There are four birthday signature quilts floating around our family universe, well in progress.
I am making one for each of my boys, and my sister is making the other two for her kids. We picked out a unique font for each kid, and applique down a number on some plain white fabric backing.
Around the number of their birthday that year, their friends and family sign their names and write well wishes for them using a pigma pen.
I usually let the kids help pick out the fabric to use that year. The final quilts will contain 16 blocks.
The kids think that their 16th birthdays are a million miles away. Funny how you sense time when you're a kid. It's a gift.