I finished up this simple and fun baby girl quilt top. I'm calling it Pink Stacks!
I took some (horrid) photos as I went so I thought I'd show you how I made it. I'm hesitant to call it a tutorial as there's so much winging it involved and I didn't keep track of my fabric quantities.... Plus it's super easy!
My finished quilt top is 45" x 60".
First, I cut out (at random) what seemed like enough rectangles of fabric that would make up my "coins." The goal was to have enough fabric to make up two stacks of coins that, when sewed up, would each be 60" tall.
I cut more than I thought I needed and it ended up being just enough. I knew that I wanted to include a small pop of blues so I also cut those bits of a fabric.
My rectangles vary in width from 6" to 14". Make sure you have some variety in widths from narrowest to widest.
Next it's time to add the background fabric to either side of the coin fabric rectangles.
Cut out your background fabric so that when sewed onto your coin fabric, it will measure 23" wide. I do this by sight, putting the rectangle on my cutting mat and just using the inches on the mat to know how much white to cut. Be sure to account for seam allowances. I always err on the side of cutting too much as it's easier to trim it down than redo it!
For example, if your rectangle of coin fabric is 7" wide by 9" long, your background fabric should be 17" wide x 9" long.
Next cut the background fabric down the middle and sew the two peices of background fabric onto either side of the coin fabric rectangle.
Trim down to 23" wide and cut into strips of varying widths. My strips varied from 2.5" to 4.5" wide.
Repeat this process of framing your coin fabric rectangles in background fabric and cutting it into strips until you have turned all of your coin fabric in to coins.
Using a design wall or the floor (get those cats closed in the bedroom!), arrange your coins in two columns in a fashion you like.
If you need to make new or different coins, do! I found I didn't have enough wide ones so I made some more and added them in. Take time to make sure that the coins are arranged so that you have wider and narrower ones evenly spread around the quilt.
Finally, assemble the top by sewing together the strips into two columns, and then sewing the two columns to each other.
You have a quick and easy finished quilt top!!