The Coin Quilt with a Little Pizzazz


Hi, I’m Jenny from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.  Take a look at this fun quilt behind me.  This is really a Coin Quilt with a little something extra added on the sides, and it gives it a whole different look, and I want to show you how to do this.  This quilt behind me is fifty by fifty and I used twenty batik strips to make it.  So, if you use a whole jelly roll, like this one, this is Bali Darks, and it’s going to make about a twin size quilt.  So, it’s going to get real big, real fast.

So, let me show you how to do this, and we’re going to use this batik jelly roll, and this is the hardest part right here, opening this up.  They’re so pretty.  Now what we’re going to do with this is we’re going to take four strips and we’re going to sew them together.  So, we want contrasting strips.  So, we’re just going to open this up and we’re going to pull from different color ways.  So, I’ll take a green here off the top and I’m going to pair it with, oh, let’s go with a, a bright, a yellow-y color.

And you’re going to put these right sides together, like this, and you’re going to sew them a quarter of an inch on the side, and we’re going to go to the sewing machine and do that.  And we’re just going to get this baby going, we’re going to hold them out here, match them up, and then we can just sail down the side, just like this.  Little more.  Now, we need four of these sewn together, so as soon as I get down here to the bottom, I’m going to chain piece another two, right in there.

Ok, now I’m at the end of this.  Now what I’m going to do is, I’m going to go over to the ironing board and I’m going to press these open and then sew these two together to make a set of four.  So, I’m just going to decide which, which one of these is dark. I’ll put the dark on the top, and then we’re just going to press this open.  We just want them to lay nice and flat.  In this case, we’re not going to match up any seams or nest anything so it, it, it doesn’t really matter which side these get pressed to.  It just matters that they’re nice and flat.

Now we’re going to take these two and sew them together.  We’ll put them right sides together, like this, and we’re just going to sew these together and make a set of four.  Alright, we’re just about to the end of these two strips.  There we go and we’ll head over to the ironing board and press these open.

Alright, so now we have this very fun colorful set of four strips sewn together and we’re going to bring these over to the cutting table.  So, we’ve got, I’m just going to move those strips over there, and I want to speed up my cutting a little bit, so, what I’m going to do is, I’m going to fold these in half, and I’m going to make sure that all of my little edges here, cause you’ll have some uneven edges, cause strips are all, they try to make them all the same length, but they’re a little bit different lengths.  So we want to make sure that they all extend beyond our cutting line and we’re going to straighten up that edge.

So, let’s go ahead and straighten that up, just like that.  Now we have a nice straight edge to work with.  We’re going to make sure that we are lined up straight on our line and I was a little bit off so I’m going to straighten this edge out again ‘cause we want a nice straight edge on that, there, so, just a little bit off, but, you know, if we can be really, really close, we want to be.

And then we’re going to count over five because we’re going to cut these the same, same width as a charm pack.  So, we’re going to count one, two, three, four, five, line up our ruler, and we’re going to cut these in sets of fives. There we go. One, two, three, four, five, and I’m just going to cut a couple of these.  You’re going to cut your whole strip and we want this to end up as a square.  So, we’re going to have to add some pieces to the side, and that makes it fun.  Alright, so we have a little piece left there and we have these, these other pieces.

So now what we’re going to do is, we’re going to sew two strips to the side to make a square block.  So our strips are going to be two inches wide and we’ll put one on this side and one on the other side and I am going to just, I’m going to use this strip here as, as my side piece and I’m just going to lay these on, like this, and sew several of them on at a time.  So, that, it’s a little bit speedier method.

So, we’ll take this over here and start.  And now I’m just at the bottom of that one, so I’m just going to tuck another one in there.  And this, this is just a quick way of putting on these little side strips.  So now you want to remember, because we’re looking for a square block, you’re going to cut your strips two inches and not two and a half on, on this one.  You might just want to measure to make sure and then I’m just going to trim these apart, like this.  And this is, this is the very scientific, perfect cutting method, haha.  Looks like I could have got one more on there, but what I’m going to do now is, I’m going to flip these over.  Let me cut this one off here.

I’m going to go, I think I’ll go ahead and press these, actually, and then we’ll sew them down the other side.  So, we’re pressing this open, just lifting up that piece and rolling that back and now I’m going to sew this piece down the other side.  So, I’m going to grab another strip, which, which I should have here.  Oh, here it is.  Whew, I thought that I lost that one for good, haha.  I’m cutting off the selvedge, right here. That’s all I’m doing — just cutting off that selvedge.

Now, I’m going to take this back over and I’m going to do the same thing to the other side and just lay these down. As I sew along, I’ll have them right here.  So, we can just put them on and, and make another side piece.  Again, I’m watching that quarter of an inch and the quarter of an inch is, is a, it’s important, but it’s more important that you’re consistent.  My quarter of an inch is always a little fat because I like to see the peaks coming out under the edge of my foot.  So, it’s always a little bit fatter than, than a true quarter, but that’s alright.  Consistency is what we’re looking for here.

Alright, now we’re going to cut these apart and iron them open and then I’ll show you the layout.  This really makes a quick fun quilt.  Alright, let’s press these back.  There we go.  Alright, now let’s take a look at how we’re going to lay this out.  This is fun because it goes together just like a fence rail, but it gives the look of a, haha, got that guy hanging on there, it gives the look of, of this basket weave thing going on.  So, we’re going to put one block, like this, and our next block we’re going to turn, like this, and then this one will go straight, and then this one will turn.  See what’s happening?  Can you see it on here?  This one goes this way and this one goes up and down.  Sideways, up and down, sideways.

Now I want to show you this other quilt that I did, again, where I used the white.  Look at that.  How fun is that?  Bright and happy.  Cheerful.  This one charm pack.  If you happen to have a charm pack laying around and the, the black is going to be about a yard of fabric that you’re going to use for your, for your piecing and on this one you have a little inner border.  So, it’s really whatever you’d like to do to make this fun quilt.  Quick and easy, Coin Quilt with just a little bit of pizazz added to it.  And we hope you enjoyed this tutorial from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

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  • Pam

    I am confused here. The colored strips are jelly roll strips correct? The black strips are not because they start out at 2 inch widths. Correct?

    • Wendi MSQC

      Hi Pam. Jenny does use a jelly roll in the tutorial but in the block magazine it shows a charm pack. You could go both ways and in both the sashing is yardage. I hope this helps Pam.

  • How many quilts have you made that you haven’t made into a tutorial?

    • JenniferMSQC

      I think she’d answer “a lot”!

  • claudia moeykens

    these tutorials are great I only wish that the patterns and qty of material for differnt sizes were easier to find.

  • Gloria Laube

    I agree with Claudia Moeykens … I would sure like the quantity of material and finished size of the quilt projects mentioned. The tutorials are great, otherwise, and I’m having a lot of fun getting back to sewing again.

  • Cindy

    If you make this with a Charm pack, does the sashing need to be cut to 2 inch width instead of 2 1/2?

  • Lynnette

    Could this be adapted to use a jelly roll print, for the coins, and also a jelly roll for the solid? I have a perfect jelly roll, and I hate to cut 1/2″ off of every strip.

  • Rosemarie

    I just completed my 36 blocks. The question I have is what size should they each be? They don’t seem to fit together. Mine are not square they are 8 1/2 by 7 1/7 in. Please help!

    • Wendi MSQC

      Hi Rosemarie! The finished block should be 8 1/2 by 81/2 with perfect 1/4 inch seams, but consistency is more important than the perfect seam allowance. Can you trim the bottom and top of your block to make it square?

  • cheesetomato

    Can you confirm if the piecedata jelly roll block is cut to 5 inchea each, and the black strips are 2 inches each in width? Thanks!

  • cheesetomato

    Hi, I am confused here. For the jelly roll block, would it be a 5 inch pieced block. As for the black strips from the yardage, would it be 2 inches for each of them? But this would make the block 9 inches in total, not 8.5 inches? Please help!