Emerge Circle– Flower Stems quilt

I was the lead quilter for July for the Emerge Circle of do.good Stitches.  We make quilts for local and global charities.  I am the lead quilter once a year.  The other months I make blocks for the lead quilter.

Emrge Circle photo of Flower Stems

Flower Stems

The quilt is made of (12) 18″ square blocks and (12) 12″ square improv blocks.  We have 12 members in Emerge Circle, including myself, so everyone made (1) 18″ square block and (1) 12″ square block.  The color palette was: Salmon, Dark Gray, Light Green, White, Light Blue, Peach and Yellow.  I put the blocks together randomly.

You can view the instructions here: FLower Stems pattern July 2018.

The layout is very simple with Row 1 with (4) 18″ square blocks, Row 2 with (6) 12″ square blocks and so on:

Flower Stems Layout July 2018I used Quilter’s Dream batting, 100% deluxe cotton.  The quilt finished at 78″ by 72″.   I used the walking foot on my Bernina to quilt it.

Emerge Circle photo of Flower Stems closeup

Low Volume Primer

I have learned that when modern quilters say “low volume” they mean a very subtle white or cream print.

When I started making blocks for do good stitches, I thought low volume meant low contrast white, gray or cream in relation to the bolder fabrics.

After making a not-so-low-volume block, I was instructed that my low volume wasn’t low volume.


emerge december 2015

It was considered too dark and busy.

This month we are making cross blocks with “low volume” and black. I’ve figured it out.


Allison of Allison Sews Blog is this month’s leader and has a tutorial.

Some examples of “low volume” for the modern quilter:

Emerge January 2017

Emerge November 2016

Emerge August 2016

Precision Piecing 45-degree angles

For almost two years, I’ve been making blocks for do.good.stitches group. Ours is the Emerge group. This month’s block is called “Magic Eight Ball”. The tutorial is from Blossom Hearts Quilts. Amanda Todd is this month’s leader and she chose this block for us to make.


The block has multiple 45-degree pieces. To align the straight blocks with the “eight ball” block, you need to mark first. That means marking 1/4 inch from the edge of the “eight ball” and 1/4 inch from the white/teal block.


After marking, place a pin where the mark meets the seam. Then, pin across where you’re going to stitch.


Make sure you stitch over the line you just made.

I think this is going to be a cool quilt. Amanda will turn our blocks into a quilt for Youth Emergency Services organization.


Keep doing good,