happy birthday to you!
Many of my friends are celebrating significant birthdays these days (the kind that end in 0), so I have been making wall hangings as gifts. They are a great way for me to try new techniques in miniature form.
I was looking through some favorite blogs when I stumbled across a fabulous idea on 42quilts for a monument block. As Jenifer points out, if you use fun fabric, it looks like a birthday cake–perfect for a monumental birthday and zero calories to boot!
I used 2-inch–wide strips since I had a bunch of the red fabric already cut that width from another project, alternated the cake layers, and added sashing all the way around to frame it.
On the binding I added a bit of red. In Elizabeth Hartman’s new book, I noticed how she often added funky scrappy pieces to her binding, so I thought I’d be brave and give it a go here. It was not hard at all–it just required a little planning so the red landed where I wanted it.
I used curlicue free-motion quilting in the cake and borders and straight-line quilting in the red, which kind of makes the cake look like it’s on fire!