Thursday, February 26, 2015

liberty coin quilt {a tutorial}

Hello, happy Thursday to you all. 

Today is my stop on Give me Liberty Club Inspiration blog hop organized by super talented Amanda (Westwood Acres Fabric). This blog hop is all about sewing with gorgeous Liberty Tana Lawn. Did you know Amanda runs a Give me Liberty Club which sends out a bundle of ten Liberty cuts each month? What a great way to build up one's Liberty stash, isn't it?

I received this bundle of gorgeousness to play with and I have to admit, I was a little scared about cutting into these beauties.

I wanted to make a project that would let these lovely prints shine. I decided to make a coin quilt (inspired by this quilt) as the solid fabric (Cotton + Steel seaglass)  keeps things from looking chaotic and unifies all the gorgeous prints and colors.

I went with very simple quilting along the sashing as I wanted this quilt to have more of a blanket feel. And, I just adore the addition of Liberty prints to one side of the binding so much, must do that more often :).

My quilt finished at 59" x 63" and here's a quick tutorial if you'd like to make one for yourself too.


Materials needed:
10 FQs Liberty Tana Lawn (you will have some fabric left over), or you could use smaller cuts of    Liberty Tana Lawn as long as each piece is at least 3" x 5.5"
2 yards of solid fabric for solid coins, sashing, and borders
1/4 yard fabric for binding
3 1/2 yard fabric for backing
65" x 70" batting of choice

Notes:  use consistent 1/4" seam allowance
             WOF - width of fabric
             FQ - fat quarter

1. Cutting:   
Liberty Tana Lawn: cut into 88 - 3" x 5.5" rectangles
Solid fabric:  cut 7 -5.5" x WOF strips, sub-cut these into 87 - 3" x 5.5" rectangles
                      cut 9 - 3" x WOF strips for sashing
                      cut 3 -  5" x WOF for the two borders
Binding: cut 6 - 2.5" x WOF strips

2. Columns of coins:
Arrange the layout of your quilt on design wall or on the floor by alternating Liberty and solid coins.  Make 4 columns beginning and ending with Liberty and 3 columns beginning and ending with solid fabric, alternate those columns as shown in the picture below.  Each column will have 25 coins.
(in this picture sashing is already attached)

Once pleased with the arrangement, stitch coins together into columns, press the seams. Each columns should measure 5.5" x 63".

3. Sashing:
Cut three 3" x WOF solid strips in half. Attach the cut halves to six 3" x WOF strips for sashing. Cut your six sashing strips to measure 3" x 63". Start by adding sashing between first and second column. Leave left side of first column and right side of the last column without sashing, that's where the final border will go.

4. Borders:
Cut one 5" x WOF border strip in half, attach each half to the other two border strips. Cut your two borders to measure 5" x 63". Attach borders to the first and last column.

5. Finishing your quilt:
Give your finished quilt top a good press. Baste to make a quilt sandwich. Quilt any way you like, bind using your preferred method.

Congratulations!!! You're all done. Not too difficult, was it?


I hope you'll follow along and enjoy all the fun Liberty projects other super talented bloggers will share over the next two weeks. Here's the line-up:

February 24th: Kick Off! A Crafty Fox 
February 26th: Svetlana at Sotak Handmade 
February 26th: Andy at A Bright Corner 
February 27th: Chase at Quarter Inch Mark 
March 3rd: Lee at Freshly Pieced 


  1. Oooh, how beautiful!
    Liebe Grüße,

  2. I do love Liberty fabric and your quilt is a project that doesn't require a lot!

  3. You are right that little bit of liberty binding is a great addition. Thanks for sharing a beautiful quilt.

  4. Such a pretty quilt! The design really lets the liberty fabrics shine. And I really like how you added the liberty to the binding!!!

  5. This is just lovely.. a little bit of liberty combined with the solid is very effective! Linda

  6. Beautiful! Great way to showcase that lovely assortment of Liberty fabrics (super choice for the background to compliment). Plus, I love that splash of Liberty for the binding, Svetlana. Perfect.

  7. Great way to show off those teeny prints, love the Alice ones especially

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