Monday, October 3, 2011

Stacked Coins Quilt

Rather last minute I decided to make a quilt for my Grandmother's birthday present.  Her birthday is October 28th, so I had about a month...minus 8 days for a trip we're going on, and then the several days before for packing, planning, etc.  So like 3 weeks to put together a quilt.  I decided to make a lap quilt, and decided on a stacked coin quilt for the simplicity of making, plus I think my Grandma will like it.  Then I chose some fabric online:

This seemed like a good collection of fabric for a Grandma quilt.

Then, following the tutorial linked above, I cut them all in half:

The two on the right I cut wrong, oops!  Luckily I didn't need them.

Then I sewed them together, in 7 strips since I had so many "coins," and added sashing.  And now that I'm trimming the ends, I've run into a problem:

One end trimmed up perfectly.  The other end, not so much....

There's about 1/2 inch difference, which is a lot in my book.  Not sure how it happened!

So I think my options are to just cut it even, cutting about 1/2 an inch off the right side, or add the two pieces I cut wrong to the left side and see how even I can cut it.  That sounds like a lot of silly work for 1/2 inch of fabric, which includes 1/4 inch seam allowance.  I think writing this post has helped me decide what to do!

But here's something you can help me decide!  I have two sheets as possible backing options:

Left:  meandering wildflowers on white.  Right: Grey all over flowers, with a little pink and blue.

Let me know which one you like better!  If it helps at all, I'm planning all over paisley quilting.  I'm hoping to finish the quilt top today and get it basted this evening, so speak up soon!  :-)

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