Chinese Coins

Here is a set of strips for a Chinese Coins quilt. I don’t have the sashing or border fabric yet, but that’s OK. I’m going to make two or three of these quilts so I can frame quilt them. This is a stash busting exercise and I’m really enjoying all the fabrics.



Start with this

Sew them together like this.

Then slice them up like this.

Insert into quilt,

Quilt as desired.

I am still not sure how I am going to quilt this top, although I do know that I want all-over continuous quilting. I had decided to go with spirals in all of the squares, side-by-side all over the top up to the borders. I quilted some out on scrap fabric and I even posted a picture last night. However I was so discouraged by how bad they looked I took the post down.(So much for honestly sharing the process!) I still think that the pattern of repeating spirals would be really interesting to look at . Here is my before and after experiment.

Before – click on the picture to expose its total awfulness.


The other idea is to go with the baptist fans I was practicing on the whiteboard. I’m leaning towards the fans. Which do you like? Any other ideas? Let me know.


colorful and bright

These cheerful nine patches have all been sewn together and I’m working on the borders. More to come.

Hope your day is fun and productive.


gaining slowly

Progress being made.

I think the little pile of trimmings is just as festive as the blocks.

Couple of interviews coming up. Wish me luck.



Bright clear colors of  nine patch happiness.