Gather fabric squares in your favorite patterns and a few permanent markers for guests to write their message to the happy couple. After the wedding, have a family member or sewing shop put together the pieces to make a quilt that will be cherished for years to come.
Pale lavender walls give old fashioned charm to this bedroom, enhanced by the bed's colorful quilt. Light wood is an uplifting choice for the dresser and nightstand and underfoot, a sheepskin rug is a welcome treat for bare feet.
While quilts and blankets are best kept indoors most of the time, bring them out on breezy days or brisk evenings. They definitely inject farmhouse style to a porch, and they are an easy accessory to transport in and out of the house.
Some old quilts are too fragile or tattered to use as bedding, but they're too precious to throw away. Repurpose one into a charming, cottage-style Christmas tree skirt by using the largest intact portion of the quilt.
Capture the quaint charm of a high-end historical property with your bedding. “Use strong quilts with interesting patterns and colors that relate,” says author Susan Sully. “I love that she hung it over the headboard of the canopy.” A slightly battered chest at the foot of the bed, which could be found at a thrift or antiques store, adds charm.
The bed is dressed in linen sheets with a linen box-stitched quilt complete with French-knot details. The damask pattern of the area rug lends drama and continues the room's focus on bold pattern and design. The herringbone design in wood headboard also lends pattern and texture to the space.
Only 36 inches in height from floor to ceiling, this small bedroom has the illusion of being larger thanks to the graphic design of the retro-inspired crochet quilt. A brown curtain slides over to hide the staircase and built-in storage shelves.
Comforters and quilts can work in all parts of a bed. Rachel Greathouse, a metro Atlanta designer, used an old plaid, patchwork-style comforter to cover the headboard for her son’s navy and white room.
In this Spanish-themed bedroom, a large, ornate bed is made with a red and gold quilt and paired with several decorative pillows. Behind the bed is a five-panel wood headboard with curved tops and images of saints painted on it.
Upcycle a past-its-prime family quilt that's hidden away in a closet or trunk into charming Christmas stockings you'll be proud to display year-after-year. Get sewing with our step-by-step instructions.