Happy Birthday Cake Quilt
By: Patrick Lose for C&T Publishing
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Make this cheerful Happy Birthday cake quilt as a wall hanging for birthday parties at your home. You can also give this quilt as a homemade birthday gift sure to impress. This quilt project is an excerpt from C&T Publishing Poster Quilts with Patrick Lose.
- Turquoise: ½ yard for background and corner block
- Purple: ¼ yard or fat quarter for vertical and horizontal border blocks
- Lavender: 5/8 yard for binding and upper and lower cake appliqués
- White: 2˝ × 4˝ rectangle for candle
- Green: 2˝ × 4˝ rectangle for 4 confetti pieces
- Orange: 3˝ × 5˝ rectangle for 4 confetti pieces and inner candle flame
- Aqua 1: 4½ ˝ × 8˝ rectangle for candle glow
- Aqua 2: 6½ ˝ × 14˝ rectangle for cake stand
- Yellow: 9˝ × 9˝ square for stars and candle flame
- Light lavender 1: 9˝ × 11˝ rectangle for frosting
- Light lavender 2: 1/8 yard for letters
- Backing and batting: 23˝ × 27˝
- Fusible adhesive (18˝ wide): 1 yard
- Cut 1 rectangle 16½ ˝ × 20½ ˝ for the background.
- Cut 1 square 4½ ˝ × 4½ ˝ for the corner block.
- Cut 1 rectangle 4½ ˝ × 20½ ˝ for the vertical border block.
- Cut 1 rectangle 4½ ˝ × 16½ ˝ for the horizontal border block.
- Cut 3 strips 2½ ˝ × width of fabric for the binding.
- Cut 1 square 10˝ × 10˝ for upper and lower cake appliqués.
Creating the Appliqués
Find all of the appliqué template pieces here. They are printed at 50% and are reversed for tracing onto fusible adhesive.
- Lay the fusible adhesive, paper side up, over each appliqué template, and trace the shapes onto the paper. Be sure to trace the placement and stitching lines also. Leave approximately ¼ ˝ cutting space around each piece. trace 2 of each of the letters that indicate 2, and 1 each of the rest of the letters.
- Use paper-cutting scissors to roughly cut out all of the pieces outside the traced lines.
- Following the manufacturer’s instructions for fusing, fuse the traced template pieces, paper side up, onto the wrong side of the fabrics you’ve chosen for your appliqués. don’t fuse them until all the pieces are arranged to fit on the fabrics.
- Neatly cut out all of the appliqués from the fused fabrics. Transfer the placement and stitching lines onto the right side of the fabric.
- Remove the paper backing from the cake-stand appliqué, and position the appliqué at the bottom center of the turquoise background block, using the project photo, for reference and aligning the bottom of the “stem” with the raw edge of the background.
- Following the manufacturer’s instructions for the fusible adhesive, fuse only the cake-stand appliqué into place before proceeding; the rest of the appliqués will be added later.
Piecing the Banner
- Stitch one of the long sides of the vertical border block to one of the long sides of the background block, right sides together, using a 1/4˝-wide seam. Press the seam allowance toward the purple side.
- Stitch one of the sides of the corner block to one of the short sides of the horizontal border block, right sides together, using a 1/4˝-wide seam. Press the seam allowance toward the purple side.
- Stitch the 2 pieces together to complete the top. Press.
Positioning and Fusing the Appliqués
- Remove the paper backing from the remaining appliqués.
- Referring to the project photo, arrange all of the appliqués on the quilt top. When centering the letters and the corner block’s star, remember that there is a 1/4˝-wide seam allowance on all sides for the binding. The straight edge of the candle’s glow is aligned with the raw edge of the top.
- When you’re satisfied with the arrangement of the appliqués, fuse them into place. Always follow the fusible adhesive manufacturer’s instructions.
Quilting and Finishing
- Sandwich the batting between the quilt top and backing, and quilt as desired. I used a silver metallic thread and free-motion quilting to outline each of the pieces by going around them several times in a “scribbled” manner. I treated the detail lines the same way in the cake frosting, the cake-stand appliqués, and the drip on the side of the candle. I quilted spirals in the star centers.
- Finish the banner with the lavender binding strips.
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