Thursday, March 14, 2013

National Quilting Day Appreciation

In honor of National Quilting Day coming up on Saturday, I thought I'd do something a little dorky, but fun.  I'm going to show you what my family chooses to sleep with in this house--QUILTS!  Lots and lots of quilts!  Lately I've been trying to find inspirational pins for my 'Good Place to Sleep' board on Pinterest, which is what got me to thinking about this in the first place.  I'm not much of a decorator, but I've been dreaming about it a lot.*wink
My sadly neglected bed frame.....
On my bed, I change out the quilt with whichever of my most recent finishes I really want to spend time with.  I LOVE sleeping under quilts although my husband does not like any extra coverings at all, so it usually hangs off of my side of the bed all night long.  lol  FYI, we picked up the bed frame at an auction about 8 years ago for $30 and have been arguing about it ever since.  I want to paint it in a funky color (or two) and my husband wants to strip it down and refinish it properly (he's in construction).  I figure we'll finally move up to a queen size bed before we ever agree on anything and the point will then be moot.
My 2 teenagers daughters have to share this space....
My teenage daughters (almost 17 yrs. and 15 yrs. old) have to share a queen sized bed which they really, really hate.  My oldest daughter asked for a horse quilt with blocks made from all her aunts, mom and G'ma when she was like 6 yrs. old.  My next youngest sister got us all hopping on the project and came up with the sweetest horse quilt I have ever seen in my life!  Still her fave after all these years.

My youngest daughter still uses a quilt from her childhood too.  My mom made a receiving blanket when she was born (March 6) that said 'kiss me, I'm Irish' all over it.  Since her name is actually 'Irish', that became her favorite blanky and when she was about 3 yrs. old I cut it up and made it into a much larger quilt for her that she still uses to this day.  Simple pattern, but very sentimental for her!
My youngest sons bedroom.
For some reason, my youngest son has been using this old triple rail fence quilt lately. It's usually stashed away in the closet for extra padding under a sleeping bag or something and I noticed he pulled it out and started using it a couple months ago.  Oh well.  He has also been using the huge colorful log cabin & insect quilt one of my sisters made for our oldest son.
Better than the floor!
And last but not least, this is the torn apart, never finished (but still getting remodeled some day) tiny upstairs bedroom our oldest son uses when he comes home from college.  Since our kids maul their bedding, lay about on it while watching movies and playing X-box, plus eat things like Cheetos in their bedrooms when they think I won't notice--this is the not-so-fancy quilt I chose to use up here.

We have lots of other very well-worn quilts that have received plenty of love through the years too.  Happy National Quilting Day to you this year!  I'm hoping I can work on some more quilts this coming weekend.  Hope you can too!


  1. For years my husband said "when are you going to make us a 'blanket'?" The reason I hadn't was because the dogs kept finding their way onto our bed. I gave up finally, and made one for our bed out of scraps - a square in a square. The scraps seemed to multiply while I was handling them, so I made another SnS, and then used up my Christmas scraps in three more quilts and then started with string quilts and the scraps are still multiplying. I now have three quilts for each bed in this house - lol. I love that your kids love the quilts.

  2. I just love this post! What a great idea! I would love to curl up for a nap in your bed, it looks so cozy with that quilt on it, and the sweet pillow! But I think the last quilt might be my favorite. It is so wonderfully scrappy! Thanks for sharing!

  3. It is great to see all the quilts you and your family are using! That is exactly what they are there for I think, not to be hung during exhibitions. Although it is always nice to see them there too! A house always looks so much cozier with quilts, don't you think?

  4. I love the story that went with the pictures! I also really like the idea of using fully functional quilts for your kids beds and accepting that they will just be kids with those quilts. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I love the warm colours in the first quilt, and the reds and blues in the last one! It all looks very cozy. I had to laugh, though, when you said your husband wants to "properly" refinish the bed frame. So typical!

  6. Unfortunately I won't be celebrating National Quilting Day by quilting. But since we'll be out of town to watch our oldest grandson swim at the State Competition, I have to say that in this case, I won't mind not getting any quilting time. ;-)

  7. I enjoyed the quilt tour and the stories to go with them very much!

  8. What a fun post! The best quilts have been used! My husband and I have the same type of disagreements. I'm tired of wood furniture and want to paint it. Though, no, he's not offering to refinish it. lol

  9. Loved seeing your family favourites. There's something about seeing a plethora of quilts on beds that just makes my heart sing.


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