These fun little quilts will have you seeing double! New from Jan Patek (+ giveaway!)

“Turnabouts” are darling little quilts that do double duty. Drape them over items to see two delightfully different sides!

Tabletop Turnabouts

In Tabletop Turnabouts, you’ll find that one end of each 12″ x 24″ quilt shows off a single block, while the opposite end features a four-block arrangement. Simply turn the quilts this way or that to suit the scene.

Acorn Lane quilt
Acorn Lane

Jan’s charming quilts feature a happy blend of seasonal and everyday motifs to display. And the appliqué? Jan’s carefree folk-art style embraces imperfection, inviting you to just have fun—on the double!

From Tabletop Turnabouts

We asked Jan a few questions about her new book and her quilting life, which spans 25 years! Read her answers below.


Jan PatekStitch This!: Your latest book is simply adorable! What inspired you to write Tabletop Turnabouts, and how did you come up with the clever two-for-one design idea?

Jan: I was at a Des Moines cultural event one year and saw table stands with little 12″ quilts on them. They gave me great ideas for appliqué. When I made the first one, my daughter Kelly said, “Why don’t you make two and sew them together? That way if it’s on the coffee table, you can see both sides.” The rest is history!

ST!: What’s your designing process like—patterns or fabrics first? Ideas on paper or on a computer?  

Jan: I create the pattern first, then choose the fabric to go with it. But sometimes the fabric will inspire the pattern. I draw my designs on paper, scan them into my computer, and add details with my mouse.

Garden House quilt
Garden House

ST!: What’s the most important part of the design process for you?

Jan: The most important part of the design process with Tabletop Turnabouts was coming up with each idea for a 12″ inch block, and then echoing that theme in the 6″ blocks on the other side. It was a fun process.

Sweet Lady Liberty quilt
Sweet Lady Liberty

ST!: What’s your favorite season to sew for?

Jan: My favorite season to sew for is really two seasons—fall and winter. I love the colors associated with those two seasons. But I’m always ready for spring.

To Market quilt
To Market

ST!: What’s inspiring you right now?

Jan: My next seasonal table-stand quilt, which will be coming out this summer. It’s in the planning stages, and all I know right now is that it will feature an eagle. I’m partial to Americana and patriotic themes, as my father was a career Army man and my father-in-law was career Navy. I’m also working on next year’s mystery quilt. Here’s a sneak peek of the design:

Follow Jan on Instagram (@jan_patek_quilts) and on her blog for more information on her next mystery quilt.

We have a freshly printed copy of Tabletop Turnabouts to give to one lucky winner today, along with a fat-quarter pack from Jan’s Sweet Violet fabric for Moda Fabrics (her next line, Clover Meadow, hits shops this summer) AND an Ackfeld quilt stand from our friends at Ackfeld Manufacturing!

To enter your name in the random drawing, tell us in the comments:

Tabletop TurnaboutsWhere would you place one of your own “Turnabout” quilts?

  • Over a couch
  • On a cabinet
  • On an Ackfeld quilt rack
  • A place where everyone could see both sides!

We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’re ready to make a “twofer” quilt with Jan, order Tabletop Turnabouts at our website and we’ll send you a link to download the eBook version for free.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Bobbie, who says:

“I love this idea, twice the fun. I would display them on the Ackfeld stand on top of my antique cabinet so could be seen by everyone in my house.”

We’ll email you about your prize, Bobbie—congratulations!


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