Friday, December 18, 2009

Displaying Your Quilts

Hello Everyone,

Well the countdown to Christmas has begun!! I am still busy here getting customer quilts quilted and back to them. There are going to be some lucky people out there receiving some wonderful gifts this year.

I thought it would be kind of neat for you all to see the various ways that I display quilts in my home. My newest podcast is all about displaying your quilts. You can listen to it HERE or find it in iTunes under Jackie's Quilting Chronicles. If you don't want to listen to me babble on, just stick to reading this post.

So this first picture is one of my favorites.


For those of you who like the look of a "quilt ladder" but really don't have the floor space then this option is for you. Just take 4, or as many as you like, decorative curtain rods and space them evenly on the wall. Fold your quilts nicely and voila! Instant quilt display. Hmmmm... I feel like I am channeling Karen. By the way, these are just inside my studio.


This next display is also just inside my studio. I have two vintage quilts and one of my own quilts neatly folded on this dresser that was mine as a child. I refinished the dresser and filled it with fabric, what else, right? For the curious, those purses are all samples of the Chloe Bag from Lazy Girl Designs. I taught this as a class at a local quilt shop.


This next display is just outside my studio. You can just fold multiple quilts over a decorative quilt rack.


This display is also just outside my studio. I purchased decorative curtain rods that have the clips. The clips really make it easy to change out a quilt when you want a different look. Do you recognize the Kaffe quilt?


Another thing I like to do is to just hang quilts over a railing and change them out every once in a while.


Here is another example of a decorative rod with clips. This quilt I made for my hubby commemorating his trip to Tanzania and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro!! He then went on safari after his arduous climb.


This quilt is hung in my foyer on a decorative rod. But the difference here is that this quilt has a sleeve. No clips on this rod.


Welcome to my bedroom! This is how I love to use our quilt. I used a matelasse coverlet and a dust ruffle first. Then I fold our Double Irish Chain at the bottom. We pull it up at night to stay warm. By the way, this quilt was the first one I quilted with my long arm back in September, 2000! It is custom quilted.


Here is my grandmother's Singer Treadle (which still works) graced with a doily that she crotched and two folded quilts that I made. When she passed, I was given her machine. It reminds me of her daily. I loved my Nana.


This last way I display quilts in my home is on my kitchen table. This little quilt graces it every day. I love it.

I have to also let you know that we use quilts while watching TV and you can always find someone wrapped in one or a kitty laying on a quilt. What can I say, the quilts are well loved in this house.

I hope you like the little tour of my home and the quilt displays. I would love to hear how you display quilts. I am sure there are many ways and I am always up for something new. Don't forget to listen to my podcast.

Until Next Time...

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42 comments:

kimbuktu said...

I really enjoyed your quilt display tour. I especially like the first idea, and the tip about using clips to hang instead of a sleeve. Thanks!

karenfae said...

thank you for the wonderful quilt tour through your house :) I have the same floor standing quilt rack as you do - 2 of them! I need some empty wall space for more but I'm afraid with all the built in shelves for books I don't have as much empty wall space as I would like. The quilts and books fight each other for space in this house!
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Anya said...

Thanks for the lovely tour, Jackie. Where did you get the wrought iron quilt rack in the third photo?

Barb said...

Yes, I enjoyed your displays as well...

Since I live in American Samoa and it molds, I just swap the out on a quilt rack and off the couches (trying to cover the ugliness of the couches that the mold has caused).

Stephanie said...

Lovely! My husband and children built a quilt ladder for me 12 years ago as a mother's day gift. No glue, not staples, no nails or screws. It's all hand done complete with whittled pegs. I love quilt number 2 in photo number l. :o)

Crazy Bird said...

All your quilts are absolutely stunning! I'd love a long arm quilter but no space, no time and (more importantly) no money to buy one!

Catherine said...

Love the splashes of color!!!

Wish I was getting one of those for Christmas!

~rosie~ said...

A treasure ....every one! I love quilts and I love to use them. I need to follow your display advice for the ones not wrapped around me! :-)

Diane said...

Great ideas and great quilts!

Needled Mom said...

Great inspiration and fabulous quilts too.

Nedra said...

Wow, Jackie, great post. I love all the ideas you provided on how to display our quilts. You have a beautiful home!

Sherri said...

Great post with so many beautiful quilts and fun ideas! I think all of the dressers in my house are now going to have folded quilts on them! (Wonder what my kids will think of that)?

Exuberant Color said...

There would be no doubt that a quilter lives at your house. Great displays.

Silverthimble said...

Thanks for showing us how you display your quilts around your home! I particularly like the idea of the 4 vertical decorative rods that mimic a ladder--very creative!

moramargaritaster said...

Thank you for your display quilt tour.
My favourite is hang them over a railing but all them are fun.

Happy Holidays!!

Vicki W said...

What beautiful displays! I also like using the decorative curtain rods for the wall quilts.

Thimbleanna said...

Those are some wonderful ideas Jackie! I love all your quilts on your bannister. Mine are either in stacks, quilt frames, or on beds. I don't really have the wall space for hanging -- at least on walls that won't be sun drenched and therefore fade the quilts.

Cheryl said...

These are some very creative ideas Jackie. I love the curtain rods with clips and how easy they would be to switch out

Cathi said...

What great display ideas!! I love the curtain rod/clip idea and will be heading to the store to pick up a couple -- maybe even later today!

Anina said...

Thanks for sharing this Jackie! Maybe some of my quilts will make it out of the closet soon thanks to you.

alobsiger said...

Your quilt displays are so lovely, Jackie! Erf, I need to find the drill bits so I can hang some curtain rods with clips! Your Nana's treadle is wonderful -- I have the same cabinet in my dining room. Mine doesn't have treasured memories like yours though. I found mine at an antique store some years ago. Say, I just opened one of the drawers for old time's sake and found a Santa dollar! :-)

Patty said...

Thanks for the tour Jackie. You have some very pretty quilts and I love the fact that you use them in your house. Quilts are meant to be used and there's nothing like wrapping up in a quilt!

Kim D. said...

Thanks for the tour Jackie. Your quilts are all lovely and it's nice that you have them out on display so you can enjoy them.

Quilts on Bastings said...

Thanks you for letting us into your home - what a wonderful display of quilts. I must get some rods with the clips to make it easier to change the display.

BROOKE said...

Your's are lovely. My parents picked up a cd/tape stand for $3 at an auction (sells new at walmart for like $20) It has worked well as a narrow quilt stand. Tall and thin for one quilt drapped over the top - right now I have four drapped over the "shelves". I've also hung a quilt as a room divider after removing an awful accordian door in one of our very first homes.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Thanks for the tour Jackie! You have a lovely home and an especially wonderful display of quilts!

Cathy said...

Wow, thanks for the tips Jackie, you are channeling Karen!!! Great idea's here and yes, I did see your stunning Kaffe in there!!! xo

Janet said...

All your quilts are displayed beautifully. I especially love the first idea, it allows for more to display and looks very colourful. I think I might change my wall rod for several now.

martameiga said...

They look awesome! I very much like your display ideas!
love


marta

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh Jackie, Thank you for sharing your home! I fell in love with each and every picture. I have the same sewing machinbe and now thanks to you, I also will put some quilt on it. I was trying to guess which quilt was yours as a child, they are wonderful. Now you know I cannot stop this comment without saying how much I love your pink quilt. And it is nice to know that you use your quilts too!!

wishes, true and kind said...

Wonderful post! I LOVE seeing how quilters use and display their work. I have a friend who displays quilts on the curtain rods with clips and she changes them with the seasons/holidays. I'm definitely going to give that a try! I just need to make (and keep) a few more quilts!

I Purr-Furr to Craft said...

great displays, Love the cat hooks, they are hot!

Dana said...

Love the way you display all of those beauties!

Diane J. Evans said...

Wait a minute -- your bed is made the week before Christmas????

These are great ideas, Jackie -- loved the tour!

Diane

Melanie said...

Hia Jackie, thanks for visiting my blog.
Oh wow I have the same treadle machine here -it's a Singer Ornamental -it has a lovely ornate cast iron base. Mine was built in 1907 and is the same as yours right down to the handles. It's a brill machine- it sewed horse blankets when the more modern plastic machines refused. Oh how wonderful is that!

Thank you for the tour of your home quilts. Love the colours in so many of them.

Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY said...

Wow, what a stunning selection of quilts. I love the little kitty quilt hanger too. That's adorable.

Happy holidays!

Stephanie said...

Jackie, that is a lot of beautiful quilts. Your customers are lucky to have such a talented lady quilting their quilts for them. Your are doing a great job at displaying them too. I will have a large quilt that I will want to hang and not sure how to do it. I am thinking I will put a break in the pocket so I can use a support brace. What do you think?

pratima said...

Your home looks so beautiful with your works of art! So nice that you get to admire them all the time :)

belinda said...

Wow...Wow Jackie...I'm just turning
cart wheels (remember those? can you still do one?) over these great
ideas!! You don't need any art...
you have such wonderful quilts to
display!! Thanks for your house
tour and for sharing such creative
ideas for our quilts!!!
MERRY CHRISTMAS YOU!!!

Candied Fabrics said...

Look at all those quilts! They're awesomely displayed

linda said...

Lovely! The ladder effect is my favorite.

Carolyn said...

I just found your site. Thank you for the tour of your quilts. I, too, have the same treadle sewing machine. It is nice to find the year it would have been made. Thank you

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