Improv Coin Quilt // Finished Quilts

Baby Quilt for O

My sister Em and her husband had a baby boy back in April. I knew that I wanted to make my new nephew a quilt, and had plenty of notice to get it done. Amazingly, I finished binding the quilt (sick in bed, awesome) just before her sweet baby was born. I got to spend some time with them last week, and he is such a smiley little guy! Love him.

Fabric Selection for Coin Quilt

Last year, I had planned to make a scrappy trip along quilt, and cut strips with gusto!! The scrappy trip turned into my Day Trip Quilt, which was given to my friend Dana and her sweet little girl last year, who coincidentally is one of my favorites!  I had a ton of strips left, and thought these would be perfect for baby O.

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I knew I wanted to make a Coin Quilt based on one I had seen in January at  the Workt by Hand: Hidden Labor & Historical Quilts exhibit from the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

I cut up a bunch of low volume fabrics, mainly from Architextures and Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander, as well as some great dots, cross hatches, and the fun Bridgetown print from Violet Craft’s Waterfront Park.  Then, I arranged them in every possible configuration. Seriously, Faith, Lee, Dana and Tricia must have been so sick of my texts, “what about this arrangement? is this better?” I was grateful for my design wall, and settled on a mix of prints and low volumes that I think works.

Pin Basting Low Volume Coin Quilt

I stippled this quilt, and had a bit of fun with the back and the bright orange binding. I should have ironed the quilt before photos, but hey. I got photos before sending it off! Success!  It makes me happy to see photos of my nephew on the quilt, and I’m glad they liked it!


O's Quilt Back

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  1. Posted August 25, 2014 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    I really love this! Your color choices and layout are perfect :)

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted August 28, 2014 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

      Thanks so much! So nice when a quilt you struggle with “turns out!”

  2. Posted August 25, 2014 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful finish Katie. Lucky nephew. Miss you!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted August 28, 2014 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Linda. Miss you too. I have enjoyed your crafty and travel-y photos this summer!

  3. Posted August 25, 2014 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    This is a beautiful quilt!! Great job on it:)

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted August 28, 2014 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

      Thanks so much!

  4. Em
    Posted August 25, 2014 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    They LOVED it

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted August 28, 2014 at 10:11 pm | Permalink


  5. Posted August 27, 2014 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    I love this different version of a coin quilt and it is perfect for using up those leftover bits of strips.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted August 28, 2014 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

      Thank you so much!

  6. Posted August 31, 2014 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    What a great way to mix low volume and brights. Love!

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