Friday, March 4, 2016

done Good {Nurture 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, Nurture Circle takes the spotlight!

In June, Louise of I'm Feeling Crafty served as lead quilter for the Nurture Circle. Quilter's take turns setting a vision for the monthly bee quilt, usually defining the block style, colors and block size.  Louise had recently released a FREE paper piecing pattern that one of her bee mates suggested would make a great bee quilt.

do. Good Stitches June blocks. My first make for the Nurture group

Louise asked the ladies of her quilting circle to make two blocks (as is typical) out of bright, solid colored fabrics with white as the uniting background fabric.  Soon beautiful Inside Out Pineapple blocks were popping up in the Nurture Circle Flickr group, like this pair made by Pedal Sew Lightly.  As it happens this was Pedal's first month sewing with Nurture Circle!  Way to step up!

Paper pieced blocks aren't hard, but they can certainly be time consuming.  Bee blocks can run the full gamut from uber simple quickies (like my request for plain old half square triangle blocks) to more elaborate makes.  Quilters always provide a pattern, tutorial or point to another tutorial, though.  You aren't expected to figure out how to sew blocks all on your own!


Take a gander at the finished quilt.  Oh my word!  It's absolutely stunning. Many hands make light work out of an ambitious project.  And many hands make masterpieces too!



Clearly Louise has a sharp eye for design.  This quilt is a show stopper, front and back.  Thank-you, Louise, for leading as host for Nurture circle of do. Good Stitches!  Nurture Circle makes quilts to benefit the terminally ill via Covered in Love.  This is a very special quilt that will make someone feel special just at the right time.

Well done!  Congratulations to Nurture host Louise (I'mFeelingCrafty) and the entire Nurture circle, Flickr names: kat and cat quilts, zaydia {}, PurplePoppyQuilts, Dhia Peach, MsSpy, brightlittlefish, Pedal Sew Lightly, jackiebenedetti and LibbyBlack.

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. This is my favorite charity quilt ever!!!

  2. I'm always impressed with the quality of the do good stitches quilts, but this one takes the cake. I love this quilt. LOVE it!!! I saw it (maybe on pinterest?) on January 14th and have NOT been able to get it out of my head. I really really *really* am not a fan of paper piecing (I think a large part of that is my machine is also not a fan!) so after some trial and error, I came up with a way to make the block without paper piecing it!! I'm pretty stoked about it, in case you couldn't tell :-)
    thanks for sharing ~ Tracy

    1. Kudos to you for working out a way to make the block that suits you! I wish you joy in your piecing.

  3. This is just so lovely. Congratulations to the circle.

  4. Show stopper is an understatement!

  5. Oh, WOW! Even the adjective 'show stopper' doesn't do this quilt justice. It's beyond stunning. You gals are the best!

  6. What a beautiful treasure. This quilt just exclaims HAPPY
    The colors are gorgeous and the blocks look like vibrating hugs
    It makes me glad to know someone will have this quilt. Well done to all of you that put this together!

  7. Just gorgeous! Good going Louise and the Nurture circle!

  8. That is most definitely a show stopper of a quilt! Insert clapping hands here! Ps I recently filled out the form to join do good stitches, but haven't received any notification back? Is there an automatic one? Or do we just hear if s spot becomes available in our area/region? :)

  9. The block pattern took my breath away when I opened the page. However, paper-piecing and I do NOT agree. Have just recently started reading my fav blogs again and I think my quilt mojo is coming back. Haven't sewn or cut into fabric since the end of January. Need to get back into my sewing room.

  10. This is a great block and a lovely quilt! I was thinking that turning it on point would look great too! Thanks for the link to the pattern ~ I'm going to give it a try!

  11. Thank you so much! It was great being a small part of making this beautiful quilt. Louise's pineapple block was a fun make and though it has a lot of pieces it is quite easy. I'd recommend it even to a novice paper piecer who wants a block with a lot of wow factor. It is such a blessing being a part of the Nurture group. Cudos to Rachel for planting the do. Good Stitches seed!

  12. When I saw the photo of the quilt in Feedly my jaw dropped! So beautiful! The recipient will be over the moon!

  13. Looks better than I could have imagined when we were sewing the blocks! Great pattern from Louise!


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