Yes, I have hung yet another quilt on the wall. I find that it makes me happy to look at quilts every day. A teaser…can you get a glimpse of it?

The quilt you can see reflected in the mirror was one of my first quilts, hand-stitched and hand-quilted back in the early nineties. 

I had not yet had the car accident that resulted in so many problems and surgeries with my right thumb. So I easily hand-sewed a “sleeve” on the back of this quilt

Of course you can’t see it. You simply get some material (I always used good muslin.) I then cut a piece of muslin where the finished piece would equal the width of the quilt, by about 4-6 inches. 

I ironed the hems in. Then I hand-stitched those hems all the way around. (I didn’t have a sewing machine at the time.)

Once you’ve done that, you might iron it again just to get it laid it out good and straight. 

Then I sewed it to the top back of the top of the quilt with a hidden stitch. 

Of course you leave each end open so that you can put a drapery rod in it, or oftentimes I used a fairly thick round dowel I had cut at the hardware store, as you don’t want this to sag in the middle due to the weight of the quilt. 

I also would put a nail in the wall a couple of places between the ones at the ends for added support. Then you just slide your muslin sleeve over your rod or dowel. And place it on the wall.

I like to hang a quilt on a wall that has furniture (in this case white) that is the same color. It’s a bit monotonous when they’re the same color. So this provides a colorful backdrop for that white piece of furniture. 

Just like I did in the living room with the Wayfair dresser.

So, at least in my book, that is the way to properly hang a quilt. There are other ways. But this was the way I always chose. 
The addition of this quilt means I have three quilts on the walls of my bedroom. (Extra insulation!)
Obviously I love my quilts, and don’t want to hide them all away. But I didn’t make every quilt in my apartment. 

Many of you recall that I purchased the gold/yellow and white one from Primitive Star Quilt Shop, where I have purchased other things, such as all my curtains. 

They have great workmanship, so I am getting a good quality item for my money.

No, they can’t get any more of these gold/yellow and white quilts. Many of you have asked. I just love it!

Now to the door problem I had…

Many of the residents of these patio four-plexes buy a storm door for their apartment. I did before I moved in. And I hired the same guy to install it for me that came out yesterday.

People who live here tend to stay awhile. There are residents who have lived here more than 20 years. You don’t often see that in rental apartments. I have seen some plant trees in their little front yards!

However, as you see from the above photo, bugs could come in underneath, so I didn’t feel comfortable having the door open. 

Here is what my living room is like with the big door shut…

It is overcast today, so it is dark anyway.
With it open, I don’t feel as though I’m underground or in a dungeon. 

Later in the day there will be more light. I enjoy this sunlight coming in my door, and my plants like it as well. 

Here is what the The Doorman (that’s what his business is called) had to do to fix this dilemma of bugs coming in and heat/air going out.

It was quite labor-intensive. It took him six hours. He had all his equipment, like saws, set up outside. It was laborious to drill into the concrete. 

I watched him and I am quite pleased with what he did.

He caulked all around the doors. You cannot see a bit of light coming in anywhere. 

Whereas before, I could see the outside pretty well because it was not sealed properly. There were holes everywhere. It is all sealed now.

From this…

To this…
No, the complex would not pay to have this done. Having a storm door is not part of your rental agreement. 

Many of you question my paying this money when I just rent here.
Here is how I look at things: Embrace your space. 

In fact I plan to do a whole series on this concept. 

No matter where you live, you need to love that space, because that is part of taking care of you. 

If you “own” your home, you feel more confident about spending money on that home. 

But when it boils down to it, unless you have that deed in your hand, meaning you have paid for that house in full, you really don’t own it yet. Because anything could happen. 

You could lose your job, or your husband could lose his job, and maybe you couldn’t keep up with the mortgage. In that case, you lose that home. 

Just like with your car. If you are making payments, you don’t yet own that car.
(Thankfully my 10 year old car is paid for, has just over 40,000 miles on it, and I plan to drive it till I drop.) 

But see what I mean? 

When I was young, I used to be of the mindset: “When we get the next house, I’m going to do this or that. I’m going to have a prettier house.” 

But time passes, the moments and hours of your life, and you need to love where you are. 


So I suggest that you do what you can to make that space the best you can make it. 

It is a decision you have to make, on whether it is worth it to you. 

Fixing the door was worth it to me.

This is where I live. Now. Maybe not for long. Maybe forever. 

I love this little apartment, and I am going to show it that love by whatever improvements I can make on this 1960’s apartment.

Every day of your life that passes is a day you can’t get back. 

So live in the moment. I promise that you will be much happier.

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  1. I love what you did to the door – and the whole kitchen redo is just another example. I absolutely agree that money spent on your apartment home is money well spent.

  2. I agree with you 100% Brenda about paying for things even if you are renting. It is your home and you must be comfortable and safe and secure. Don't ever let anyone ever tell you what is best for you when you are the only one that can answer that question. I admire you sooo much! ~Bobbie

  3. Amazing quilts, Brenda. I went into a quilt store recently, I tried to talk to the ladies, but I must of caught them on a bad day, though it was not busy. Any way, I don't know how to quilt. My mom quilted a few blankets, but mainly she crocheted, and knitted. Unfortunately, I did not learn how. She didn't have much patience for showing, but maybe it was her way of taking a break from all the kids. One of my sister's was taught though, probably because she took Home Ec. That's so true about a home and a mortgage. Good to get the screen door for bug free enjoyment and the pups. xoxo Su

  4. The quilts are beautiful and add color and warmth to your cosy place. Makes me want to change my decor style!
    My Husband and I rented a house to be sure we loved the neighborhood before we purchased a house. When we left 2 years later, the landlord asked if we wanted to move into his other rentals. He loved the changes we made… Including a new screen door. I have a lot of stresses in my life including a Husband with health issues…. When I walk into my home at night the stresses ease. I find such comfort walking into an area that is decorated in my comforting style. A glass of wine helps too!

  5. Brenda, thank you for the advice re: hanging the quilts behind a piece of furniture that blends into the wall. I'd never thought of it that way before but it makes perfect sense.

    I can see why putting on the storm door makes perfect sense. Who in their right mind doesn't want to invite more daylight into their home? There is no better lighting than sunlight and getting glimpses of nature too? Bonus! My two 'boys' love sitting at our screen/storm doors to guard their mom against squirrel attacks. ☺ I'm lucky that my inner doors also have those decorative glass panels in them because they allow the light (in winter it's just 'light' without sun) to shine inside. It sure helps winter up here seem less bleak. I know, I complain about the dark cloudy winters in this part of Canada all the time. I miss my sunny prairie home.

  6. I just love your apartment! It just gave me a good idea, to place a neutral comforter on my bed, and drape my quilts over the bed. I'm a quilter and its so fun to change the quilts regularly! I love your philosophy, live in the present. You have a cute style! Happy Valentines Day?

    1. My neighbor Charlie's door, next door, doesn't look at all like mine did. I don't know what happened with mine. But it was what it was and I finally fixed it. I'll scrimp someplace else!

  7. It's so important to make your space your own. It's healthy to have your environment comfortable and decorated in a way that appeals to your senses. Very nice post!

    I have always wondered how people hang quilts on the wall without damaging them, now I know, thank you! I have a picnic basket just like the one you have in your bedroom near the window – I love mine, and I can see that you love yours too!

    1. I put a nail in the wall. If I move whatever was there, and naturally I will, I just get out the spackling and fix the hole. Now my quilts are an entirely different story altogether. I treasure them and treat them like my babies.

  8. Excellent advise Brenda…the quilts always look great on the walls..Getting the doorway fixed was well worth the money…now you can sit with the door open and enjoy the light and Charlie won't have to be hiding from the bugs so much…lol…

  9. Your quilts are wonderful. I went to an estate sale this weekend, and there were some beautiful quilts. When I went back on half-price day, all of them were gone! I once broke my foot in three places when I lived in Colorado trying to hang a quilt. I was walking along the back of my sofa because I didn't have a ladder, hitting it with a staple gun. I fell off. Snow storm outside. Not a good night!

    I agree about making the home the have the best you can. I look forward to your post on the subject.

  10. Thank you for sharing how you hang your quilts. That has been a question of mine. I agree completely with embracing where you are living and making it comfortable and your home. You have done a wonderful job. Thanks as always for sharing with us. Happy Valentines Day to you.

  11. You are so full of common sense! I love it. You're so right, we never know what will happen next. I love your explanation of making the sleeve. I did one on my own once and think it was pretty much the same way. I do have several quilts but one special one I picked up in Cotton Plant, Arkansas yrs ago on a trip, it has beautiful butterflies and it is so heavy! I think you have inspired me to hang it! Yes, it was so worthwhile to have the door fixed, many pros all around.

    1. You are I think the very first person in my life to utter the words: "You are so full of common sense!" For years people have thought I was daft. I think I'm learning. You CAN teach an old dog new tricks!

  12. So very true Brenda. The Doorman did something for you that makes life better for both you and the pupsters. No more bugs in/scaring the pupsters and you get light. Israel has become a very kind and helpful friend. The quilts look great on your walls and I am so happy to see them. Hugs.

  13. So very true Brenda. I love my little apt home and hope to be here for awhile. I make improvements to make myself comfortable and happy! Love the quilts on the wall. Most of the one's I have are huge (Queen size) so hard to hang.

  14. I lived in too many houses where it was always "we'll do that at the next house"…andi never happened. Now I have my place and I'm lucky enough to own it and I am definitly putting my mark on it. As for the quilts I love all of them…I'm particularly fond of the yellow & white as yellow is my favorite color. I make quilts and hang them in my home too. I like a hanger called the Hang it Dang it…here is a video explaining how it works. You only need one nail to hang it and it contracts or expands to the width you need and supports the quilt all the way across. I have 5 of them in my house and they make it easy for me to put them up or take them down all by myself (sorry to sound like a commerical but I do love them !) Anyway you can see quilts I've hung with them on my blog. Hope you get some nice warm sunny days to enjoy that new storm door!

  15. I love your philosophy to embrace what you have. For we never know what tomorrow will bring. I'm so happy that you fixed your storm door! This fix increases your enjoyment of your apartment so much. Really glad for you. Your quilts are so gorgeous and such a special part of your cozy décor. Wishing you, Abi, and Charlie a warm, wonderful day…

  16. You are certainly right about a mortgage. Anything can happen. Embrace what you have, yes to that too. In fact I agree on all accounts. Your investment is a piece of mind from weather and bugs. I would do the same. I use a dowel for my quilts too. Alot of time went into your postage stamp quilt (the name of the quilt pattern?) My quilts and wall hangings are very special to me, made by my sister with love.
    Brenda, you remind me of my sister and a good friend. I think all of us women have a common denominator.
    Have a sweet day with your darling pupsters, Kathleen in Az

    1. I never could follow pattern instructions to make a quilt. So I just cut out templates and made my own. It is just a squares quilt in my mind. But those are actually my favorite because of their simplicity.

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