How do you hang a quilt on the wall?

Posted by on July 17, 2012, in quilting & sewing,

You’ve finally completed your quilt, taken the final stitches to attach the binding, and it’s ready to hang, either in your home or at your guild’s quilt show. So now the big question is, how to hang it? Well, you’ve come to the right place for answers! Trust Martingale to find you several options for attaching sleeves and hanging your quilt.

As Marketing Coordinator, my job includes displaying quilts from new Martingale books, both in our office for tour groups and in our booth at Quilt Market. Usually authors turn in their quilts with the sleeves already attached. However, when you have a deadline to turn in 15 to 20 quilts with your final manuscript, you might not have time to attach a sleeve to every one. So that’s where I come in. But more on that later. First, let’s look at a roundup of clever methods for hanging quilts.

1. How to Hang Quilts the Museum Way (tutorial)
Amy Hodge of Amy a la Mode shows how to hang a quilt invisibly—so classy!—a method she learned from the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. (Hint: it involves a flat piece of wood and two screw eyes, and it’s super easy!)

2. Seven Ways to Hang Small Quilts (plus how to display them with a plate stand)
Ami Simms, founder and executive director of the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative, has hung a lot of quilts for a worthy cause (and her organization has raised more than $730,000 for Alzheimer’s research since January 2006). Here you’ll find terrific photos showing different ways to hang small quilts. Plus, if you’ve run out of wall space, you can learn how to display your small quilts on plate stands!

3. Easy No-See Hanging Tabs (tutorial)
Have you used hanging tabs on a quilt? Over at Modify Tradition, Crystal shows how, with lots of helpful photos.

4. How to Hang Quilts from a Yardstick (tutorial)
Would a vintage look fit your decor? Here’s a clever way to reuse yardsticks or rulers as quilt hangers. When we asked Ann Hermes of Notes from the Quilt Lab for permission to include her tutorial in this list, she graciously agreed and even sent a great photo of her “yardstick gallery” (below right). Talk about charming!

5. How to Make Rod Pockets with Double-Fold Triangles (tutorial)
If you liked the triangle pockets shown in the AAQI post (#2 on our list), Nicole at Mama Love Quilts tells how to make them, step by step, in a fun photo tutorial.

6. How to Hang a Quilt on a Wall the Martingale Way
I said earlier that we’d get back to me, and here I am madly pinning. That’s right! When it comes to hanging a quilt on a wall at Martingale, we use premade sleeves and pin them on with lots of safety pins, about every 6 to 8 inches. And nobody’s the wiser! We put inexpensive brass rods through the sleeves and then hang the rods on dowels nailed permanently to the wall. These clever dowels have been miter-cut on one end and drilled with a hole just big enough for a finishing nail to be glued in.

7. How to Make a Hanging Sleeve
When you’re new to making quilt sleeves, it helps to have a set of illustrated instructions. And that’s just what you’ll find in How to Make a Hanging Sleeve, the newest PDF at ShopMartingale’s How to Quilt page. With just three steps and clear illustrations, it’s a quick and easy reference you can use when it’s time for hanging a quilt on the wall.

8. How to Hang a Wall Hanging in a Hurry
Of course, you can always take the easy way out and avoid having to put on a sleeve on your quilt at all! Simply purchase some beautiful decorative hangers that clip to the top of your quilt and voila! You’re done!

Now that we’ve talked about how to hang a quilt on a wall, tell us what we missed! Do you have favorite tricks for hanging quilts on the wall? Tell us about it in the comments!

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