How to display quilts on a wall? Try a mini-quilt gallery!

Mini-quilt mania is upon is! In our last post we shared six tips from Moda All-Stars: Mini Marvels for making mini-quilts. But one question we often get asked is: once you have a stack of mini-quilts, how do you display them?

Answer: make a mini-quilt gallery!

We love the mini-quilt gallery idea so much, we started one in our office sewing studio:

 Mini-quilt gallery at Martingale
Do you like it so far? We’re already working on adding more!

We were inspired to create our gallery by a special section in Moda All-Stars: Mini Marvels that offers wall-layout ideas for small quilts. If you’re not sure how to display quilts on a wall—particularly mini quilts—perhaps this layout from the book will inspire you!

Mini-quilt gallery idea
Arrangements tend to work best when you group elements in odd numbers—as a rule, odd numbers of objects are more visually pleasing. Even with different-sized quilts, you can create continuity by keeping the vertical and horizontal spaces between quilts equal.

We mocked up a mini-quilt gallery using the template above and the quilts in Moda All-Stars: Mini Marvels:

Mini-quilt gallery how-to

Simply adapt the groupings in the template above for the mix of minis you make. Family and friends will marvel at your collection!

Moda All-Stars: Mini MarvelsThere are three more fun layouts in the book, including how to hang a trio of mini quilts, how to mix other elements (like photos or art) with your quilts, and even how to lay out a mini-quilt gallery on a wall next to a staircase. So many options!

Now all you need are a few mini-quilts to make, and you’ll find lots in Moda All-Stars: Mini Marvels—take your pick!

Mini quilts from Mini Marvels

Ready for more mini-quilt tips? Check out this post and this video about Moda All-Stars Mini Marvels. Add a *little* more fun to your quilting life!

How many mini-quilts have you made?

  • None yet . . . but you’ve got me thinking.
  • Definitely enough for a mini-quilt gallery!
  • So many, I could wallpaper my house with mini-quilts.

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29 Comments (leave a comment)

  • After nearly 35 years of sewing garments and home dec items, I discovered quilts in the early ’90’s. I started small with lessons at my LQS: a set of four pineapple block placemats quilt as you go, followed by a pretty hand appliqued and hand quilted wall hanging and matching pillow. I VOWED "nothing bigger!" My next quilt was a double bed quilt for my parents, also hand quilted, in glorious Jinny Beyer prints (a few pieces still my stash). That quilt is now on my bed. I was HOOKED!!

    At the same time I became hooked on large, I was also bitten by the mini bug. I loved the challenge of precisely piecing teeny pieces. I also could take the time of making a large quilt, but create a mini just as intricate but get it finished in a few days (also hand quilted) instead of weeks or months.

    At that time, there was a wonderful magazine available, "Miniature Quilts," to which I subscribed. I couldn’t wait for it to arrive and usually made almost every quilt in each issue (except applique). It was a great learning experience and I became both adept at and very particular about accurate piecing. Today, I will, occasionally, make a mini-quilt; usually, as a large "block" incorporated into a larger piece. As quilters, we evolve and move on, taking each learning experience with us and wrapping it into a signature style.

    Love your story of evolving as a quilter, Marlene – and we remember that wonderful magazine! Thank you for sharing this! –Jenny

    —Marlene Clausen on April 7, 2017
  • I’ve made a few for a mini quilt rack. Now seeing collections hung together I am inspired to make more and a larger variety. Thank you Jan

    —Jan on April 7, 2017
  • I have loved making small quilts for years. I favor them over large quilts. I have sold a number of them at my favorite quilt store. Others I arrange on my sewing room walls. Many are stored under the bed. I have one small spot in the dining room where I hang a small seasonal quilt, changing them to the appropriate time of year. To me, they are my little works of art.

    —Sue Smith on April 7, 2017
  • How are they hung? with pins, tape? I have a few that I made and from exchanges.

    Hi Pansy Girl, here’s a post you can check out about quilt-hanging methods. Hope this helps! –Jenny

    —pansy girl, on April 7, 2017
  • I have made a few. One was a Christmas tree decorated with little charms, made for my mom. I have it back now as she is gone. The mini quilt wall post has given me an idea for my quilting room wall! Exciting!

    —Terry on April 7, 2017
  • I have been sewing some miniature quilts for about three years now as a way to dig into my charm packs. I could do a display wall but that it where my family photos are. I use them on shelves and tables and rotate them as the seasons change.

    —Mary Smith on April 7, 2017
  • I have never made a mini-quilt although friends have and I love them all. The size of the pieces kinda worries me.

    —Nancy Eriksen on April 7, 2017
  • Oh enough to have a display in my sewing nook…what a great book idea….

    —Lori M. on April 7, 2017
  • I have made 5 in my 6 year quilting experience. 4 were in a shop for 2 years and didn’t sell.. don’t know what I did wrong. Another was in an exhibit which also held a Silent Auction and had many bids.. Go figure!
    I plan to go mini after I finish the 4 lap quilts I have in progress for family. The Mini Marvels book looks interesting.

    —Marta on April 7, 2017
  • Definitely enough for a mini quilt gallery. I love them. My home is small and they suit my home better than big quilts everywhere.

    —Linda Bullard on April 7, 2017
  • Ninguna todavia… pero tienes que me hizo pensar. Es preciosa la galería de mini-edredones y los mini-edredones son muy bonitos. Debe ser un libro precioso. Saludos.

    Translation: None yet … but you have made me think. It’s lovely the mini-quilts gallery and the mini-quilts are very nice. Must be a beautiful book. Greetings.

    —Margarita on April 7, 2017
  • I love, love, love making mini quilts. Like Marlene Clausen, I started making them in the early 90’s and was a huge fan of the "Miniature Quilts" magazine. I now design a good portion of the mini quilts I make. I hang them every where in my house, even mixing them with paintings my sister painted for me. I just think they are so much more fun to make than big quilts.

    Jill of Apple Avenue Quilts on April 7, 2017
  • I love miniature quilts. I have no idea how many I have made, I have given some and have some hanging, others are stored. I plan to make lots more so this book should be handy.

    —Glenna D on April 7, 2017
  • I haven’t made any mini quilts….yet. They are definitely in my future. They look so much fun and cute!

    —Kathie on April 7, 2017
  • Not exactly sure but around a dozen, with more in the making!

    —Renee Welton on April 7, 2017
  • I could easily do a wall in my mini quilts! Lots of colors and styles.

    —Tamara Williams on April 7, 2017
  • I have made a few mini quilts but have really wanted to start making more. I love this book.

    —Renea Yarolim on April 7, 2017
  • None yet but you have made me think…Just today I visited a store closing. Of course I hoped to buy it all. I actually found fabrics which I think will make a few small quilts. Thanks for the reminder, I would love to have the new book also.

    —Althea Klosterman on April 7, 2017
  • What is the best way to hang a mini quilt? I’ve never made one to hang but I wold like to.

    Hi Kathy, here’s a post you can check out about quilt-hanging methods. Hope this helps! –Jenny

    —Kathy R. on April 8, 2017
  • Only a couple, but many wallhanging size. Those I display on my front door and change them with the seasons, or as the spirit moves me.

    —Linda Towers on April 8, 2017
  • I have made about 6 mini quilts so far. Several have been mini-paper pieced quilts about 12″ finished. I love the perfection of the tiny quilt blocks that can made by paper piecing.
    I am always looking for ways to display – your idea of the gallery is terrific.

    —Lillian K on April 8, 2017
  • None yet..but you have me thinking of all the places in my house I could display them.

    —Pearl on April 8, 2017
  • I make a 12″ square quilt each week and hang one on my refrigerator for a week. I have magnets on the fridge and put a metal rod in a rod pocket on the back of each so they are easy to hang.I try to use new techniques, unusual items (one has layered glue-soaked toilet paper that was pressed into a mold.) I made 52 last year, just finished number 16 for this year. I really enjoy doing them. They are stored in lovely boxes from Joann’s. I photograph each one and make a booklet of them for each year with the title and information about them. I hope to have them hung as a set in a gallery – will mount them on a black sheet to make it easy to hang. Would be nice to have an article featuring them in a magazine.

    —Bev M on April 12, 2017
  • I have only made 3 so far. I went and bought the "Moda All Stars Mini Marvels" I am going to try to do a mini after every large bed sized quilt I make.

    —Roseanne on April 13, 2017
  • So much to choose from. I love it all

    —Karen on April 13, 2017
  • I definitely have enough for a mini-gallery. Most of my mini quilts are for the Christmas holidays. I have several that I have hanging all year long.

    —Maclary on April 14, 2017
  • Some small quilts but want to make more.

    —Sandra Eddy on April 17, 2017
  • No mini’s but a few full size, I like the warmth around me!

    Lorie McAnelly on April 28, 2017
  • Nice work

    Warner Brown on January 4, 2021

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