When I first saw mention of the Jubilee quilt project, I got very excited. There seemed to be just a few of us at first and then it grew to more and more people, born in or near 1962 and then others that wanted to make a quilt to celebrate themselves. The more links I found, the more bloggers I began to follow, reading how each of us was creating a quilt and about our other interests as well.
My blog is That Man Quilts? and I blog about my quilting, raising a teenage daughter and a few other things that interest me.
As my birthday approached, I started re-assessing whether I should actually start another project. I have so many unquilted tops hanging in the sewing room closet and my resolution this year (as it was last year) was to quilt as many as I could. Maybe I should finish something I already had started and call that my jubilee.
Who was I fooling. At the same time I was thinking about finishing something and calling it Jubilee, I was also googling Jubilee Quilt patterns and I found a set of 36 mariner's compass stars on epatterns.com. And, while I was still trying to decide whether to start something new, I made the first one.
And, then, on my birthday, I made another block.
And, last weekend, I made a third one.
Guess there's no denial anymore. I'm all in.
We've been collecting batiks and hand dyes for years and when I saw the patterns, I knew exactly why I had been collecting them.
So, I'm sewing away, learning better ways to paper piece and ending up with some very exciting blocks. So far, the plan is to make all 36 blocks and set them together with a great batik sashing, but I'm only 3 blocks in. I could change my mind a hundred times and still do something totally different as I continue to grow during this, my 50th year.
I'm celebrating me with a quilt. How many babies have I celebrated with a quilt? And, how many have I made for other reasons? It's time to make one and make it all about me and what I think and feel and see and my skills, this year.
Take care. Lane...the quiltfool