As you know I love hand quilting!! Occasionally I am asked how I use all the quilts I make.
I am a firm believer in actually using quilts. It doesn’t make sense to me to make them and “save them for special”
I use my quilts in different ways.
A very few are gifts
Some quilts I make because I really want to use them. This flannel quilt with flannel backing and wool bating is on m bed now for the cold winter nights.
This is so soft!! Some nights it is so cold I add another quilt
This one is made from a vintage top (very crudely made but I love it) and the batting is a thick poly.
I change the quilts for the bed seasonally or whenever the mood strikes.
I like to store quilts on the spare bed. Many layers of quilts layered on the bed keeps them from getting fold lined. This one is the current top of the pile but that is easily changed.
I do enter some of my quilts in competitions so often they are not home with me at all.
These are currently draped over chairs in the living-room…so much nicer than a slip-cover.
This one is on the sofa all ready for naps
This quilt hung in the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in CO in 2012.
This one is currently hanging at the museum
These quilts have all been in American Quilters Society Shows.
Once I get them back from the shows I add them to the others, and use them and display them.
I have about 10 in a display case with glass sides and top.
Quilts that are stored folded like this should be unfolded and re-folded on different fold lines a few times a year to prevent permanent creases along the folds.
All of the quilts get changed out seasonally or as the mood strikes me.
Lastly I use my quilts in Lectures/Trunk shows. Nothing works as well as an actual quilt to demonstrate quilting.
I usually bring about 30 finished quilts to a lecture…I talk about the materials…the history of the antique/vintage tops…repair, marking, washing, buying tops….and show pictured of the quilts in various stages of work..and end with the completed quilt.
The trunk show/Lecture is my favorite use for my quilts….because I love to share quilting information. Someday I might come to a quilt guild meeting near you!