Lots of times you all leave a comment or I see something that prompts me to write a post. Today’s prompt came from Joan.
Joan wrote, “Greetings, Jo! I have popped into your blog numerous times, but I just recently started following you. We have a lot in common :) Do you keep all your quilts? Gift them? Sell them? I have soooo many (many Bonnie patterns, too). We just did a big remodel of our living room and kitchen. I had a Jenny Lind changing table I used as a quilt corral in the living room. Now I am looking at it and wondering if I have too many quilts. I have given many of them away. But it’s like giving away children (of which I have eight), if you know what I mean. Wondering what happens to yours.”
I gift a lot of quilts. Many go to benefits. Some go to charity. Some are wedding, graduation, or childcare gifts. I give baby quilts to relatives and people we are close to. It doesn’t bother me to gift or give them. My kids all have several quilts from me too.
Typically a gifted quilt is one that isn’t “my colors” or “is an easier quilt” or is one that is made with precuts. I never give my very favorite ones away. If I know I am going to gift a quilt I often pick colors that aren’t my favorite or a quilt that isn’t exactly my style so it’s easier to give.
As far as knowing if you have “too many” quilts, I think that is a question each of us has to ask ourselves from time to time.
I thought I would take you on a tour of my home and show you how I display some of my quilts.
This is a built in cabinet in my dining room. Most people would display dishes there…not me. The entire thing is quilts…17 of them.
I have a ladder in my… living room. There are quilts on it. These get used all the time. They aren’t for display. I snapped the picture as it as this is how they typically look. I have a plan for the wall above here for quilt display but I have to get someone on board to help me.
I have a basket of rolled quilts in my bedroom.
This is in my bedroom. I have a stack of quilts on my treadle.
This is a quilt rack in the spare bedroom. One quilt is missing as we have two on the bed right now.
This is the night stand in the bedroom. I have a stack of baby quilts and two large quilts rolled and shelved there.
They aren’t displayed but the right hand door is filled with quilts that I’m willing to part with for benefits or gifting.
There are three quilts on this rack in my hallway.
There is a stack of quilts on the icebox in the hallway near the door to my sewing room.
My sewing room has a stack of quilts on my treadle….
I have some wall sized quilts in my sewing room.
I have a stack of quilts on top of the cabinet.
I have baby quilts rolled and in an old tool box on top of another cabinet.
There are a few hanging aroung the house too.
I’m sure many would say too many quilts. For me, it’s okay. None are in the way. But yes…this many large quilts in one house is definitely overkill.
I have another spare room that is Karl’s for now. I anticipate the next stack of quilts I make will go there. It’s hard that I feel like I need to keep many of the ones we have had published. We have been slowly giving away some of them but we do need to keep some. Who knows, maybe we’ll hit the road and teach classes if that ever becomes a thing again.
One of the reasons I am back to cross stitching is that I have so many quilts…I don’t really need another one, but I do enjoy making them so I’ll keep quilting but don’t feel a bit bad if I branch out a bit and do a little cross-stitching or punchneedle…or embroidery or anything else that stricks my fancy.
I would like to a few smaller projects more for decoration-Projects of all kinds, quilts, pincushions, cross-stitch, whatever. I really don’t have much for decor. I don’t know if I’ll ever get to that or not. It’s a lovely thought.
I know I appreciate seeing how other display quilts so I am adding a link here. I am encouraging any of you who can to link ways that display quilts.
I would also like to share that there is a Facebook group called Living with Quilts. Group members are always sharing displays of quilts in their homes. It is so fun to see. You might want to check them out.