Coin Quilt made from Charm Squares

Stacked Coins Quilt Top

Stacked Coins Quilt Top

A while A year ago I treated myself to a couple of packs of Moda Wildflower Serenade charm squares from Thumpacat Fabrics in New Zealand. It was a complete impulse buy (regular readers will be seeing a theme here) and I was stumped by what to do with them. I posted a call for suggestions on the Quilting Board but didn’t get any more specific recommendations than to go to the Moda Bakeshop.

I had first thought about making hourglass blocks, stacked on each other in long columns. Later I dismissed that idea and strung the charm squares together loosely based on the instructions for the Stacked Coins Baby Quilt, most of which I cheerfully ignored.

I was able to make a start in between family visits on Christmas Day, thanks to the fact that our family celebrates with a festive meal and gift giving on Christmas Eve, following the European tradition.

There was a long hiatus after Christmas when we got busy with garden work (harvesting potatoes), painting our front fence and sailing. The sailing is a whole other blog post, as we received some very colourful abuse for having a sail boat at the boat ramp. The abuse was meted out by a lady woman who clearly thought we had a lesser right than the motor boats to use the very crowded boat ramp. I was particularly un-impressed as the profanities were dealt out in the presence of some very tender young ears. As this is a quilting blog and not a blog on modern etiquette I’ll leave it at that.

To make the top I matched light to dark squares and sewed a seam along parallel raw edges. Then I cut each square in half down the middle and opened them up to made one light and one dark ‘coin’. Next, I sewed 30 coins end to end in a long stack and put sashing of 4 1/2 inches between each stack of coins.

I have put the border on and worked out how I can piece a backing together but I’m not happy with the direction this quilt has taken. The proportions don’t seem right to me (it’s 43 inches wide and 62 inches long.) The Wildfower Serenade fabric isn’t very babyish and most of my friends have children that are beyond the baby stage, so my thoughts had been along the lines of making a picnic throw or a lap quilt for a senior. But neither of those ideas feels quite right.

The only thing that crosses my mind at this stage is that maybe it could be used as a bed footer – the drape hotels put at the base of their beds to prevent guests making dirty foot marks on the bed covers. I really don’t know. The other option is just to list it on eBay and see whether someone else can find a beauty in this quilt top that I am unable to see.

eBay is looking like at strong contender to me at this stage.

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6 responses to “Coin Quilt made from Charm Squares

  1. I really like the quilt. Saw a pattern a few days ago called Stacked Nickels and the pictures look a lot like this. My picture was a black and white line drawing and not actually a pattern. Think I’ll try one now after seeing yours!

  2. Hmmmm…I like the idea of a senior lap quilt. But if your heart isn’t into finishing it, I’d put the top up on ebay too.

    Your sailing dock story reminded me of my two great Aunts who lived in Huntington Beach, CA…right on the water. Their ‘backyard’ was on a channel and most everyone had huge yachts moored to their docks…Pat & Flora tied up an itty bitty dinghy with oars. The neighbors were so mad at them.

    • That’s exactly the issue, my heart’s not into finishing it. All that effort making a quilt sandwich, then quilting it myself (couldn’t justify sending this one out) and then binding it, for a quilt I’ve fallen out of love with, just doesn’t seem worth it. Then again, some quilting practice wouldn’t do me any harm at all. Sigh…

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