These are the strips I sewed together to make a Chinese Coins quilt. Well, I had gotten some off white fabric to put between the strips and I really hated it.
Then the quilt began to talk to me. It did not want to be a boring quilt: it wanted to have applique! So I went out and bought some green to make a some vines and some leaves. It was still not happy. While wandering around my local quilt shop I saw an interesting top with a pieced vine and applique leaves. I bought some creamy yellow fabric, went home and searched for some green fabrics in my stash. Now the quilt top is happy and so am I:
I took my green fabrics and cut them into rectangles and sewed the rectangles into a strip about 30” long. Then I cut strips 3” wide and pieced each of these strips to be about 90”. Then I sewed each of the long strips in between 4” strips of the creamy yellow fabric. When I sewed them, I kind of staggered the greens so they would look more random.
THEN, I cut a whole bunch of leaves from the greens and the leftover fabric from the pink and green strips. Again I randomly fused and machine appliqued them to the vines. I finally put the top together.
I am very happy with how the top turned out. I found a really neat fabric for the back and am looking forward to machine quilting it. Oh yes…the quilt is now telling me there should be a feather design in the strippy parts!
(If there is any interest, I will put up a tutorial on how I did the vine and leaves)