Just hang it!!!

For MANY years I have changed the decorating in my home every 2 to 3 months, using various themes.   The normal schedule is ……

–  “Winter Blues” for Jan, Feb & March

–  “Spring Flowers & Birds” for April & May

–  “Take Me to the Beach”  for June, July & August

–  “Autumn Splendor” for September, October and November

–  and I can bet that you can guess the theme for December!!!

I also change the decor in my Kitchen and Keeping Room every month…mainly so I can display the small quilt that I have made based on the theme for the month.

Sometimes I get tired of making the changes but am always happy when it is all fresh and new.

As we have collected more art, I have also been changing the pictures that are on the walls.   The latest purchase is this quilted canvas made by Charles at GeekInStitches…..

img_7969.jpgI love the colors and design.    It is hanging on the wall next to the door to my office and has been a cheerful sight as I head in to work!!

I also found this needle felted piece when I was cleaning out my studio back in January……IMG_8277.jpg

I made it and then tried to sell it in the Guild Boutique at our show.   It never sold and somehow got mixed into my quilting supplies.   It has been fun to have it displayed as well.

Because of the changes every few months, I had to come up with ways to hang quilts that didn’t require putting TOO many holes in the wall.   Many years ago I found these wonderful wooden hangers by “The Hang Ups Company“….img_7965-1.jpg

The back has one hole that can be slid onto a nail or even a push pin……

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It clips easily onto the binding of a quilt and I have fond that most of the small quilts can be hung with just one nail.img_7962.jpg

The only problem with this system is that often the top corners will bend over and flop around.   So, I found a way to stop this……I cut a strip of foam core board that is the width of the quilt.   Then I slide it into the sleeve…..

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…..and the quilt hangs flat……

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….and it can be hung on an existing nail!!!

The hanger that I like for my larger quilts is the “Hang It Dang It“.   It is a telescoping metal rod that slides into the sleeve.   Then there is a clip that attaches to the metal rod from outside of the sleeve.  The wonderful thing about this hanger is that it only uses ONE nail and it is self leveling!!    They are a bit pricey but I really like them for larger pieces.

So for now……just hang it!!!73862053_a10ea6835b.jpg

 

 

 

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How to hang a quilt….

 

I love to make wall hangings to give to friends and relatives, but I always worry about how they will hang them.  A few weeks ago, Susan Brubaker Knapp posted a tutorial on her blog about how to hang a quilt on a nail (just like a picture).  Here is my version ……

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

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

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

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

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  –  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…..

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

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  –  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.

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  –  Place the board back into the sleeve, running the wires thru the holes….

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Tie the wires together and twist the ends to finish….DSC01222 

Now it hangs easily on a single nail and is flat and square and makes a wonderful addition to my husband’s office!!!!

 

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