REVISITED: Decorating With Quilts

When it gets right down to it, I am a traditional girl when it comes to my decor.

But, nothing makes me happier when a traditional and time proven style or item is updated or used in a new way.  There are certain things that will always be timeless and classic, but are always ready for an update.

I think a perfect example of that is with quilts.

Quilts are not just for your grandmother.  They have taken on modern lines and are being used in a whole new way.  So today I am sharing some inspiring ways to bring quilts back into our homes.

Now, my quilt collection is filled with worn, tattered and simple quilts, perfect to wrap up in on the screened porch.

Quilt Collection

But I am always on the hunt for that perfect (and affordable) quilt to bring inside.  There are so many ways to use quilts in our homes.

There is of course, the beautiful use on your bed paired with simple white linens like The Lettered Cottage has done here.


Bonnie from Going Home to Roost has done a beautiful job using them throughout her whole living room


I often come across quilts that are tattered in some areas while other parts are still lovely.  This project from Martha Stewart is a perfect way to use those quilts – or make your own without going full size.


Or you can put one right up on the wall.  I absolutely love the contrast of the traditional quilt with the modern furnishing from The Apartment.


And if you don’t want to put it on a wall, how about on a chair?

yellow quilt chair

I feel pretty confident taking on making my own quilt is not in my future.  But if it is for you, this site is filled with inspiring ideas of quilts with a modern edge.

And great pictures of the same guy holding a quilt in all kinds of beautiful places.


So start searching, new or vintage – and find a modern way to bring quilts back into your home.

Thanks for reading.


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8 thoughts on “REVISITED: Decorating With Quilts”


  1. I love decorating with quilts too! I just rescued a couple quilts from my dad’s house that he had been using to cover furniture he wasn’t using. WHAT?! One beautiful hexagon flower quilt now lives happily as a throw on my couch. I have yet to make a quilt either, but I really want to!! Fun post. 🙂

  2. I love quilts! I have my great-grandmothers quilt that my daughter and I love to snuggle under. There’s something about history and tradition that just brings a smile to my face. One of my goals this year is to learn how to quilt. A good use is also as a tablecloth!

  3. Hi Laura,
    I feel like you have read my mind with the timing of this post! I am currently on the hunt for a quilt to use on my king size bed (similar to The Lettered Cottage photo above). Pottery Barn has some decent option, but lots of $$. Do you have advice for me on where else to search? Where do you find your quilts?? Thanks in advance.
    Have a great day,

  4. I love this post. I grew up with a quilter and when I was 16 I started. I really love it, but I’ve had to start forcing myself to hand quilt them to slow the production of them down as eventually you get too many and you have to start giving them away….and even then after a while you can’t even do that. We have them everywhere. I’ve even used some of my earlier ones for a dog bed (I did eventually buy a dog bed…)

  5. My oldest Daisy is wanting to make a quilt. A sweet lady at our church has offered to help her. So, looks like this fall, I am going to be taking my middle, Anna Belle to basketball practice, and dropping Daisy off for quilting lessons. I love how my children are so different! I will show her your inspiration here! Life to the full! Melissa

  6. I have recently redone my bedroom and would love to display one of my grandmother’s quilts on the wall. What is the easiest way to hang a quilt without damaging it? It is for a full size bed, since there were no queen sizes back then.

    I would appreciate any help I could get. Thanks, Janet.