Walls, sofas, tables, more: speed decorating with quilts (+ sale!)

From House PartySpring cleaning officially done (or officially skipped)? Time to add some new color, zest, and zing to your spaces. Today we’ve gathered a collection of projects for decorating that include all the fun of quilting, but with one important twist—a finish date is guaranteed to be close in sight!

Below you’ll find small, quick projects for sewing, from quilted wall hangings to runners, pillows, and more. Choose your favorite decorating style; then have fun selecting designs that will soften hard spaces, add a little charm, and show off your stitching skills. Download any of the eBooks featured for 40% off this week only!

Seasonal, contemporary, and conversation-worthy

Sue HuntFrom House Party: Coordinated Quilts and Pillows
by Sue Hunt

Sue says: “I enjoy making a small, quick project between more time-consuming large quilts. Some of my favorite small projects are seasonally themed pillow covers that I rotate throughout the year. This allows me to easily create a fresh look on my sofa as the seasons change, and it also saves on storage space.”

Spring and summer

Quilts from House Party
“Umbrellas” and “Summer Flowers.” Sue says: “These quilts are small enough for take-along projects and can be completed in a short amount of time. Although they’re often referred to as wall hangings, don’t let that term limit them to the walls. Small quilts look great draped over a chair or the back of a couch. Try one as a table topper or at the foot of a bed.”

Fall and winter

Quilts from House Party
“Fall Walk in the Park” and “Snowflakes.” Sue says: “For the pillows, purchase one 16″ pillow form for all the pillow covers. Pillow forms can be found at fabric shops and bed-linen stores.”

House PartySee more projects from House Party; download the eBook for $10.19 this week only.

• 12 step-by-step projects
• Piecing, paper piecing, appliqué, more
• Fun accents for every season


Folksy, friendly, and lots of fun

Avis Shirer and Tammy JohnsonFrom Alphabet Soup: Expressive Quilts with Folk Art Charm
by Tammy Johnson and Avis Shirer

Tammy and Avis say: “These quick, decorative quilts are based on some of our favorite things and have a primitive flair that both the beginner and more experienced quilter will enjoy. Piecing the letters is a bit like putting together a puzzle; once a few pieces are assembled, it becomes child’s play.”

Quilts from Alphabet Soup
“Red Tulips” and “Bless this House.” Tammy says: “Pieced letters and simple patchwork, along with small sizes, means you can complete these quilts quickly. We use fusible appliqué embellished with a machine blanket stitch that speeds up the process too.”

Quilts from Alphabet Soup
“Pumpkins” and “Snowman.” Avis says: “Our favorite quilts are seasonal ones. Tammy loves Christmas, and snowmen are her favorite. I, on the other hand, adore Halloween as well as anything with flowers. It’s so fortunate that we enjoy different seasonal themes; that way the entire year is covered!”

Alphabet SoupSee more projects from Alphabet Soup; download the eBook for $11.99 this week only.

• 15 seasonal and year-round projects
• Feature flags, flowers, fruits, more
• Incorporate wool, plaids, and stripes


City, country, and a little bit of whimsy
From Down in the Valley: Paper-Pieced Houses and Buildings
By Cori Derksen and Myra Harder

Myra Harder and Cori DerksenCori and Myra say: “The ideas for some of these patterns came from our surroundings, while others came from our imaginations. Have fun with these projects and incorporate your own pieces of charm into them. Add old buttons, which we love to do, or personalize some of the houses by embroidering them with the names of family and friends. Adding details with free-motion quilting is also an effective way to embellish your projects.”

Town House Table Runner
“Town House Table Runner” from the Main Street collection. Cori and Myra say: “Dress up your table with this quaint checkerboard, and play a game while you wait for supper.”

Projects from Down in the Valley

“Prairie Pillows” from the Prairieland collection. Cori and Myra say: “Add a touch of prairieland to your home with this set of comfy pillows. Use the blocks called for in the instructions, or substitute other blocks from Down in the Valley.”

Projects from Down in the Valley
“Kinfolk Wall Hanging” and “Liza’s Pillow” from the Mountain Folk collection. Cori and Myra say: “Take a tour through the mountain hollows while adding a touch of whimsy to your homestead.”

Down in the ValleySee more projects from Down in the Valley; download the eBook for $11.99 this week only.

• Paper piece 16 small projects
• Quick wall quilts, runners, place mats, pillows
• Four themes: Prairieland, Mountain Folk, Main Street, and Cabin Country


What’s your decorating style—and has it changed over time? Tell us about it in the comments!

9 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I have a house full of antiques, including an antique husband. Old is good, the older the better. I spice it all up with some modern quilts.

    —Barbara Ostrander on April 21, 2014
  • Causal and make it feel like a home.

    —Quilting Tangent on April 21, 2014
  • Has it ever! Started out in my 20s embracing contemporary designs and gradually through the years switched over to traditional with quite a bit of antique pieces scattered throughout my home. I live in Florida so I have to be careful with where I place quilts due to fading.

    —Marianne on April 21, 2014
  • The older I get the harder it is for me to keep up with the season and dress my home. I love some of my heart quilts so it was hard to put up Easter quilts. Christmas is never a problem. Nothing has changed much only the quilts to the newest, lastest.

    —Linda Christianson on April 21, 2014
  • I think eveyone’s decorating style evolves over time because the things we liked earlier in our life are not the same as they are later. Having a family and pets changes what you feel is important. I used to like fancy expensive lights and rich detailed upholstery which are no longer practical. I’ve always been a traditionalist as far as quilts go, but I really enjoy the modern twist on old blocks. I also enjoy designing quilts to fit a particular need as I am in the planning stages of making a quilt to place over our bed that also will be decorative and a tribute to our native city’s famous skyline.

    —Rosemary on April 21, 2014
  • My taste has always trended toward "Transitional" and "Eclectic". I like old things and new things but generally clean lines, unique accent pieces and a good bit of wood sprinkled in. Color palletes have usually been driven by the larger furniture pieces: like right now mostly neutrals since that was the color couch we bought when we last moved.

    The biggest change has been the number of quilts on display! Before I quilted there were none, when I started quilting I had a very limited number of display spots. When I moved a wealth of display spaces opened up and my fondest desire is to fill them all!

    Vivian on April 22, 2014
  • I really would rather play with fabric than decorate. I keep it
    simple. I prefer clean lines and very little clutter.

    —Diane on April 22, 2014
  • I just received "House Party" as a gift from the author’s parents…wonderful people. I am definitely going to make "fall walk in the park", maybe even winter,spring,and summer walk in the park!! Love the patterns.

    —Joan in Omaha on April 24, 2014
  • We used to say our decorating style was "Early Us". What we had or was given to us, we made work. Later we went to Early American, then traditional. Now that we’ve downsized to a ranch house with lots of light we are more like Shabby Chic Cottage by the Sea. No we don’t live near water. The house just has that feel. It is very homey mostly gearing toward young Grandchildren so the breakables are put in safe places and the seasonal toys decorate. We don’t mind, It keeps everyone happy and no one has to worry about what might happen. As they grow we will change our style back to our things that we like.

    —Louise Buker on April 25, 2014

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