How To Decorate A Staircase Railing (If You’re Me)

“A bed without a quilt is like a sky without stars.”
-Author Unknown


I decided a staircase railing without a quilt is like a sky without stars last week, too. :-)

Vintage quilts on stair railing


Those babies are way too much fun to live in our closet anymore, and I like how they soften all the hard surfaces at the top of the steps.

Vintage Quilt Pattern

I want to see them…and use them…

Patchwork Quilt

…and pick out my favorite patches on my way up and down the stairs.

Vintage Quilts Patchwork

I think Sweet P will like this one…

Puppy Fabric | Vintage Quilt

I saw some photos of him meeting a dog named Riley at the orphanage recently and he seemed to really like being around him a lot! (A lot of the kiddos at Three Angels are matched with families who have dogs, so the staff thought it would be a good idea to start getting them used to pets. #ThreeAngelsYouRock) :-)

Vintage Quilts

And speaking of Three Angels- some of the other mamas (who have already been officially matched with their kiddos) are visiting their toddlers at the orphanage this weekend, and we’re sending one of those recordable storybooks with them for our little guy.

Recordable Storybook

It’ll be the first time he hears our voices- aaaahhhh! 😀


PS- There are still six “Here I Am, Send Me” t-shirts left in my Etsy shop if anyone out there is interested in scooping one up. Daydreamers who ordered a “Don’t Quit” shirt last week: I’m shipping them out tomorrow! XO

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  1. says

    Good idea to get those quilts up + running so we can admire them!
    I folded my antique red + white Irish Chain quilt + put it inside a large wooden box just this past week!
    Of course, the cat’s made it her newest, bestest bed! SO, now I’ll have a red + white + gray (cat hair) quilt!
    xo xo for the recorded book xo xo
    That is the most precious story.

  2. Mary Beth says

    Looks great! I am not a fan of putting beautiful things hidden away. My mom made homemade quilts for our whole family and my children slept with them for years. They are all threadbare and worn but they would not trade the years they used them for anything! They are grandma’s warm and cuddly hugs even though she is no longer with us. My children’s children can have a small piece or pieces of the quilts framed and displayed in their family home one day. Bits of quilts have no monetary value but priceless family value!

  3. says

    My sister in law, Megan Kingery Patton started quilting several years ago. She now makes baby/kid quilts that are custom design and sizes. Doe Quilts. She thinks a good quilt handed down from generation to generation is like a sky with stars!!! Love the colors and softness your stair way has taken on!!

  4. debbie gray says

    Wow, I didn’t know I loved quilts until this post.. Those are beautiful quilts! What a wonderful way to display them. I am so excited for you and your little boy and I pray you will be together soon!

  5. Ter'e says

    Oh gosh….that made my eyes well up……..and my mascara isn’t even dry yet!!!!! Sweet P will hear your voices???????? #sniff.
    I love quilts too……..I love the familiarity of them. We sleep under one, that I saved at a garage sale, and it is our most fav quilt. I have many that are lots more expensive…… lots more intricate……but this one…..that was saved… our very fav!!!!!

  6. Amy says

    Nice, bright and cheery quilts. Putting them out to enjoy is a fantastic idea. :)

  7. Julia G. says

    Ok, I got chills when I read that Sweet P will hear your voices for the first time! Sending prayers and hugs to you and Sweet P!!

    Love the quilts :)

  8. chrissi says

    tears of joy for you two! i know this is the first of many books that you three will read together.

  9. says

    Ah so gorgeous! Enjoy them now. In about a year, a small cute person will be yanking them down and leaving them where they lie.

    Love the pic with the dog.

  10. Gloria says

    Those recordable books are the BEST gifts. My boys have 3 recordable books from their grandparents and they listen to them frequently. Get your parents to record one and send them too when you can. Such a treasure.

  11. Bernie says

    As a quilter, I love quilts anywhere in the house!. I have a question…what kind of finish did you put on your stairs to keep them from being slippery? Ours are a little slippery (in socks) with a satin polyurethane…..we put a de-glosser on them (today) so I’m waiting on the “results”.

  12. says

    That book is SO sweet! He will get to hear your voices for the first time! So special. And… now I totally want a staircase railing so I can hang some quilts on it! I could just build a fake one in the middle of our one-story house somewhere… Hmm… maybe not. 😉

  13. Lisa Guinn says

    Looks great, I had never thought of using quilts that way! Would you mind sharing the color you used for your front door?
    Thank you!

  14. says

    Love this idea and the gorgeous colors of the quilts! Waaaaay too pretty to stay cooped up in a closet! And what a great idea with the recordable books – my kids love theirs from their Nana that lives out of state. So special!

  15. Mindy says

    I love the book idea!! It’s sooo touching to know he’ll hear your voices soon. I’m really hoping and praying all works out smoothly and soon!! International adoption is quite the ride…I admire your attitudes throughout this long journey.