Stack of Coins Batik Quilt
If there is one thing I love it’s bright colours. And, batiks are just that. Bright, beautiful and mood lifting.
So, when my friends over at EQS asked if I’d like to make a quilt in some of the amazing new collection of batik cottons I jumped at the chance.
These bright colours take me back to the years I spend on a Global Adventure (aka backpacking), they make me feel happy, secure and warm – in fact, isn’t that exactly what a quilt should make you feel like?
I wanted to create a quilt that really showed off the bright colours of the batiks range and Stack of Coins design does exactly that! So, when you’re cutting and stitching and making pretty with this quilt – think of balmy nights walking though through the street markets of the Khao San Road or sipping chilled coconut milk at an beach bar.
The Stack of Coins quilt is one of my favourite designs – not only because this was the design of the first full size quilt I ever made, but also because the simple bars of fabric are the perfect way to really show off the prints of the cottons. So, this design really lets the fabrics do the talking…and here these beautiful batiks are saying, “Hey! You there – come join the fun!” How can you refuse an offer like that? Here’s how to make a striking Stack of Coins Batik Quilt!
Grab your supplies…
Seven piece of batik fabric 36in x 20incs
Five pieces of blue-black cotton sashing 2.5in by 66in
Four blue-black borders pieces, two 3in x 66in and two 3.5in x 66ins
Backing fabric 66in square
Wadding 66in square
Fabric for binding or bias tape
Rotary cutter, ruler & mat
Quilting thread & needle
With the rotary cutter and mat, slice the seven batik fabrics into strips – or coins – measuring 3.5in x 8in. I like to press the fabrics before I cut them and again after they are cut. Not because I’m insane, but because I prefer to stitch together pieces that are pressed smooth and flat without having to worry about wrinkles.
With 108 coins trimmed from the fabrics, begin to create the design by laying out the coins into six rows, each containing 18 batik coins. Some collections of fabric prints look better positioned in a neat order through the stacks of coins, I feel that the vibrant colours and dramatic patterns on batik fabrics look at their best when they are placed in a random order. I aimed to have no two coins of the same fabric touch, but other than that, I mixed them about in wild abandon.
Once happy with the placement, start at one end of a column of coins and – with right sides facing and taking a 1/4in seam allowance – join the first coin to the one above it. Continue until all the coins are joined into a strip of 18 different batik fabric coins.
I’m pretty sure you’re going to be able to guess where this is going…move onto the next column of coins and join together in the same way. Keep on joining the coins into columns until there are six completed columns.
Finish the columns by pressing the seam allowances so that they all lie in the same direction.
Strips of blue-black sashing measuring 2.5in by 66in are stitched in position between the rows of Stacks of Coins. Place the sashing onto the first column of coins with the right sides facing and stitch with a 1/4 inch seams allowance to join neatly.
Place the second column of stack of coins over unstitched edge of sashing and make sure that the strips of coins between the stacks are neatly aligned. Repeat to join in the remaining four pieces of sashing to the join the remaining columns of coin stacks. Press the seam allowances to the same direction.
The quilt topis completed by adding on the blue-black fabric to the sides and then the top and bottom on the quilt. The Four blue-black borders pieces, the two 3in x 66in will sit along the sides running parallel to the columns of coins. The remaining two 3.5in x 66ins will be stitching in place along the bottom in the same manner as the side sections taking a 1/4 inch seam allowance and pressing the seams int he same direction.
Lay out the backing cotton – with wrong side upper most- batting and also the quilt top with right side uppermost. Using a needle and tacking thread, work over the full surface of the quilt making long tacking stitches through the three layers to hold them in place.
Using the ruler and quilting chalk mark out quilting lines. As I have a ‘thing’ for chevrons I decided to mark out the definite ‘V’ shapes across the width of the quilt.
The chalked out lines are a guide for either machine or hand stitching. I prefer the more rustic look of hand stitching to complement exotic batik prints.
Once the quilt has beden fully stitched, use a rotary cutter and ruller to trim down all the edges of the fabrics of the backing, wadding and quilt top to 60 inches square.
Trim the fabric for the binding into strips of 2ins, fold and press the raw edges into the centre before refolding along the centre line and concealing the raw edges. Or, select pre-made bias binding.
Pin the bias tape around the edge of the quilt, adding neat mitres at the corners, before securing in place with machine stitch and finishing with discrete slip stitches to finish the quilt edging. If you find the process of pinning binding a tricky one, be sure to check out Wonder Clips – one of my favourite notions for making quilting a doddle!
Once the binding has been neatly secured around all the raw edges, snip away the tacking stitches and press neatly to finish your beautiful Stack of Coins Batik Quilt.
I just adore this quilt – such a simple design with such a huge impact of colour – if you’re nervous of taking on a large scale project, why not try out this easy-design?