Monday, July 13, 2015

Display Your Small Quilts


I love making small quilts and if you're reading this and following my blog, you probably do too. Quilts come in all sizes and even though some call them "place mats" or "pot holders" our small quilts deserve the dignity of being considered real quilts too. Small quilts or doll quilts are where my heart is and are SO much fun to make since you can actually crank them out pretty quickly in between larger quilts if that's what you like to make most of the time.





There are times I like to experiment with quilt blocks, colors or styles I wouldn't necessarily feel like trying in a large quilt. In one of my books, there's a little Amish quilt and also a crazy quilt. I may not ever make a large quilt in either one of those styles, but the little ones sure are cute and you can make them in no time at all.





One of the best things about making small quilts is that they're fun to display around the house in different ways. Quilts really add something to a room whether they're dressing up a bed, draped over a sofa or hanging on a wall in an entryway. I am often asked -  what do you do with all your small quilts? Anything, really. Many of us hang these treasures of ours on a wall or place them upon a table. You can make a whole wall of quilts if you have more than a few. They can personalize a room and add color, texture and creativity to a space. The possibilities are endless.






Here's another idea for displaying the quilts -  on a doll bed. My friend Karen and her husband make and sell primitive doll beds (see photo of a black one, above) and now they've started making doll cradles too. Aren't these adorable?




They're perfect for showing off your small quilts and they come in assorted colors. There's a page on my website with a link to e-mail them for more info on purchasing one of your own. Don't just make the quilts and put them in a drawer, display them!



14 comments:

Sue Bennett said...

I love them. Sure wish I could pick one up today.

Karen Andreola said...

I am very fond of your color combinations and the traditional designs of these little quilts. They look so inviting to try. As a young homemaker (years back) I stepped into the house of a new friend who had a quilt on her wall. I never forgot how homey and comfortable it made me feel. I must finish my little four-patch log cabin quilt and display it soon. Thanks for the inspiration.

KaHolly said...

I love all of your little quilts!

Judy said...

You are so right about how nice it is to see small quilts all through the house. They add a unique and comforting touch.

Leeanne said...

Always enjoyable to see your pretty mini's

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Val said...

Kathy I love all your doll quilts. Would you share how you hang them on the wall please? I like Tha fact that there are no visible hangers.

Kathleen Tracy said...

Val - I use 3M Command strips to hang the quilts. They stick well and don't damage the wall. You can reuse them too.

gailnoll said...

I have all your quilting books and have made many little quilts from your patterns, I was wondering how you hang your quilts on the wall???

Kathleen Tracy said...

I use 3M Command strips to hang the quilts. They stick well and don't damage the wall. You can reuse them too.

Jennifer M said...

Wonderful post Kathy, love all your quilts...thanks for always inspiring me: ))

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Lizzerd said...

I did one of your nine-patch challenges back in {mumble mumble} ... lots of fun! so easy and so fast, love 'em all!!! / Liz

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

Your quilts are all so beautiful. Looking at them, I want to pull out my fabric and make something similar.

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