Patchwork quilts may be the quintessential example of early American crafts. Quilting has become a hobby and even a source of income for some people. If you have a lot of patchwork quilts available and you want to show them off in your home or workplace, transform them into wall displays. Hang the quilts in a visible area where they will be immediately noticed when people walk into the room.
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Things you need
- Curtain rod set
- Hook-and-loop fabric fastener
- Wood strip
- Sewing machine or thread and needle
- Carpenter's level
- Hot glue gun
Mark the location where you will hang your patchwork quilt. Hang your quilt in the den or bedroom because it does not have the grease from a kitchen or the moisture from a bathroom to dull it. Do not hang your quilt in an area where it will be under direct sunlight as this will damage your quilt.
Position the quilt so that it is not in the line of air conditioning or heating ducts, as these will dry out the fabric.
Use a decorative hanging rod for rectangular quilts that have either a sleeve or tabs for hanging. Screw the brackets from the rod set into the wall using the electric drill. Leave just enough room for the ends of the rod to fit into the brackets.
Thread the rod through the tabs or the sleeve and lay the rod onto the brackets.
Use hook-and-loop fabric fasteners if your patchwork quilt does not have tabs or sleeves to thread in the rod. This method is also for lightweight quilts that do not bear too much weight. Lay the hook strip of the fastener across the top of the quilt.
Sew the hook strip onto the quilt using a sewing machine or a thread and needle.
Mark the area where you will hang the patchwork quilt on the wall. Draw a straight, horizontal line on the area where you are going to place the quilt. Use the carpenter's level to see if the line is completely straight.
Run a bead of hot glue on the piece of wood strip and gently place the loop strip of the fabric fastener onto the glue. The wood strip should be around 2 inches shorter than the width of the quilt you are hanging. Let the glue dry for 10 minutes.
Attach the wood strip onto the wall using the drill and screws. Position the wood strip along the line that you drew.
Attach the quilt onto the wall. Press the hook side of the fastener onto the loop strip that is on the wall. Ensure that the strips are aligned.
Tips and warnings
- You can paint the wall where you want to place the quilt with a shade or two lighter or darker than the most prominent colour on your patchwork quilt to highlight the quilt's design and colour.
- Do not allow the quilt to be in the line of sunlight because the sun will wash out all the vibrant colours.
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