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happy birthday to you!

birthday cake

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.

birthday cake quilting

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!

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2 thoughts on “happy birthday to you!

  1. Terrrrrrific birthday cake!
    BTW, since I’m haunting your blog this morning, I thought I mention that you and I read a lot of the same books. I’ve saved your list of what you’ve been reading for ideas when I throw some new books in the Audible shopping cart. Thank you for listing them!

    • Ah, a kindred bibliophile! I’m glad the list has given you some ideas. I keep it for myself (because I’m at that age where I sometimes forget what I’ve read, or at least the titles and names of authors) and for my book club–I have taken on the role of recordkeeper/historian. My daughters, who have outgrown YA lit, now troll through it too, knowing that I usually have the same books on my shelves for them to borrow!

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