January Finish – do.Good Stitches Quilt

Sometimes it is very easy to feel as though what you do during the day has very little meaning to anyone but yourself and your family. It is easy to get discouraged and to wonder if you are making any difference at all. These feelings are part of the reason I applied to join do.Good Stitches. I wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself and hopefully make a difference in someone’s life, even if it was only 2 quilt blocks at a time.

In September I was approached about moving from being a Stitcher (someone who sews quilt blocks) to a Quilter (someone who designs, plans, and quilts the donated quilts). I immediately said yes because I have reached a point where I love design and I am comfortable with putting my ideas out there – it has taken me a long time to get to this point

November was my first month as a Quilter in my circle – the Trust Circle. As you all know, I have a beautiful daughter, meaning I don’t do much work on boy projects, so I immediately asked for Wonky Log Cabin blocks in Blues and Greens with pops of Orange. By coincidence everyone in the group ended up doing awesome I-Spy centers, which just added so much to this special quilt.

Front - Wonky Log Cabin Quilt

Our circle supports Foster Children, each of our quilts is donated to a Foster Child, it can be to a child we know or to a specific charity.  In November I had no idea who I was going to donate this too. As the blocks started to roll in I continued to hem and haw until the week before Christmas when my amazing friend Kristy from Hopeful Threads announced that her family had been blessed with a precious gift, a newborn foster son. In that moment, reading her post, I knew the quilt was meant for him. Here is the post Kristy wrote about the quilt and what it has meant to her (she received it yesterday).

Here’s a look at the back:

Back - Wonky Log Cabin Quilt

I decided to do this as a Quilt As You Go quilt and I am tickled with the way it turned out. Using the technique in this tutorial I was able to spare myself a lot of the pain I usually have when quilting and I was able to create something beautiful. A big thank you goes out to the amazing ladies of Trust Circle, without whom, this quilt would not be possible. I feel so blessed to work with all of you. You pump me up and make me want to do more.

Quilt Stats:
Design: Wonky I-Spy Log Cabin
Measures: 50″ x 50″
Quilting: QAYG – wonky lines mimicking the wonky blocks
Thread: Masterpiece by Superior Threads

As Kristy says “Every Stitch Matters”

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14 Responses to January Finish – do.Good Stitches Quilt

  1. mary says:

    It’s gorgeous – I read Kristy’s post, how lovely that the quilt went to her little boy.

  2. Sondra says:

    Wonderful post! An amazing quilt, created by very “giving women”, as a gift to a very “giving woman” …

  3. Mary Ann says:

    What a lovely gift. It turned out great.

  4. Lisa L. says:

    I love the way this turned out, and I am so glad you had a special someone to give it to!

  5. This is such an amazing thing you do! I was a foster child – luckily only for little over a month until an amazing family adopted me. But it could have easily gone a different way. Thank you for doing this!

  6. Kristy says:

    Ok…..crying ALL OVER again!!!! 🙂 Love you friend! And your beautiful, giving heart! Thank you, the Trust Circle and do.Good Stitches for all you do and for using your gifts and resources to care for others….and wow! To be a recipient of that…what a blessing! <3

  7. Susan says:

    As the name of the group states, you do.good!!! Beautiful story, beautiful quilt. May the blessings you have given others with this gift come back to you all tenfold! Thank you for sharing this very moving story with all of us. Now I really need to find a tissue!

  8. rosa says:

    It`s awesome and sure your friend will be delighted!!

  9. Snoodles says:

    Wonderful story….so amazing to see what God can do when we let Him guide us! Awesome!

  10. Jen @ SewHappyGeek says:

    That quilt is amazing! What a perfect example of serendipity that you were able to give it to Kristy! You did a great job!! 🙂 hope you have a great weekend!

  11. Susan says:

    That’s a wonderful quilt. I love this project and what you do with others.

  12. Connie says:

    What a beautiful quilt Melissa and you do so many wonderful things!

  13. CeLynn says:

    It is such a wonderful feeling to be able to give of ourselves,and when it makes a difference in the recipient’s life,that just makes it all the more rewarding! You are such a generous person Melissa 🙂

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