Home Decorating With Quilts – The basic principle of quilting remains the same today – that is, it is a layer of padding between two layers of fabric, with stitching used to hold everything together. The main fabrics used for wholecloth quilts are linen, cotton and wool.
If you are a novice quilter and just started home decorating with quilts, go for a pattern of large squares. The larger the square, the easier it is to match seams well and complete your quilting project quickly. It’s also quicker and easier to assemble the quilt in manageable strips, row by row.
If you’d like to be adventurous, try making your own quilting pattern, using the drawing feature located in many word processors. Experiment with colors, images and textured patterns. For example, let’s say you want a flower themed quilt. Collect some images of flowers to insert in a diagonal pattern of available squares, then try various colors for each square, alternating a rose color with a yellow or green, until you’re pleased with the composition. It’s then easy enough to find a fabric. Which you then can applique on to the squares.
Quilts on a bed
This is the most traditional and expected way to use a quilt. Since there is now a huge variety of quilt styles, from ultra-modern to 30’s prints, to civil war era (with reproduction fabrics!) they can compliment any bedroom style.
As always, colors are important! The quilt style can be a secondary consideration if the colors are “just right”. Also, what an easy re-do when the seasons change! Just put a different quilt on your bed.
Quilts on a wall
Some quilts are designed to be displayed on a wall. They can be traditional quilt patterns, or pictorial quilts. They are constructed with a special “sleeve” that is a basic tube running all along the back of the quilt. It is made to have a rod of some type to run through it and make it easy and practical to hang on the wall. Any quilt can be retro-fitted with a sleeve, and because it will never show, so it does not have to match the front in any way.
Many of these wall quilts can get quite fancy, with embellishments such as beads, etc. adding to the attractiveness and excitement of them.
Quilts on a table
Quilts can double as tablecloths. Because of the possibility of permanent food stains, we would recommend covering with a transparent plastic to protect the quilt.
For a side table, there are special quilted “runners”. They are long skinny (usually one block repeated in a row) quilts. Typically they are constructed on a holiday theme, such as Thanksgiving or Christmas.
Living room decorating with quilts
Special smaller quilts, called ‘lap quilts’ are stars in the living room. Not only are they beautiful and colorful, but they are made to cuddle up under when the temperature is low. They can be draped over the arms or backs of chairs or couches.
Quilts in the kid’s room
Smaller size quilts in a huge variety of fabrics and designs are available for babies and small children. Plus they are usually made clearly either for a boy or a girl, so selection is easy. Because they are basically the same size as a lap quilt, they can be used for years.
Some are actually constructed to be used to play with the children. A special type is called an “I Spy” quilt. The idea is that each square has a specific something… bug, train, apple, etc., whatever the quiltmaker wanted to put in there. You say to the child…”I spy an apple”. Then they get to look on the quilt to find the apple. These quilts are lots of fun, and great to use for a nap after the game.