I've made quite a few milestone birthday quilts in the last several years. Oddly, as a milestone of my own was approaching, it did not occur to me to make myself a quilt. Eventually, though, the seed planted itself in my head & the idea flourished. I am now making myself a milestone birthday quilt!
It will be an on-going project. My quilt is a mash-up of 2 quilts in Mary Elizabeth Kinch & Biz Storms' book Small Pieces, Spectacular Quilts. My wedges are from a stack of metallic prints on solids that I got at Quilt Festival a few of years ago, the whole-cloth bands are a pumpkin-colored mini plaid. I am surprised at how quickly they sew together -- I sit down with my pile of wedges, sew 2 together, another 2 together, then those 4 together -- next thing I know, I have a long string of wedges. The 3rd one is done now & I'm ready to begin the 4th. I calculate that I will need 8 pieced bands -- so I'm nearly half-way there!