Sometimes a girl just need a simple project, kinda like when she needs a new lipstick or a big bar of chocolate.

This week has been such a week. After having dedicated most of the fall to working on very SERIOUS projects for publication I just wanted to goof around and make something fast, fun and crooked

– and not to worry about the crookedness.

My pile of Kaffe Fassett shot cottons was perfect. The fabrics are in beautiful colors but the weave is pretty thin and a little loose so it is hard to do anything horribly precise with them, at least for me.

Here is how you make a simple Chinese coins quilt top:

Use your ruler and cutter and cut a bunch of strips between one inch and four inches wide in most of the colors you have at hand.

Cut a small mountain of strips between one and four inches wide the full width of your fabric.

Cut a small mountain of strips between one and four inches wide the full width of your fabric.

Sew these strips more or less randomly together to large panels, maybe about one and a half foot tall. Press the panels well.

I made four such panes, and then promptly cut them into 6 ½ inch wide bands. Organize them in a way that makes you happy, and piece them together into six long sections the length that you want your quilt to be.

 (Mine were about 80” but I drank two glasses of wine when I was pieceing the quilt top together. I ended up hacking off the ends later to make my quilt straight. Now it is only 74” but who is counting. I had a good time.)

You need to complete food panels about one and a half foot tall from the strips.

You need to complete food panels about one and a half foot tall from the strips.

Choose a light chalky Kaffe Fassett solid to make 6 1/2 “ wide strips the length of your 6 Chinese coin stacks. You need to make 5 such strips.

Piece the Chinese coins and the solid strips together. This is were sobriety can come in handy. (As my quilt proved) I would recommend pinning the strips before sewing so that the coins don’t stretch. It is also a good idea to alternate the directions that you sew.

This is such a simple quilt top to make. Alternate your chinese coin strips with solid fabric

This is such a simple quilt top to make. Alternate your chinese coin strips with solid fabric

 

Voila, your quilt top is ready! At this point I was having such a good time that I decided to make large flag like prairie points on my quilt. I will show you have to make these in a later post.

 

Have fun sewing!

 

Felicia

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