This is the second stacked coins quilt I have worked on.
I worked on putting this one together during the Zoom quilting session that Chookyblue from Australia organized on Saturday. The Zoom session started at 6 am on Sunday in Australia which is 1 pm on Saturday here in western Canada. I still marvel that a pandemic was responsible for bringing together quilters from all over the world to sew together in a real time setting. This is the second Zoom session that Chookyblue organized that I attended. I am quite enjoying sewing along with the group. The different time zones in the different countries make it a bit challenging, but the the quilting conversation brings us all together. Quilters have a unique way of connecting with each other.
This top just needs borders. Maybe I will get those attached during our regular Friday night guild Zoom sew-in.
Who knew a pandemic would open our eyes to the possibilities of technology?
I have named this quilt, Teal Stacked Coins. This is my original design.
I started this quilt on retreat in October 2019. Originally I had thought I would alternate the string pieced units with solid units the same size as the string pieced rectangles. I had to abandon this idea after sewing a couple of columns together and realizing that I had too much bulk in the seam intersections to get the quilt to lay flat. I ended up playing with the layout on the design wall and ended up going with alternate blocks that were half the size of the string pieced rectangles and I added a plain sashing strip between the rows to remove those bulky seam intersections.
The string pieced units were pieced onto used Color Catcher sheets. The Color Catchers remain in the quilt. I have made many quilts from these 4″ x 9″ string brick units but I think this one is my favorite because of the Kona teal background.
The quilt was quilted on my long arm using the Swirls pattern with an 80-20 Hobbs batting that gives the quilt a bit of loft that helps define the quilting and makes it perfect for cuddling in front of the TV. This is a large lap size quilt–my husband is holding the quilt for the photo and it generously covers his 6’2″ frame.