Got LOTS of small quilts? Try these quick-to-create decorating hacks

From Jo's Little Favorites IIEver wondered how to display small quilts . . . when you’ve got what seems like a million of them? We get it—small quilts are addictive to make! They’re easy to start, fast to finish, and oh-so cute when they’re done.

We imagine that Kim Diehl has a mountain of mini-quilts; her best-selling book Simple Whatnots is packed with them. In the book, Kim shares a fun idea for corralling small quilts into an inviting display, inspiring quilters to think outside the box. Her clever idea for how to display small quilts? Group them together!

How to display small quiltsKim says, Little quilts can make a big impact when displayed in your home, but I’ve found that it can take an extra ounce of creativity to make them shine without becoming lost among larger items. One of my favorite ways to display these little beauties is to roll them up and tuck them into large glass canisters or wide-mouthed jars, making sure that I stagger the heights. The result looks a bit like a quilt bouquet, and it’s a sure-fire attention getter. Super simple, super cute!”

Here are a few more mighty ideas for displaying little quilts!

Got an empty birdcage or other see-through decorative container? Pile little quilts high inside:

How to display small quilts
Simple Whatnots by Kim Diehl

A simple wire basket works just as well:

From Moda All-Stars: Mini-Charm Quilts
From Moda All-Stars: Mini-Charm Quilts

Could you spare a chair to display your small treasures?

From Jo's Little Favorites III
Jo’s Little Favorites III by Jo Morton

An artfully arranged wicker basket featuring quilts plus speckles of rolled-up fabrics and greenery makes a lovely presentation:

From A Cottage Garden
A Cottage Garden by Kathy Cardiff

A vintage-style wooden box nestles small quilts just so . . . and don’t forget another small quilt as a backdrop!

From Simple Whatnots
Simple Whatnots by Kim Diehl

Got a free wall? Create a collage of mini-quilts interspersed with a few of your favorite things:

From Moda All-Stars: Mini Marvels
Moda All-Stars: Mini Marvels

One quilt is big and a few are small—roll and drape to display them all!

From the Civil War Sewing Circle
The Civil War Sewing Circle by Kathleen Tracy

Where do you tuck small quilts in your homein expected or unexpected places? Share your ideas in the comments!

25 Comments (leave a comment)

  • Love these ideas. I’ve been putting over chairs, doors, etc.on rails under coffee tables. Can’t wait to do some of these ideas.

    Barb H. on July 19, 2019
  • I LOVE this idea. Thanks!

    Jocelyn on July 19, 2019
  • One of the many things I love about Martingale’s books are the wonderful photos of ideas for displaying quilts. I have a vintage cast iron child’s swing that looks great stacked with several small quilts.

    —Kyra Franz on July 19, 2019
  • Over back of couch, wall hangings

    —MS Barb on July 19, 2019
  • I LOVE these ideas! Thank you so much for sharing this topic in your e-newletter today! I’m going to have to make some mini quilts just so I can utilize some of these display methods in my own home! 🙂

    Gina on July 19, 2019
  • I hang my small quilts (some doll size) on the walls of my craft room and laundry room. Bigger quilts are on the backs of sofas in my family room and the biggest ones are on quilt racks.

    —Debby Jensen on July 19, 2019
  • I have mine rolled up in a basket but want to make lots more. I love the photos from the books for inspiration.

    —debby on July 19, 2019
  • In a big handmade basket.

    —Linda Lee Ahn on July 19, 2019
  • I have a cedar chest full of them.Actually I have 2 chests full.

    —Karen Bryant on July 19, 2019
  • I too love these ideas for small quilts. Right now the 4 small quilts I’ve done are all framed and leaning against or hanging on my walls. Will have to make some more and try out a couple of these ideas.

    —Vickie Keith on July 19, 2019
  • I have an antique amoire that has lots of shelves and some open space. I use the shelves to display smaller folded quilts and hang larger quilts. I leave the doors open for all to enjoy and change the quilts out according to season.

    —Teri D. Gailey on July 19, 2019
  • Some are hanging on doors, some are in the closet. Liking these ideas.

    —Rose Marie on July 19, 2019
  • I have a open staircase that backs on a closet. Inset places were made to place small quilts. This is a great way to have a closer look at small quilts, but not disturb them hanging on the wall. It also kind of frames the individual quilts. I would post a picture but do not see a place to do such!

    —Marilynn on July 19, 2019
  • Expected places I like to show them off.

    —Linda Christianson on July 19, 2019
  • I do have one, and it is on the back of my couch. I typically make larger quilts, but I’m ready for small ones now.

    —Stephanie Woodward on July 19, 2019
  • I love all the ideas! I put my little quilts just about anywhere in my house – some in expected places but many pop up in the most unexpected places.

    —Ann West on July 19, 2019
  • Marilynn great idea. I would love to see a picture. I have a few inset areas and could use the tips.

    —Cheri Bergeron on July 19, 2019
  • I have a small ladder for displaying a few. Also a antique dish towel holder on the wall holds 3 little quilts.

    —Wendy Margerm on July 19, 2019
  • It`s only recently making small quilts rather than large. Love these ides`s for display.

    —Clare on July 19, 2019
  • Mine are still in the pattern books….unmade, while my stash awaits. Shame on me!!

    —Nancy Dumeny on July 20, 2019
  • I have a heavy twine "clothesline" on the wall in my sewing room. I found miniature clothespins in a craft store, and now have my mini quilts hung on that clothesline.

    —Jannette B. on July 20, 2019
  • I often change my small quilts on my large coffee table so they are right in the centre of the room for everyone to see. the rest are stored away until it’s their turn.

    —Suzanne Elliott on July 21, 2019
  • I use mine like doilies on end tables to protect from water glass stains and on the coffe table. I change them to reflect the season. Others are hanging on the wall and I have a hanger on the front door. I change the door quilt each month. I figure the others will be doll quilts when my granddaughter is a little older.

    —Carol on July 21, 2019
  • They are neatly folded and sitting on a closet shelf waiting for the right person to give one to. I don’t have space to display them.

    —Judith Carlon on July 22, 2019
  • I have them folded on some bookshelves…but while cleaning out my mom’s house I had an idea. I brought our antique child’s rocker and my old doll crib home, and I think they will be perfect for mini quilt displays!

    —Patricia Ludwiczak on August 5, 2019

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