Flower Swirls on a Reversible Quilt

This flowery quilt pieced by Karee demonstrates what to do both to use up your stash and to make your quilt reversible.

Karee brought us this top a few weeks ago to quilt for her.  She was trying to use up some stash and had several fabrics that worked perfectly together.  In fact, she had enough for a front and a back – a reversible quilt!

This flowery quilt pieced by Karee demonstrates what to do both to use up your stash and to make your quilt reversible.

Karee’s top consisted of mostly floral fabrics with a few polka dots for good measure.  A pantograph is perfect for a top that already has a lot of pattern in it, and she chose one called Flower Swirls.  We decided that a light pink thread worked best with the different fabrics – it contrasted less with both light and dark fabrics.

This flowery quilt pieced by Karee demonstrates what to do both to use up your stash and to make your quilt reversible.

For her backing, Karee pieced a Rail Fence center using the same fabrics as she used for the front.  She added a center of string-pieced diamonds set on point in a green border.  Her purple outer borders are wide, which is helpful to us.  Here’s why…

This flowery quilt pieced by Karee demonstrates what to do both to use up your stash and to make your quilt reversible.

When we quilt a reversible quilt on a longarm, it is difficult to precisely position the top and the backing to keep the back design centered vertically.  They can be loaded so that they are precisely centered in relationship to each other, but there may still be a little drift during the quilting process.  Adding wide borders can help to camouflage a slightly off-center back.

This flowery quilt pieced by Karee demonstrates what to do both to use up your stash and to make your quilt reversible.

Karee’s reversible quilt finished up pretty well centered, and now her stash is a little smaller, too!

This flowery quilt pieced by Karee demonstrates what to do both to use up your stash and to make your quilt reversible.

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