Nurture Circle Quilts of do.Good Stitches

I haven’t been around for a while and I’ve missed the ‘ole blog! It’s also been even longer since I’ve shown the quilts I’ve taken part in with the Nurture Circle of do. Good Stitches group! As you may or may not know, I have been a part of this online quilting bee for years! I’ve shared the quilts I’ve made with the awesome women in my group. But it’s been ages since I’ve shown off what they have done!

As a reminder, this is an online bee with 10 members. 5 of us design and make the quilts. All 10 of us make a least 1 block per month, usually 2 or more, for the quilts. Then once they are done, they are donated to one of our group members who runs the quilt Charity in Texas, Covered in Love.

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This quilt was the August 2016 (see, it’s been a while!) group quilt designed by Briawna at Purple Poppy Quilts. We were asked to make 8 paper piecing kaleidoscope blocks  with solids and low volume fabrics. The block we used were from The Quilter’s Cache website. And then she took our blocks and made this awesome rainbow quilt!

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Next up, the 2016 September quilt…

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This one was designed by Carla from the Modern Bias blog.  We actually used the Crosscut Block from one of my best quilty buddies, Debbie, over at A Quilters Table. Carla just changed the size of the blocks.

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photo via Carla’s Flickr

Not only did we send her our blocks, but we also sent her our left over pieces. We ended up having two quilts that month!

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The one on the right is one of them. The one on the left is one I sent that i had done earlier, the Modern Sampler Quilt.

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photo via Kat’s Flickr

The second on we got from our extra blocks was a group effort with Carla piecing it and Gabrielle quilting it!

Next up, January 2017!

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This one was design by our Texas friend, Kat, from Kat and Cat Quilts. And yes, the one who runs our quilt charity! This one is a stitch and flip block and we made a mini strip and flip block. Instead of ROY-G-BIV our rainbow was only a OY-G-B rainbow! You can find the tutorial on our group Flickr page.

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And it came together beautifully!

And in February, Dhia, from Peach Patch Quilts, chose hearts!

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You can find the directions to the big heart, based on Michael Miller’s Cupid’s arrows quilt, on Dhia’s blog here. The little ones are from a Cluck Cluck Sew tutorial.

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photo via Dhia’s Flickr

This one reminds me of warm Nordic sweater (I think they are called something else, but I’m blanking on it!)! I love it!

And our last one for today is the March 2017 block.

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March of 2017, Briawna chose to use a tutorial from Andy Knowlton for scrappy flying geese. We made two blocks, one with gray on the right and one with gray on the left. Then I asked them to keep the tiny scraps for an upcoming quilt!

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photo via Briawna’s IG

And there we have it! Five Nuture Circle quilts to show! I need to get on quilting the Nurture Circle quilts I have finished in my pile. There are more to show, so stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

Another do.Good Stitches Finished Quilt

Our group finished another one! This one was designed and finished by Kat of Kat and Cat Quilts.

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Kat calls this quilt Hot and Cold! Get it? Do you see the pattern? A minute ago I took a look and didn’t see the pattern, but every other time the Hot and Cold, red and greens/blues is all I see! I love the spiral effect color can play!

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Now when you look at just mine hanging out on their own, you can’t miss the pattern! I used solids for the green and blue and prints for the reds and yellows side!

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You can get the tutorial for making these blocks over on Kat’s blog, here. It is so simple! I think this one took longer to find the fabric than to sew the fabric together into blocks!

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I like how she used the free motion quilting to further emphasis the Hot and Cold pattern!

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Our group has decided to switch charities. Kat has started a charity in her area for terminal ill patients and thier family. Be sure to learn more about Covered in Love!

 

September do.Good Stitches Quilt

My second do.Good Stitches quilt for the Nurture Circle is a success! If I do say so myself!

SeptDoGood-Main-ImFeelinCraftyThe family loves it so much, they asked if I could donate money and keep the quilt…. Um, no. But I’m glad they like it!

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I’ve been wanting to do a half square triangle quilt for some time now. There is a ton of inspiring ones out there, for sure. But I wanted the blocks BIG! So we each did two 20″ squares! We followed the tutorial at That girl that quilt, method one. We started with (2) 15 inch squares of different colors, sewed around the edges and cut per the tutorial. This leaves you with (4) 10.25 HST squares. For more variation, you actually need to do it 3 times, which actually gives you enough for 3 blocks.

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I guess I could have made a super huge quilt, but instead I did something I have never attempted before… I made the back and front of the quilt the same! When I was basting it, I realized it was a little trickier than I realized it was going to be to match up all the lines. It’s not perfectly aligned, but it’s pretty close!

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The other problem with making the same front and back was that it was hard to come up with a quilting pattern. If I followed the triangles on the front, it wouldn’t be the same on the back… They are the same, but the triangles don’t necessarily go in the same directions! So I picked this grid pattern! I like it!

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SeptDoGood-Blocks-ImFeelinCraftyI also love the colors! Have you read The Invention of Wings? It’s fantastic! It’s about slave ownership and two sisters that grow to fight slave discredit and abolish the owning of slaves. Which doesn’t sound like a very fun topic, but trust me it’s awesome! The two main slaves in the story are the seamstresses for the family and they are also quilters. In the first few pages they describe a quilt they are making and it’s these colors, pink, orange, red and purple. And black. I was totally inspired. I knew I wanted to put these colors together with a half square triangle quilt!

 

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My original intent was to add in some black once I got the blocks. But I loved it just the way it was without the black. So then I was going to bind it in black…. But obviously, I didn’t do that either. I used a scrappy binding combining all the colors of the quilt.

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I also wanted all solids. I used Kona Solid Kumquat for orange, Kona Solid Tomato for the red and Kona solid Pink for (You guessed it) the pink. The purple is a Clothworks. The white is also Kona Solid White. Each person used at least 3 colors and white.

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Our group uses the labels and I love how perfect the colors matched!

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I’m also super excited that this one, plus two others from our circle, was nominated to be in the do.Good Stitches Quilt Show at Quiltcon! I’ll know soon if it made the cut or not!

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Our quilts go to My Very Own Blanket, an organization that give foster kids their very own blanket. I recently learned that they personalize each quilt with the child’s name. I certainly hope that whoever gets this one loves it as much as my kiddo does!

 

 

 

 

 

Another do Good Stitches Quilt!

Our Nurture group is moving along and we’ve got another quilt under our belt. This one is thanks to Kat and Cat Quilts!

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image via Kat & Cat Quilts

For the block, Kat introduced us to a super easy and fun quilt block! It’s basically a square in a square in a square. I love the technique though because it’s a tutorial that you can make bigger or smaller and end up with as many squares as you want.\\

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The colors she choose were white, light blue, a darker teally blue, brown, a burgundy reddish color and a green. Each block needed a white, polka dot and a solid. I ended up using some from my stash in a dark teal blueish color!

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I just love seeing everyone’s ideas come together from all over the country. I love how close the final colors match her design inspiration colors.

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image via Kat & Cat Quilts

The quilting detail is fantastic! I love how she was brave enough to quilt a big spiral on a bunch of squares! And I say brave, because I rarely venture off with my quilting in the opposite direction of what the blocks look like. SO this is going into my mental library to try to think outside of the box (HA! get it!?!) next time I do a boxy quilt pattern!

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The back is cool too!

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We have a couple more quilts in the works! I can’t wait to share them with you!