Quilts can be used as bedspread, as hangings in living rooms and as table covers in dining rooms. I've also used pieces of quilts that cannot be restored for pillows.
A worn quilt I found at the local Goodwill was very old. About half of it was tattered beyond repair. I measured out the parts that were still usable. By using a solid-color cotton for the backs, in one of the colors taken from the subtle colors of the quilt, I made six pillows.
In the dining room of another home I designed, I used a quilt as the major work of art in the space. The quilt itself, a fantastically beautiful oldie, was frayed around the corners and at the edges. I was afraid that hanging it loosely from the usual rod at the top might cause more fraying of the unbanded edges.
I designed a simple, square walnut fram that covers all the edges. To quilt itself is tacked lightly to the top and bottom of the back of the frame. The sides are held flat by the weight of the frame and the pressure of the weight against the wall.
I found an antique settee, roughly the same length as the framed quilt, in a dark stain that resembles the walnut. Places under the quilt, it seems a logical extension of the walnut frame. Yet they are perfectly at home with the glass table top, the contemporary chairs, and the simple modern lighting fixture illuminating the table top. Surface-mounted wall-washers are strategically placed to light the quilt's intricate pattern and color.
I covered the windows in wood-finished shutters in a walnut stain to match the beams of the room. Textured wall paint, an off-white rag rug and big pots of blooming geraniums pick up the colors of the quilt. CAPTION: Illustration, no caption, By Sally A. Janin - United Feature Syndicate