Reversible Modern Crazy Quilt

I love making quilts with two sides of interest.

There, I've said it and its a fact. I've made several of them. I like to be able to turn the quilt over and have a different look. This is not a new thing and many of us make two sided quilts.

My start on this large Modern Crazy Quilt-Reversible was designed with out any over seam embellishment.

Each of the center blocks started with 1 (12.5 inch square) for the back, 1 (12.5 in batting) and then forming the crazy free form topping of each square.

I invisioned a center of darker colored fabrics surrounded by less crazy pieced modern design around it in a minimalist kinda way.

Borders will come next, pre-quilted before assembly. 

They will be measured to fit each side with a corner stone block in each cormer. Then I will have a look at that and decide if its going to be bigger.

This throw quilt is going to be a house warming gift in December. I had decided to put one border around measuring 12.5 blocks in dark,bold colors and learned that my Four Patch Corner stones were actually 12 1/4 instead, always meauring to keep it straight.

I began with making the Four Patch Blocks, then measured again and made adjustments.

The sashing or joining pieces of QAYG method is always a factor that you need to pay attention to. I always use a 1.75 in wide strip that is then pressed over 1/4 inch the lenght of each strip. This can be 1.5 in or 1.25 in if pressed for matching or your choice. I find it fussy to the certain that both sides of the joining section are machine sewn nicely on both sides. It has remained a WIP. Sometimes both side are sewn nicely and other times a inch or two of the strip for some reason doesn't get sewn by the under-thread of your machine. This is simply a WIP in progress. One good book "Reversible Quilts" is recomended. This Canadian quilting author Sharon Pederson wrote this book back in late 1990's or early 2000 and I used some of her ideas from how she constructs her quilts. 

Another aid for perfecting QAYG is on YouTube in this video. i have recently subscribed to Gourmet Quilter who sounds like she is from AU. I encourage you to visit and subscribe to that quilter too.

I am using a similar method of joining all the crazy and pieced blocks for the center piece and borders of this quilt.

The blocks are rough, they will need to squared up again to be 13 inch square. They are now machine quilted blocks with sandwiched batting inside each block and each border.

The blue borders with a bold zig zag design across the length run overtop of straight lines of machine quilting vertical on each border, then attached with sashing to join the center block of the quilt to each short lengthed side.

Do you notice the centerpiece is sashed with greenish, brownish jungle fabric which almost dissappears.

The reverse side is another color palette choice entirely different from the front of the quilt.

The borders are now pinned together, ready for sewing down the edge of the sashing strips that join the quilt together. Some people will find this method complicated and that is a reality of working with pre-quilted blocks or portions of any quilt. For those of you who have limited space to make big quilts, this method is basically fool proof so long as you have a walking foot for your sewing machine.

I got way too busy with sewing the sashings to notice I transposed a number of blocks, but Justin didn't care. He loves it!


  1. Lovely quilt - I like the idea of quilt-as-you-go, just not sure if I like all the hand sewing to get the 'back' side together.

    1. Hi Peggy, Good News, NO hand sewing on back side!!

      My technique is all sewn on machine. I hand sew on the binding and that's it! Perhaps a more in depth post on this is needed. I know that there are many quilters who use the back side hand sewing technique, but its not for me.
      Would this help you understand better?

    2. Oh, yes, if you could describe how you machine sew the back as well, I'd be so appreciative! Thanks in advance!

    3. Sorry for this late reply, but sewing by machine is careful and exact cutting of the quilted blocks, precise sewing on the edge of seam on the one side so that the stitching is lined up nice of both sides, copious pinning along each seam.

  2. I've never tried quilt-as-you-go - looks rather intimidating to me! I do like your end result though and happy to know the recipient was pleased with it.

    1. Late reply on this, but thanks for thinking about quilt as you go method.

  3. Happy New Year Mary Anne. There are lots of ways to do QAYG method and it works for me, I don't have a large room or home.


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