3 creative ways to display small quilts (video 🎬)

The switchable, swappable stitcheries in Gail Pan’s latest book, Changing Seasons, come with a clever twist. First, you make a background quilt. Then you make smaller quilts to display on the background quilt, like so:

From Changing Seasons

These interchangeable embroidery panels make it easy to replace one pretty piece for another to reflect the time of year, or to share sentiments. In short, you can choose the embroidered quilt you want to display depending on your mood that day. Here’s an example:

As the Seasons Change quilt
This background quilt highlights a summer stitchery.

Gail's seasonal embroidery panels
Other seasonal panels are waiting in the wings for their season to shine.

But how does Gail attach her smaller quilts to her background quilts? Gail uses three basic items: snaps, hook-and-bar closures, and Velcro. Watch how Gail uses these notions on her quilts in the video below:


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Gail’s banners in Changing Seasons are the perfect size for Ackfeld Wire hangers too. How cute!

Do More of What Makes You Happy banner
One of seven celebration banners you’ll find in
Changing Seasons

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How do you like to display small quilts in your home? Share your ideas in the comments!


18 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I display my small quilts everywhere and anywhere in my house. I put them where when I see them, I smile because they make me happy.

    —Ann West on June 28, 2019
  • I hang them on the walls at home or in my cube at work. I also use them as table toppers, or as mug rugs. Almost any place could use a small quilt. I made little quilt blocks as ornaments for the Christmas tree. They really look cute. 🙂

    —Kay of Cincinnati on June 28, 2019
  • I have way too many small quilts to be on display at the same time. So I roll them up in place in a crock or a firkin, fold them and place in a flat basket, show them off in a "letter holder" type thingy, fold them and place in large jar or just place one in a quart mason jar. These are just some of the ways they can be on display while not on "center stage".

    —Charlotte Schindler on June 28, 2019
  • I made a calendar quilt, a foundation block was published each month in a magazine. It stays up all year.

    —Cheri Bergeron on June 28, 2019
  • I mainly lay them on a small table or chest. I like Gail’s suggestions.

    —carol on June 28, 2019
  • I display a lot of my quilts in my laundry room and my craft room. The larger ones are over backs and arms of sofas in my family room or on quilt racks in bedrooms, ready to be used. During the holidays, I have quilts as table toppers.

    —Debby Jensen on June 28, 2019
  • I use a little rack originally made as a guest towel holder for the bathroom to display two small quilts, have some on a little ladder and others rolled up in a wire wine rack. A miniature armoire with the doors open has a little folded stack of those not being displayed. I like to drape them over the edge of a basket or wooden box and use them as a "mat" for a mini display.

    —Donna on June 28, 2019
  • I have a french door leading into my sewing studion – I use two wreath hangers over the door and a dowl slung between them to hang small quilts! I get to change them out as often as I like with very little effort!

    —ali on June 28, 2019
  • I was looking at some 1980 craft magazine yesterday to finish and hang them. What was interesting was the hanger was inserted into casting at the top of the quilt/ cross stitching small quilt. No lumps from a sleeve on back. One does have to think ahead how it will be displayed. Thanks for your ideas.

    —Linda Christianson on June 28, 2019
  • I have them draped on the back of chairs, rolled up in a basket and some tucked into drawers.

    —debby on June 28, 2019
  • I either like to hang them or use them as table decoration.

    —Teri D. Gailey on June 28, 2019
  • All these stitcheries are so beautiful! I hang my small quilts on a bulletin board with tiny embroidery pins, or fold them into a clear cookie jar.

    Shasta on June 28, 2019
  • I like to place them on side tables, and under lamps or under vases of fresh flowers — and change them out frequently!

    —Elizabeth McDonald on June 28, 2019
  • I have a 14″ square frame with small chicken wire on the interior. I purchased miniature clothes pins to hang my mini quilts and wool embroidery for the different seasons and occasions.

    —Joyce Hayes on June 28, 2019
  • I have a standing towel holder that I display them on, along with using them as end table throws. There are some hanging on the walls and displayed on a doll bed sitting on the fire place mantle. There is a set of monthly small quilts that I display on the front door on a wreath hanger. The small quilts are so easy to display and fun to make

    —connie in florissant on June 28, 2019
  • Some of my small quilts have decorative hangers, and they fit perfectly on a narrow wall. On my pantry door I hang a quilt with those 3M hooks that leave no marks. Its fun to brighten an area with a small quilt!

    —Patty B on June 28, 2019
  • Sometimes, technically a quilt (yet), I place 12” blocks/small quilts in a 12” square frame designed to display album covers. The narrow black frame sets off the little quilt. It protects the block. I like to hang them in groups of three. They make me happy!

    —Marcia on July 3, 2019
  • Hang them, stick them in book shelves, etc. but love the idea of interchangeable panels. What a great book.

    —Darliss Peabody on July 11, 2019

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