Finish It Up Friday! ~ Decorating with Quilts

So you have put up with my painting stories last week, now it is time to share the results. But just for fun, I dug out some true before pictures.  

       Pretty darn bright, right?

Well, take off your sunglasses because here is the after:


I am so excited to have a place to use all of my little red, white, and blue quilts!

Most of the small quilts are made with vintage fabrics.

I found the small kitchen cupboards at a yard sale and the small enamel table came from an estate sale that my daughter worked at. This room is a good place to display some of my vintage toy sewing machines.   
This is how I hung my little quilts.  First, Daughter #3 and I laid them out on the floor to decide on an arrangement.  

I took the picture so I could remember! Then I hung them up using rolls of painter’s tape.  

This way I could adjust easily. I used a level at this point to get them straight. Then I hammered tiny brass pins in the corners.  

 After that, I lifted the quilt and removed the tape rolls. This little block is one inch to give you an idea of the size of the pins. 


The framed newspaper will get hung up.  I also plan to buy new sheets for the bed. I took these pictures before I made the curtains from a vintage sheet with hand made lace on the edge.  Overall, I am quite pleased with how it turned out.  I found the vintage desk at a yard sale not long ago and loved it. Maybe because I loved playing school as a child.  I am so glad I found the perfect place for it.  

 Here is a picture showing my curtains in place.

 Daughter #2 asked me if I will actually let the grandkids play in this room. My answer? Of course!

The only things I spent money on here were paint and a curtain rod. I  shopped my house for everything else!

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About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing adult kids, and a former librarian. I love making everything from traditional quilts to art quilts. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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30 Responses to Finish It Up Friday! ~ Decorating with Quilts

  1. lynndykstra says:

    Adorable room and I love the alphabet quilt–is it yours?

  2. Barb Vedder says:

    wonderful room redo! I want to come and play and sleep there myself. clever trick with the tape.

  3. It’s so pretty. And I was so glad to read the answer to your daughter’s question. To me, it would’ve been too bad to have the room just be a museum!

  4. Dawn says:

    Love those little sewing machines!

  5. Cécile says:

    Oh my…I didn’t see this post ! I arrive after the battle ! I prefer the new painting !!
    Great work Katy !

  6. Kathy says:

    Congratulations! What an amazing makeover! Great use of your quilts of all sizes!

  7. sandi says:

    I think your room looks wonderful! Hugs,

  8. Terri says:

    Love your room, all your little quilts and vintage decor, especially the sewing machines 🙂

  9. JanineMarie says:

    Well, the before picture was cute, but the after! How lovely. I was at an antique store today and saw two toy sewing machines. I was curious, but I didn’t buy. Now I see your shelves full of them and how wonderful they are as a collection. Amazing. This room is just so inviting and put together with all the vintage touches. A great place to sleep, learn and play!

  10. Sandy says:

    The small table with the enameled top is very similar to one we had when I was a child! I loved that table!

  11. redeemedsheep says:

    What a pretty room! We are creating a guest room. I hope mine turns out as cute as yours!

  12. Irene says:

    I have a machine like the top right on your shelf. It does not have a needle. How can I get a needle for it? Thanks for any input.
    PS I love the red white blue theme. I just moved and several projects have resurfaced and this was a good reminder of what I can do with them.

  13. What an awesome way to display your quilts. It’s a great room. I liked the green wall!

  14. Myra says:

    Love the re-do! It’s a perfect place for play!

  15. Heide says:

    What a transformation! Love the new wall color and of course your lovely quilts.

  16. It is wonderful and so inviting! Can I come stay and play in that room? I don’t think you would see me for days.

  17. Jasmine says:

    This room is so calm and inviting. You did such a good job decorating. I really like the blue paint. Do you mind sharing what color you used?

  18. Bonnie in Va says:

    There is just so many wonderful things happening in this room it’s hard to know what to comment on first. Your minis are wonderful — what a great way to showcase them. And, the little sewing machine collection really fits. What’s nice about this room is it can be a place for the little ones — cute kitchen and school desk, and adults with the newspaper and old typewriter. Very nicely done.

  19. Wow – that’s one transformation. Really sweet “after”

  20. Luann says:

    I would call that ‘A Fabulous Finish!’
    You did a great job.
    What was the name of the color you used on the walls?

  21. Kathy h says:

    Wow, the room is beautiful. I love your collection of little quilts too, and what a great place for the little kitchen. They will have fun playing there.

  22. katyquilts says:

    Thanks, Mary! I made this quilt ages ago. I designed the blocks with a very old drawing program called Visio. The blocks are all based on a 3 by 5 grid. No pattern available.

  23. Quiltmouse says:

    With each picture, I went “Aww!” You did a marvelous job & such a transformation! It’s nice to be able to display your quilts and not just have them stored away! Good job!1

  24. Mary says:

    I love all the red, white and blue and that you “shopped” what you had to create your new room! Love the alphabet quilt. Is this a self created design or from a purchased pattern?

  25. Ramona says:

    What a transformation! Your new room is so calm, peaceful and inviting. Just beautiful. I love all of your mini quilts on the wall. It is inspiring me to make more minis!

  26. Deb says:

    The bright room pictures are all girl!😄 made me smile. I love the new look though.

  27. Kathy says:

    What a pretty room! I love the grouping of the little quilts.

  28. Jean Etheridge says:

    Love this room! So fun, so welcoming!

  29. The perfect room for guests…big or small! Love it!

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