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!)

Emerge. Do Good Stitches June block.

In her 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.

Finished! Emerge. Do.Good. Quilt!

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. 

Emerge. Do good quilt. Back

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!


  1. Wonderful finish. I've always admired that pattern and I love this little twist on the design.

  2. Thanks for sharing our good works. It has been rewarding to work with these other modern quilters to create a quilt for teens in need.

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  4. This is a beautiful finish. I love all of the blocks
    The ones on the back are perfect too
    superb quilting

  5. Fabulous! Have always loved this pattern. Well done girls ; )

  6. Great quilt. Love the cool color pallet.

  7. awwwww! Thanks. :) I love this quilt and I love where it's going. Nothing like sewing for others, is there? :)

  8. Gorgeous! Love the ghost quilting and color scheme!

  9. I'm working on one, too, and loving every minute of it! I went with the bright colors, but like the darker, more manly fabrics, as well. I really enjoy how differently she pieced her blocks and just love the quilting!

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  11. Thanks for the feature, Rachel! This is a talented group of ladies to work with!


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