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Top 10 Decorating with Quilts Ideas

Updated on March 11, 2016
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Before she became a fulltime quilt artist/tutor, Jan T Urquhart Baillie worked as an interior decorator for a wallpaper specialist.

Using quilts as home decor is a great idea

You can put them on a bed.

You can drape them over chaises, sofas, and lounges.

Create quilted cushions and pillows.

Use them as table coverings.

Quilts hung on the wall are wonderful tactile art pieces.

Even put them on the floor!

You can buy some fabulous accessories to display your quilts.

Let's see what decorating your home with quilts can look like.

My first quilt decorated our antique bed beautifully.

Decorating your home with quilts

is not new

Patchwork quilts used to be used mainly for beds, but in Victorian times anything and everything was covered with crazy patch quilts.

The Victorians made antimacassars, piano covers, table covers, cushion covers...

Their motto was:

More is more!

Quilts as decor not for you? - Can't see them in your home?

Perhaps you will decide differently when you read all these ideas.

Tell us what you think.

Do you like the idea of using quilts as decoration?

Idea Number 1: On the bed

for Decorating with Quilts

Anyone who owns a lovely bed quilt usually puts it on his/her bed.

Use the colours in the quilt to choose the decorating palette for the room.

Quilts are on our bed - and on the walls

Quilts on Jan T's bed and wall
Quilts on Jan T's bed and wall


The big picture has flowers in the same colours as in the quilt.

The large green vase picks up the dark greens from the quilt.

Pale green bed lamps have pretty pinks and reds in the flowers on them.

Idea Number 2: On a table - for Decorating with quilts

Cover a table with a quilt
Cover a table with a quilt


Cover an unsightly old table or protect a precious antique table with a lovely quilt.

Idea Number 3: Cover a skylight - for Decorating with quilts

Quilt over skylight
Quilt over skylight


Our room is very hot in Summer. This quilt keeps the sun out and it looks pretty, too.

Idea Number 4: On a free-standing rack - for Decorating with quilts

Hang quilts on a beautiful towel rail
Hang quilts on a beautiful towel rail


Use a quilt rack or a floor standing towel rack to display folded quilts.

They are a really practical way to display your quilts.

A beautiful towel/quilt rack - buy it from Amazon

Elizabeth Narrow Quilt47;towel Rack, 36"H x 16"W, BROWN
Elizabeth Narrow Quilt47;towel Rack, 36"H x 16"W, BROWN

Featuring ornate details, this quilt rack makes a beautiful display piece. For showing off a family heirloom or for more practical uses like as a towel rack in your bathroom, its size makes it perfect for almost any living space.The wrought iron construction of this rack features a brown finish for lasting beauty. Buy yours today. Actual size is 36"H x 16"W

 

Idea Number 5: On a sofa - for Decorating with Quilts

Throw them on a sofa
Throw them on a sofa


Use quilts to spice up a quiet room decor.

You can have them as throws, so that people can cuddle when it's a bit chilly.

They add colour and pattern for a bit of pizzazz.

Wonderful decorating with quilts book - from Amazon

Decorate With Quilts & Collections
Decorate With Quilts & Collections

I have read and re-read this book.

It looks lovely on the coffee table, and it's lovely to look through.

 

Idea Number 6: Patchwork Cushions - for Decorating with quilts

Quilts on cushions
Quilts on cushions


This applique cushion was made by a dear friend.

Idea Number 7: On a specialty hanger - for Decorating with quilts

Tiny quilt on a tiny hanger
Tiny quilt on a tiny hanger

Minatures only need pins to hold the hanger.

Idea Number 8: On a chair - for Decorating with quilts

Cover a chair with a quilt
Cover a chair with a quilt


My daughter in law uses a quilt to cover her second-hand sofa, as I have with this old chair.

Idea Number 9: Stack them on a chair - for Decorating with quilts

A stack of quilts
A stack of quilts


Pile a stack of quilts on a chair to add colour to any room.

Idea Number 10: On a special rack - for Decorating with quilts

Hang quilts on special racks
Hang quilts on special racks


When my guests come, the first thing they see is a quilt on its special rack in the entry.

Idea Number 11 - bonus idea: In your car - for Decorating with quilts

The quilt for our car
The quilt for our car


We use our car as a camper, and this is its especially-made quilt.

Changed your mind about scrap quilts?

Still think they are 'old hat'?

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That's all folks! - Enjoy the ideas?

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      acreativethinker 3 years ago

      These quilts are just so lovely. Thanks for sharing. Take care :)

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      Shalalagirl 5 years ago

      Love your quilting! My grandmother told me lovely stories of her childhood in the hills of Tennessee, how they quilted like it was done in the 1800's. She is almost 90 years old and still quilts today! Your lens brought up some great stories she told me - Thank You!

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      patinkc 5 years ago from Midwest

      I love quilts!

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      beckyf 5 years ago

      I enjoy making miniature quilts, and I especially love art quilts and scrap quilts. I enjoyed your lens. :)

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 6 years ago from Australia

      @KarenTBTEN: Glad you enjoyed it.

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 6 years ago from Australia

      @Gail47: I too, have made quilts for my grandchildren and step-grandchildren. They wouldn't know how to live without quilts!

      Thanks for the dusting...

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      Gail47 6 years ago

      My mother was a quilter and I still use the reversible quilt she made for me (all of us girls - daughters, grandaughters, etc. received our own quilt). She also made many baby quilts specific to each child who was born, and also quite a number to donate to charity. Always sewing! Great lens - spreading angel dust today!

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      KarenTBTEN 6 years ago

      Cool ideas (and photos). I have a few quilts, made by my aunt, great-aunt, me.

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 6 years ago from Australia

      @ElizabethSheppard: That was the idea! So you could have fun!

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 6 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      What great photos. I like this lens. It was creative and fun.

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      tssfacts 6 years ago

      Beautiful collection. I have most of these in my home now and have used all the methods in other homes I have lived in. Great job.

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 6 years ago from Australia

      @jmsp206: My children always say I have no patience! Quilts are such fun to design and make.

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      Julia M S Pearce 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Beautiful quilts Jan,I wuld live to get into quilting!One day when I have the time and patients.

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 6 years ago from Australia

      @BuckHawkcenter: Since your house if full of quilts, I wold have thought you knew all these ideas!

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 6 years ago from Australia

      @annieangel1: YOu do! Perhaps I could teach you! Thanks for dopping in for a look.

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      BuckHawkcenter 6 years ago

      Gorgeous quilts! I just love the ways that you have used them all over the place! Gave me a few new ideas.

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      Ann 6 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      these are beautiful, I wish I had your talent

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 6 years ago from Australia

      @Charmcrazey: And you'll have great fun then. Quilts together in no time! Thanks for stopping by.

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      Wanda Fitzgerald 6 years ago from Central Florida

      These are very pretty. I used to quilt years ago and would love to start again as soon as I have time. I work lots of hours and after that I tend to my home based business. Maybe someday. I use the hand piecing, hand quilting method so my quilts take a long time to complete. I have a zillion blocks waiting for me to assemble when I start up again.