Spruce up your spring with quilts: 10 ideas for National Decorating Month!

From 'Tis the Autumn SeasonDid you know that April is National Decorating Month? What better time is there to revisit the quilts you’ve lovingly made and put them on display—or make new ones!

We’ve rounded up some fun and unique ideas for decorating with quilts below; we hope they’ll inspire you to show off your quilts. Why? Because if you made them, you’ve earned a show-and-tell—give ’em some space to soak up the compliments!

Your smallest quilts can flock into a see-through enclosure, like this bird cage:

From Simple Whatnots
Simple Whatnots by Kim Diehl

While larger quilts can easily drape over any tall cabinet:

James River Crossing quilt
James River Crossing by Jo Morton, from
Simple Friendships

Ladders are always a perfect place to put your patchwork on display:

From Patches of Blue
Patches of Blue by Edyta Sitar

How about a mini-quilt wall dedicated to your tiny treasures?

From A Prairie Journey
A Prairie Journey by Kathleen Tracy

When not in use, a dining-room or kitchen table makes a great space to exhibit your work:

Awesome Land quilt
Awesome Land from
Oh, Scrap! by Lissa Alexander

Try draping a runner widthwise for a fresh take on fabric flair:

Farm Fresh table runner
Farm Fresh by Sue Pfau, from
Table-Runner Roundup

You don’t need a bed-sized quilt to make up a quilty bed!

Trifle quilt
Trifle by Janet Clare, from
Moda All-Stars: On a Roll

Out-of-doors quilts are a delightful surprise—hang one from the clothesline for a garden party or dinner al fresco:

Wish upon a Star quilt
Wish upon a Star from
French Farmhouse by Marie-Claude Picon

Got teeny-tiny quilts? They’ll command big attention on a simple clipboard:

Pride and Prejudice quilt
Pride and Prejudice from
Vintage Patchwork by Pam Buda

And our quickest quilt-decorating tip? Drape a quilt near a seating area, indoors or out—easy, fast, fabulous.

Walk This Way quilt
Walk This Way by Carrie Nelson, from
Red & White Quilts

We hope these ideas will inspire you to unfurl the quilts you love and give them the spotlight!

How many quilts currently help decorate your home? 

  • 1 to 5
  • 6 to 10
  • More than 10
  • I need to make a quilt!

Tell us in the comments!

108 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I’m counting more than 10 and I still need to make more! Lol!

    —Sue H on April 15, 2019
  • More than 10.

    —Janet Flugum on April 15, 2019
  • Seven in the city house; six at the lake house.

    —Barbara Snyder on April 15, 2019
  • 6-10!! Love the look of quilts. Most of mine are small quilts.

    —Cheryl on April 15, 2019
  • When my daughter was 12 she went around our house and counted 60+ quilts on walls, beds, cabinets, couches, etc. It brightens up our space so much, and we are never cold in our house!

    —Diane Pickett on April 15, 2019
  • I certainly have more than ten. I am fortunate that my husband loves to be surrounded by quilts large and small as much as I do. I

    —Maria L Zook on April 15, 2019
  • More than 10. I have quilts everywhere. I even have some very small quilts decorating my cube at work. I enjoy swapping them out every once in a while. I’m 66 years old and have made quilts for years. You’d think I would grow tired of them, but I don’t. 🙂

    —Kay on April 15, 2019
  • 6

    —Bonnie Epperson on April 15, 2019
  • 1 to 5

    —jackie norwood on April 15, 2019
  • I currently have 3 quilts that are decorating for spring. I wish I had more. I need to retire soon so I can so as much as I would like.

    —Joanne O'Neal on April 15, 2019
  • More than 10 that include ones I made and ones made by grandmas. Also have cross stitched and hardanger items.

    —Judy Patrick on April 15, 2019
  • More than 10!!

    —Brenda on April 15, 2019
  • More than 10! Four are displayed over the half wall from the loft. Several are on quilt stands. One in a basket, one on the dining room table, and many here and there.

    —Judy Snook on April 15, 2019
  • I have 5 quilts. One on a bed and the other 4 on a ladder. I have several in the works. I love the idea of putting quilts in a tub like the one pictured above in the corner.

    —Kaye Walker on April 15, 2019
  • Hi –I had to walk thru my house and count–I have more than 10 guilts –Big one –little ones runners –mug mats– they are every where and I love them all

    Bea Donald on April 15, 2019
  • I display as many quilts (10-15) as I have space, from full size to minis. I usually rotate them with the seasons or holidays. One can never have TOO many quilts displayed can they? Well, maybe there is a limit out there somewhere.

    Shirley Eskey on April 15, 2019
  • 10 or more for sure. I love to change them out with the seasons. When fall rolls around… look out. I like to make the smaller ones as much as the big one’s so I have a pile.

    —Judy Zei on April 15, 2019
  • There are 80 quilts helping me decorate my home. All sizes and colors and patterns I’ve hand quilted. I love hanging them on walls and every so often I take them down, fluff them in the dryer and hang them someplace else to make the rooms look new and different. If I need a quick gift for someone, I’m ready.

    —Karen J on April 15, 2019
  • I have more than 10 quilts decorating my house!

    —Vickie Sorensen on April 15, 2019
  • Quatre dans le salon et un sur chaque lit… C’est un minimum !

    Verveine et lin on April 15, 2019
  • Many of my quilts are queen size and have 10 quilts out right now with more waiting to be changed with the seasons. Love the look and feel of quilts that is why I quilt

    —Lynda A Bruce on April 15, 2019
  • I have about 10 quilts decorating my home – some small and some large. I probably need to get busy and make more as I still have room to decorate with them.

    —Ann West on April 15, 2019
  • I have 16 hanging downstairs in my kitchen, family room, living room and entry. None hang upstairs in my sewing room and the bedrooms.

    —Karen on April 15, 2019
  • I have between 1 – 5 quilts decorating my house. I plan to make more wall hangings for decorations.

    —Rita Lusk on April 15, 2019
  • I have about 10 quilts on my walls but none on the bed! I change out the wall hangings a few times a year and group some of them by color.

    —Catherine on April 15, 2019
  • More than 10! I love using small wall spaces to showcase small quilts. I can’t imagine my house without quilts being scattered throughout 🙂

    —Darlene B on April 15, 2019
  • 3

    —Carol on April 15, 2019
  • There are 12 quilts of various sizes on display in our home. I was surprised when I counted them up how many there were!

    —Donna Irmis on April 15, 2019
  • I definitely have more than 10. These are some great display ideas!

    —Susan L. on April 15, 2019
  • I currently have more than 10 quilts displayed in my home.!

    —Norma Anderson on April 15, 2019
  • 6-10 – wall hangings, draped on sofa, table runners and placemats.

    —Linda Lee Ahn on April 15, 2019
  • 1-5

    —MS Barb on April 15, 2019
  • I currently have 5 finished quilts throughout the house one on a bed the rest on the back of chairs. However I have quite a few unfinished hanging around the house and my sewing room.

    —Linda A Foust on April 15, 2019
  • I have 9, inluding the ones on beds!

    —Emaline73 on April 15, 2019
  • I have 7 around the house.

    —Kim on April 15, 2019
  • I use little quilts on end tables, Wall quilts as art and throws on sofas and chairs as well as quilts on beds so I would say at least 10 to 20

    —Donna M on April 15, 2019
  • Usually around 10 quilts that I change seasonally around my house.

    —Mary Kastner on April 15, 2019
  • more than 10 at least one in every room

    —Hilda Krebs on April 15, 2019
  • I have approximately 15 different size quilts displayed.

    —carol on April 15, 2019
  • When I showed my niece my quilts, all folded in a closet, she said "These are art! Let’s display them!" So out they came, and she helped me hang them all over my house. I haven’t counted, but there are probably around 40 of them, some of which I change out seasonally. They always wow my guests!

    —Marcia Gilbreath on April 15, 2019
  • 6-10 quilts are displayed in my home right now.

    —Linda K on April 15, 2019
  • My husband made a tall ladder that holds a dozen large quilts easily. I have 12 quilts hanging on walls. I have about 30 different table runners. There is a California King quilt on our bed. I use bed runners on the back of my couch and two large chairs for my cats to use as they watch the outdoors or to sleep. I have 4 quilts hanging in my husband’s longarm room. And a dozen more waiting to be quilted. I love to quilt. I change my table runners every month!

    —Christine Boyd on April 15, 2019
  • More than 10 😊 . I have them I every room except the bathrooms !!

    —Lois Capper on April 15, 2019
  • I have about 10 quilts scattered around the house.

    —Susan L on April 15, 2019
  • More than 10

    —Sue Goodin on April 15, 2019
  • Three in living room, several table runners and toppers

    —Geri on April 15, 2019
  • Much more then 10 😊.

    —Marilynn on April 15, 2019
  • I have 19 quilts on display not counting 3 on beds!!

    —Candy Garrido on April 15, 2019
  • I am currently working on James River Crossing. Love the little Italian blocks. How many in my home? Lets say I could change them out every few days.

    —Paula Dague on April 15, 2019
  • I have more than 10. I don’t know how many I have. Counting the ones I have made and the ones from my family.

    —Lisa on April 15, 2019
  • About 60, large and small. Hanging on walls – my husband says we have padded walls. 🙂 Backs of the couch / chairs. Tabletops. Folded in a chest.

    —Diana on April 15, 2019
  • More than 10 in Every room including bathrooms.

    Gladys on April 15, 2019
  • 6 to 10 quilts decorate my walls. Running out of wall space.

    carolyn on April 15, 2019
  • I usually have between 5 and 10 quilts decorating my house. I always have three bed with quilts and then the places for them changes. I have an vintage clothes drier in one room that is layered with small quilts. I like to display my creations.

    —Virginia Smith on April 15, 2019
  • Right now, I am in the 6 – 10 range (7, to be exact). Love the clipboard idea; great for decorating a work cubicle.

    —Judy on April 15, 2019
  • About 20. Most small wallhangings that I have purchased at silent auctions. I have them from the entry to the kitchen, bedroom and sewing room

    —Rosemary on April 15, 2019
  • I usually have 20 to 25 quilts decorating my house & changed with the seasons. usually at less one is an antique quilt over a couch. I have been quilting over 40 yrs & have approx. 200 quilts in my house including at less 30 antique quilts.

    —Carol Bunnell on April 15, 2019
  • More than 10 quilts decorate my home. I have quilt racks, quilt ladders, and then of course several on the walls and bed in my home.

    —Fran Claassens on April 15, 2019
  • More than 10, love my quilts!

    —Sharon on April 15, 2019
  • I only have three quilts on three beds plus a couple small wall hangings. My house does not provide good hanging space, but if you open a kitchen drawer, you’ll find enough quilted potholders to last a lifetime.

    —SandyMay on April 15, 2019
  • More than 10 for sure! Quilts and wall hangings are in every nook and cranny. Good thing my friends are all quilters or they might think I’m crazy!

    —Patty F. on April 15, 2019
  • More than 10…..My home is neutral colors with the quilts taking center stage with colors. Love my quilts !!!

    —Gail on April 15, 2019
  • I knew there were 10 or more, but I counted to get an exact number. I have 34 hanging. Some are on the wall and some are on clips, etc. There are both small and large quilts. That number does not include quilts over the backs of chairs or sofas. Wow! Even I am surprised there are so many. Great Question. BTW I think I will have to put a clip board to use. Thanks for the idea.

    —Paula Mullet on April 15, 2019
  • I have one that my grandmother made and I need to make one.

    —Denise V on April 15, 2019
  • A lot more than 10. Here, There Everywhere. On the bed, On the wall, on the table on the chest, framed and in a glass case. My mother stayed with me over the winter and went through my house counting. I figure if you make them, display them. They are to be loved and in plain sight. I change them out seasonally so I can enjoy them to the fullest.

    —Linda Pickenpaugh on April 15, 2019
  • More than 10 and I DO have some in one bathroom and one planned for the other!

    Vivian B. on April 15, 2019
  • I have more than ten quilts, and that’s just in my living room!
    Brilliant ideas!

    Sandy on April 15, 2019
  • 6-10. Always looking for more places to show them off.

    —MamiB on April 15, 2019
  • Greetings from Northern Saskatchewan Canada!
    I have lots of quilts in my home. Every chair has one either folded on arm or over the back. Quilts as wall hangings and some on ladders! And I love to open the closet where I have extras!! It gives me joy!!

    —Catherine Zerr on April 15, 2019
  • At least 6-10 most of the time. Sometimes more or less just depends on my mood!!

    —Rilla Burnham on April 15, 2019
  • Currently 11 quilted projects are on walls, sofas, tables.

    —Diane Salera on April 15, 2019
  • 1 to 5…. wall quilts and to keep warm on my bed…. happyness04431@yahoo.com

    —Annalutzbrown on April 15, 2019
  • I have about 4-5 quilts (4 on display on a quilt rack) and 1 utility quilt on the couch (my first quilt). Oops, I do have 3 mini quilts hanging in my sewing room, too.

    —Marsha on April 15, 2019
  • More than 10, and then there are the ones in the closet.

    —Stephanie Woodward on April 15, 2019
  • 6-10 with more coming along as BOMs.

    —Clare on April 15, 2019
  • I am so impressed with how many responded 6-10. I have 3 quilts out and about in my home now. I should step up my game.

    —Anne on April 15, 2019
  • I have more than 10 decorating my house, including many on the walls, beds, tables, sofas and end tables. Currently I have 17 at the local quilt store, too

    —Sandy cook on April 15, 2019
  • 7 but most of them are small wall hangings or table toppers.

    marijean gisssel on April 15, 2019
  • I have 21 in my bedroom right now. I would need to walk around my home to count the others currently on display.

    —Pam Kandil on April 15, 2019
  • Way more than 10! I love my quilts and I simply can’t stop sewing!

    —Sharon Lowy on April 16, 2019
  • I have 8 out but have some I change every month.

    —Barbara Hosford on April 16, 2019
  • Two on prominent display: one was my late grandmother’s first quilt-hand-quilted and made especially as a gift to me and the other was made by my husband’s late great-grandmother, also hand-quilted. Most of the things I make are given as gifts to friends or people in need.

    —Teri D. Gailey on April 16, 2019
  • More than 10!

    —Debra Freese on April 17, 2019
  • way more than 10

    —Susan Cahill on April 17, 2019
  • 8 quilts currently.

    —Debby Hughey on April 18, 2019
  • More than 10, I love the decorating ideas. I’m on my way to the attic to get my bird house right now!!!

    —Sandra Richardson on April 19, 2019
  • More than 10, I love the decorating ideas. I’m on my way to the attic to get my bird cage right now!!!

    —Sandra Richardson on April 19, 2019
  • 9 quilts so far. I can envision using many more based on the wonderful ideas and photos in your blog!

    —Christine on April 19, 2019
  • Around the house I’m in the 5-10 category. But when I enter my sewing room the numbers increase as I like to tack up small quilts around my design wall for enjoyment and inspiration.

    —Mary Bondra on April 19, 2019
  • Many more than 10! I just can’t stop making them!

    —Kyra Franz on April 19, 2019
  • I have 11 on display (wall hangings, table runners and lap quilt) more in a basket and 2 on the beds.

    —Sylvia L on April 19, 2019
  • 5 presently. I rotate small wall hangings seasonally. Also keep a table runner on the dining room table and rotate it with the seasons. Your article has given me the idea to show larger quilts on my table.

    —Sue Webb on April 19, 2019
  • More than 10 with more in progress.

    —debby on April 19, 2019
  • More than 10!

    —Marie Eddins on April 19, 2019
  • About 10are currently on display with quilt racks and beds.

    —Sandy on April 19, 2019
  • There are 11 quilts hung on quilt racks or on beds in our home. A couple were gifts and a couple were made by my mother. One my husband inherited. The remainder, I made.

    —Sandy on April 19, 2019
  • Just one lap quilt at the moment … time to make more, I guess

    —bookboxer on April 19, 2019
  • I have about 10-12 throughout the house. Lovely!!

    —Lillian K on April 19, 2019
  • I rotate several quilts on display on my front door. I m making a quilt to grace the guest room, and one hangs on the wall of my living room. I need to make more quilts!

    —Linda Towers on April 19, 2019
  • More than ten.

    —Linda Christianson on April 19, 2019
  • more than ten, several in the guest bedroom ready to be quilted, a whole cupboard full of quilted ones and unquilted (waiting to be quilted), basket full one under a table, basket full next to the sofa, two on a couple of chairs, etc…thanks bobbie

    —bobbie rumler on April 19, 2019
  • More than 10,

    —Karen McMahon on April 20, 2019
  • There are 6-10. I rotate several with the seasons.

    —Cheri Bergeron on April 20, 2019
  • Only one. The corduroy and flannel(backing) quilt my grandma "Pete" (short for Peterson) made for baby me.

    —Colleen O'Hogan on April 20, 2019
  • More than 10, my husband says he can spot 14 from his Recliner. I love to have the quilts on display, such a homey feeling.

    —Susanne Frailey on April 20, 2019
  • Three! Guess I need to get busy stitching!!

    —Sharon Leighton on April 21, 2019
  • A quick count of large quilts are more than 10 then there’s the small ones on walls, too. I’d love to finish a few more minis or smaller quilts for decorating.

    —Janet Sabol on April 21, 2019
  • Lordy,
    Well over 80 seasonal/holiday quilts decorate my home both inside and out ,so love displaying my pretties!
    What I make now I share with family and friends!

    —Betty pauze on April 23, 2019

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