Sunday, August 19, 2012

Quilt Storage

I’m curious about something. There’s plenty written online about the making of quilts, but very little about how people handle the abundance of quilts in their homes. Once beds are covered and walls adorned, what happens to all those quilts not in use? How do people store their quilts?

At our house, extra quilts are kept in this corner cupboard. Because it’s positioned across from a window, we keep the door closed to protect the quilts from dust and sunlight.

The antique wardrobe was originally designed for hanging garments from hooks. We had it fitted with shelves so the quilts wouldn’t be stacked too high, creating permanent fold lines.

The only problem with storing them here is that since the quilts are “out of sight,” they’re also “out of mind” and don’t get aired out or rotated into use as often as they should.

I inherited another great option for both storage and display with an antique china cabinet from my parents’ home. Mom used it for glassware, but I knew it would look great filled with quilts.

My friends Sheila and Kathy offered to arrange the cabinet for me. They hauled many armloads of quilts up and down stairs, gently opened each one up, shook it out, and let the folds relax a bit. It was like an impromptu quilt show, with plenty of “oohs and aahs” for quilts we hadn’t seen in years.

Here, Sheila is folding so fast, she’s just a blur! 

Now I get to see and enjoy my quilts everyday. Thanks, dear friends! We all agreed, it was a very good thing they did. 

Lest anyone asks about the red and white bowtie quilt tucked amongst the others piled on the sofa, it was made for Sheila by our friend Barb, for a very special birthday.

So tell me, how do you store your quilts?


  1. Hi Diane. I try to give them away to folks who need them. My more special and antique quilts are on the bed in my daughter's room...She does not live at home any more. I have plenty on the walls and now that I see your post, also in a closet..gotta get that aired out. You are so lucky to have those kind of friends!

  2. Oh Diane, how lovely. I love seeing all these and I'm really loving that Bow Tie. As for me and how I store them… I'm still making so I don't have much to store. Hee! Hee!

  3. We have quilts on the walls, quilts draped over chair and sofa backs, quilts on beds, quilts on wall racks and floor racks ~ DH says we live in a padded house!

  4. I give them away to family and friends. I put them on the wall. Some are stored in a cradle my husband made for my sons (who are all grown), but as one is expecting a baby soon, I may have to find another place for all those quilts. I keep a pile of them on the cedar chest in the our bedroom.

    My husband used to ask me why we had so many quilts (I've been making them for more than 30 years). He stopped asking when we lost our electric--including heat--for three days one winter and I put six quilts on our bed.

  5. Hi Diane, Well I store them different ways. Folded hanging on the walls, Draped over my Sewing Room door, Draped & folded on the Headboard & Footboard of our bed. I don't have a cabinet to store them in so I have to be creative.But I have to admit I am running out of ideas!