Something New

Two weeks ago Missouri Star Quilters shared their Fence Rail Star quilt on their youtube channel. I shared it with a friend looking for scrap quilt ideas. Then I got sucked in. Yep, started a new quilt!

I remembered a Chinese Coin fabric exchange I was in years ago. Maybe 10 or so of us cut coins 1 3/4″ x 6″ and then we swapped them so we each ended up with a nice pile of 320 coins with no fabric being repeated. I got 2 sets. I started to make a traditional Chinese Coin quilt top, but decided to add hand appliqué sets between the Chinese Coins, but never finished it.

One day I’ll return to that UFO but will switch to machine appliqué to get-er-done! The Chinese Coins are all sewn into 5 strip sets. The 4 vertical vine strip sets need leaves, buds, berries added. I’ll use fused fabric scraps left from other projects for those – sometime in the future!

So the new project?  I’m using the left over coins in place of the 2 1/2″ jelly roll strips to make the Fence Rail Star quilt.

I have sewn 4 coins together and then trimmed to 5 1/4″ squares. 9 of those are needed for each block. I’m sewing the star points on in a wonky fashion. One completed!

I had almost enough coins to complete 9 blocks. But since I want this to be lap size, I attacked my stash and a friend’s stash to cut 108 more coins. Phew! Fun, but maybe crazy! Especially when I had other plans for this past week!

So, how did I do with my original sewing plans for the week?  I did tear myself away from the Chinese Coins to sew a bit of the Facets Quilt units. Here are just a few to give you an idea of how they will be sewn together in the quilt.

I’m liking how the Facets Quilt is looking!

The other 2 quilts on my to-do list didn’t get touched. Oh well, I did have fun switching it up this week! How about you, did your plans pan out?

How did I do on last week’s To-Do List?

  1. Continue quilting In Box Jaunt Quilt-Along. Next step just presented today! ✔️ Stitched! Setting this one aside for a couple of weeks.
  2. Piecing Facets quilt. ✔️
  3. Stitch around Monkeys. ✗
  4. Plan out Whale quilt.  ✗
To-Do List for this week:
  1. Continue quilting In Box Jaunt Quilt-Along, floral quilting in sashing, then setting this one aside for a couple of weeks.
  2. Helping adult kids with their new home to get it move-in-ready. That should about fill my week!
  3. Touch Monkey quilt if there is time.
I’m linking to To-Do Tuesday and Linky Tuesday.

2 Responses to “Something New”

  1. Jean McKinstry Says:

    Lovely vine, and with added goodies,will be smashing. Then along came the facets, too stunning for words.

  2. Christine Slaughter Says:

    I’m in awe of the Chinese Coins quilt. I love the idea of the exchange and being able to have all those many different fabrics in one quilt.

    I love that Fence Rail block too. That looks so perfectly scrappy, you’ve got me putting that on my to-make list for next year!

    Your Facets quilt is going to be spectacular! I love how that looks… Can’t wait to see more of it.

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