Dresden Coin Quilt – Quilting with Layer Cakes (10in Squares)

Dresden Coin Quilt
Hi I’m Jenny from the Missouri Star Quilt Company. Let’s take a look at this darling
quilt behind me. Isn’t this fun? This is a take on a “Coin’s Quilt.” Now somebody
asked a while ago why they call them “Coin’s Quilts,” and the only thing I could come
up with is you know when you stack coins in a stack, it’s all these different little
sliver colors of fabric and it, it just makes it a really awesome look. But this one we
did a little differently. This one we used the Dresden ruler so that our pieces, you
know give it that little bit of wonky look. Little bit of movement and a little bit of
fun. So to make this quilt you’re going to need
the Dresden ruler, right here and our Dresden ruler actually fits the entire layer cake.
So it goes from top to bottom. So it’s going to make it really easy for you. We also used
a layer cake and the layer cake we used on this one is called “Pastel Pops,” and
it’s from Michael Miller. It’s and the color is this citron grey. It’s just beautiful
fabric and so we used a little more than one layer cake on this quilt.
We used a yard and a quarter for the sashing and the first border of the white and these
sashing pieces we’re three inches wide. The first border is a two inch piece and we
used a yard for that. The outer border is a five inch piece and we used a yard and a
quarter for that again or a yard and a half, I’m sorry. Yard and a half for that outer
border. And it makes about a seventy by eighty quilt. So this a pretty good size quilt. It
is so quick and easy. So let me show you how to do this.
Now out of each layer cake square you’re going to get about three of these cuts. You’re
going to line up your Dresden and we are just going to make some of those cuts and show
you how to do this. The first cut your just cutting off this edge over here and then you
have this Dresden cut and then you’re just going to flip your ruler upside down like
this. So then you’re always cutting from the same side and you’re just going to flip
your ruler over like this
and we have this little bit of pieces left over. And you get three out of them. Now you
can actually stack these up a few two or three and cut them at the same time so you get lots
of cuts at once and that, that, that will speed up the process.
So then what you’re going to do when you put these together is you’re going to put
them the fat end to the short side and the short to the fat. You know opposites like
this. So it will make one straight column when going up. So when we put these together
and lay them on top of each other like this, we’re going to see, we’re going to see
where they match up just almost exactly. So we’re going to line this up right here and
you can see this edge right here. They’re going to come, they should come just a barely
little peak of fabric sticking out. It’s real easy to line up and sew.
So let’s go to the sewing machine and put these together and just sew a quarter inch
seam. So here we are and we’re just going to sew these together and what I do when I
sew these is I will sew two pieces and two pieces and two pieces and two pieces and then
I sew four and four and four. You know so that I, I just keep chain piecing them through
and so I’ll sew a whole bunch like this and then I’ll take my two’s and I’ll,
I’ll put those together so then I have a whole bunch of, you know, I mean I just keep
adding so it’s two, two, two, four, four, four, you know and then pretty soon I have
long strips. So I want to go over this chain piecing, because
it is one of those things that really speeds up the process when you’re quilting. So
what you’re going to do is you’re going to sew your two pieces together and you’re
not going to cut the thread. You’re going to leave them right there and I have all my
pieces here. So then I’m just going to pick two more and I’m going to lay them with
the fat side to the thin end and the thin side to the fat end and I’m just going to
start sewing again. So we’re going to sew a few of these and you can see they just,
we just keep sewing them just like this and let’s do one more here. So you just, you
want to pick colors that contrast so that when you put them together you get that, you
know it’s not too all the same color and that sort of thing. I like to just mix it
up. So then you’re going to go through and you’re
just going to do all of yours like that. Two, two, two. Then you’re going to press these
open and let me do that real quick. So here we go. So then we have our two right here
that we’re going to put together and again you’re going to do the wide side to the
narrow side and we’re just going to chain piece those through, just like this. And so
then you’ll do fours. Then you’ll do eights and, and because you don’t have to take
them out in between and do all this stuff, you just sitting and sewing and it goes really,
really quick. So that’s the whole idea, behind chain piecing and I just hope that
helps you. You can use that in almost every facet of quilting that you do.
So one of the things that I forgot to mention is that when you’re chain piecing, if you
always put the same one on the bottom. You know like the wide one is always on the bottom,
then they’ll always line up together. You won’t have to put a, an extra spare one
in the middle to hook up your chains or something like that. They’ll always be going in the
right direction and you’ll end up with these long pieces really quickly. So let me press
this down. So then you have these long strips, you make
them as long as you’d like and then you’re going to attach you’re three inch stripping.
You’re three inch sashing in between them. And it, I mean it just goes together so quickly
and easily. So I have another one over here I want to show you. This is one made with
Kate Spain’s fabric, “Honey, Honey,” and it’s the same idea, but the sashing
is a little wider and one of the reason’s I wanted to show you this is, because you,
this quilt is so versatile. You can really do anything you want. The wider sashing just
gives it a little different look. You could use a colored sashing instead of the white
and it’s just a really fun, quick quilt to make. So we hope you enjoyed this tutorial
on the “Dresden Coin Quilt.” From the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

61 thoughts on “Dresden Coin Quilt – Quilting with Layer Cakes (10in Squares)

  1. Love this! Especially the one with the wide sashing! What is the proper way to attach the sashing? Should you sew it with the sashing on top or bottom?

  2. Holy cow girl your amazing coming in Friday weather permitting of course to buy the stuff for that and drop off several to be quilted

  3. Great tutorial on the Dresden Coin Quilt – Quilting with Layer Cakes (10" Squares). Thanks for sharing!

  4. If you wax the back end of your sewing machine, with something like Pledge, the chain pieced strips will not bunch up.

  5. You make quilting "do-able" for us, thank you. You are such fun!  You and your quilting videos bring such joy to all of us! Thank you!!! Love this, can't wait to try this out.

  6. Another winner! Normally, I don't run to my machine and immediately start sewing one of your wonderful tutorials, but my stash has become sooooo large (thank you, MSQC) and it is a dreary, rainy day out the window, that I think sewing up just a slew of these Dresden Coins is the right thing to do today! I think I'll cut up that 30's Playtime layer cake – something bright and cheery!

  7. You've made me a busy quilter!  Everything you do I want to make! 🙂  Love this one, as I love the others.  I'm a hard-core BabyLock user.  Can you tell me please what model you're using in this video?  Keep 'em coming, Jenny!  You rock!

  8. another fun quick piecing project. Jenny Doan, your the 'bomb' LOL the showing of the second quilt (KING?) is great for those who need to visualize. even after 22+years I still need to see things done. I can imagine a Dick and Jane for a baby really quick. thanks again! 

  9. used two of your applications to make Blue Breeze quilt block.  the pinwheel and the disappearing pineapple. worked great.

  10. Do you square up the ends of the Dresden strips to attach borders? Can you use scrap/cut-away pieces or do you cut ends of one of the chain pieced ends? Sorry couldn't see top row of quilt in pictures.

  11. I have got it.  I am going to use this idea for the 3 Green Bay Packer quilts I need to make as the pieces look like pennants and with a mixture of green golds, whites and blacks I can add enough of the Packer fabric and use up lots of scraps in the correct color scheme.  

  12. man I would kill to have enough time to do some quilting right now!! jealous of you all there, but I am in Arizona and its in the 80's so i guess your a little jealous too! lol

  13. I love this so much better than the Dresden plate. Its fresh, its modern, its easy. Definitely on my to do list. I am thinking Kaffee Fassett fabric.

  14. I love this quilt, but I have searched the website and cannot find the fqbric at all!  Where can I order the layer cake?

  15. I recently got lured into quilting by my mother-in-law and now I am going to start working on my first quilt using this tutorial. I have a quick question though….how many wedges do you need to cut out to make a full-size bed quilt? Thank you!

  16. thank for showing this quilt. it looks so easy , and wanting to make this one . but first i need to order the dresden plate . i have a 8" but need the 10" for this . when do you think you will have this plate in so i can order from you? i see you are out at this time . please send me an email for went you get them in cuz i surely will order for you as i always do. thanks again Jenny . MSQ is number one in my book.

  17. Do you have options for using yardage instead of Layer Cakes?  Often your videos mention that option.  How many of the wedges are in each vertical row?  That might help me figure it out.

  18. Hi Jenny thank you for answering; the Dresden quilt that I need help with is the Dresden coin quilt-10 squares.

  19. Jenny, I was wondering if you could use that smaller dresden( small piece left from the 3rd dresden cut) for a smaller version quilt or maybe a pillow topping? We all know how much you 'hate' waste lol. I can't go a day without watching your tutorials. Even my 2 cats know the sound of the 'duck' . God Bless You and your Family & Staff.

  20. Jenny,

    Just wanted to know if you'd seen "Man Sewing" tutorial on the "Dresden cushion, or pillow." It's great, easy and uses a layer cake and the Dresden. So I thought it would be great to see you do a tutorial on that one. Because we all love Jenny Doan and your tutorials. We do love Rob from "Man Sewing", but, can't beat Jenny.

  21. Made this as a large wall hanging from a MSQC layer cake. Colors and design were fantastic — a beautiful Christmas gift for a dear daughter-in-law. Jenny's tutorial was so precise and useful, and kept me going through all the steps.  I'm happily looking through other MSQC tutorials today for my next project!

  22. Have done without sashing in between rows. Some were a little mismatched but my family loves their quilts.

  23. I really appreciate when you insert a short overview of the fabric requirements written on the screen. (not included this time). I take a photo of it and then I have everything I need when I go shopping. Love this quilt, I have a layer cake just waiting for a great idea!!

  24. I need to know how to put a one and a half square into the middle of a two and one half square
    four squares in the middle and the corners are showing from the lg square I can not make them I don't know how the little squares fit on the lg square!
    Ever had a question such as this !!

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