Three Ways to Hang a Small Quilt
Here are three ways to hang a small quilt. I hang most of my quilts using simple straight pins—I tap them in at a downward angle, leaving just enough of the pin out to catch the hangers.
- Use curtain rings. If you crochet, you can single crochet around the ring with #10 crochet thread. Sew the rings to the back of the quilt, sewing one to each corner. I sewed down the bottom of the ring, leaving the top part free. Hang on straight pins.
2. Flat molding. I purchase a long piece of pre-primed, flat molding, apprx 1-1/8 inches wide, 1/8-inch thick and cut it to the length I need. Sand and paint the cut edges. Sometimes I drill a hole in either end and insert it in a quilt sleeve. The molding needs to be longer than the sleeve so that you can access the holes for hanging. For my 8-1/2 inch wide quilt, I sewed two triangles to the back of the quilt. Fold a 3-inch square in half, wrong sides together, and baste the raw edges less than ¼-inch from the edge to the corners before attaching your binding. If you forget, you can still attach the triangles before you stitch the binding down on the back. For this quilt I also pounded in a saw-tooth picture hanger. The problem was the points went through to the back and I asked my husband to sand them off since I couldn’t snip them off or pound them in. This can be a little tricky, depending on how careful you are with the sander.
3. If you have some scrap paneling and access to a power saw, you can rip off the size hanger you need. Here again, cut your wood longer than the quilt sleeve and drill a hole in each end. This next bit of information may no longer be accurate but years ago it was suggested that you paint or varnish the wood because chemicals could leach onto your quilt and stain it. I’m not sure if this refers to treated lumber (which I wouldn’t use) or something natural in unfinished wood. If anyone can verify this or debunk it, please send me a comment.
BONUS: Here’s a link to a tutorial by Amy Hodge for another method.
It is deer season here already–not the hunting part, but the prep part. My husband has a tree stand in Minnesota and he wanted to leave the frame set up so he took the roof cover off and brought it home. He decided to add Velcro along the edges and was just having a heckofa time with the thread breaking. After about five times of rethreading for him, I asked if he wanted me to do it. No way. Anyway, I figured out it was the Velcro shredding the thread so then he felt better and even finally managed to rethread it himself. I asked him to save the threads–this is my current black thread collection, Velcro and a piece of camo. A job well done!
Coming Soon: The 8-1/2×11 Challenge (finished), Surface Embellishing with Embroidery, Thread and Needle Tips, FMQ Tips, and The Miniature Hexie Project.