Follow the Yellow Brick Row!

It’s been awhile; it has been a crazy couple of weeks. The good news though, is that I have a lot of my quilts finished!

img_0813Back in February, I went to the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Virginia. While there, I happened to come across a booth that sold exclusively Kaffe Fassett fabrics and kits that used his fabrics. If you aren’t familiar with K.Fassett, he creates quilts and fabrics that are full to bursting with vibrant, over saturated color. In the booth I saw a quilt made from a brick pattern, and fell in love with it.

I’ve always loved K.Fassett’s fabrics and quilts, and so I purchased the 18 fat quarters needed for the quilt and some white as well as the white fabric. Now, I am not usually a fan of yellow, but the colors and vibrancy of these fabrics… I fell in love.

So, I brought the fabric and pattern back home, and created the lap quilt. After creating the lap quilt, however, I counted my remaining pieces that I had and realized I had more than enough to make a baby quilt from the leftover pieces.

This is the baby quilt I made:

 

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I am absolutely in love with this quilt and I wouldn’t even CONSIDER trying to sell it except that I have the lap size quilt that I think I will keep.

The quilting pattern I picked out was that of a daisy, and I think it compliments both the quilt and the pattern on the fabrics very nicely. I call these two quilts “Follow the Yellow Brick Row” because, well, they’re yellow, and their bricks, and I went down the “road” when sewing the rows together… and everyone knows I stole the thought from The Wizard of Oz. I’m not fooling anyone, am I?img_0817

The lap quilt looks very similar to this, just larger. Getting the rows just right so the same fabric didn’t wind up next to each other too often was exhausting, but I really, REALLY like this quilt! I haven’t had my lap quilt sent off to be quilted yet, but I will be doing that very soon now! I’ll give it it’s own (much shorter) entry just so it doesn’t feel ignored.

8 Unique Ways to Display Your Quilts

Could that title be more click-baity? Maybe, maybe not. The world will never know. (The world knows. And it’s judging me.)

So you quilt. A lot. That’s good! But now you have too many quilts and you just don’t know what to do with them anymore. You’ve run out of couches to throw them over and you only have so many beds! What do you do? Well, my friend, I’ve spent some time looking over some ideas, and I’ve put together a couple of different ways you can keep your quilts that aren’t quite the norm.

1. Use an old changing table

If you find an old changing table in a garage sale or antique shop (or, like me, you still have one), you can use it as a quilt display area! It’s a great change of pace! (Get it?!) Also, the size of most changing tables means that you’ll be able to fit quite a few quilts on there!

Antique changing tables especially can be absolutely gorgeous to use since they tend to have the decorative rails. However, please note that any untreated wood (and this holds true for any other wood objects below) may stain your quilts. Make sure to either cover the wood with something or paint it!

I have one from my little that when I’m done using you better believe it will be slipped away to use as a quilt display area!

2. Drape them over a ladder


Using a ladder leaned up against the wall is a neat alternative to quilt racks. By draping the quilts over the rungs, you get a different look than just a simple rack. It adds a little extra character to your house while also displaying your gorgeous creations!

You can rotate the quilts out to always keep this display looking new and fresh. Plus, it’s an easy way to get at one quilt at a time without dragging the whole pile down. I’ve got 2 from when my sister and I had bunk beds as kids- as soon as we move up to Cleveland I’ll be grabbing at least one to use in my home! This is a display style that will really put you a rung above the rest.

3. Art on the walls!


Quilts actually make fantastic wall hangings. And I’m not talking about the little quilts that are specifically made to hang on a wall like a picture. I’m talking full-sized lap/bed quilts! They can become an absolutely stunning backdrop in areas like dining rooms, living rooms, bedrooms, and anywhere else you have a large patch of empty wall!

A bonus of this display method is the ability to majorly change the decorations/theme in a room quickly and easily. Christmas time? Put up a holiday quilt! Fourth of July? Red, white, and blue quilt! Painting your room green after having it red? Switch the quilt!

AND, as an added bonus, the cost to put them up can be less than $20! All you need to do is get a curtain rod (anywhere from $8-50 on Amazon) and some curtain clips (~$9 on Amazon). You put the curtain rod where you want your quilt (make sure to include the middle hook, so the rod doesn’t sag), clip your quilt to the curtain clips, and slide the clips onto your curtain rod. Hang it up, and voila! You have a fantastic display of art on your walls!

4. …Shower curtain?

Okay, hear me out before you automatically scroll past this. A quilt as a shower curtain can actually be really cool, AND you don’t have to worry about putting any holes in it! Using the alternate method to sleeves (the curtain clips) I talked about above, you can hang your quilt next to a waterproof shower liner. It really makes your bathroom extra cozy.

But, just in case, I would put a quilt in here that you don’t care about as much. (As if that’s possible!)

Also, while you probably know not to display your quilts anywhere in direct sunlight (they’ll fade, of course), in a bathroom you also have to watch out for mirrors. If you have a small window that normally wouldn’t affect your quilt, but you have a mirror that could possibly reflect the sunlight onto your quilt, then you might want to pass on this method!

5. Use as your new headboard

Quilts normally go ON a bed, but have you ever thought about using it at the FRONT of a bed? We’ve already talked about possibly using quilts as art pieces on the walls, why not take it a step farther and use them as headboards? You can hang them the way, with curtain rods and curtain clips, or you can ONLY buy the curtain rod and just drape the quilt over it! The bed is going to be covering up part of the quilt anyways; you might as well save the extra $10. Plus it is a lot quicker to switch them out that way.

6. Closet/Doorway curtain


This one is pretty neat. If you have a doorway or a closet and you don’t have an actual door (or if the doors are ugly) you can use a quilt to add a little pizzazz to that area! All you need is a tension rod and some curtain clips for this.  And for this, if you wanted to make a quilt specifically for this purpose, you could even lighten the load by leaving the batting out of the quilt and just quilting the front and backing together alone.

Just make sure if you DO have the batting in, get a heavy-duty tension rod so your plans (and your quilt) don’t come crashing down!

7. Antiques

If you love flea markets and all things old, this display option is for you. Old strollers, little red wagons, baskets, rocking chairs, regular chairs, cupboards (with or without the doors), and tons of other stuff, make great display areas for your fantastic fabric creations. A rolled up quilt or three in a crock is very cute, while a quilt framed by an old window really helps the quilt pop. There are endless options available when dealing with antiques, which is one of the reasons they’re so fun!

However, please make note, just like the ladders, if you have anything that is old, make sure you put a new coat of paint and sealer over it! Or get off all the dirt and rust spots! It’d be awful to realize too late that your new quilt display is actually staining your quilt. It’s the trade-off of the antique part!

8. Re-purposed cupboards

 

Maybe this deserves to be included with the antiques, but there are so many examples I decided to put it separately! It is so fun to get an old cupboard or dresser, take the drawers out and the doors off, repaint it (or just seal it if that’s all it needs) and then stack your quilts in there! There is a ton of room for quilts in this option, and your dresser/cupboard can wind up being a feature piece in whatever room it is in! Very, very cute route to go, especially if you have a lot of quilts!

Please, like before, make sure the wood or paint won’t stain your quilts!

Hopefully this post, while long, was able to help give you some ideas of new ways to display your quilts. There are tons of different options out there, all you need to do is go out and find them! Make each display your own, and you’ll have a brand-new, unique way to show off the wonderful art that you make.

Thanks so much for reading this far! I didn’t take any of these photos, just so everyone is aware. I pulled almost all of them off of Pinterest. (I have neither the skill nor the space to create all these wonderful photos and quilts!) I’ve put the source of each photo in its description if you want to find out where it came from.

Halloween Quilt – “Spectre-acular”

Get it? “Spectre-acular?” Spectacular? Don’t worry, I’m okay with being the only one to find that funny.

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I’ve just finished a wonderfully-timed theme quilt to get in the Halloween spirit. I used a new pattern (for me)- the disappearing 4-patch- to create this quilt. It  is such a quick and easy block,  it didn’t take me very long at all. I managed to get the whole top put together in just over a week to send off to the quilters. (I did work on it each night, however.)

I created this quilt on a whim, too! I was in JoAnn Fabrics for something else (can’t even remember what) when I saw that the Halloween fabric was 40% off. (This was back sometime in August – they are no longer on sale.)

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Sample block.

I got a half-yard of 10 different fabrics; I specifically tried to find prints that were either mostly orange or mostly black. (Included in those 10 were a half-yard each of solid black and orange.) Cutting each half-yard into 5 inch blocks, I made piles of each fabric and put them together in a simple 4-patch block. Then, I cut horizontally and vertically twice, each an inch away on either side of the middle seam. The hardest part of this quilt was stopping the fabric from moving when I moved the ruler. Then I flipped the little cut pieces and put them all back together (keeping the center square where it is. I always pressed towards the black fabric so that when I was putting the blocks back together the seams nestled neatly together.

I wish I had taken some more pictures of this process! Next time.

For the backing I chose a orange, light purple, and black plaid print. I was waffling between the plaid and glow in the dark bats, but for some reason the plaid was different enough from what you normally see in Halloween prints that I had to do it, and I’m so glad I did! I machine bound it using solid black. I was tempted to use orange thread to bind it, but my binding isn’t always perfect, so I held off this time. I was able to create 4 perfect corners this time, however, so that’s a plus!


For the quilting, I really love the pattern I picked out. Originally it was going to be witches’ hats, then bats, but then I saw the ghosts. (If I had seen one for pumpkins I probably would have picked that one.) I fell in love! Super cute!

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I absolutely love how it came out! It really feels like Halloween with it around. I’ve got lots more quilts out at the quilters right now, so hopefully soon I’ll have some more to share! Next weekend I’ll be making a post about different ways to display your quilts at home.

Also, does anyone have any idea why some of my pictures are showing up blurry when there’s more than one? Are they blurry on your screens, or is it just on mine? If you click on them to load, they sharpen up, but the snapshots are blurry. It’s driving me batty! (HAH- admit it, that one was funny.)