Saturday, July 24, 2010

Decorating With Quilts and Thanks!

At the outset, I would like to thank you all for the overwhelming response to my Raggedy & Friends BOM.  As of this morning, there have been over 1,500 individual downloads of Block 1, which really blows me away.  All I can say is, “WOW!” 

For those of you who may have missed the initial post, there will be links to each block as they become available at the top of the right sidebar on my blog.  Block 1 is there now.

And speaking of Block 1, Betty of luv2sew wrote to tell me that she has already completed her first block and has given me permission to share it with you.  She is doing hers in 1930’s fabrics.  How cute is this!

Betty's Block 1

How’s that for speedy stitching and sewing?  Bravo, Betty!

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Now to get back on track and to the subject of this post.

I love to include quilts in my everyday decorating because they tend to add ambiance and also suggest that warmth and comfort lie within.  Just the other day as I was looking around our home, a sense of calm enveloped me as I took in some of the quilts.  Please join me for a little tour.

The dough box in our kitchen.

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Minis in a crock in the hall.

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On a bucket bench…

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The quilt cupboard in the great room.

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The guest bedroom.

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An antique hanging from the quilt rack in the guest bedroom.

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The master bedroom…

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And a throw size of an all over design on the rocking chair in the corner.

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In my studio…gifts from blogging friends.  The one on the right is from Julie and the one on the left from Mary.

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And here’s the RAK that Darlene sent me…

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On an antique treadle machine…

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And on our kitchen table.

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I know I’ve missed some but just seeing these photos again of some of the quilts that grace our home gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling.  There’s nothing like a quilt(s) to make a house a home.

Happy stitching!

Kaaren ♥

72 comments:

Miss 376 said...

That's given me so many ideas, thank you for showing how you use your quilts

Darlene said...

You already know how I feel about your Raggedy & Friends! :-)

Thank you so much for a tour of your beautiful home. This is exactly why we quilt. :-) I need to really get serious about saving my nickles, dimes, quarters and dollars because I want to visit you, your sweet hubby, Mac and your lovely home. Dream!

Karen said...

this entire blog entry just gave me goosebumps of happiness. So many beautiful quilts, such a lovely home, Kaaren.

And I love that you were able to share a completed Raggedy block already.30's fabrics seem just perfect for this, and now I think I may have to be a copy cat! I'm so glad you got permission to give us this peek.
Karen

Anonymous said...

I love how you decorate. So beautiful, so inspiring. Thank you. Also, thank you again for all your darling patterns you share with us.

Darlis

onlymehere said...

So how do you hang the quilts so you can see the whole quilt? This is my dilemma.

Belén said...

Gracias por enseñarnos sus colchas de patchwork, me ha encantado ver como las tiene distribuidas.
Y muchas gracias por el Bom, estoy disfrutando mucho haciéndolo, ya me queda poco para terminarlo.
Un saludo

Graces to teach us his colchas of patchwork, has loved me see as it has them distributed. And a lot of graces by the Bom, am enjoying a lot doing it, already remains me little to finish it. A greeting

Pat said...

Kaaren, thank you for the tour of your beautiful home. I love all your quilts and the way you display them.

Eva said...

Preciosas todas tus colchas
Gracias por hacernos disfrutar
bss

LOVE TO STITCH BEE TREE DESIGNS said...

Betty's blocks turned out great hope she brings them to our next chicks meeting. Thanks Kaaren for your generosity!!

Terry said...

Betty's quilt block looks great! And so does your house! I want mine to look like that someday! :0)

Diane H said...

Oh that block looks great! Thanks for the tour, Kaaren. Your home is so warm and inviting and filled with quilty goodness.

KaHolly said...

Block one looks terrific in her fabric choice! Your home is delicious! ~karen

Stina said...

Love the pictures you have shown of the quilts in your home... I have said it before.. you have a wonderful home.. I could move in right away..:o))

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing the pics of your home, Kaaren. It is beautiful and I picked up several ideas.
Gayle
gag7949@hotmail.com

Jennifer @ Stitchin' Thyme said...

Your home is beautiful - thank you for sharing and thank you also for sharing the BOM.

Carol said...

I love your quilts, thanks for the tour. The way you've displayed your quilts is so lovely. Your home gives a feeling of warmth and coziness.

Betty's Raggedy block is adorable, love it with the 30's fabrics.

paulette said...

What a gorgeous home and love all the quilts!! Thanks for sharing!!
Paulette

Ann at Prairie Primrose said...

I love your quilts all over...just like my house. And I have quilts in crocks too. I love that crock with the bird! Thanks for the look around. It's so wonderful to be surrounded by quilts.

Karen said...

The 30's fabrics that Betty used were a good choice. She was right on the ball getting her blocks done.
You have a lot of quilts for being fairly new to quilting. Are some purchased quilts? I like very much how you have quilts displayed. A good use for smaller quilts in several of your displays.

Stephanie said...

Beautiful display of quilts. No surprise with the popularity of your BOM!

Karen said...

You have so much quilty goodness in your home. Thanks for sharing.

Grammee Linda said...

When I clicked over and saw the new header I knew I was going to mention in my comment how much I enjoyed seeing how you use your quilts in your decor. Little did I know I was going to be treated to even more eye candy! What fun!! so much inspiration!!

Stitched With Prayer said...

Kaaren, Your home is so beautiful. The way you have introduced your wonderful quilts into your decorating makes it so warm and inviting. Definitely a place to cozy down and visit for a while and dread the moment you have to leave. Thanks so much for the tour. So lovely.

Margie said...

That was a great tour of lovely home. Enjoyed each and every picture and Thank You. I've started my block, but no where near finished. Thanks for doing this, I love these blocks.

Julie said...

some truly beautiful quilts there kaaren! some of those antiques would be very valuable.
and i always LOVE coming into your home.... it's lovely.
xox

Winona said...

Kaaren, your home is beautiful and looks so inviting and comfortable. I want to thank you for sharing this BOM. I am working on the embroidery now and loving it. You are a very generous lady. Winona

marina said...

WHat great timing showing the raggedy's in 1930's fabrics. I have been debating on civil war or '30's fabrics. I am not too good at imagining the different colour ways for projects. This has definitely sold me!
Love the way you have decorated with your quilts. So gorgeous-am quite partial to your hexagon quilt.
thanks for the tour.

Sue-Anne said...

Your quilt collection is stunning Kaaren and I love your Quilt Cupboard - it make me want to dive in there and pull them all out to swoon over them.

Sew Many Raggedies said...

Oh my! your quilts and the way you display them are just beautiful!! I'm drooling even as I write this!! I only wish I could quilt as good as you. Thank you for the free BOM ~ I can't wait to get started on mine.
Many Blessings to you!!
~Rene~

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh Kaaren your home means love, comfort, cozy and so welcoming. It is beautiful.

and 1500!!! Amazing!! Thank you for sharing your talent.

Sharon said...

Thanks for sharing...you decorate your home so beautifully! I am inspired by every picture.

Sherrill said...

Can you come over? LOL SO BEAUTIFUL!

Joy said...

Oh I just loved that virtual tour of your home!!! Thanks so much Kaaren for sharing it all with us!! Thanks also for the Raggedy BOM, it's just adorable :o).
Hugs,
Joy :o)

WoolenSails said...

Lots of wonderful quilts and ways to display them.
I need to make more, I love the cozy feel they bring to a room.

Debbie

Maria said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful quilts and home with us.
It does look very cosy indeed.

Jenny's Craft Place said...

The all look lovely.....I like the idea of the mini's in the crock :) Happy crafting, Jenny

Barbara J said...

What a lovely home, and equally lovely quilts all around.

Sarita said...

Thanks for showing your home with the lovely quilts.
You have a nice blog.

Sarita

Carol said...

Beautiful quilts and your home is just wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. It's so warm and inviting. Betty's block is great...Darlene is making the block for me and I'm going to make the quilt...I was thinking 30's and that sealed the deal...thank you Kaaren for sharing your incredible talents with us.

Rita said...

Thank you for sharing your quilts with us. I like them very much. Also your new BOM. I will make them and wenn it is ready I send you a picture. I do it with Dutch materials. many greets from Holland. Rita

Kathy said...

Kaaren, Thanks for sharing all the beautiful quilts and the BOM I can't wait to start mine. I have a question I just finished a large quilt and have a picture on my blog candlebarncrafts.blogspot.com
if you have a chance to take a look the picture doesn't show it well but the navy faded on the white. I always wash my quilts in woolite and cold water after I complete them and this is the frist one that has faded. Do you have any ideal how to get the fade out? Kathy

Lori said...

It gives me the warm fuzzies too! The beds look so inviting with quilts on them. Thanks for the tour!

Brenda said...

What a great tour. Thanks for sharing your home with us. =)

Handmade by Mai said...

Thank you for the tour in your house and showing all those beautiful quilts. I love the little house box on your treadle machine

Micki said...

Your home is beautiful Kaaren! I loved seeing the beautiful quilts adorn the rooms.
Micki

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

What a fun tour Kaaren - thank you! Your home and your way of displaying quilts is beautiful.

Janet said...

What a parade of gorgeous quilts in your lovely home. Thanks for the tour, it was a real treat. I love the yellow antique quilt!

Quilt Hollow said...

I loved the tour and am convinced I will feel right at home in yours when I get there! (I wish!!)

quiltermom91 said...

LOVE all your quilts and how you have decorated with them. Certainly does give you a cozy feeling. Thanks for sharing these with us. Laura

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Shaking my head from the loveliness. All so beautiful. I love the yellow quilt. And love that scale! I want one.

Jacki said...

Oh Wow...I love all of the quilts you use in your home. The texture is so warm and inviting.

Allie said...

I'm not surprised you have so many downloads, Kaaren, you are a rock star in the stitching world! I love Betty's block, I might have to use 30's fabrics myself!
Your home looks SO welcoming with all the quilts around. Just lovely!

call me crazy said...

Ooohhh I loved the tour! And you are absolutely right about quilt making it home! :-)

julieQ said...

Hey! I recognize one of those little quilts...I am so proud to see it hanging there! Your home is so beautiful and inviting.

Manoli C. said...

Todo es precioso,los quilt pequeños y grandes.
¡Un trabajo magnífico!Te sigo desde mi blog.
Un saludo desde España!!!

GeeGee said...

Thanks Kaaren for the tour, your home is lovely and your quilts are gorgeous! Betty's block is beautiful, neat to see it made in another color way.
1500 downloads of block 1, all I can say is WOW! You rock!!

lucy.oh said...

Te felicito tienes un blog maravilloso¡¡¡¡ todo es precioso... GRACIAS por el bom que estas publicando.....recien que estoy paseando por la web encontré tu blog y vi tus trabajos todos muy bonitos.SALUDOOOS.

carol said...

Thanks for sharing your quilts and home. I often check out library books of country homes and quilts, purchase magazines and dream, relax, calm down from a busy stressful day.

This is so much better. Tonight I am relaxed with a big smile. Again thanks for sharing.

mony said...

Karen: ya tengo terminado mi primer block solo le faltan los botones estubieron muy bien las explicaciones para hacerlo y es rapidito gracias saludos

Yvonne Cormier said...

Oh Kaaren, I stumbled on your site today for the first time... you have such a wonderful place to visit, not only for the freebies but for the information you share and just the way you are "YOU" Thank you for the extra's. I am now your follower... sincerely, Yvonne

pinsandneedles said...

Your home is lovely with all your quilt charm. Thanks for the tour.

Thanks also for your Raggedy & Friends BOM!

yenni said...

your quilt so beautiful..^^..i hope i can make a lovely quilt...

Teresa said...

What a wonderful display you have and great pictures. So do you have professional photographer in your family???? Can you give me lessons???

Bunny said...

Your quilts are amazing so very beautiful. Love the one on the master bed. It is gorgeous.

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Hi, I just found your blog and I'm really happy I did! I love the vignettes with your quilts and vintage pieces. Very inspiring. I love quilting, crocheting, stitching and home decor sewing. I'm off to see more of your lovely blog! I'm becoming a follower too.

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your lovely home ~and quilts. Your photos are inspiring me to work on more of my quilts, and although my collection is smaller and simple, to showcase them in our home.

Lola said...

Tienes una gran colección de colchas y todas son muy bonitas, gracias por compartirlas.
Besitos
LOLA

Christine said...

Gorgeous. Thanks for the tour. Your home is lovely.

Petit Design Co. said...

I knew I had been to your blog before! I love that picture of the black pie safe with the quilts. I found a pie safe and painted it black after seeing yours. I just have to do the doors so I can put my lovely quilts in it!

marvbarb said...

I'm new to this website and am so inspired every time I visit. Also love listening to the music while I browse. Thanks for sharing!

Marianne said...

i just joined this sight an I'm so excited.

Irene said...

I've got some nice ideas. I live in a country with non-quilting tradition, so decorate with quilts is unusual. Some days ago my students asked me why I don't use my quilts to decorate, now I know how to do it.