Patterned quilts are certainly having a moment right now, and I’m in total support. I’ve been looking to integrate some playful patterns into our home for spring & summer. Textiles are always an easy update that can be switched seasonally. Lately, I’ve been on a quilt kick because they’re so versatile & comfortable… style one on a bed, pack one for a picnic, or use them as an oversized throw blanket. I’ve rounded up my favorite patterned quilts for today’s Best of Etsy post. From Kantha quilts and Jaipuri quilts to hand stitched and color blocked options, there are some lovely one-of-a-kind pieces from talented artisans. If you’re looking for a casual, comfortable, and playful summer staple- definitely consider integrating a quilt into your home this season! Click through for some quilted eye candy & hand-blocked fabric goodness…
I’ve actually loved quilts and quilting for as long as I can remember. I have three beautiful quilts made by my great-grandmother and grandmother that I’ll always use, keep, and cherish. I grew up quilting with my grandmothers and trips to the fabric store for supplies were always my favorite. I would cut the squares, work on the patterns, and was hand stitching quilt squares together before I could even read.
In fact, I love quilts so much that in place of a guest book at our wedding, I cut out quilt squares and had our guests sign them with a fabric marker and my grandmother turned our “guest book” into a beautiful patchwork quilt for us. It’s my favorite quilt that is filled with so much love. Many of those signatures and well wishes are from loved ones who are no longer with us, and it’s special having a reminder of them from our wedding day. All of that to say- quilts come with history and a long line of tradition. From Americana patchwork quilts to Kantha quilts, they also beautifully depict color, culture, and patterns from across the globe.
My personal collection is mostly filled with patchwork quilts from my grandmothers and practical solid colored quilts that I’ve purchased or constructed as an adult. I’ve been looking to diversify my collection and want to add some more color and pattern to the mix this season. I’ve been particularly attracted to hand blocked options, florals, and the super soft & lofty cotton Kantha quilts from India.
All of these stunning quilts are handmade, reversible, perfectly soft, and are sure to add a playful pop of color, pattern, and personality to any vignette…
Shop my finds by clicking directly on each quilt below… all of the textiles are clickable!
I have SO many favorites I definitely can’t narrow it down this time around. I ordered a couple from this roundup though. I’d also like to say- quilts make great gifts! I say that coming from both the gifter and recipient of my fair share of quilts. I keep my quilts forever because I just think they’re the best kind of blanket you can have- they really work with any season and are easy to layer.
Anyway, funny story… I bought a quilt before leaving for college to fit my dorm room bed (it was green, of course). I used that quilt all four years of university and it moved into our first house with us after I married Emmett. It has travelled along on every single road trip we’ve taken, has been the base of way too many picnics to count, has been a makeshift dog bed, and has just been the best versatile blanket. My college roommate came to visit us in Utah a couple years ago and noticed my green quilt rolled into a basket in the corner of our basement living room. She said, “Sarah, I can NOT believe you still have that raggedy old thing! It sure brings back memories.” At this point, it has holes in it, patches where I’ve tried to fix it, and it’s just unraveling at the seams, but it’s still the most comfortable. I’m telling you- quilts are the best.
If you’re not quite sure where to use a quilt in your home, I’ve got some ideas for you! Think outside of the bedding box to really get a lot of use from a single quilt. Here are some styling ideas:
- Rolled up in a basket
- At the foot of a bed
- Folded over a bench or ottoman
- As a bedspread
- Behind glass linen cabinet doors
- Over the arm of a sofa or chair
- As a picnic or travel blanket
- Displayed on a quilt rack
- Styled over a headboard
- Draped over the back of a sofa
- As a wall hanging
- Styled on a daybed
- Use the fabric for upholstering (bench, ottoman, cornice, etc)
- Easy & durable for kids rooms
- Repurpose fabric for throw pillows
I ordered a couple quilts (one for home and one for the camper), and I’ll be sure to share some styling tips & images once they arrive! I have such fond and fun memories of my childhood involving quilts… camping trips, cuddling up at the drive-in movie theater, watching fireworks from a big quilt on the grassy lawn, summer nights on the patio, etc. Something about summertime and medium to lightweight quilts just belong together, don’t you agree? Do you have any quilts? I actually think they’re my favorite type of blanket. Emmett actually bought me one for Christmas this past year because he knows it’s my preferred type of blanket to snuggle up in… he knows me well! Are you also a quilt person? I feel like they’re so inviting.