do.Good Stitches February Blocks

For the month of February the Promise group of do.Good Stitches is making half square triangle blocks.  Sounds kind of boring right…WRONG.  Camille Roskelley of Simplify has an amazing set of 25 blocks all made from simple half square triangles (found here).  There are so many possibilities with this.  I was so excited to get started.

Our queen bee this month said she wants to use oranges as a background and blue/green/gray for the contrasting colors.  She wants 16 inch finished blocks using whichever layout we would like.  I immediately went to my stash and pulled out my stack of random 5 inch squares.  This is what I came up with.

February do good stitches fabrics

Because these quilts are very scrappy I just went with my initial instincts.  I think my favorite part of being in a group like this is I actually get to put my scraps to good use, where I normally wouldn’t touch them (I personally hate making scrap quilts).

With fabrics in hand I quickly made up my half square triangles using the traditional draw a line down the middle, sew both sides and cut method.  Tested out some layouts…

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and landed on this one.  Loving it.  and off it goes to hopefully warm someone’s heart this cold cold winter.

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do. Good Stitches {a Charity Bee}

 I’m sure many of you have heard of do. Good Stitches, but for those of you that haven’t, let me fill you in. It is a virtual quilting bee founded and administrated by Rachel Hauser of the blog Stitched in Color. The bee is comprised of several sewing circles that benefit a number of charities through making and donating quilts. The bee is based in flicker, and the main group page can be found here. Be prepared for a ton of quilting inspiration when you check it out.

I am sure this has been going on for a number of years now, but being new to blogging and flicker and online crafting I just learned about it recently. In order to join the bee and a sewing circle you have to contact Rachel and express your intents. You can join a circle in one of two ways, as a stitcher, or as a quilter. Stitchers make blocks requested by quilters each month, and quilters assemble the blocks into quilts and send them off to the selected charity. The intent is to use up your scraps or stash fabrics, and to generate one quilt per month. As soon as I found out about this I sent in my info to join a circle as a stitcher. I was promptly contacted by Rachel who asked if I would be interested in joining a circle as a quilter. She said she has no short supply of stitchers, but is always looking for quilters. I was hesitant to join as a quilter, as I am still building my quilting skills. She assured me that I would do fine, so I jumped right in. She invited me to join a group that was already up and running and had lost some members for various reasons. So I am now officially a member of the Promise circle of do. Good Stitches! I was warmly welcomed by the group via flicker, and I am so excited to get quilting with them.

For October the blocks requested were a scrappy 9-patch block and a 9-patch block with red.

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2013 October 1

The November quilter requested four 6-inch maple leaf blocks in bright fall colors.

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I had so much fun putting these blocks together. I can tell already that I am going to really enjoy being a part of this group. Better get planning on what sort of blocks I would like when my month to quilt rolls around.