Chinese Coin Quilt Block

Chinese coin quilt block

Chinese coin quilt block

The Chinese Coin quilt block goes by many names – Indian Puzzle, Monkey Wrench and Milky Way to name a few.  I have made it here as a 12″ square using just two colours.  Classified as a nine patch block, it makes an interesting quilt with secondary designs.

Cutting requirements for the chinese coin quilt block

2.1/2″ squares:  eight green, eight cream

4.7/8″ squares:  two green, two cream

4.1/2″ squares:  one cream

Making the chinese coin quilt block

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units with the 4.7/8″ squares.  Place a green and a cream square with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units.

These are now 4.1/2″ squares.

Chinese coin quilt block layout

Chinese coin quilt block layout

Lay the squares out as shown.

The 4.1/2″ cream square is placed in the middle with the 2.1/2″ squares forming a four patch unit in each corner.  These are placed so that the cream squares run along the diagonals.  The half square triangle units are placed on the edges of the central square.

Sew the small squares together first to make four patch units.  You will then have three rows of three squares.  Sew these together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the chinese coin quilt block.

Chinese coin quilt idea

Chinese coin quilt idea

For a quilt design idea I have shown sixteen blocks sewn together in four rows of four.  It makes a really interesting quilt – if you look carefully you can see that in addition to the stars within the block there are also larger stars formed where the blocks join together.

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  1. Hi Rose, thank you for sharing your quilt patterns, I love this one I can just see this in a lovely pansy fabric that I have with a stark white to make the pansies pop. Cheers Carol