Saturday, March 3, 2012
Well it was a long day at work yesterday. Especially when every time I walked down the hall and caught a glimpse outside...it was sunny! To work...or not to work...that is the question, whether 'tis nobler in the mind to work. The slings and arrows of outrageous employers...or to take arms against a sea of charts? Sometimes...I just totally crack myself up! I think I was channeling Shakespeare! LOL Then I remembered my favorite quote from the Pin site...and then I said awwww, the devil knows me...I am a stinker.
For those that are interested here is the article but I could only paste one of the photos. Linda wrote a wonderful article about quilting. This morning is first Saturday at BJ's so I'll be sharing tomorrow.
Whether you're a quilt maker, an avid collector or both, there is a limit to how many beds you have in the house to bedeck with these textile treasures. It's a dilemma — you want to enjoy these quilts and not keep them shuttered in a dark closet waiting for “someday” when the time is right to bring them out of hiding. But what's a fabric lover to do?
The answer? Use them in some unexpected places beyond the bed.
On the wall
Quilts as art have come into their own recently; they're on par with prized paintings collected worldwide. Since quilts come in myriad sizes and shapes, it's important to find the just-right location for display.
A large quilt can be the focal point in an entryway or over a sofa, or it can hang high on a multi-story wall. Like any art, the colors should be compatible with the room's decor and the size proportionate to the other furnishings.
Many quilt owners like to rotate their collection seasonally, swapping out fall foliage for some wintry snowflakes and on to spring flowers.
Marilyn Ulrich, owner of the Bend store QuiltWorks, notes, “I have beige walls in most rooms, so I can change out the quilts monthly or at least seasonally, and enjoy my collection during the year. The hangers remain in place; I just swap the quilts out.”
A stairwell provides the perfect venue for a grouping of small quilts going up the wall — much like an artist's gallery — and they're easily accessible for changing.
Getting the hang of it
Hanging a quilt on the wall is a simple process if the quilt has a “sleeve” on the back. This narrow fabric channel makes it easy to slide in a decorative curtain rod to support the quilt while it hangs. The rod can have ornamental finials on the ends, or be a simple straight version just long enough to sit in wall-mounted brackets. On very large quilts, a heavier pipe may be used to prevent sagging.
Another option for hanging is to mount a rod or wire on the wall and use clip-on curtain rings across the quilt top. Or, mount a rod on the wall using brackets and simply drape the quilt over the extended rod. A rod-mounted quilt makes a great bed headboard.
Depending on its size, a quilt can also be framed (with or without matting) and hung as if it were a picture, either with or without a visible hanger.
Whatever method you use to hang a quilt on the wall, it's imperative that the fabric weight is supported to avoid distortion and stress on the fibers. This is especially important when showcasing antique quilts, which are sometimes fragile from age.
Not all quilts are bed size, and smaller quilts are often made with freestanding corner pockets on the underside. A wooden dowel cut to length can be inserted into the pockets to support the quilt for hanging on wall-mounted hooks hidden behind the quilt.
Small quilts can be hung individually or in groupings and are often held in place just with straight pins hidden on the backside.
A variety of quilt hanging devices can be used for wall mounted display. Ackfeld Wire (www.ackfeldwire.com) offers shaped metal hangers in multiple styles and themes. Hang It Dang It (www.hangitdangit .com) sells a magnetic hanging system using only a single nail in the wall. Several companies offer shaped wooden hangers with a clamping system to hold the quilt in place.
Remember, quilts don't have to be hung straight — they can be hung angled, draped or folded, depending on the background space.
Wherever you display a quilt on the wall, be sure to keep it out of direct sunlight to avoid fiber damage from UV rays.
Off the wall
In addition to hanging quilts on the wall, there are many other ways to display them throughout your home.
Anna Bates, owner of local shop Woolie Mammoth Quilt Designs, and local blogger (www.wooliemammoth .blogspot.com), encourages people to keep quilts out on display and enjoy them in many ways. She said, “Quilts are made to be used, enjoyed and loved, not stored. I even use them as table coverings and we eat on them.”
A wooden quilt stand, available in many styles from traditional to contemporary, can hold one or more quilts for viewing. Simply fold the quilt over the support rung in an attractive manner to showcase the piecing or stitching you love.
Small quilts or quilt blocks can be tabletop features when hung from a small vertical rack. The easiest way is to sew a small sleeve on the underside and support the quilt with a dowel spanning the rack's vertical supports.
Large quilts can be used to cover sofas or chairs, or hung on tracks to create room dividers in an expansive area. They can also be folded and placed at the foot of the bed, doing double duty as decoration and extra blanket.
Many of today's decorators (and hotels) are using skinny quilts as so-called bed banners — narrow, colorful quilts draped across the end of the bed over another covering.
Use rectangular quilts as bench covers, table toppers or basket liners. They're perfect under glass to decorate a coffee table, while still protecting the quilt.
Don't forget about windows as a display area. Quilts can double as curtains, valances and tie-backs, or be used to cover a cornice board.
Use quilts in the bathroom for a shower curtain. There's no damage to the quilt — just hang it with clip-on rings and add a clear vinyl liner to prevent waterlogging.
If you have many quilts to display in a single area, a ladder rack may be the answer. With individual rungs, several quilts can be draped in a small footprint.
Simply draping quilts over stair banisters is an easy way to showcase them, and you can change them out on a whim.
Small quilts or blocks can also be used to cover pillow fronts or seat cushions on wooden chairs or stools. It's easy to hand stitch them to an existing pillow or cushion surface.
Should you run out of room to display your collection, and it's necessary to put some “away,” consider folding them with the decorative side out and stacking in a glass-front shelving unit. They'll be dust free and can still be enjoyed while they're awaiting their turn for an outing.
Don't forget a covered porch, patio or entry courtyard as a display area. Themed quilts add interest to outdoor gatherings. While sun and weather can damage fabrics over time, short displays aren't harmful. If you hang a quilt outdoors for a long period, or indoors with consistent sun exposure, you can prolong its life by using a UV spray protectant.
When you're a quilt-maker, you have endless opportunities to showcase quilts in your decorating, as Vicki Jensen, owner of BJ's Quilt Basket notes. “You're not limited by ready-made decor items; just purchase fabric and create whatever your vision is for your decorating needs — from traditional to contemporary to country — there are no boundaries.”
— Reporter: gwizdesigns@aol .com