I like to display quilt on tables, walls, over furniture… you get the drift! I like to display them everywhere in my house. From big to small, there are some unique ways to display them. When they are not in use, you also need to have a good storage plan. If you are like me, you have seasonal wall hangings and other quilted items in your collection that you do not display year round.
Making a Hanging Sleeve
First you need to plan if your quilt will need a sleeve on the back. This step is of course for wall hangings or bigger quilts you may want to display on a wall space. An easy way to put a sleeve on a quilt is to do it at the same time as when you attach the binding like I did on this quilt below:
First, I cut a strip of fabric 2 1/2″ wide and 2″ shorter than the width of the wall hanging. This quilt is 24″ wide, so I cut the strip 2 1/2 x 22″.
Next, hem the short ends of the strip.
Now, lay the strip on the back of the quilted item aligning it with the edge and pin in place. So, when you attach the binding to the front, the top of the sleeve will be attached.
Finally, you turn under the bottom edge of the strip and pin in place so you can hand stitch this while hand stitching your binding to the back.
How to Hang that Quilt
My favorite way to hang a quilt once I have the sleeve on the back is to use a curtain rod. I pick up the cafe style rods from a store like Target. They come in many different lengths and thicknesses.
If I am hanging the quilt on a wall where I think I will always display a quilt, I use the brackets that come with the rod so there is a way to mount the quilt.
Here’s a few of my quilts hung this way:
Try to hang the quilts where they will not be in direct sunlight. Another good reason to change your display periodically is to protect a quilt from exposure all year round.
Here are some other display ideas for quilt, big and small. Clipped to an old clipboard, on a dowel inside an old drawer, draped over a chair or ladder… the possibilities are endless!
For quilts that are folded on beds, over ladders, chairs or racks, periodically open them up and refold them in a different way so they don’t develop permanent creases.
Storing the Quilt
So, when you’re not displaying the quilt, how do you store it? I like to fold my quilts and store them wrapped in white sheets to protect them. Here’s a how I fold them:
For a step by step folding instructions, you can read my blog post from last year: My Tips for Storing Quilts.
Here’s some do’s and don’ts from that blog:
Do not store them in the basement or attic of your home where the temperature and humidity is not at ideal levels.
Do not stack too many folded quilts on top of one another.
Do not store quilts in plastic containers or bags. Plastic can trap moisture which could develop mold that will stain quilts.
Do use clean white sheets to cover a stack of quilts for protection.
Two other ways to store quilts is to roll them or to drape them over extra beds. Rolling large quilts may be difficult for storage since there would need to be a large space to store those rolls. But rolling them is a good way to avoid any creases from folding, so if you have the storage space, consider doing this.
For smaller quilts like table runners and wall hangings, I use clip hangers meant for skirts and pants and I hang them in a closet.
So now you know my tips for displaying and storing my quilts. Do you have any you’d like to share? Comment below to be entered into a drawing for my newest quilt pattern: Season of Joy!
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