do.Good Stitches {a charity bee}

do. Good Stitches button
I’ve recently joined do.Good stitches {a charity bee} in hopes of being able to sew for the needy and less fortunate. I requested membership several weeks ago, but it took a while to hear back. Apparently, there are a lot of people requesting to be Stitchers, and not enough Quilters. I changed my mind (I originally wanted to be a Stitcher) and decided to become a Quilter. Which in turn meant we were able to begin a new circle, Humility Circle.

Each circle has 10 members, 5 of which are Stitchers, and 5 are Quilters. One Quilters is also a Host, or essentially the leader. Every month, each person makes 2 blocks to form the quilt. Then all these blocks get sent to one Quilter. The Quilter then has a few weeks to assemble the blocks, piece the top, baste, quilt and bind. Then the Quilter mails it off to the Charity that was chosen. So I will be quilting in January and again in July. Part of being a Quilter also means I get to decide on the style of block chosen, as well as the colors used. If I specify a certain solid Kona, I must provide this certain solid Kona for all members. The aim is to use what’s in our stash, and not buy a whole lot. At the end of the year, we’ve provided 11-12 quilts to a charity.

The Humility Circle (which I’m a Quilter of), mails all finished quilts to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. This reservation actually houses approximately 18,000 Native Americans. The reservation is poverty stricken and the unemployment rate is 80%. On average, one in four children will be born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. The name Humility was chosen because our leader Vickey, was told that in Native American culture, to give a blanket shows Humility. Our quilts will go to those in need in all stages of life but the social worker who delivers these is aware that our focus is more toward the children and teens.

So there you have it, a heartbreaking story, and our little group’s way of trying to help in any way we can. It is such an honor to be part of this, and I’ve waited a long time to build my skills and hone my style, as well as waiting for another group to be formed. I’m really looking forward to this opportunity.

For November, our leader is Quilter, so she decided on one Wonky Log Cabin Block, and one Wonky Star Block. No white. All colors and cheery.

Here are mine.
do.Good Stitches {Humility Circle} November Block
do.Good Stitches {Humility Circle} November Block

I can’t wait to see the final quilt at the end of each month, and I’ll be happy to share here. 🙂

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