Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Pennies for Your Thoughts

This is Day #2 of the Jaftex blog hop. After you read this blog posting, make sure to leave a comment and not under 'anonymous'! If your name is drawn, you might win fabric bundles or even a sewing machine. And your local quilt shop can even win a prize too! 



Here goes--pennies for your thoughts?




You know how sometimes you just want to make a simple quilt? No points, no matching, just put fabrics together and sew? That was the impulse that made me begin a Chinese Coins scrap quilt this Spring. I looked through some favorite picture books of Amish quilts (the source I go to when I want to think about pure color) and saw several great Chinese Coins quilts. Wondering about the origin of that strange name, I asked collectors of vintage quilts for opinions. Most thought the Chinese Coins pattern was an off-shoot of a traditional Bars quilt and cited visual images of vintage sewing baskets from China decorated with coins and tassels as possible inspiration. Another surmised that traditional Chinese currency, stacked and roped together after counting, provided a plausible explanation for the name Chinese Coins. See more samples of vintage sewing baskets here Chinese Sewing Baskets 


But I have another idea. While on the trail of the stacked coins theory, the image of an abacus came to mind. An ancient computation device, the abacus was used in China and other Asian countries and brought to the US with emigrants. Might a quiltmaker have seen a shopkeeper using the sliding beads of his abacus  to calculate purchases and associated the image with 'chinese coins?'






The antique Amish quilt pictured here is from Arthur, Illinois. Its name is Chinese Coins and it was made in the early 20th century. Picture courtesy of  The Quilt Complex .









I decided to make my Chinese Coins quilt based on one of my favorite pale colors of Peppered Cottons. The aqua fabric between the bars of strips is called Seaglass . This shade of Peppered Cotton is woven with a bright turquoise warp  and a pale cocoa brown weft that makes for a cool and slightly greyed-green-aqua. All the prints are slices of StudioE, Blank Quilting, and Henry Glass fabrics.

The size of my Chinese Coins quilt is informal. I stretched a tape measure from my chin to my feet and got 53" as the length of my strips. The pieced strips were then trimmed to 7 and 1/2" wide and the aqua strips cut 3 and 1/2". The top and bottom borders were cut 5 1/2". When complete the quilt's overall measurements were 48" wide by 63" long. I wanted the quilt as a recliner quilt for winter TV watching and so it was measured to me.



The back of the quilt is a Peppered Plaid in the colorway I called 'Aquarium.' With its bold aquas and greens, the large plaid made a stunning back. My friend, longarm quilter Laurie Mayo, machine-quilted Chinese Coins for me--simple stitched lines on the print bars but a wild vine, with every sort of leaf imaginable, twines up the aqua strips between the prints. The binding is a bias-cut strip of the matching check

I love this quilt, simple as it is. The prints seem almost luminous against the quiet Seaglass.


Here you are-


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Pedal Sew Lightly said...

My favorite LQS is Branum's in Augusta, Ga.

Penny Prichard said...

My favorite LQS is Quilting Cowgirl in Cary, NC

JoAnne in southern California said...

Your mention of an abacus brought back memories from my childhood. My father's assistant, Dr. Ming Wong, used an abacus daily. He even came to our high school to talk about it. That was before pocket calculators. He could get the answers to every math problem we gave him long before any one of us, with pencil and paper could! Thanks for bringing that long ago memory back to me. A very interesting post.

Béa said...

My favorite shop is Hawthorne Threads. Love your quilt.

~Kristie said...

I love the colors of fabrics you chose for your gorgeous quilt!

~Kristie said...

I love the colors of fabrics you chose for your gorgeous quilt!

~Kristie said...

I love the colors of fabrics you chose for your gorgeous quilt!

Lynn Gorges said...

Interesting history lesson and very viable regarding the stacked coins and the abacus.

Vanda Chittenden said...

This looks like a lovely way to use up some scrap pieces of fabric.

Erin McSweeney said...

My favorite shop is Greenwood Quiltery in Guelph Ontario

QuiltSue said...

This is a great scrap busting project.

Rhonda Best said...

I like your suggestion that the design could be based on an abacus, it makes sense. Great use of colors in your quilt, it does remind me of the sea. mtmom57@gmail.com

Cowtown Quilts said...

Pepper, when we lived in Japan, the American kids had a contest between calculators and abacuses (sp?). Guess what? The abacuses won over and over!

P.S. I love your Peppered Cottons! Lots of texture on simple color to use in and with about anything.

Marian Allen said...

Love the colors and your design - can't wait to get the fabric at my fave shop - Little Quilts!

Dorian said...

Beautiful seaglass colors in your coin quilt! My favorite shop is Southern Fabrics.

Patricia said...

Memories by the Yard, San Antonio Texas
Beautiful quilt, really like the colors.

Laura B said...

Mouse Creek Quilts, Howell, NJ

Patricia said...

I had a problem using the entry form. After I answered the first question and left my comment and went back to the form, it would not let me continue.
patsystitch@gvtc.com

Lori said...

Ivy Thimble, Victor, NY

Dody said...

Thank you for the chance to win!
Dmac5958ataoldotcom

Lori said...

Sorry I wrote Lori Lipsmacker for my pinterest name and it actually is Loris Lipsmacking Goodness. I am sorry about that.

Jacqueline said...

What a fun hop this is. Thanks for a chance at your great prizes.

jleibfried@aol.com

Carla said...

Love the impromptu way of making the quilt size. My favorite LQS is Quilted Memories.

martha said...

My favorite shop is "Colorz quilt shop" in Baxter,Minnesota!
Martha Mumaw
marthamumaw@yahoo.com

Cynthia R. said...

Great colors!

Linda said...

Love the idea of random. Sometimes you just want to do easy.

Darlene B said...

Love the seagrass colors!

Cecilia said...

Interesting history lesson. I love the colors you chose and the simplicity of the pattern.

Gloria said...


My favourite quilt shop in the US is Webfabrics in Purcellville, VA.

I made a Chinese Coins quilt as my second ever quilt - such a good way to make a quick quilt!

Lisa in Port Hope said...

I went to university in Waterloo Ontario which is the heart of Mennonite Country and I saw a lot of fabulous quilts. Enjoy snuggling with yours!

Joyce Carter said...

My favorite quilt shop is JoAnn's in Gainesville Georgia.

I don't know where the name "Chinese Coins" came from either, but I really love your concept. Your quilt is so beautiful with the soft colors. It makes you want to snuggle under it.

Pat said...

My favorite quilt shop is Calico Hutch in Hayward, MN.
I love your idea of measuring "yourself" and then making a quilt to fit yourself. Love the colors of your quilt.

Tonia Conner said...

Dinkydoo Fabrics and Notions is my favorite shop. I like the possible history behind the quilt pattern you shared. Your colors are soft and cozy and the backing is a perfect match for it. Would'nt mind having this in my bedroom. 8-)

Judy J said...

Quilter's Cupboard, Ankeny, Iowa. I've always wanted to make a Coin quilt, maybe now I will give it a shot!

Dolores said...

Sew Sisters is the quilt shop I use. Great selection and wonderful service. I love the colours of your quilt. I made a baby quilt in the same pattern. Simple is almost always best.

Barbara B said...

Patches & Stitches is my choice. Great soothing quilt, terrific quilting, Laurie!

Rosa said...

Gorgeous scraps quilts and quilting.Love your idea of random fabrics.

There are great online fabric.I buy almost all my fabric online and in one I buy charm packs and in others FQ bundle,after fabrics one thing important is shipping price .

Shabby fabric, Fat Quarter shop,Hawthorne Threads,Fabric shoppe...

Mary D said...

My LQS Quilters Dream Colleyville Tx

Jasmine said...

I have always thought the abacus somehow related to the Chinese coins quilts. I love the Daines Cotton Shops.

shobs said...

You have not considered those of us who hav no local quilting shops when you framed the question. I wish there was one locally.

MoeWest said...

I love your coin quilt! The peppered cotton sashing looks great with the colours of the coins. I've never tried the peppered plaid and now I'm inspired to get some.

Marie in Minnesota said...

Love those peppered cottons.

Carol Sc said...

I enjoyed your subject of just wanting to make a simple quilt --- I frequently find myself wanting to do just that --- sort of put away the "thinking cap". I have found using the "just grab and use" method to be quite freeing. It was so good to see you and spend some time visiting. My favorite quilt shop, locally, is Everlasting Stitches in Holt, MI.
quiltschon@att.net

Allison CB said...

Thanks for a fun blog! Enjoying seeing what everyone does with the fabrics!

Lee Ann L. said...

I don't have a quilt shop locally. I tend to visit shops when I travel. But, I also buy online from several and Fat Quarter Shop is the one I buy from the most and Fabric.com is the other one I buy from a lot.... By the way, loving your chinese coins. :-)

Karen said...

Really like the modern Coin quilt and the quilting so suits the quilt. KickAss Country Store is my favorite shop located in Plumas, Mb. prycek@mymts.net

Beth Strand said...

Such a lovely quilt and easy to put together! pbstrand@msn.com

Marlene Collier said...

Simple and interesting. I loved seeing the Chinese baskets also. I have one that my mother kept embroidery thread in. I never knew it had a Chinese influence.

cjmont said...

my fave quilt shop is the quilted skein in la grange, texas.

Nancy in IN said...

Love the fabrics. Back Door is favorite quilt shop or Fussy Cut.

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

I generally order online from Hancocks of Kentucky when I order quilt supplies and fabric :)

Quilter Kim said...

My favorite quilt shop is Primitive Gatherings in Menasha, Wisconsin.

Angei said...

I love tyour blogs almost as much as I love your quilts. You are quite a talented lady

Lorna McMahon said...

What a gorgeous quilt! And such lovely quilting, too. Just beautiful!

KMSC said...

One of my favorite quilt shops is Tea Time Calicos in
Tigard, OR.

Jennifer said...

My favorite lqs is Intown Quilters, in Decatur, GA.

anna brown said...

Well my favorite quilt shop is fabric garden in madison maine....I liked your quilt better then your inspiration piece but your colors was wonderful...ty for sharing.....happyness04431@yahoo.com

Joan H. said...

My favorite shop is the Cotton Thimble in Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Teacosy said...

It looks like a good way of using up some scraps. You are very talented.
Gruß Sylvia

SeeAmySew said...

My favorite quilt shop is Batiks Etcetera in Wytheville, Virginia. Fabulous Giveaway!!!! Thank You!!

Sally Hurst said...

My favorite quilt shop is Temecula Quilt Co. in Temecula, CA.

Terry said...

My favorite quilt shop is Quilted Works in St George Utah. Thanks for the sweet giveaway!!!
terryscwayons(at)yahoo(dot)com

Esther Grimes said...

I love how you threw some wonky strips in there! That really adds interest and your color scheme looks like it will bring peaceful moments to you this winter.

Risë said...

My favorite quilt shop is 3 Hens & A Chick in Athens, AL rkbiggs(at)yahoo(dot)com

Lynda said...

I always enjoy reading about the history of a quilt pattern - the older version of the Chinese coins quilt was interesting.

dcargill said...

My favorite LQS is Quilted Bliss in Amarillo, Texas.

Sherri C. said...

Favorite quilt shop is 35th Ave Sew and Vac. It's huge!

Nancy said...

I have a bunch, because I shop online only, so I can't limit myself to just one. LOL!

Tu-Na Quilts said...

Karen Thurn; My favorite quilt shop is Old Alley in Sherburn, MN. I found it on the annual Quilt MN shop hop. It used to be an old bowling alley. I give it a perfect 300 for fabric and atmosphere.

samtaylorcjsmimi said...

I shop at a lot of different shops but I guess I'd have to choose The Quilted Nest in Collingswood NJ as a favorite! Thanks for the chance to win :)
Debby E
samtaylorcjsmimi at yahoo dot com

Lisa Stahl said...

Your quilt is beautiful and I love the fabric and colors that you used. I love shopping at The Bolt in Monroe, Connecticut.

Jackie Papallo said...

Such beautiful colors in your coin quilt, love! I love Henry Glass fabrics and Janome so I'm all in for this giveaway! My favorite local shop is A Scarlet Thread in McDonough, GA.

Patricia Cummings said...

Your Chinese Coin quilt is great! Love the fabrics. Turquoise is a favorite color of mine. My favorite NH quilt shop is Keepsake Quilting in Centre Harbor, the Lakes Region!

Alice said...

Your peppered cottons are amazing and that plaid is gorgeous! My favorite shop is Three Dudes Quilting in Phoenix, AZ.

Beth said...

The Abacus as an inspiration for the Chinese Coins quilt is an intriguing idea. It would be interesting to make a quilt using woodgrain fabric and bead-like fabric, wouldn't it? Maybe a mini? I might get right on that...

My favorite quilt shop is Momma Made It, in Longview, Washington, where Sharon puts her heart into creating a welcoming place that will delight lovers of Civil War repros, wool, and quilting traditions.

Susan Paxton said...

I love the Missouri Star Quilt company and order from them online.

minibea12 said...

I go to Joanne's fabrics for my fabric! Love your quilts! On-line I like The Fat Quarter shop.
nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

Melissa said...

Ruby Street Quiltworks in Tumwater WA

stichnRN said...

CALICO POINT, in goshen, in

Kay said...

I really like FancyGirl Designs in Grand Island, NE & I like to order online from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Dorothy H said...

I go to SUNDROP on Prairie Ave. Port coquitlam, BC. They also have great classes.

tac73 said...

Enjoying the designs. Love to go to Stash in Walla Walla WA.

sewlost said...

I like your way of measuring. I will have to make a to make a chair quilt myself. Great job

Eloise said...

Country Manor. This shop has the best quality quilting fabric ever.....

Eloise said...
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Eloise said...

Country Manor. This shop has the best quality quilting fabric ever.....

Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge said...

Atlantic Fabrics in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada!

Roberta Smith said...

My shop is Quiltworks in Houston TX.

Victor Rohrer said...

Favorite shop is The Christmas goose in Las vegas NV

Mrs. Thornley said...

Lovely colors and I love the back.

Dawn said...

Love your quilt! My favorite LQS is Cindy's Quilt Shop in Caldwell, ID
gladystan.dawn@gmail.com

FiberAntics said...

Love Peppered Cottons and your new line, Brush Strokes. The Chattanooga, TN area is blessed with several LQS, and within a few hours in any direction there are many many more! Like children, you can't pick a favorite. ;-)

Lisa Marie said...

The quilt is lovely and I adore the leafy quilting!

Lynne said...

Your quilt is very charming; elegant. Sharman's is my choice in Longview, TX Thanks for sharing your thought process in choosing your pattern for this quilt.

Joanna said...

Poor me, I do not have a local quilt shop. I do purchase fabric online, and most recently from AQS. For a physical fabric store I shop at Joann's. I like your version of the coin quilt, and the colors sparkle.

Darlene Schwarzmann said...

Love the simplicity of the Amish Quilt you adapted.

quiltonia said...

We are lucky to have 2 quilt shops within 2 miles, one modern & one eclectic, Material Girl & Fancy Girls Designs. Love them both. THe colors of your quilt will remind you of the summer sky as you lounge under it this winter.

Bobbie said...

Lovely quilt!
My favorite shop is Stitches in Time Oregon Illinois, there is also one in Kewanee that my mom and I found on a shop hop that was super friendly and I don't remember the name of the top of my head. :)

Sandra Walker said...

My favourite shop is A Stitch in Time in Leamington, Ontario, Canada.

Maureen said...

My favorite shop is Quilter's Emporium in Stafford TX.

Becky (My Fabric Obsession) said...

My favorite quilt shop is Round Bobbin in Ambler, PA

Unknown said...

I think your peppered cottons--especially the sea glass colors--is one of the prettiest new lines on the market today. My favorite quilt shop is Quilters Patch in Edna, Ks.

Linda said...

Love your colors! My favorite quilt store is cotton & chocolate in Thousand Oaks California

Heidi said...

Beautiful colorway & fun to read about your inspiration! Lovin those Peppered cottons:-)

legato1958 said...

Your quilt has such beautiful fabrics and colors!
My favorite LQS is Old Country Store in Intercourse, PA.
Susie

ytsmom said...

Thank you!

VA said...

Love your quilts!

My favorite shop is Kelly J's Sewing Center in Duluth MN.

Carol said...

What a beautiful throw quilt - love the colors. My local quilt shop is Broadway Quilts in Sonoma, CA.

Marilynn said...

Love stacked coons because you get to see bits of all your favorite fabrics! I have an abacus just like the one in your photo.

Judy Zoll said...

My favorite quilt shop is Treasured Threads in Dexter MO.

LethargicLass said...

I didn't even know there were peppered plaids! Very excited at this prospect :)

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Expressions in Thread LeClaire, Iowa!

Judy1522 said...

Beautiful quilt I love the colors.

Laine said...

My favorite quilt shop is The Quilt Corner in Morton, IL.

OhioLori said...

LOOOOVE your Quilt!!! These are my favorite shades too...definitely love the Sea-glass! Thanks for sharing! It is Beautiful! :)

Vicky Kemp said...

HipStich in Albuquerque,NM

Daytona Damsel said...

Love your color choices and especially that plaid backing. My favorite quilt shop is The Byrd's Nest in Ormond Beach Florida.

Debbie

Mary Preston said...

Has to be Precious Time.

Marsha Hodgkins said...

I have one of those vintage Chinese Sewing Baskets. A friend and her mother gave it to me for a "Mother of the Bride" gift in 2004 when I was making my daughter's wedding dress. My favorite quilt shop is Waterwheel House in Vermont.

Lynda Sponenburgh said...

Beautiful colors and I love hearing about the history behind the quilt pattern. My favorite quilt shop is The Gathering Place in Rupert, Idaho.

Sherryl said...

My fav quilt shop is Fat Quarters Quilt Shop in Vista, California

Thanks for all you do!

Helen L said...

Love your quilt and now I need to find some of those lovely plaids and wovens!!! I saw some at my LQS yesterday, but they didn't have those gorgeous colors, just grey. I'll be searching now! :-)

Apayne said...

💙 blues

carolann said...

Chinese coins quilts are great for using your scraps. carolann427@aol.com

Diane Beavers said...

Sew E-Z in Virginia Beach, Virginia

bluestarof2(at)yahoo(dot)com

Christine S said...

I really do love simple quilts!

Connie Cain said...

Being a newbie, I look for the simple right now. After a few under my belt I will take on the more challenging ones. :)
craftyccain@gmail.com

California Fiber artist and composer said...

My favorite LQS is Sew Vac in long Beach Ca

wendy said...

Seaglass is one of my favorite colors and I love the quilt! My favorite QS is the Hen House.

Laurie Mayo said...

Thanks, Barbara!

dorothy said...

I love the Chinese coins in the blues!

Dorothy

Laurie Mayo said...

I like your Chinese Coins theory.

Carol said...

Pepper,
I'm so inspired to dig into my scraps when I see your sea glass Chinese coins quilt. Gorgeous colors, and your layout and quilting make the quilt. It will be such a cozy comfort for you this winter.


JANET said...

Love the sea glass colors. My local LQS is Stars and Scraps, Corona, CA.

Bonnie said...

What lovely colors! My favorite quilt shop is Tennessee Quilts in Jonesborough, TN.

linynp said...

Faves are Pieceful quilting east Northport ny and sew right bayside ny

Christine Puniello said...

My favorite quilt shop is "Quilting by the Yard" in Vernon, CT. Love the colors in your coin quilt!

Bonnie58 said...

Beautiful quilts. Thanks so much for sharing

Monica Melin said...

You chose gorgeous colors. My favorite shop is Mad About Patchwork.

Anita Gambrell said...

My favorite quilt shop is Suzannes Quilt Shop in Moultrie, GA

Amanda Best said...

Love your Chinese Coin quilt, Pepper! I think you might be right, the Abacus might be where the name came from. I have always wanted to make a Chinese Coin quilt, it would be a lot of fun and little stress.
My favorite quilt shop is Trackside Quilting in Laurel, MT
My email is: bestbelle2010@aol.com
Thanks!

Pam said...

That is an awesome way of measuring so you are sure the quilt fits you! I love aqua colors, they are so soothing.

My favorite quilt shop is Paisley Duck Quilting and Design in Kelso, WA

Michele said...

Thank you for sharing the Amish quilt. Love your color choices - very calming. My favorite quilt shop is Ruby Street in Tumwater, WA.

PK Sews said...

I like Kathy's Quiltin Square in Hot Springs AR

ShirleyC said...

I love your quilt, and thanks for the interesting facts.

My favorite quilt shop is Cotton Candy Quilts in Bossier City, LA

Ursula Yeo said...

My favorite quilt shop is Hamel's in Chilliwack B.C.

phegland said...

I like Designer Fabrics in Carrington ND. Interesting correlation between Chinese coin design and the abacus. Love your planning process for this quilt design!

Ellen said...

Love your quilt. May have to trying making something similar soon.

Laurie Tuttle said...

I absolutely love the colors you used in your quilt! I like the Fat Quarter Shop for online purchases.

Teresa said...

Love it, so restful to look at.

amanda m said...

Your colors are beautiful! And it looks absolutely cozy. Makes me wish for colder weather!

My favorite local shop is Sew Modern in Los Angeles, CA :)

Patti said...

Since there is no local quilt shop in my area I love to order from the Fat Quarter Shop!

LynneMcL said...

My local quilt shop is "A Notion to Quilt" in Shelburn Falls MA. In this age of e-shops, I am so thankful for a place I can feel fabric and get expert advice and service from Becky and Lenny.

Linda W. said...

I didn't know Henry Glass had these gorgeous Peppered Cottons! Lovely quilt.

Pam @ Quilting Fun said...

Love your quilt! The history of the Coin Quilt was very interesting, never thought about the name! My local quilt shop is The Cloth Shop in Vancouver. What a fabulous give away! Thank you!

StephS said...

I love the colors of your quilt! My favorite local quilt shop is The Log Cabin Quilt Shop in Bird-in-Hand, PA. I never walk out of there empty-handed.
Thank you!

Karen @runsewfun said...

Love your quilt and peppered cottons! I am lucky to have my favorite shop, Pink Castle Fabrics, be local.

Stitches said...

A simple but very charming quilt and I love the colors..I love the Quilted Moose, Gretna, NE

mlb said...

FLQS The Stitchery, Howell Michigan I love the seaglass color. Yummmmm

Eileen said...

My favorite quilt shop is Quilters Attic in Pine Bush, NY. Love their selection of fabrics!

Barb said...

My favorite quilt shop isn't quite local, but within a 20 minute drive. Antionette's in Plover, Wisconsin is so friendly, with a very creative staff.

Corrie Tollett said...

I love your blue! My favorite quilt is our local one and it is in our Pharmacy in our tiny. I pet the fabric for therapy!

Laureen M said...

I like to go to the Pine Needles Quilt shop in Rochester, MN.

Karon Bernhard said...

Love your choice of colors!

delaineelliott said...

I love your block. My favorite color is blue. Favorite quilt shop is Sew Divine in Edmonton, Alberta. Thanks!

Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

Jean said...

Oh I can't claim a favorite, they're like children, I love Kim's and jeannines's in different ways, but love them both the same

sophie said...

Santa Fe Quilting is the ONLY quilt shop in town making it everyone's favorite.

Sylvia Klotz said...

Very nice!

Sylvia Klotz said...

Very nice!

selleck said...

I shop at Broadway Quilts in Sonoma, CA.

Dee said...

Four Seasons Quilts in Plymouth MN

Julie in WA said...

The Quilt Barn in Puyallup, WA

Anonymous said...

Mary R
I shop at Ohio Star Quilts.

Norma said...

Mrs Miller's Quilt Shop in Charm Ohio.

Sandra said...

Its Sew Moab in Moab, Utah.
Thanks.

Paula said...

I love you quilt and the colors....just breathtaking!! I think this goes on my "To-Do" list!!

Carla Shiver said...

Joanns - there are no quilting stores by where I live.

Teresa Duryea Wong said...

Interesting analagoy with the abacus. You might be right! You're Peppered Cottons are just beautiful. Check back on my blog on the 30th and you'll see my art quilt made for the blog hop using all Peppered Cottons. Thanks for creating these beauties Pepper!

fran18 said...

Quilted Bliss in Amarillo, TX

Susan said...

My favorite shop is Fabric and Friends in Roanoke. Thank you!

quiltmama said...

My favorite shop is A Notion to Quilt in MA.

Elaine said...

My favorite neighborhood quilt shop is Mini Mall Quilt Shop in Staunton, Illinois. I have collected several of the old sewing baskets with coins on the lids, but I think of the Japanese five yen coins with holes or go-en. Our Japanese friends kept strings of these just like we might drop spare change into a jar. Love your colors.

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the girlfriend gap said...

Creekside quilting Des Moines Iowa. Thanks for the fun and a chance to win. Janita

mmacq said...

Lovely blues

Nancy said...

My fav quilt shop is Ct. Quilt Works in Olde Mystic Village in Mystic, Ct.

PK Sews said...

My favorite local quilt shop is Kathy's Quiltin Square in Hot Springs AR

LeAnne said...

I love coin quilts and aqua is my favorite color of the moment. My favorite quilt shop is Sew Cute Quilting in Dillard OR.

Phyllis said...

My favorite LQS is Quilt Country in Lewisville, TX.
Phyllisjdavis@ Verizon.net

Shasta Matova said...

No matter how the name came about, the Chinese coins quilt is a great way to show off a variety of fabrics that is fun and relaxing. My favorite quilt shop is Quilt Beginnings in Columbus OH.

Lisa said...

Whew, that's a tough one! In OKC, I have 2 favorites. The Savage Quilter would be #1, then the Oklahoma Quiltworks would be #2.
Just found your blog, fingers are crossed!

Brandy Pettit said...

My favorite shop is Stash in Walla Walla, WA

Tom F said...

Christmas Goose Quilt Shop in Las Vegas, they have lots of samples to inspire as well as classes. A variety of fabric for all tastes.

Deece said...

My favorite shop is Colorz Quilt Shop in Baxter, MN.
Love your quilts!

Kathy E. said...

Old quilts certainly conjure up questions, don't they? Who made them, how was it made, how long did it take, what were their lives like, how did they choose the fabrics? If only a written story went with each one. To answer the question of the day: My favorite quilt shop is in Dubuque Iowa and is named The Quilt Shack!

Emily C said...

I love that you used an abacus as an inspiration!

lauraluvsloons said...

My favorite quilt shop is Footprints in Rochester, NH. Kelly is sew welcoming, has terrific fabric like the Henry Glass Kim Diehl lines, great classes and the cutest shop. It's always fun to visit Footprints.

QuiltLaughLove said...

My favorite quilt shop is Nancy's Quilt Shop in Winter Garden FL

Rita Lynn said...
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Rita Lynn said...

Sulphur Grove Quilt Shop in Huber Heights, OH is my favorite shop.

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