Hello! Today I’m sharing my thoughts on one of my favorite subjects: decorating with quilts! Along with placing beautiful quilts on our beds, quilts and quilted items can be used in many ways to make our houses our homes. The very first quilted projects I sewed were home decor items–pillows, wall hangings, and table toppers.
While I do a lot of decorating with quilts in my sewing room today, there were a
lot of years I didn’t have a designated sewing space to decorate with fun quilts! Today there are quilts in every room of my house (even bathrooms and the laundry room), and I’m still thinking of new ways to use my quilted items for decorating.
This little corner of my family room gives you a couple of different ways to use quilts. I love changing the quilts on this handmade quilt rack out for each season. When I get home from quilt market I’ll change these quilts from our Valley collection out for red and blue quilts for summer. You can also see the mini tumbler wall hanging on the wall above the quilt rack. I love mini quilts!
This photo from our guest room shows a few more options for decorating with quilts. One of my favorite scrappy quilts is on the wall, a table runner sits atop the dresser, and one of my great great grandmother’s Dresden Plate blocks sits in a frame.
Decorative quilt racks are a wonderful way to hang quilts. I wish I could find more like this one (it was a gift from my daughter several years ago). I have quilts on the walls of all of our hallways…a lot of them are hard to photograph because of the lighting, but this one is in our front entryway.
Another corner of our family room hosts a quilt ladder with some of my favorite spring Fig Tree quilts and a Fig Tree pillow in the chair. Quilt ladders are a terrific way to display favorite quilts. I kind of wish I had a quilt ladder in every room! These quilts will also be changed to red and blue quilts in the very near future!
Another corner of our family room showcases my great grandmother’s sewing machine. The wood on the top of the case is in pretty poor shape, so until I can get it refinished I cover it with…a quilt!
This is another view of the quilt above…you can see there is also another wall hanging on the other side of the French doors and that I use quilted place mats and a table runner on our breakfast table (so many memories of this table at my grandmother’s house when I was a younger girl).
Another way I use quilts is to roll them up and put them in bins, baskets, and yes, even this antique crock that belonged to my great great grandmother.
I like to hang quilts above beds, and used extra blocks from a quilt to make the quilted pillow sham above for our guest room. One of my summer projects is to re-do this headboard with chalk paint!
Sometimes it’s nice to just set a folded quilt out on a couch or shelf. Here I have a quilt and two pillows all pieced with fabrics from our Desert Bloom collection.
Quilts are everywhere in my sewing room…this is a side of the room that doesn’t get photographed very much…but some of my happy quilts are right by the door so I see them right before leaving the room each day!
I also use this antique bassinet to store quilts, and it sits next to another quilt ladder I have in my entry way. Since quite a bit of light can come in through this window, I change these quilts frequently.
I think it helps to have a plan for decorating with quilts. At least once a year I like to evaluate and think about new projects to make for specific places in our home; I keep my notes in a home keeping notebook with ideas listed under the following categories:
- Quilts and quilted decor I currently use in this room
- Quilts and quilted decor I want to make for this space
- Seasonal quilting and quilted decor ideas for this space
Additionally, here are some other ideas for decorating with quilts:
Tips for Decorating with Quilts
- First, take an
inventory of the quilts you have. Group together in categories: color,
season, or fabric style so you know what you have to work with. It really helps to write this down.
- Pay particular attention to places where there is a lot of light–change quilts in these areas frequently to prevent damage.
- Make a list of
things you notice as you are working: write down the measurements for
that perfect sized wall-hanging or table runner you need to make.
- Quilts that have
been on display for awhile might benefit from washing…or at least a
visit to the fluff cycle in the dryer to remove dust.
- Look for ways to use
items you already have for your quilt display. The bassinet shown above was in my storage closet for quite a few years before I brought it out to use for quilt display.
What are other ideas you have for decorating with quilts and quilted items? Thanks so much for stopping by!