Monday, August 4, 2014

scrappy stacked coins


When I first started making this little quilt I wanted to simply join lots of scrappy strips together and turn them into this kind of quilt. After I finished just a few blocks though, it all looked like such a disorganized mess I knew it was time for plan B - Kona Snow to the rescue. I recut the colored strips and used Kona Snow to calm things down and bring much needed order to the quilt.


I then used big strips of no longer loved fabrics for the backing. I find this to be a good way to use up that fabric that no longer sings to me yet I don't feel good about simply getting rid of it. You know what I mean, right? I'm sure we all have quite a few of those fabrics in our stash. (and Rachel has tons of great ideas on what to make with all that no longer loved fabric on her blog if you're interested)


I was out of 505 spray when I finished this quilt top so I decided to pin baste it. All I can say I will try very hard not to run out of basting spray ever again. I did not enjoy poking all those pins through the layers at all. To top it all off, I kept getting ginormous puckers when trying to machine quilt it. 


So, I decided hand quilting was the only reasonable way to go, unless I wanted to re-baste the quilt which I did not want to do at all :) Oh, how I love those big chunky stitches. I'm actually  glad about all the changes I had to make along the way and I'm pretty sure I like this second version of the quilt a lot better than the one I started with :)

 Thanks for reading, friends. Have a very lovely day. Svetlana

17 comments:

  1. How funny, I am working on a stacked coin quilt right now and I have never tried 505, but this is the time I was planning to try! I always pin and it is making huge puckers on my new bernina. Oy.

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  2. Very pretty and looks great hand quilted!

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  3. Ah running out of basting spray is the worst! Good recovery though and a cutie too! Jxo

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  4. A lovely Coin Quilt. The Kona Snow makes the quilt look so fresh. Coin quilts and hand quilting are always my favourites. Glad you stuck with it and created such a gem,

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  5. the sashings certainly show the quilt off qell, without it would I think it have been hard on the eyes to make out a design. I like to hand quilt but so far have not tackled one this size, did you use a perle thread for it?

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  6. what a fun quilt! love the back and the chunky quilting too!

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  7. this turned out really nice. I think the kona snow was a good idea, the one in your link had some same strength in colors, this one needed to be calmed down a bit ;-)
    like the handquilting, too - but i am not sure if it is ever, ever gona get my cup of tea :-)

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  8. It is beautiful and turned out really well I think!!! xx

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  9. It is beautiful! The hand quilting makes it even more special.

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  10. Krasne, Svetlanko! Ano, ta bila latka mezi pruhy paradne sedla, cele to vypada moc pekne!! Mej krasne dny :) Jola

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  11. The idea of running out of basting spray brings me out in a cold sweat ;o) Still, looks like you came through it admirably!

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  12. I totally agree with your idea about using older fabric for backings. I piece all my backings with fabrics that I absolutely loved and had to have a few years ago only to ask myself "why" later. So they all get put on the back of my quilts. That way i have room for more fabric that i absolutely love and must have now!!

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  13. Haha, I thought you said you hadn't done much sewing. Sounds like you did plenty making this quilt! And hand quilted it to boot! It turned out gorgeously as always:)

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  14. I've never tried spray basting anything large. Do you do it indoors? Are fumes an issue? That's been my only reservation. The quilt is lovely!

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