Coin Quilt is a Flimsy

I think this is the first coin quilt I have made and I love it. It is simple, pretty, and has lovely color. This project consumed a nice pile of scraps, most of which were given to me by my sister.

In January I spent some time cutting pink, green, blue and yellow scraps into strips measuring 2 1/2″ x 5″. Then I made myself put them away and finish a few other projects before playing with these. When I was ready to sew the coin quilt, it was great to just pull the bag of strips off the shelf and dive in.

I decided to make one long strip of coins for the center and worked outward from there, reducing the number of coins in each strip. Not having much of a design wall, I kept them taped to the trim above these closet doors. I spent almost no time placing colors or making sure one color wasn’t next to another. Knowing there would be wide sashing strips between the columns meant no coin would truly be side by side with another. Seeing it come together so nicely was satisfying, especially given I didn’t lay anything out. I simply pulled pieces and chain stitched them together.

I used a mottled, light blue fabric for the 2 1/2″ wide sashing, as well as the tops and the bottoms of each column. It screams springtime to me!

The next step is to pick a backing and get it basted. It is 69″ tall and maybe 54″ wide?

What have all of you been up to this week? It is gorgeous here but too dry. Way, way too dry. Today I read that this is the 3rd driest season in over 40 years for our area. We all know what that means. Horrific fire danger coming this summer and fall. Sigh.

We don’t really have much planned for the weekend. Some yard work, some sewing and generally hanging out. Hope all of you are well, happy and feeling creative.

I will leave you with some fun pictures – they are sure to make you smile!

Look who learned to ride her bike!! She is so proud of herself!!
Big sister is teaching little sis a bit of yoga. Downward Dog anyone???
Julia’s chicks are growing nicely!

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By the way, all children’s fabrics are 25% off all weekend long!! Happy shopping. 🙂

23 thoughts on “Coin Quilt is a Flimsy

  1. Wendy

    We are very dry here too, and have had several prairie fires pop up in the last week or so. Your coin quilt turned out really well – I like the fresh, crisp look with that pretty blue background. How can H be riding a bike already?!? The Down Dog photo has me chuckling; those two are going to be good friends, I think! Thanks for sharing the photos!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      I can’t believe she is riding her bike either. She just turned four for goodness sake. She loves speed and goes so darn fast. I am happy with the quilt top for sure. I think it is because of the colors. It is so springlike and I do not want summer yet. 🙂

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    1. Bernie Post author

      If only there was a way to distribute the weather better. We have no rain, you are weary of yours. Sigh.
      Have a wonderful weekend and hope it isn’t too stormy.

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  2. Kathy E.

    Bernie, this kind of sewing is the best kind! Once you have the pieces all measured and cut, just pulling the blocks randomly and sewing together takes such little brain power. Coin Quilt really does remind me of spring with its gentle colors and blue background. Prayers for rain soon to your area!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Exactly – this was just mindless sewing – so relaxing! When I look at the top, there are not many pieces I would move based on color placement either. It worked quite well. Hope you have a nice spring weekend Kathy!!

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  3. Mari

    What a lovely quilt! I love the soft colors and the blue background. I suggest a soft green backing. H. looks so big on her bike! And baby yoga– what a riot! They are very flexible. Baby chicks mean more eggs, right? Have a lovely weekend, rain or no rain.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Thank you Mari! I love green so I will take your suggestion for the backing. I am sure I have something that will look nice. 🙂

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  4. Kathleen McCormick

    You did a great job on the quilt. I love the varied/patterned way you did the rows. It gives it some fun interest. Of course, all those pictures made me smile.

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  5. Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl

    The quilt top is very happy and makes me think of spring as well. Looks like you had a really lovely week of sewing fun thanks to your earlier preparation. 🙂

    I sure wish I could send California some of the rain from over here, it’s crazy how things are so unevenly distributed.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Thank you Yvonne – having scraps already cut makes the piecing much more fun. (cutting the pieces is actually my least favorite part of making a quilt.). Please invent a way to funnel a little bit of your rain and send it over. We have had only 24″ or so of rain all year. It will be a miserable fire season.

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  6. Deanna

    Great layout on the coin quilt. I’ll have to consider something similar for the next one I make. Thank you for sharing.

    ps–Very dry here, too. I prefer tomatoes to fires, but I am not sure we will have much of a choice this August.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Are you on the west coast too Deanna? So, so dry – We also love our tomatoes but it is almost certain there will be fires. The question is where!

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  7. Sandra Walker

    Stand on your head! That’s what my parents would say in a singsong voice to my girls and this is exactly what they’d do! So cute! As are Julia’s chicks. I love coin quilts! I’ve only made one, and a variation on one, but hmm, should maybe consider another for H2H!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Hi Sandra: The girls are so funny. H does love her yoga and her little sis loves to copy whatever H is doing.
      The coin quilt was a breeze to put together. 🙂

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  8. Linda

    I love your coin quilt Bernie, those soft colors with that pretty blue background. I like Mari’s green backing suggestion. Will you keep it? Oh those girls, so, so cute. I bet you can’t wait to see them again. Tell Julia her chicks are adorable. It is storm season here in north TX and I’ll be taking the advanced storm spotter online class again this week. I am enjoying being in the path of storms again – something besides hurricanes! I don’t hold much hope for my garden so I’ll garden vicariously through you. I’ll pray you get some rain soon.

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  9. Carol Dean Jones

    I love the coin quilt and thank you so much for the details on making it. I started one today with my baby fabrics. So happy to see these lovely spring days here in the east. We’ve had a messy winter and my yard is full of daffodils today instead of snow!
    My very best,
    Carol

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Hi Carol – This is a great pattern for a baby quilt. It will be adorable, I am sure.
      My daffodils are all finished up and now the iris are budding. I do love spring flowers!The roses should be next.
      Take care, Bernie

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