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Thread: Wondering about what to do with all the too-small bed quilts

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    Wondering about what to do with all the too-small bed quilts

    I have a standard king-sized bed now with a very deep pocket (20") and now my queen quilts are too small.

    I also notice that most patterns for sale are either for baby, lap, full/queen-sized beds.

    Do any of you have any ideas about how I can still use the ones I already have? Some of them are beautiful and I don't want to give or pack them away.

    I had thought about layering, with the quilt on the top layer, but I don't know what to use underneath except a sheet...and that just won't do.

    Any decorator ideas? I thought maybe some of you had the same problem and already solved it.

    Thanks in advance,
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    My first thought is adding borders to your existing quilts. If you have a coordinating bed skirt for any of them that would be a natural choice for fabric to use for this purpose.

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    you could remove the binding, or cut it off. then add either pieced or plain borders... whichever goes better . this could be added in a QAYG manner.
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    In my guest room, I have a white chenille bedspread and I fold my quilts and lay them at the foot of that double bed. I change them often just because I like too. If they're big enough, I will lay them on top up to the pillow area. When my grandson spends the night, I let him choose the quilt he wants to sleep under. He's 3 and seems to like this although sometimes it can take him a while to decide (delaying bedtime, perhaps?).

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    I'm with quilting nan on this.
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    I have found that the old standard quilts don't fit my queen size mattress. Solution: bed skirt around it. But sometimes even then it isn't long enough on sides. On some, I've added a border. Even on a twin, it's either too long or too short on sides. The old ones seem to be squareish...
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    ditto to adding borders via QAYG

    Another possibility ... I have a Valentines quilt which when out of season, I flip it over, to let the backing be the top. It's a nice neutral black with gold print. Then I overlay a quilt that is too small for my bed. The large quilt frames it up nicely, and it lets me showcase other smaller quilts as I wish.
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    How about a plain cotton bedspread first and lay your quilts on top. I do that sometimes and you will still be able to use them.

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    How about removing the binding, and adding a quilt as you go strip top and bottom, then side to side, and adding a couple of complimentary borders all the way around. The borders can be quilted in advance, and attached by the strips, so you won't have to struggle with the larger top.

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    I would use a white coverlet and either layer a quilt on top or fold the quilt at the foot of the bed. Here is a link to the type of coverlet I am thinking of:
    http://www.potterybarn.com/products/...31-131983870-2

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    I would just get a white bedspread and use that beneath the quilt.

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    I do this all the time with our king size bed. I actually change it out on seasons or holidays Lay it out on top of a white bedspread and tuck it under the pillow. Displays nicely.

    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan View Post
    I would just get a white bedspread and use that beneath the quilt.

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    if you are only using it for looks, I was a beautiful love quilt that was made by an online group of friends when I got my cancer diagnosis last year. It it just exactly the size of the top of my queen mattress (it was actually made for me to snuggle under, but I love to have it on my bed) I like the way it looks just fitting the top of the mattress. Have you tried it on the bed? You may actually like it that way. I would use a beautiful sheet set that coordinates with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donnamarie View Post
    How about a plain cotton bedspread first and lay your quilts on top. I do that sometimes and you will still be able to use them.
    This would be my solution as well. I think I have your same mattress! I need a step ladder to get into bed. I have a plain cotton bedspread that I got from Vermont Country Store that I use. Couldn't find anything else that had a long enough drape to the sides to come down the the side rails of the bed. And it was pretty cheap to boot. Very thin so wouldn't add lots of weight either.

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    I hand stitched mine onto a bed skirt.
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    I agree with using a plain coverlet or bedspread and then laying your too small quilt on top as a topper. Maybe put it on at an angle for interest. If just a little too small add a ruffle right to the quilt.

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    One of the last quilts my Mother made ended up being smaller than she actually wanted.
    So she just used the same fabric as the stripping between the squares and made a ruffle. She doubled the fabric, so it's got enough weight to hang well. I like the look!

    You wouldn't have to make it a ruffle. Double the fabric (think binding) to the measurements you need and stitch it on just inside the binding.

    Hope you find some way to continue using those quilts. Too much work to be hiding them.

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    I keep a solid coverlet on the bed and cover that with a quilt that isn't bed sized but more the size of the mattress top. Even smaller. The coverlet acts like a frame around the quilt. I also have eyelet dust ruffles. We like the way it looks.

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    Both of my kids have king-size beds - I won't be making king size quilts but will purchase plain bedspreads/coverlets and them make them quilts to go over that. I like that look and it will make life simpler.

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    I like the idea of adding borders

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    I like QuiltnNan's idea

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    I haven't read through all of these to see if this has been posted but I also went from a queen to a king and I turned the quilts on their sides and they fit across it. You don't need it to reach to the top of the bed just to your chin normally so it works out fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    I would use a white coverlet and either layer a quilt on top or fold the quilt at the foot of the bed. Here is a link to the type of coverlet I am thinking of:
    http://www.potterybarn.com/products/...31-131983870-2
    Yes I like this idea too. Some times when trying to enlarge an already completed project - well, it just looks like someone was trying to make it larger. Take into consideration that the fabrics will never match - kind of like "old wine skins & new wine. Just my thought.

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    I would find a plain bedspread or coverlet and place the quilt(s) on top. The idea of a bed skirt is great too. Instead of a quilt from top to bottom, place one sideways on the bed with a coordinating bedspread. I can see that working great too.

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    I have a similar problem - when I started our quilt, we had a Cal King bed. Now we have a regular King. I am considering adding prairie points all around. Perhaps you can add a small border and then prairie points.

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