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displaying an old quilt

Abbie's picture

I'm looking for suggestions to display an old quilt. It is about 50 years old, hand stitched, and tattered in places. Any ideas?

Victoria_Miesle's picture

(post #30225, reply #1 of 4)

Our family has several old quilts that we display in our business. My husband made a 'quilt rack' to be hung on the wall out of two pieces of oak and sandwiched in between is white weather stripping. The quilt is put between the weather stripping and the wood is skrewed together. This holds the quilt without leaving marks. We change the quilts that are hanging about every six months in order for them to 'relax'. There are many types of quilt hangers out there, another option would be to get the wood or iron curtain rods and just drape it nicely over it. Good luck.

juliej_'s picture

(post #30225, reply #2 of 4)

I'm looking for a product for repairing quilts. It's a netting that you sew over tears and weak spots. It's called "crepelon"
-not sure of spelling. Anyone seen this? My local quilt shop is back ordered for months.

Ann-Mari's picture

(post #30225, reply #3 of 4)

Juliej: How about trying the "bridal-wedding" fabric department in your favorite cloth store. There are so many nets in various colors and with various size "holes". I'm sure they would charge less for a general usage net than some source that makes their net a "special use" product. A penny saved, you know, is a .........!
Most nets there will be nylon, however, but I am aware that nets come in cotton, too.

suzanne_mcneal's picture

(post #30225, reply #4 of 4)

Abbie - Sounds as though you value these quilts you plan to display. I offer these cautions: do not display in the sun; do not allow wood or metal to come in direct contact with your quilts. To avoid the latter, I suggest you make or have made a double sleeve (or rod slot) into which you can insert a wooden pole between the sleeve layers (much like you would use to hang curtains). I suggest a 1-3/8" pole, strong enough to support the weight of a full-sized quilt. A pole of this diameter should not require a center brace. You can also purchase matching finials and brackets.
Also, if your quilt is not documented, please have this done. Years from now new owners will wonder about the quilter. Your local quilt shop can assist you with a label. The label should include the quilter's name, city or county, state and date (circa can be used). If, perhaps you purchased at auction, try to locate the family who sold same for the info. Also, include your name saying that you added the label. ENJOY!!