Quilts and Other Stuff from Frances

Hanging a quilt like a picture

Many years ago I read a post from Susan Brubaker Knapp where she gave instructions for how to hang a quilt on a nail….just like a picture.

When we finished Marnie’s quilt, we decided that this would be a great idea for hanging it.

I had to go back to my 2011 blog post to remember how to do it but here are the instructions…..

Cut a piece of fabric that is the same width as the finished quilt and about 2/3rds of the length of the quilt…

Fold all four edges in 1/4 inch, then fold them again and stitch in place…..

I found that using my 1/4-inch masking tape seam guide was helpful in keeping the stitching straight….

Place the piece on the back of the quilt, approximately 1/2 inch from the edges and top. Pin in place….

Measure 1/3 of the way from the top of the sleeve and draw two lines, one inch apart.  Repeat on both sides……

Hand sew around the sides and top of the sleeve, leaving the 1-inch area between the marks open…..

Cut a piece of foam core board slightly smaller than the width of the sleeve, and about 2/3rds of the length of the finished quilt…..


Carefully insert the board into the sleeve making sure that it doesn’t bind or stretch the quilt…..

Insert a pencil in the openings on the side and mark the edge of the board…..

Use this mark as a reference for where to punch the hole.

Remove the board from the sleeve and use a needle or stiletto to poke a hole thru the board.  I added a piece of Duct Tape on the front and back to reinforce the area….

Cut two pieces of picture wire, each the width of the piece.  Thread each piece of wire thru a hole and twist off the end to secure it…..

Repeat on the other side…..

Place the board back into the sleeve, running the wires inside the sleeve and out thru the holes….

Tie the wires together and twist the ends to finish….

Now it hangs easily on a single nail and is flat and square…..

Obviously, this will only work on a small quilt but it sure does answer the question of how to hang it!!

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