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Posted on: 12/14/05 7:38 AM
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For these tips to work, I've used the Amish style of binding. This means 4 separate pieces of binding applied to finish the quilt's edges. The two side pieces need to go on first, then the top and bottom pieces.

This idea first came to me when I wanted to hang the quilt in the above link. I'd just put up new wallpaper, and didn't want to put any holes in it. I decided to hang it from the molding at the ceiling.

Since the top 1/4" wide binding is done last, it's possible to slide an 1/8" dowel inside the binding. Use another piece of dowel going in from the opposite end, to help you get the first dowel all the way through [it wants to get 'hung up' on the folded back edge of the binding inside].

Then I used two colors of yarn that matched my wallpaper to chain the hanger. It ties onto the exposed ends of the dowel. The wooden dowel blends right in with my colors, but if it didn't, just paint the ends to match your walls.

By doing this, I noticed that the dowel was great for stopping any of the sag that happens when you hang a quilt. Even if it sags just a tiny bit, it spoils the look of your perfectly done binding.

Some of you may remember the Swan Quilt I reviewed not long ago. It is "nailed" to the wall with 2 tiny 1/2" long applique pins. No matter how snug I had the quilt "nailed", it wanted to sag a little. I slipped an 1/8" dowel in the 1/4" wide binding at the top [dowel was slightly smaller than the width of this quilt, so it wouldn't show]. It fixed the sag at the top so nicely, I put another piece of dowel in the bottom binding [also slightly shorter than the width of the quilt]. Voila...perfecto! Swan Quilt Photo

When it's time to launder the quilt, just slip the dowel[s] out first.

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SewVeryTall said... (1/2/06 7:05 AM) Reply
Thanks...these are just alternative options for small quilted wall hangings. I would, of course, use a sleeve and rod to hang a large quilt.
Granmama said... (1/2/06 1:01 AM) Reply
Your Swan Quilt is lovely. Job well done. Please read my tip on making and attaching a "hanging sleeve". It will protect and save your quilt for the future without chance of damage. All quilts regardless of size are required to have a hanging sleeve for display in our quilt shows and we also put them on our own quilts at home that we wish to hang on the wall. A quilt of any size requires a great deal of time and protecting it from any chance of damage is so important.
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