Saturday, November 24, 2012

Decorate With Quilts For Cottage Style Interiors

Throughout history, people have enjoyed quilts for many different reasons. Quilts can provide clues to the past and provide heritage. Quilts can provide warmth, beauty, value,  and can provide enjoyment from working with color, texture, and pattern.Quilting or the stitching together of layers of padding and fabric, may date back as far as ancient Egypt. Quilting in American became popular in the Nineteenth Century was when. Distinctly American patchwork and appliqué designs were created. These quilts, produced for utility and pleasure and are the inspiration for today's quilters and are also an important part of American Folk Art.

A Crazy Quilt by Douglas Malloch

They do not make them any more,
For quilts are cheaper at the store
Than woman's labor, though a wife
Men think the cheapest thing in life.
But now and then a quilt is spread
Upon a quaint old walnut bed,
A crazy quilt of those old days
That I am old enough to praise.
Some women sewed these points and squares
Into a pattern like life's cares.
Here is a velvet that was strong,
The poplin that she wore so long,
A fragment from her daughter's dress,
Like her, a vanished loveliness;
Old patches of such things as these,
Old garments and old memories.
And what is life? A crazy quilt;
Sorrow and joy, and grace and guilt,
With here and there a square of blue
For some old happiness we knew;
And so the hand of time will take
The fragments of our lives and make,
Out of life's remnants, as they fall,
A thing of beauty, after all.

Of course quilts are lovely when used to cover a table.

French Rose Quilt

This ladder is such a clever rack for displaying your treasured quilts.

Better Home and Gardens

How pretty is this hanging quilt used as a headboard!

Pretty vintage quilts stacked in baskets is a warm and inviting display.

Remember to think outside the box when looking for ways to decorate with quilts.

Quilts give such a cozy  feel to a bedroom.  I think it is prettier to display them folded at the foot of the bed
like this as opposed to using them as bed covers.

Pretty quilt upholstered chairs.

Cherry Pickins

Pretty country Christmas stockings. Great way to use old quilts that have become too worn out to use for display.

Great Shabby Chic accessory.

Another cute idea for recycling worn out quilts.

Love, love, love this cute headboard unholstered in a quilt.

Buy a pretty display cabinet for you treasured quilts and other pretty vintage linens.

A pretty tablecloth to use especially at Christmas!

Crocks and perfection!

Pretty country bedroom all year long but especially at Christmas.

These are not quilt pieces but I included them because I think it would be really cute to use quilts in them. And it would be another great recycling project for older quilts.

Old Glory quilt!

This is an unquilted top that is still lovely used as a window treatment.

Doilies sewn on quilts...cute way to cover worn spots.

I can see a colorful quilt pattern displayed like this, can't you.
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