Celebration: A Lesson in Quilting Reversible Quilts

reversible quilts

Sometimes I feel like I barely have decorated my home for fall when it’s time to pull out the Christmas decorations. By making this reversible table topper, my kitchen redecorating is simple — I’ll just turn over the topper! The challenge is centering both designs, one atop the other.

reversible quilts

In quiltmaking, we usually allow extra inches for the backing which are trimmed off after quilting, but in this project, both top and back must be the same size. The small size of the project helps the fabric layers remain in place while quilting. I used a thin cotton batting and spray basted all layers prior to quilting. I chose an all-over quilting motif and gold thread that would look nice on both sides.

If you choose to use a straight quilting design, such as cross-hatching, you should use a walking foot to minimize the top of the quilt creeping south over the batting and backing. Binding strips were machine-sewn to one side of the table topper and then hand-sewn to the second side, creating a nicely finished edge on both sides of the topper.

reversible quilts

Here at The Quilting Company, we are all about leading you to just the right technique to make your crafting soar. In “10 Quilting Hacks for Everyday Quilting Life,” Social Media Manager and quilting rockstar Carrie Sisk lays down ten tips that you didn’t even know you needed! Here’s just one of them:

Let’s give some thought to the backs of our quilts… How much yardage do we need? Should it be whole-cloth, pieced with leftover scraps, include pieced blocks and designs so it’s reversible? If you’re not sure how to answer these questions, Sara Gallegos can help.

In Sara’s 7 minute video, “How to Back a Quilt,” she leads you into the territory of reversible quilts with easy-to-follow tips. How far you feel you need to go is entirely up to you!

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