I’m calling this strippy-string quilt Stacks Of Coins.
The finished Stacks Of Coins top measures 48″ x 72″ and is made with 5 sections of 6-inch wide pieced strips set with 4 sections of 5-inch wide plain strips. I originally pieced 6 sections of strips for the top, but laying it all out, I saw that this setup would make an almost-square quilt — too wide for a lap quilt. Not wanting to waste the remaining pieced strip, I sliced it in half and added it into the border along the top and bottom.
See our tomato plants in the photo? I pinned the top along our vegetable garden fence this morning to get a picture and didn’t clothespin it very well. After this photograph, I had to hang the top up to dry. Yesterday evening we had a downpour and I got the bottom wet taking the photo.
The plain cotton print used in between the strips and as a border is now gone, except for a few small scraps. Stashbusting!!
The backing will be another pieced backing — don’t know what yet….I will need to go shopping through my stash and rummage for some fabrics that will work with this top.
I plan to quilt this Stacks Of Coins top on my new longarm as soon as I finish the Kyoto Kimono quilt that’s loaded now. I need to learn more free-motion techniques, and working with functional quilt tops like this Stacks of Coins gives me the freedom to explore while learning. (And I also need to practice, practice, practice, too!)
Here’s an antique Amish Coin quilt that looks quite contemporary. Made with solids, the interplay of the strips is very graphic, isn’t it?
Another Coins quilt that I found in my books is this crib size quilt. This design would be a quick gift for a little tike!
This Amish Coins antique quilt is striking — the use of fuschia with orange is bold, and very appealing!
Another antique Amish Coins quilt. The triangle border is rather unusual.
Each of these Coins quilts uses the same overall pattern design, yet they are all different. Just one of the reasons why so many people are passionate about quilts!
Note: From here on, I have decided to eliminate references to the traditional pattern name “Chinese Coins”. I have major issues with China and each time I even think about this traditional pattern name I cringe, so I’ve just decided to reference the design as Coins from here on. (Sorry China….Maybe if you can get your collective-act together and think-green-not-red and work hard to get-the-lead-out, I’ll revisit my position. In America, we have the freedom to do stuff like this. So there!)