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Friday, April 13, 2012

The beginning of my Jubilee Quilt

I am excited to tell you that I've taken the plunge and have joined the Jubilee Quilt Project!  When I turned 40 I was told it was the new 30.  When I turned 50 I was told it was the new 40.  Several months ago I turned 60 and was told it is the new 50 - so that means I'm legit!! (I just love the fact that baby boomers will find any excuse not to get old!!)  The Jubilee Quilt Project was started to celebrate those turning  a half century - to make a quilt just for you to celebrate that milestone.  A big thank you to Barb for encouraging me to be a part.  After months of waiting for inspiration, I have started.  These are a few of the flowers (coxcomb) that will be in the blocks.
It all started several months ago. I was waiting for inspiration to strike.  While browsing thru old books at our quilt show last month, one of the quilts in this book literally screamed out to me "Make me!!"  So I bought the book.
The second main element to this quilt will come from this book.  My mother has made theorems for over 30 years.  It's a painting on velvet - it's very difficult and my mother is very good.  But she doesn't make theorems any more and has passed along her books.  The designs in this book intrigued me and I'm going to see if I can interpret one of them in fabric.  We'll see how that goes..... I'm a long way from that at the moment.
Here are the little templates I made for the flowers.  I have never done reverse appliques before, but from looking at the picture in the book, I didn't see any other way to make these.  My technique did improve slightly as I made more, but they are not perfect and that is just fine with me. I'm hoping the overall look of the quilt will make one not linger too long over my stitches.
Here is my progression. The one on the bottom was first (I didn't like that pink either).  The one on the left was second.  I decided it need to be a little bigger. The one on the right is the one I went with.

One of the other elements to the block are these little darlings.  They will finish at 3/4" - I'm glad to say I only need 64.  I made them slightly bigger and trimmed to size - not too bad.
So that's where I am at the moment.  I'm getting ready to add some leaves, and it's been rather frustrating trying to get the right shape and size.  I'll have more to share soon.
Have a great weekend,
Karen

11 comments:

Doniene said...

Oh Karen, it is going to be so lovely!! I wanted to join in - I turn 55 this year - but alas, just too many other projects taking precedence. But I'm so excited to see what others are making!!

Blessings

Darlene said...

It's a perfect reason to make such a beautiful quilt. I'm going to enjoy your progress.

Vivian said...

This is going to be a striking project, Karen, no matter what comes next. Enjoy the process. It's a great group project.

regan said...

This is awesome, Karen! I can't wait to see your progress! Beautiful colors, too!

Jan said...

Looks great; I'm anxious to see more of the design!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Oh, boy... I can't wait to see more. I'll keep this in mind, a Jubilee Quilt when I turn the NEW 50. ;)

Stephanie said...

A Life Celebration Quilt. We all need one. This will be a gorgeous one for sure. I can't wait to see the various elements incorporated.

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Gorgeous ... and I cannot wait to see more of this quilt!

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

ooh that is going to be a beauty! I love that book!

*karendianne. said...

Ohhhh this is exciting. I love the inspiration! This is going to be a real beauty in your hands my friend. Fantastic.

Linda said...

This sure sounds like an interesting project! Wow. I think you've come up with a very a creative approach, and will do very well with it. I'm watching!