A UFO becomes a NEW project

I love it when a UFO can become a new project. For some reason it’s always more fun to begin something new than to work on an old stalled project.

I’d had several sections of strips sewn together sitting in a bin for about 4 years thinking that they’d either become a piano key border or a Chinese Coins quilt. With the new short-term project for HeartStrings, I pulled them out and I have a jump start on my Chinese Coins quilt.

Pam at Real Women Quilt had emailed me that she had a sale on some of her fabric that might work for HeartStrings quilts and I found this blue that I’ll use to sash this first Chinese Coins quilt. Can you see all the Joann’s prints in these strips? When I started quilting all of my fabric came from there – now most of the fabric I buy is quilt shop fat quarters and fat quarter bundles. (Like the bundle sitting on my cutting table that I bought from Pam when I ordered this sashing fabric.) I still like bargains so I do shop the 50% off shelf at my quilt shop and other sales like Pam’s for my border yardage and pick up the occasional border at Joann’s too.

If you’re interested in using up some shorter strips or strings – Join us for April and May and work on Chinese Coins sections. You can either make the entire quilt yourself or send me the sections and I’ll join them together and we’ll see how many quilts we get.


  1. Hi Mary–first of all, have a GREAT time in Hawaii.. but how could you not? 🙂 And hide someone’s Blackberry! hahaha I’m working around the ring for the first time in a while and catching up on everyone’s adventures. When you get back, I’ll talk to you about participating more in the Heartstrings project.

  2. Mary, it looks like you have hit the ground running once again! ;c) Turning a UFO into a Chinese Coin Quilt for the Heartstrings Project! You are going to be out of UFO’s before the year is up! Thanks for the step-by-step directions and photos on the HS’s blog. Perhaps while the cat’s (you) away (in Hawaii) – the mice will play! (HS members will make CC blocks!) :c) Have a great time on your vacation ~Bonnie in SE Texas

  3. I love the idea of chinese coins for heartstrings – and I have loads of strips just perfect for this. Now I know how to use them up.

  4. I think a lot of us started out by buying fabric at JoAnn’s. I still get a lot of my flannel backings there, although the cotton I try to buy at quilt shops. Unless JoAnn’s has some dog fabric I can’t pass up!! 🙂 That blue will be perfect for those chinese coins!

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