Using Quilts in Modern Décor with Emily A. Clark

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 I am so excited to welcome the fabulous Emily A. Clark back to my blog today!  You can find her blog HERE.  Enjoy! – Tobi


When I think “Americana” in terms of design, quilts always come to mind.


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 Maybe this is because the small town where I’m from in Kentucky is just miles away from the National Quilt Museum where thousands of quilters flock to each year. Still, I have to admit that the idea of using a quilts in design hasn’t always appealed to me.

However, I’ve seen more and more examples, as of late, that have made me rethink the great-American quilt and how it can become a colorful, stylish centerpiece of a room, way beyond “shabby chic.”  Here are a few of my favorite examples:

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House Beautiful


Paired with a neutral palette, they make a huge statement all by themselves. 


Camille Roskelley


A simple pattern can also be paired effortlessly with bright, modern fabrics.


Sarah Richardson


And, quilts don’t necessarily have to be draped over the end of a bed.  I love the idea of using them as a soft rug in a child’s room, as a dramatic backdrop behind a sofa, or folded over a rail to soften the lines of a staircase.



Country Living


Hopefully, you’re inspired to break out a family heirloom and add a punch of color to your space.  Not only are quilts a wonderful way to incorporate pattern and warmth, they often have  wonderful story to tell from generations past. 

For more ideas that inspire me and a look at my projects, hope you’ll take time to stop by my blog, Emily A. Clark Interiors.  Thanks to Tobi for asking me to be part of this all-American series!

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10 Responses to Using Quilts in Modern Décor with Emily A. Clark

  1. This is a great article I have already shared on my facebook page. I have several friends and my daughter’s mother-in-law are master quilt makers – this article has expanded my thinking about using quilts. I have a blog as well and would like to share on that blog where I have been discussing types of decor. This discussion would add to the series. Thank you,

  2. I just love your blog Tobi, it has such great lively colors!!!

  3. Kim says:

    This may have just inspired me to pull out some of my quilts and start displaying them again. I come from a long line of quilt makers!

  4. I’ll be sharing this post wi my quilt-aholic sister. She’ll love it!

  5. One of the most inspiring art exhibits I’ve seen is The Quilts of Gee’s Bend. They’re without question unique and certainly pieces of modern art.

  6. Summer says:

    What a great post, Emily! Quilts as the topic of American design is so on target as they come from the soul, passion and creative nerve of the maker. Men and women both brought quilting from a need for warmth to an art form. You mentioned Kentucky. The annual quilt show in Paducah shows just stunning examples. The art quilts just blow me away with the maker’s creativity although I don’t like the new craze of attaching objects to the fabric. I was pleased to see The Vintique Object’s comment about Gee’s Bend. That is a story that needs to be continually told. I have only four quilts in my antique collection. I like the ones that only have hand quilting – no long arm machines – and have never been washed. I have other new white ones, of course, that I use that are not collectible. An interesting thing I found out when I bought one of mine was that American women in prisons made them for extra spending money from 1920-1940. They also made crocheted bedspreads.

  7. Holly Irwin says:

    Great post…..I love quilts when just about everything else in the room is white (like the Country Living photo). Also love Sarah Richardson’s style. Thanks!

  8. Carmel says:

    Great post Emily! Love the idea of using them as a rug in a child’s room!

  9. Sherry says:

    Awesome…I love quilts and I have to say that the second picture has been in my files forever…love how the quilt brings the room to life. Thanks Emily!

  10. Kristy Swain says:

    Great article. I love the way Sarah Richardson used them in the country home.