It’s a delight to be included as a host on Jill Finley’s “blook” tour (blog + book = blook!) for her beautiful new book out this week, Home Sweet Quilt.
Jill (of Jillily Studio fame) is known for her fun twists on traditional patchwork quilts, as well as for her simple appliqué quilt patterns in cotton and wool. Her aesthetic is spring-breeze fresh, her motifs cheerful and light. You can see all of Jill’s designs from Home Sweet Quilt at the bottom of this post. But today, a special treat—Jill answers a longstanding question that often stumps quilters:
My quilt is done. Now how do I use it?
Today Jill is taking us on a tour of her “home sweet home,” where she recently celebrated the release of her book with an open-house event. Read on to see how Jill put quilts on parade in her own home—sometimes in the most unexpected places.
Thanks, everyone, for following along on my BLOOK TOUR. Martingale is the publisher of my new book, Home Sweet Quilt, and I had such a great time working with them.
I want to share a little bit about the concept of the book with you. In my home, I’ve always loved using the quilts that I make. I’ve often heard from quilting friends, “Oh, I would never put that quilt out to get used in my home.” They are afraid the quilt will get ruined.
Well, I have always thought that quilts are to be used. Sure, they might get worn or stained, but I will make more! I like to see and enjoy the things I put so much time and energy into.
I wanted Home Sweet Quilt to be like a walk through a home—with quilts featured and enjoyed in each area of the house. The book includes three projects each for the entry, family room, kitchen, and bedroom.
To celebrate the release of my book, I recently held an open house to display all the quilts (plus many more) throughout my home, just as I had imagined them. In getting ready to display so many of my quilts, I had to think of some pretty creative uses for them. Take a look at a few of these photos from the open house.
In this bedroom, quilts were used as bed toppers, as well as for headboards. The headboards were created by draping quilts over curtain rods.
This simple gray chair is enhanced by displaying a quilt folded over the back.
This chair needed more than just “enhancing!” It was downright ugly, so I covered it completely with a quilt.
Have you ever used a quilt as a shower curtain? It sure is cute! Just be sure you use a waterproof liner.
How about displaying a quilt on the back of the sofa? It’s convenient when you need something to snuggle in!
Here is one of my favorite uses for a quilt: as a table topper. I put one on the kitchen table and one outside on the deck.
Of course, it’s always a good idea to have quilts on the beds! Here’s “Scattered Sunshine” from Home Sweet Quilt.
Here’s “Shadow Blossom” draped at the end of a bed.
I hope you enjoyed this little look into my open house. You can read more about it on my blog. If you need some new quilts to brighten your home, pick up a copy of Home Sweet Quilt—you’re sure to find the perfect project!
Thanks for inspiring us to not only make, but use our quilts, Jill. Your home is beautiful!
See all of Jill’s projects from Home Sweet Quilt in the slideshow below.
How do you decorate with quilts?
Share your home-dec story in the comments and you could win a copy of the Home Sweet Quilt eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you’ve won. Good luck!
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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The randomly chosen winner is Diane, who writes:
“Like Jill, I believe quilts are made to be used not just displayed. I have a quilt rack that sits behind my couch and every night when we sit to watch TV, the kids all grab a quilt and snuggle. I do have wall hangings and table toppers too; but nothing beats snuggling with the kids. Thanks for the opportunity to win your new book.”
Diane, we’ll email you about your free eBook. Congratulations!
Follow Jill’s blog tour for more chances to win a copy of Home Sweet Quilt:
Saturday, October 13: Aurifil Threads
Sunday, October 14: Linda Lum DeBono
Monday, October 15: Sew We Quilt
Tuesday, October 16: PamKittyMorning
Wednesday, October 17: Amy Ellis
Friday, October 19: Creativity Amongst Chaos
Friday, October 19: A Little Bit Biased
Saturday, October 20: The Noble Wife
Sunday, October 21: Henry Glass Fabrics