It has at long last taken place! It feels like you’ve been looking for that one-of-a-kind antique quilt for an eternity now. You have now discovered it. At a yard sale or auction, it greeted you with a voice that was full of sweetness and melody. The price is just right, the colors are absolutely gorgeous, and the quilting is simply exquisite. Now the question is, how will you present it?
To begin, you need to determine how you are going to put it to use. Will it be displayed unfolded, will it be hung on a wall, or will it be laid out on a bed? It is best to display your quilt somewhere that does not have poor ventilation, a high humidity level, or other temperature extremes. Pick a way to hang the quilt that will allow the weight to be distributed evenly across the whole thing.
⭐⭐⭐ ===> Important Note — no matter which display solution you choose at the end, you may want to finish the wood with a polyurethane coating to prevent the oils from bleeding onto your quilt.
Quilt Display Rack
✅ Best Wood Quilt Rack Rack (Assembly Required)
It’s good quality and highly functional gift for any quilter – It is made of real wood (not particle and laminate like some others), light enough for one person to move around, and holds 6 quilts on it (using the top two and middle two dowels).
✅ Best Metal Quilt Rack
Sturdy and has a great finish on it. – Perfect for displaying quilts! The rack is attractive and doesn’t take up much room. A delightful room addition! Display up to three of your most favorite quilts on this beautiful heirloom quality quilt rack
✅ Handcrafted in the USA
High-quality stunning design – Sturdy quilt display made of forged steel; commercial grade furniture piece weighs 22 pounds. It is heavy, cannot imagine it tipping…
Quilt Display Ladder For Display
✅ Unlike painted ladders the laminate surface will not mark quilts or walls.
Very stable. – Comes with rubber to stick on both ends to keep it from sliding. It says it is 6’ tall but when it is leaned up against the wall it looks shorter. It also has the ability to secure it to the wall. But it doesn’t move at all without it, so it’s just an option.
Very sturdy and easy to assemble. The only downside was the hinges and screws were black, it will be very visible if your ladder is in white.
Quilt Display Cabinet
✅ Best affordable quilt cabinet
Quilts are heavy, books are heavy too. If you want to save money from a custom quilt display cabinet, then get a glass door book shelf. – The cabinet needs to be good at protecting the quilt from moisture, with matching dimensions to your quilt (after folding), sturdy enough to hold the weight, and laminated with material that will not stain your quilt. If you accept this approach then you will find much more options and save a lot of money.
Quilt Display Shelf
✅ Able To Support Up To 60lbs
OK Here is another creative affordable proposal from me. –
- Stack it to whatever height you need
- Able To Support Up To 60lbs,
- Magnetic Door Design For Quick Grab & Go.
- Package Comes With A Instruction Guide, Takes About 2 Minutes To Install
- Interlocking Design Enables Connect Each Box Together For Easy Carrying,
- Reinforced Frame For Extra Stability
Quilt Display Stand
✅ Best For Displaying Large Quilt
The two-story shelf is easy to use and can be moved. The upper layer can also be telescopic and easy to install. – Made of a highly resistant metal with premium heavy gauge chromium plating to enhance protection against rust & corrosion
✅ Best 3 Panels Display
Another creative solution – If you are selling quilts, or have a lot to display, then this stand is for you!
Displaying Your Quilt
Even though displaying your quilt on your bed seems like one of the most natural places to do so, it is still a good idea to take some precautions when doing so. Be certain that the quilt will not be exposed to direct sunlight, that it will be kept away from sources of heat and water, and that it will not be within reach of any animals.
There are a number of tried-and-true methods that are considered to be risk-free, three of which are detailed in the following paragraphs:
- Method of the Sleeve: Sew a sleeve made of unbleached muslin that is 4 inches wide all the way along the length of the top edge of the quilt. Make sure that the stitches you use penetrate all three layers of the quilt. Put a wooden dowel, either 3/4 inches or 1 inches in diameter, that has been varnished with polyurethane all the way through the sleeve, and then hang it either on the wall or from the ceiling.
- Attach a strip of hook-side Velcro tape that is 2 inches wide and attached to a wooden board that is just a little bit shorter in length than the width of the quilt using the Velcro method. After that, stitch the remaining piece of Velcro tape onto a strip of washed cotton that is three inches wide using a machine. This strip is then sewn onto the quilt using stitches that pass through the quilt’s top, middle, and backing layers in order to complete the quilt. After that, the Velcro strip with the cotton backing is attached to the Velcro strip that is secured to the board.
- Method of Mounting: The mounting of the quilt on a fabric-covered wooden framework is the method that offers the highest level of protection. To begin, attach a piece of cotton cloth that has been washed to a wooden framework that has been sealed (this will serve as support for the canvas). It is important that the backing fabric as well as the framework be larger than the finished quilt. Staple rust-resistant staples into the back of the frame to keep the cotton cloth in place. The quilt should be attached to the cotton cloth by hand stitching in zigzag patterns that are aligned parallel to each other throughout the body of the quilt. It is possible to use a sheet of Plexiglass to cover the quilt so long as the material does not touch the top of the quilt. It is important that the frame and the Plexiglass not be airtight. The presence of ventilation within the frame system will prevent the growth of mold and mildew.
NEVER hang a quilt where it will be exposed to direct sunlight.
Under NO circumstances should a quilt be hung using clip-on metal curtain hangers. The weight of the quilt will eventually cause small tears to appear in the areas where it has been clipped.
Under NO circumstances should you attempt to hang a quilt by tack-nailing or nailing it directly to the wall.
Because of the strain that can build up over extended periods of time, quilts that are hung should be given a chance to relax at regular intervals.
Dust can cause the fibers in quilts that are hung outside to deteriorate, so it is important to give these quilts a regular vacuuming.
Tips on Storing and Caring for Your Quilt
Have you ever pondered whether or not you should clean the silk and velvet quilt that was passed down to you from your Great Grandmother? Are you concerned about the condition of the antique quilt you have stashed away in the attic? Have you ever considered hanging your quilt on the wall in your living room so that guests can admire it? It can be challenging and expensive to care for old textiles and to display them, but if you follow some basic rules and guidelines, you can extend the amount of time that your antique textiles can be enjoyed for many years. The following are some of the strategies that may be of assistance:
- Handling Your Quilt
- Washing your hands frequently or using cotton gloves are both good options. Before handling textiles, take off any jewelry with sharp edges and pull back long hair.
- In areas where there are textiles, you should not smoke, eat, or drink.
- When taking notes or drawing quilt designs, pencils are the only tool you need.
- On quilts or quilt storage units, you should never put any objects such as tools, light fixtures, books, or other personal items.
- Quilts should be stored on surfaces that are clean and dry. Do not place textiles directly on, in, or next to cardboard, unsealed wood, or acidic paper that is not rag-based.
- Storing Your Quilt
- Place the textiles you want to store somewhere dry and dark. Both basements and attics are undesirable places to live due to the high levels of moisture and poor ventilation that they typically have. Attics should be avoided. Note that the ideal temperature ranges from 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit, and the ideal relative humidity ranges from 45 to 55 percent.
- KEEP QUILTS OUT OF DIRECT SUNLIGHT. Fabric dyes are degraded by the ultraviolet rays that are present in daylight and fluorescent light, which also hastens the oxidation of fibers. Silks, brown and black dyes, and other delicate fabrics are especially susceptible to damage from exposure to light.
- It is important to keep insects, mice, and other vermin away from textiles. (When there is an insect infestation, moth crystals should not be used because they are dangerous to your health!)
- Quilts can be rolled up and stored in acid-free storage units or boxes, or they can be folded and stored in acid-free boxes. If you decide to go with the rolled method of storage, it is highly recommended that you purchase acid-free cardboard tubes from a supplier of archival supplies (see attached list). Cover the tube with a protective barrier layer of tin foil and then muslin or acid free tissue if an acid-free tube was not used. In the event that quilts are kept in a folded state, the folds themselves should be padded with acid-free tissue paper.
- The folded method of storage is recommended whenever there is a limited amount of available space or whenever your quilts include thick stuffed work or embellishments.
- It is not a good idea to stack too many folded quilts on top of each other because the weight of all of the quilts will cause creases that are difficult to remove later on. To prevent your quilts from becoming severely creased, it is recommended that you turn them inside out every three to six months and then refold them.
- Quilts should be stored in acid-free boxes or papers whenever possible; however, if these are not available, clean cotton sheets or washed muslin that has not been bleached can be used as an alternative.
- In most cases, you should avoid utilizing plastics for storage purposes. They emit potentially dangerous vapors, which speed up the deterioration process of the fabrics. Plastics such as dry cleaner’s bags, heavy duty garbage bags, garment bags, and Styrofoam are examples of particularly hazardous types of plastic.
- Following the application of a protective coating of polyurethane varnish, wooden storage containers ought to be lined with acid-free paper or acid-free muslin that has not been bleached and washed. These muslin or pieces of paper ought to be used to line metal containers as well.
- Remember how your newspaper decomposes after only a few minutes of exposure to the sun, and you’ll see why it’s not a good idea to recycle cardboard boxes or newspapers because they are full of harmful decaying agents. Think about what it would be like if someone touched your quilt!
- Labeling Your Quilt
Part of maintaining good care of your quilt involves keeping with it any information you have (such as maker’s name, date, pattern name, MQP#, etc.). This information could be typed onto either a piece of washed cotton or acid-free paper, then loosely basted onto the quilt.
- Cleaning Your Quilt
There are two methods that are considered appropriate for cleaning your quilt, but in most cases, you should stick to using only one of them, which is vacuuming. Place the quilt in the center of a large, tidy work area. (If the quilt is particularly fragile, you should first cover it with a screen made of fiberglass or nylon.) After that, move a handheld vacuum with a low suction and a small brush attachment over the quilt in a gentle circular motion.
It is possible to clean a quilt using the method of wet cleaning, but doing so requires extreme caution. It is strongly discouraged unless it is carried out by an experienced textile conservator. DO NOT WASH YOUR QUILT if it has any of the following characteristics: inked signatures, a dye that appears unstable, fabrics that are seriously deteriorated, the use of glazed or silk fabrics, the use of woolen yarns with questionable dyes, or if it has never been washed before. Keep in mind that when they are wet, the fibers in textiles become much more fragile.
If, on the other hand, you have come to the conclusion that washing your quilt might be a good idea, you should practice on a small section of it first to ensure that the dyes are fast and won’t run during the washing process. After you have determined that it is okay to wash your quilt, the following recommendations should be kept in mind:
- Use a very mild detergent such as Ivory Liquid or Orvus (sold at quilt shops as Quilt Soap) in a solution of 1/2 ounce of detergent to 1 gallon of distilled, filtered or softened water.
- Use a container large enough to accommodate the entire quilt at one time (some people recommend using the bathtub).
- Do not agitate the quilt in the water.
- Rinse by pressing down on the quilt with the palm of your hand or with a cellulose sponge.
- Remove excess water by pressing gently with clean white toweling or mattress padding.
- Lift quilt with a towel sling or with both arms so that the weight is evenly distributed. DO NOT lift by one edge or corner.
- Lay flat to dry on a clean non-porous surface.
Please take note that historic textiles should NOT EVER HAVE A HOT IRON PRESSED ON THEM.
It is NOT RECOMMENDED to use dry cleaning because the method of dry cleaning involves rough agitation of the quilt while it is inside the dry cleaning machine, and the solvents used in dry cleaning may cause damage to certain fabrics.
- Make good documentation
Master the art of taking stunning photographs of your stunning quilt. You can print the photos out as reminders to put your quilts away or upload them to online quilting communities to brag about your work. You might even need the photos later on in order to sell the quilt or bring it to craft shows if you decide to sell it.
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