Saturday, June 10, 2017

Chinese Coins Retrospective to Date

CCIII: Medallion is finished for now. The inner border contains many of the lightest lights while the outer border is more colorful. I like the subtle difference between the two.

Chinese Coins III: Medallion

This top will be a good toddler quilt, currently 51" by 60".

Before Kaja and I started this invitation, I didn't think there were many variations of Chinese Coins, even with an extended definition. How many ways have I interpreted them now? Besides this medallion, I've made two columnar Chinese Coins: the red/aqua Coins

Improv Chinese Coins

and the Pflugerville Coins, which was my first #AHIQChinese Coins.

Pflugerville Chinese Coins

The leftover from the first morphed into a Rail Fence.

Rail Fence variation from Chinese Coin remnants

I'm working on Stacked Coins, CCII.

Stacked Coins variation of Chinese Coins, in progress
Obviously, scrap quilts still have my heart and this idea is an easy way to use up leftover fabric. Other quilters have made much more original variations that truly push the boundaries. For example, Paula interpreted seed growth while Marly used coins as the background for a delightful tree. Meanwhile, Patty created a value study in grey tones that I return to look at again and again. I enjoy reading how people take a germ of an idea and develop their own vision.

For more examples browse through the links here and here. Color, design, ideas abound. So many ways to speak with our own voice even when starting from a single point.

Enjoy the day,

Ann

20 comments:

  1. Great coin quilts--am beginning my journey with some red/gold/beige pieces...hard to get my head around what I want to do..strange not following a pattern...even scarey..but so far, no quilt police have darkened my doorway hahaha hugs, Julierose

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    1. It is different to work without a fixed pattern. I can't wait to see yours; the colors sound gorgeous. I do like Coins as a scrap quilt now and am glad I've experienced many of the variations.

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  2. I have always liked how quilts with their roots in traditional patterns can all have the same foundation and yet vary so wildly in character and your group of Chinese Coins quilts illustrate this perfectly.

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    1. Good point, Kaja. I didn't think these simple Coins would vary so well. I think this will be my go-to scrap buster for a while yet. I'm also impressed what a useful background they make.

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  3. Strings and coins work so well with scraps and/or scads of different fabrics. Your interpretations are gorgeous, so much depth and spark to them! One of my favorite scraps quilts ever made is from little string pieces cut into columns of coins. It still mesmerizes me whenever I use it. It seems to be a great foundation for many, many wonderful versions!

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    1. Yes, I can see how well those would
      Work as a foundation for appliqué. As you wrote, those little bits add lots of sparkle.

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  4. I so love what you're doing with your scrappy coins. This is super inspiring. I've got to hurry up and get a sewing workroom going here.
    The colors you're using are a language I understand. Thanks for sharing Ann.

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    1. What fun to have a workroom. I hope yours is finished soon so we can all see what you make. Glad we like the same colors, Janie.

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  5. Wow!! I love the range of design possibilities using chinese coins!! So hard to choose which is my favorite.
    The medallion style is quite stunning, but I also love the stars at the corner intersections!!

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    1. Thanks, Mel. I still remember your Coins with a floral vine appliqué. So lovely!

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  6. I'm pleased to read that we may be seeing more scrap buster Coins in the future - I have so enjoyed this post showing all these beauties!

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    1. Oh, Maureen. I've become inspired by these simple Coins and by the many more variations others have made. Who'd have thought?

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  7. it would be hard t find a better way to use scraps this has worked so well and love the contrast between the light and dark

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    1. I think I may see leftovers into coin units for a while and see how scrappy it gets. Anything to keep the scrap bag down.

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  8. Thanks for the Medallion inspiration. I would have never come up with that, yet I love it!

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    1. How kind of you, Paul, but I'm sure you would have thought of something like this.

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  9. I just love the variety of coins you've made. I think my favorites are the red/aqua followed by the stacked coins. I think you've inspired lots of folks to take a second look at Coins. (I've been working on mine and have an idea for another one). Thanks for the challenge/invitational. It's been fun to see all the variety in blog land.

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one finding more interesting ways to use these simple units. I made the red/aqua quilt to keep so I like that one best, too.

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  10. This is the first I've heard of Chinese Coins. Looks like it would work for me since I'm still circling around squares and triangles.

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    1. Thanks for writing, Tami.i hope you try some of these. It's such an easy unit that is more versatile than I ever supposed.

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