It’s finally happened! It seems like forever you’ve been searching for that perfect antique quilt. Now you’ve found it. It spoke to you in sweet melodious tones at a garage sale or auction. The colors are wonderful, the quilting sublime, the price exactly right. Now how do you display it?
First, decide how you are going to use it. Are you going to display it folded, hang it on a wall, or on a bed? Avoid displaying your quilt in a room with poor ventilation, high humidity, or other temperature extremes. Choose a method of display that distributes the weight over the entire quilt.
⭐⭐⭐ ===> 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
One of the most logical places to display your quilt is on your bed, but even there it is wise to take a few precautions. Make sure that the quilt is not in direct sunlight, is away from sources of heat and water, and will not be accessible to pets.
If you want to hang your quilt, there are several accepted safe methods, three of which are described below:
- Sleeve Method: Sew a 4″ wide unbleached muslin sleeve along the whole width of the top edge of the quilt. Use stitches that go through all three layers of the quilt. Insert a 3/4 inch or 1-inch wooden dowel (sealed with polyurethane varnish) throughout the sleeve and hang the dowel on the wall or from the ceiling.
- Velcro Method: Attach a 2″ wide strip of the hook side of Velcro tape onto a wooden board which is slightly shorter than the width of the quilt. Then machine stitch the remaining portion of Velcro tape onto a 3″ wide washed cotton strip. This strip is in turn sewn onto the quilt using stitches that go through all three layers of the quilt. The Velcro/cotton strip is then attached to the Velcro strip fastened to the board.
- Mounting Method: The most protective way is to mount the quilt on a fabric-covered wooden framework. First, stretch a piece of washed cotton cloth to a sealed wooden framework (similar to support for an artist’s canvas). Both the cloth and the framework should be larger than the quilt itself. Secure the cotton cloth to the back of the frame with rust-free staples. Then attach the quilt to the cotton cloth by hand-sewing in zigzag patterns which run parallel to each other throughout the body of the quilt. A piece of Plexiglass could be used to cover the quilt as long as the Plexiglass does not rest against the quilt surface. The Plexiglass and frame should not be airtight. Ventilation in the frame system will prevent mold and mildew from forming.
NEVER hang a quilt in direct sunlight.
NEVER hang a quilt with clip-on metal curtain hangers. The weight of the quilt gradually creates small tears where it is clipped.
NEVER hang a quilt by directly tacking or nailing it to the wall.
Quilts that are hung should be rested periodically, because of the stress that occurs over extended lengths of time.
Quilts that are hung in the open should be periodically vacuumed to keep dust from damaging the fibers.
Tips on Storing and Caring for Your Quilt
Have you ever wondered whether or not your should wash your Great Grandmother’s silk and velvet quilt? Does that antique quilt you’ve stored in the attic worry you? Have you ever wanted to display your quilt on the wall in your living room? Caring for and displaying old textiles can be difficult and expensive, but following a few simple rules and guidelines can add years to the lives of your antique textiles. Here are a few of the practices which can help:
- Handling Your Quilt
- Wash hands frequently or wear cotton gloves. Remove sharp jewelry and tie back long hair before handling textiles.
- Do not smoke, eat or drink around textiles.
- Use only pencils for taking notes or for sketching quilts.
- Do not place any objects such as tools, light fixtures, books and other personal items on quilts or quilt storage units.
- Keep quilts on clean, dry surfaces. Do not place textiles directly on, in or next to cardboard, unsealed wood or non-rag (acidic) paper.
- Storing Your Quilt
- Store textiles in a dark, dry place. Attics should be avoided because generally they have poor ventilation and basements are poor because they are usually too humid. Note: ideal temperature is 65-75°F and ideal relative humidity is 45-55%.
- KEEP QUILTS OUT OF DIRECT SUNLIGHT. The ultraviolet rays in daylight and fluorescent light break down fabric dyes and speed up the oxidation of fibers. Brown and black dyes, silks and other delicate fabrics are particularly sensitive to light.
- Keep textiles away from insects, mice and other vermin. (Do not use moth crystals when there is insect infestation — they are hazardous to your health!)
- Quilts can be stored folded in acid-free boxes or storage units or rolled around cardboard tubing. If you choose the rolled method of storage, it’s best to purchase acid-free cardboard tubes from an archival supply vendor (see attached list). If an acid-free tube is not used, cover the tube with a protective barrier layer of tin foil, then muslin or acid free tissue. If quilts are stored folded, folds should be padded with acid-free tissue paper in the folds.
- 5. If space is at a premium or if your quilts contain thick stuffed work or embellishments, the folded method of storage is preferable.
- Don’t stack too many folded quilts on top of each other or else the weight of all of the quilts will create creases that are hard to get out. For the same reason, unfold and refold your quilts every 3-6 months to avoid severe creasing.
- Acid-free boxes or papers are usually best for storing quilts, but if unavailable, quilts can be wrapped in clean cotton sheets or washed, unbleached muslin.
- Plastics should generally NOT BE USED for storage. They contain harmful vapors which contribute to the deterioration of the fabrics. Plastics which are particularly harmful: dry cleaner’s bags, heavy duty garbage bags, garment bags and Styrofoam.
- Wooden storage containers should be sealed with a protective coating of polyurethane varnish, then lined with unbleached, washed muslin or acid-free paper. Metal containers should also be lined with this muslin or paper.
- Newspapers and cardboard boxes are NOT OKAY because they are full of harmful decaying agents — just remember how your newspaper looks after being out in the sun for only a few minutes. Think of what contact with your quilt can mean!
- 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 accepted ways of cleaning your quilt, but generally speaking, only one should be used: vacuuming. Lay the quilt out on a large, clean surface. (If the quilt is the very delicate first place a fiberglass or nylon screen over it.) Then gently pass a low-suction, handheld vacuum with a small brush attachment over the quilt.
Washing (the wet-cleaning method) a quilt can be done but only with great caution. It is not recommended unless done by a qualified textile conservator. DON’T WASH YOUR QUILT if it contains any of the following: 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. Remember that textile fibers are much more fragile when wet.
If however, you have determined that it is desirable to attempt washing your quilt, the first test wash a small section to make sure that the dyes are stable and won’t run. Once you have decided that it is safe to wash your quilt, keep in mind the following suggestions:
- 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.
NOTE: Historic textiles should NEVER BE PRESSED with a hot iron.
Dry cleaning is NOT RECOMMENDED because the dry cleaning method involves rough agitation of the quilt inside the dry cleaning machine and the dry cleaning solvents may harm some fabrics.
- Make good documentation
Learn to take great photos of your beautiful quilt. You can use the photos for quilt storage reminders, or upload the photos to quilter forums for showing off. You may even need the photos later for selling the quilt or bring the quilt to craft shows.
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