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tallying 21

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I wanted to make something special but practical for Daughter #1 to commemorate a significant birthday: her 21st.

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I have a thing for number quilts (here is another I designed this year but with Roman numerals). This time I designed hash-mark blocks to add up to her age and put them together into a 24-inch square pillow. I made the hash marks kind of wonky so they would resemble handwritten ones.

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I finished piecing the front as the sun was setting the other night. I really like how the orange leaps off the tan background.

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I backed it with this cool geometric hexagon print, which is right up her graphic design alley.

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I quilted it on the diagonal, following the lines on the print–no marking!–I call it being creatively lazy.

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I can envision all sorts of design combinations that this hash-mark motif could be used for: gifts to celebrate bar/bat mitzvah (13), significant birthdays (16, 18, 21) or anniversaries–so many possibilities–what fun! I’ll be using it again.

Happy 21st, Gertie! xoxo

I have linked up with Sew Cute Tuesday at Better Off Thread.

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