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.
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:
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.
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”