Thursday, August 30, 2012

Delinquent Jubilee+5

Yes, very delinquent.

I celebrated my Jubilee+5 birthday back in July. Because of a very busy schedule trying to get two quilts ready for our guild's quilt show in June, I decided to wait to even begin my quilt until my birth month - July.

Unfortunately, my life is still pretty stressful and some days I feel at the end of myself both physically and emotionally. Because of that, I've chosen to make my Jubilee+5 quilt a fairly simple one with bright colors. I needed some color therapy!

This is my version of a quilt I saw on Quiltsalott's blog. I admire her quilts very much.

My version will be wallhanging size and represents anything I might see in my flower garden - mostly flowers but I've included a butterfly, birds, bugs and bunnies. I used the Matilda's Own Kumo template to fussy cut the images.
After a few hand piecing errors (butterflies sometimes fly sideways but trees generally do not grow horizontally), I'm on my way to piecing it together. This has been a good project to take with me to work on in spare moments in waiting rooms.

There are a total of 56 blocks - one for each of my 55 years plus I plan to embroider my inital on the center pink 56th. block. In the picture above, I'm trying out the letter M printed on paper. The more I look at it, the more I think its too large for the block so will be making it smaller.

I plan to big stitch quilt the wallhanging but I'm not sure what color perle cotton to use. I've thought about gray to match the squares or bright pink or orange. Any ideas?

Until later, Mayleen


  1. Looking forward to seeing your version.

  2. You mentioned orange, and I instantly shouted, "YES!"! This is looking really nice, and I don't mind horizontal trees either! It's kindof charming! I love the dot fabric for the joiners. Sorry things have been hectic for you, but take your time, enjoy the process.....don't make yourself crazy with's supposed to be fun fun fun! :o)

  3. I like that a lot!! Love the initial in the center!!

  4. I'm with you that it has to be easy in order to be fun. I revamped my plan and will post soon.

    I love your blocks. I like the idea of a monogram/initial. Very clever.

  5. Looks great mayleen!
    Great fabrics and placements. Your initials in the center will be a great personal touch.
    Big stitch will look great on this. I'm partial to pink pearl cotton but all you ideas are great.

  6. That Janet at Quiltsalott got me started on this quilt too, but all I've done is start cutting, and at the rate I sew, I'd have a +5, +5 more, maybe +25 quilt. Yours is looking lovely--we have many of the same fabrics, but somehow yours looks better. The grey spot you are using looks great!

  7. Love your quilt, your fabrics look so bright and happy. I've been tempted by this pattern as well, look forward to seeing your progress. I think the size of your initial looks right the way it is. If it is too small you'll loose it, its your quilt why not stand out??

  8. Hi! I think this is really cute! And, I love the M just the way it is, brings the eye to you! I think it is perfect!
    Take care, Leslie

  9. Hi Mayleen, love this quilt and I think the "M" is just perfect. It's your quilt celebrating your birthday so a big "M" is justified!!!

  10. Very cool ideal and such beautiful colors. Come join me at