7 creative ways to hang a quilt on the wall

Quilts from Jo's Little FavoritesLarge, medium, or small: when it comes to quilts, we love them all! But when it comes to smaller quilts, what’s the best way to display them?

You can drape quilts over tables, chairs, and dressers; tuck them into baskets and shelves; and even fold and stack them in nooks and crannies throughout your home. But the most popular place to show off a small quilt? On the wall!

Today we’ve rounded up seven creative ways to hang a quilt on the wall, courtesy of popular Martingale authors. We think you’ll be inspired to clear a wall and show off your pretty patchwork before you reach the end of this post!

#1: “Frame” your quilt

Christmas Log Cabins - or Not quilt from Jo’s Little Favorites
An old window frame can act as a “frame” for any small quilt; simply hang the quilt on the wall behind the frame. Swap out quilts by season, change a few accessories, and you’ve got a simple display for small quilts year-round.
(Pattern: Christmas Log Cabins—or Not from Jo’s Little Favorites)

#2: Suspend with string

Stars and Stars quilt from Moda All-Stars: Mini Marvels
This patriotic paper-pieced quilt by Laurie Simpson gets a farmhouse-style home—it’s suspended from an old rake head. So cute and clever!
(Pattern: Stars and Stars from Moda All-Stars: Mini Marvels)

#3: Create a permanent vignette

Night Flight quilt from Jo’s Little Favorites
Create vignettes that allow you to easily change quilts and a few key decorations. This old painted door suits this idea perfectly—pin your quilt to the propped-up door and hang a filled basket on the doorknob. Easy to adapt to seasons and holidays all year long!
(Pattern: Night Flight from Jo’s Little Favorites)

#4: Create a collection

Quilts from Moda All-Stars: Mini Marvels
It doesn’t have to be all quilts all the time! Add other favorite elements for texture and interest. Whether it’s framed photos, paintings, or a treasured platter, half the fun is in finding the objects to add to your mix. (Find patterns for the quilts above in
Moda All-Stars: Mini Marvels)

#5: Embellish the view

Star Flowers and Berries from Jo’s Little Favorites
Do you have a small window without much of a view, or a frosted window where you don’t need the light to stream in? Hang a quilt over the window and improve the view! In this example, added topiaries mimic the shape of the appliqué design.
(Pattern: Star Flowers and Berries from Jo’s Little Favorites)

#6: Frame your quilt (for real this time!)

Itty-Bits and Little Bits of Charm quilts from A Cut Above
Your quilts are your art: why not frame them the way an art gallery would? Framing quilts also let you skip a finishing step: binding. Get a tutorial on quilt framing in this post
. (Patterns: Itty-Bits and Little Bits of Charm from A Cut Above)

#7: Make a new wall

Crazy Moose Messages quilt from Crazy at the Cabin
Out of wall space? Get creative and dream up a new “wall”! This cute moose quilt hangs from a railing on the second floor; pop safety pins into the back of the quilt, thread yarn or thin fabric strips through the safety pins, and tie to the railing.
(Pattern: Crazy Moose Messages from Crazy at the Cabin)

How many small quilts have you made—and do you display them on your walls? Tell us in the comments!

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36 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I love making little quilts and have them hanging all over my cubical at work and in my kitchen.

    —Angie Little on May 8, 2017
  • I have a 12×12 inch mini quilt that I made and display on living room wall.

    —stephanie woodward on May 8, 2017
  • I usually make large quilts, but I have a small Jo Morton quilt that is hung to disguise a "through the wall" air conditioning unit. I just roll it up like a window shade when we need to be cooled off!
    Another small quilt is folded on the oven handle and used under our dish drain when washing dishes. Obviously I don’t use my favorite little quilt for this, but it does cheer up the kitchen.

    —Karen in Breezy Point on May 8, 2017
  • I have made about fifteen little quilts. I use them as table toppers and on cabinets and walls and peeking out of baskets. I change them for the seasons. They work well in my cozy home.

    —Lisa Zook on May 8, 2017
  • I have made 20 small or mini quilts giving 7 as gifts. I have nine on the walls in my sewing room . The others I change for the season for decoration. I like to make a mini quilt for instant gratification after working on a large quilt.

    —Connie on May 8, 2017
  • I have only made one! When my son was in the US Navy, I made an American Flag mini quilt that still hangs on the bulk head going down stairs. Many people have commented on it. It is definitely time to make another.

    —Kathy on May 8, 2017
  • Small quilts made are 20+ and enjoy the size. It is a great way to try ideas and inspiration. I hang in gallery style using other forms of art in the mix. Thanks for the railing hanging idea, as I have just the spot!

    —Marilynn on May 8, 2017
  • I love making small quilt because they are fast and easy! I have started displaying them in my stairway…it brightens up the space and it is looking like a little gallery now. If my quilts are small enough I will just put them up with pins, but if they are larger I will hang them from little wrought iron curtain rods using small clips.

    Monique on May 8, 2017
  • I make quilts of all sizes and many of the are small. I have monthly ones I hang up each month, as well as other small ones that go up at random. I also have a large wall hanger for my big quilts that my husband made for a wall in the living room.

    —jan on May 8, 2017
  • I’ve probably made over 20 small quilts for gifts and ourselves. Now I am trying to do more applique on small quilts, and make 12, one for each month of the year. We have a nice space outside of our apartment in a CCRC where I can hang them. People here like to see what each other hang up or place on their shelves outside the doors.

    —Barbara B. on May 8, 2017
  • I love making little quilts! I’ve made so many, I’ve lost count. I do have some displayed throughout the house. These are some great ideas!

    —Susan L. on May 8, 2017
  • I was surprised to see that you suggesting pinning quilts to a support. Years ago, an important rule was NOT to pin quilts to a wall, etc. I always made a sleeve for hanging using a light weight wood rod.

    —Carol Kornfeld on May 8, 2017
  • In my sewing room, I have twine strung from wall to wall on a back wall, and the small quilts are hung with wooden clothes pins.

    —Susan on May 8, 2017
  • I have hung many small quilts on my walls. Sometimes I have a block left over from a full sized quilt and I just like the block so much that I use it to create a one block quilt for a wall. Sometimes, after making just a few blocks of a quilt, I feel that I’ve done enough and again, a small quilt is born. And even, from time to time, I see a quilt designed as a wall quilt, love it, make it, and hang it on the wall!
    Mostly I make a sleeve and use a wooden rod to hang these quilts, but yesterday I made a quilt that was so small that I was able to hand sew a piece of a soda straw to the back and then thread a bit of ribbon through it to hang the quilt up.

    —Susie on May 8, 2017
  • I love to make big quilts, but I have one little wall hanging flower quilt, my son likes it very much)))

    Anna Galuzova on May 8, 2017
  • I have only made five small quilts like those shown in the newsletter. One is hanging but the others are not. I like several of the ideas mentioned and will have to try them with my small quilts.

    —Jackie Wisherd on May 8, 2017
  • I have many small quilts displayed around my home. I have them hanging from wire display hangers, ladders, standing frames, and tucked under antique wood boxes. I love hanging and tucking them into every corner of my home!

    —Patty on May 8, 2017
  • I have eight small quilts. One is almost finished for nine. I love small quilts. Love these mini quilts in the post. I see more I would like to make and display. Need more props.

    —carol on May 8, 2017
  • I’ve made a few smaller quilts and yes I have them on my walls. I have one in my office at work as well. I like them cause they can be easily switched out for different one depending on the season or my mood.

    —Joanne O'Neal on May 9, 2017
  • I have a lot of small quilts – 1 was actually in a book published by the person that taught the class, so it is displayed on my living room wall. Others are in the family room, hall way, just every wall available. I change them out periodically to keep them fresh. I have a small doll bed that has smaller quilts on them, my cats love sleeping on the bed.

    —connie b on May 9, 2017
  • I have a lot of small quilts and the hanging ideas are wonderful. I am going to use some of them to get them out of boxes.

    —Holly on May 9, 2017
  • I’ve made several small quilts, some for nap covers for my little grandchildren and some seasonal ones to hang on the wall. To hang my quilts, I sew thread loops to the top edge and just pop them over nails on the wall. This works great, since the quilts are light weight, and makes it possible to use the quilt as a child’s blanket when not on display.

    —Linda Braley on May 9, 2017
  • I’ve literally made hundreds of quilts, but very few are wall hangings. Most of my quilts are for family beds or Quilts of Valor. The few wallhangings I do have are for holidays and I have a quilt rack that hangs by my front door and I change them seasonally.

    Barbara Winkler on May 9, 2017
  • I’ve made one crib quilt (for my sister) and one small quilt. I’ve got two small quilts in process and lots of others planned! I have "Jo’s Little Favorites" and am looking forward to "Jo’s Little Favorites II. I’d love to put the fabric bundle to use in some "Little Quilts"!

    —Billie C. on May 10, 2017
  • My mini quilts are hanging at work in my cancer research lab – that way everyone gets some pretty places to look while they work. I use command hooks to hang the minis and binder clamps to hold onto the fabric! works pretty well!

    —Ali on May 11, 2017
  • I have made many small quilts to use as wall hangings. I change them according to the season or holiday.

    —Marge on May 12, 2017
  • I do a small quilt for our quilt show challenge every year. I have a spot in my home where I hang seasonal quilts and change them with the current season. I also hang them all over the walls of my sewing room. I use sharp needles and go right through the quilt into the wall. A sharp needle does not leave marks or holes behind.

    —Sue Smith on May 12, 2017
  • I have made only two small quilts and I proudly display both of them on the wall in my sewing room.

    —Juanita Decquir on May 12, 2017
  • I love to make small quilts and yes I do display them as wallhangings and as table topper quilts.

    —Renea Yarolim on May 12, 2017
  • I got all excited when I saw the photo above of the 2 wood chairs with folded quilts on them. I have such a child size chair in out living room but our youngest age grand has now outgrown it. What a perfect solution for some of the wall hanging quilts I have made over the years. Walls are full !! Thank you !

    —Marta on May 13, 2017
  • Display on doors of house with hooks over top of door.

    —Barb on May 18, 2017
  • Love making small quilts to hang in my sewing room. Mostly applique. I also make lots of quilts to hang on the walls, usually no bigger than 60″ x 60″. I don"t really enjoy making bed size quilts as we have dogs and cats and lots of fur to deal with so the smaller quilts work best for us. Also, because of the size, I get a lot more quilts made and get to try many different patterns.

    —Kathy on May 23, 2017
  • While my goal is to have a queen size quilt on every bed in home, I am sidelined by my decision years ago to make a baby quilt for all of my nieces and nephews. Now that has morphed into making baby quilts for their children (and they have had quite a few on both sides of our families). I have made wall quilts for myself, my children, grandchildren, my friends, church, charities………maybe someday, I will have that queen size quilt on my bed!

    —Donna on May 24, 2017
  • In your web page you refer to shade type quilt walls. Do you have a resource for one o these?

    —Peter Wielhouwer on June 12, 2018
  • This is nice work for embroidery

    Warner Brown on March 31, 2021
  • Lovely work for embroidery

    Warner Brown on May 25, 2021

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