I love making quick, quilted projects that I can use to decorate my home. In fact, I love it so much that I have sewn enough quilted home décor items that I can swap them out as the seasons change. The most recent issue of Quick Quilts (Feb/Mar 2019) provides many quick and easy patterns that you could use to start your own collection of seasonal home décor goodies.
Table linens are a really great place to start. Table runners and placemats are small, fast projects and you can make a different set for each season or even each holiday. Designer Karen Bialik used Love Always by 3 Wishes Fabrics to make Tweet Treat, a beautiful 3-piece linen set. Karen used a panel of fabric from the collection as the focal point. She fussy cut center squares for the linens and then added a frame and simple piecing around the edges. Starting with a panel makes this design go together super quickly, however, this pattern could work with any fabric—just substitute the center squares with a fabric of your choice.
How about your bedroom? You wouldn’t think that a bed-sized quilt would be quick to make but Tricia Patterson, Group Editorial Director, proved this theory false when she designed and made Winter Village. Using only triangle-squares and strips, Tricia whipped up this stunning bed quilt in no time at all. She had it quilted with iridescent thread and a snowflake motif making it extra special.
Or try sprucing up your bedroom by simply adding a runner to the foot of the bed. A runner can be made in a weekend and can really add a pop of color to your room. Rainbow Road, designed by Sandi Irish, is a great example. It is made using Triangle-Squares in an array of bright colors. Placed across the foot of the bed, it can really jazz up a bedroom and if you have a large dining table, use it there as well.
Small quilts are super fun to make and can be hung on walls to be easily admired. I always have so many quilts on my to-do list that I want to make, that recently I decided small or mini quilts were the way to go. If I make mini versions of the quilt patterns I see and love instead of full-sized versions, then I have time to make more quilts! Try dedicating a wall in your home to mini quilts and have fun adding new quilts to your collection again and again. Shaded Star is a small quilt designed by Geraldine Wilkins, measuring 36″ x 36″. Geraldine combined a monochromatic fabric palette with very simple piecing to construct her quilt. She then quilted using colored threads to add pizzazz to the design. Fabulous!
If you aren’t into minis, you can also make slightly larger quilts that can still be hung on a wall or they can be used as throw quilts. If you have a collection of fabrics that you love, what better way to showcase them then on a beautiful wall quilt? Hung flat on a large wall, a quilt can add a touch of coziness to a room and provides plenty of opportunities for you to admire your much-loved fabrics. Are you in the habit of lounging on the sofa in the evenings and watching TV? If so, then use any of your quilts to snuggle up in and then drape the quilt over the back of the sofa or roll it up in a basket to decorate with. In the most recent issue of Quick Quilts (Feb/Mar 2019), there are two quilts that are small enough to display on a wall yet big enough to snuggle up under. Walk in the Park is comprised of triangle-squares in various color combinations and Spring Sunrise is THE definition of a quick quilt. It is a beautiful, quick quilt that is constructed with only strips making it a breeze to sew together and is sure to brighten up any room for spring.
Perhaps you sway a bit modern as I do? We have a great book that focuses on decorating your home with modern quilting. Check it out for some extra inspiration!
Make your house a home by decorating with quilts and…have fun!
Anissa, Associate Editor