Modern Crossing Quilt Coat

Reversible quilt coat - muted on one side and fun and loud on the other

When I decided to create the Patchwork Chore Coat, I knew that I wanted to be able to make the coat reversible. A reversible coat opens up so many possibilities! Two looks in one! Once I figured out a good binding technique, I needed to decide what I wanted my reversible coat to look like. For the outside of my coat, I chose the Modern Crossing Quilt pattern and decided to sew it up in Essex Linen. I love how muted it looks. It has a soft, worn vintage feel to it that I love. Linen has a really great weight and softness so I knew for a coat it would end up looking like something I pulled out of my closet that had been passed down through the years.

Modern Crossing comes with two sizes – baby and throw, and each size has different size blocks. I chose to make the throw size Modern Crossing quilt. I knew that I wanted the coat to have a randomized look to it, and the throw size would achieve that – someone looking at it right away might not recognize it as a Modern Crossing quilt, instead it would have an appealing scrappy/pulled together effect.

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Using Modern Crossing quilt pattern to make a quilt coat
Modern Crossing Quilt throw size

For the reversible side, I decided to make a ton of scrappy stars. My vision was a coat that fit into the 1970’s. I just couldn’t get that idea out of my head. I pulled a ton fo fabrics from my stash. Some actual vintage fabrics, some solids, and some old Cotton & Steel prints. There’s some really great Cotton & Steel prints by Kim Kight that have the perfect 1970’s vintage feel. They fit in so well with the actual vintage prints!

A stack of fabrics waiting to turn into a quilt!
A 1970's inspired fabric pull with vintage fabrics and modern ones too

Once I had all the fabrics, I used my Accuquilt and the 8″ Qube to cut out the pieces I needed for my stars. From each fabric I cut out the star fabric and the background fabric, then I mixed them up within the quilt top. I love using my Accuquilt, especially for flying geese (like the ones in the stars below) because they require no trimming! It makes cutting a ton of different fabrics for a scrappy quilt fast and fun. All my blocks are 8″ finished sawtooth stars. I ended up using over 40 different fabrics!

A 1970's inspired star quilt
Using over 40 fabrics to create this scrappy star quilt top
Scrappy sawtooth stars
Sawtooth star scrappy quilt

And the finished coat! I love love love how it turned out! Although my measurements fall into the Small size of the Patchwork Chore Coat, I decided to make a Medium size in this jacket because I wanted to have a slightly oversized fit.

I’m glad I went oversized, this coat looks so good with skinny jeans and boots! I had so much fun taking pictures in my new coat, and it quickly became my favorite Patchwork Chore Coat version I’ve made so far.

The Patchwork Chore Coat pattern makes a great modern and stylish quilt coat!
A quilt coat made form essex linen
Modern Crossing quilt as a quilt coat

When you get tired of wearing it one way? Flip it out and wear it the other side! One coat – two looks! How much fun is that? For my inner binding I used a light colored chambray. For me it fit with the 1970’s vision I was trying to achieve.

Making a reversible quilt coat for two looks in one!
Sawtooth Star scrappy quilt coat
1970's inspired quilt coat with sawtooth stars

I’m now brainstorming other fun reversible options I could do for my next coat! If you want to make your own, I offer a 6-week Quilt Coat Course where I walk you through making a reversible Patchwork Chore Coat! Find all the information about the course here. What would your reversible coat look like?

Two looks, one coat with a reversible quilt coat

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