On this day in 1999 the “euro” debuts as the new common currency in eleven European Union (EU) nations. Today one euro is worth $1.32 U.S. The euro (€) is divided into 100 cents (c) and the coins are issued in  €2, €1, 50c, 20c, 10c, 5c, 2c, and 1c denominations.

Euro cash, decorated with architectural images, symbols of European unity and member-state motifs, went into circulation on January 1, 2002, replacing the Austrian schilling, Belgian franc, Finnish markka, French franc, German mark, Italian lira, Irish punt, Luxembourg franc, Netherlands guilder, Portugal escudo and Spanish peseta. A number of territories and non-EU nations including Monaco and Vatican City also adopted the euro.

Quilt Index basic viewThis Chinese Coins, or Blocks in Bars, quilt was made by Madgalena Fisher Yoder of Arthur, Illinois around 1880. It is machine pieced and hand quilted.  Three other quilts by this Amish quiltmaker are documented and shared in The Quilt Index by the Illinois State Museum. Search by name (Quiltermaker) on the Advanced Search page to view all of Yoder’s quilts. You can also search for “Chinese Coins” under Pattern Name to browse variants on this pattern from private and public collections and documentation projects.

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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance

See You in June for Month Three!

Thank you so much to everyone who has participated in the Quilt Alliance’s Birthday Block of the Month so far! We’ve made two very different but complementary blocks together and we can’t wait to make more. Join us next month as we make a block designed by Pat Sloan — we’ll send instructions out on the 15th.

Be sure to tag @quiltalliance and @zakfoster.quilts on Instagram with your block photos this month, and use the hashtag #QuiltAllianceBOM (or email us a photo of your block at And leave any questions about this month’s block in the comments below!


  1. Allie Aller

    I have made many Chinese Coins quilts…they are so much fun! They are quick, can be spontaneous, will showcase your favorite fabrics, and give ample scope for playing with quilting designs. Try one, it will only take a few days. You won’t be able to stop at one, either…ask me how I know!

    • quiltalliance

      Any images of a Chinese Coins quilt you’ve made that you could point us too, Allie? 🙂


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