Pink Stacks

I finished up this simple and fun baby girl quilt top.  I’m calling it Pink Stacks!

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.

1My coin fabric rectangles

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!!

Pink Stacks

20 Responses to “Pink Stacks”

  1. Molly March 31, 2010 at 6:12 am #

    Ohhhhh! So that’s how you do it! I love these quilts and have been pondering how I would make one. Thanks for the tut!

  2. Brittany March 31, 2010 at 6:31 am #

    I love your quilt. I have been wanting to make one, too. Thanks for sharing your tutorial.

  3. Krista March 31, 2010 at 7:29 am #

    This is really cute! I love that you put in that section of blue.

  4. Katie March 31, 2010 at 7:34 am #

    I was waiting to see this. Love the little pop of blue!

  5. Live a Colorful Life March 31, 2010 at 7:57 am #

    Oh that is so cute. The blue is a perfect addition!

  6. Amber March 31, 2010 at 9:54 am #

    this is so cute – and so much faster than the way I have done it….thanks for sharing your process!! Love the bits of blue!

  7. Audrie March 31, 2010 at 10:07 am #

    Love this! I was actually planning to do this in a queen for our bed out of Hope Valley :)

  8. Munaiba March 31, 2010 at 1:20 pm #

    That’s really sweet.

  9. Summer March 31, 2010 at 2:31 pm #

    OH my goodness… my quilt prayer has been answered… I have wanted to make this type of quilt and then low and behold, I come to your website today and there is a “how-to”! :) THANK YOU! I love it… cute quilt! :)

  10. CitricSugar March 31, 2010 at 8:26 pm #

    Those short pieces always look bigger than they end up. You guess you’ll have plenty but when you take a half-inch off every one for seam allowance, they shrink quickly!


  11. Amber Lee April 1, 2010 at 2:21 am #

    Thank you so much! Of course it seems simple now seeing how you’ve sewn it up, before I was thinking of getting to the end result much differently. Love it!

  12. Wendy Rabung April 1, 2010 at 6:30 am #

    Love this sweet quilt, the little pops of blue are perfect!

  13. Andi April 1, 2010 at 6:53 am #

    Deliciously pink!!

  14. Colette April 2, 2010 at 3:53 am #

    Lovely quilt! I love the fabrics you used and that little pop of blue.

  15. Em April 6, 2010 at 7:01 am #

    I love the simplicity wonkiness of this quilt!!!!!! i SMILE at the banana seat bicycles fabric becasue it is a fav of mine and I just used up the last of mine…. Thanks for sharing! And the back is awesom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. liset April 14, 2010 at 10:16 am #

    Lovely quilt!!

  17. mindy April 28, 2010 at 8:09 pm #

    Oh, this so appeals to me! I love the calmness of it. I’ve always been more of a red person instead of a pink one, but I love this in pink!

  18. Patricia Belyea April 28, 2010 at 10:18 pm #

    What a novel Chinese Coin design. Naive and delectable.

  19. Debbie Bell July 21, 2010 at 12:52 pm #

    very nice quilt!

  20. Anni January 31, 2013 at 9:51 am #

    Whiling away time while waiting for a phonecall to hear how my granddaughter is recovering from a slight bug, I happened on this. Very into the ‘pink stinks’ campaign in England which fights stereotyping girls BUT absolutely loved your quilt. Thanks SO much for sharing it – must make one for the granddaughter!The blue makes all the difference.

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