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Thread: Free-Standing Quilt Display at a Craft Show?

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    Question Free-Standing Quilt Display at a Craft Show?

    Hi everyone,

    I think I'll be doing a craft show locally on December 1st, and I was hoping for some advice. My plan is to make many smaller items, like pillow covers, potholders, table runners, coordinating placemats, ornaments, etc. I also plan on making one or two lap-quilts, maybe a crib-sized blanket or two, and I have a queen-sized quilt (90" x 90") to sell. My mother-in-law used to own a quilt shop, and so she still has many display items like small quilt racks, table-top displays, etc., that she's said I can use. I still have no way to display the large quilt in an eye-catching way. I'm not really planning on it selling, since it's expensive, but I was hoping I could use it to bring people to my table from a distance. To do that, I need to have it opened (not folded) and displayed high.

    The problem is that I have equal chances of being against a concrete wall and in the middle of a room (no walls!), and since it's not a quilt show, the organizers do not offer anything for hanging. I've heard of people using ladders in a pinch, but I don't have any (we live in a 1-floor apartment). I'm willing to spend maybe $20, but any more than that would not be worth it, I don't think. Also, I drive a Honda Civic 2-door, so it has to be collapsable. My husband does have a roof rack system and a slightly larger sedan (the seats fold down to the trunk in both cars), but seeing as how the show is in December and this is upstate NY, I wouldn't count on the weather being nice (or the slush that'd get kicked up on the way there).

    Any ideas? If you've got an idea that gets the quilt high-up, but not completely un-folded, that might work, too. By "high" I just mean that the top of the quilt should be at least 7.5' off the ground.
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    One suggestion about a ladder - you mention living in an aparatment. I'm assuming that means other apartments, and some kind of maintenance person on premises every day or someone who comes around often. The building must have a ladder and it's worth asking if you could borrow it for a day. Good luck with the show!

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    I suggest that you contact local quilt guilds to see if they have portable quilt racks that you can rent. My old guild in Texas did this and I know another one in Texas did as well. Maybe there is one in your area that would do that for you. Best of luck. Gina

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike'sgirl View Post
    I suggest that you contact local quilt guilds to see if they have portable quilt racks that you can rent. My old guild in Texas did this and I know another one in Texas did as well. Maybe there is one in your area that would do that for you. Best of luck. Gina
    Thanks, Gina. That's a great idea! I think there's at least one formalized quilting guild around here, and I'm fairly certain they do quilt shows...I will look into it!
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    Do you have a folding room screen you can use? How about folding closet doors that you could repurpose? Anything that you could fold at about a 45* angle will stand upright and you could drap the quilt over it. A piece of wood strapping nailed to the top would keep it from moving. Can you check to see if there are any large folding shutters at the hardware clearance bin? How about an old artist easel? How about the dry erase boards on stands used for lectures? Maybe check free cycle?

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    You could build a rack using PVC pipe. Works great for us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mzmama View Post
    You could build a rack using PVC pipe. Works great for us.
    Is there any structure design in particular you find to be more sturdy? Can you see the PVC when the quilt is hanging?
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    Do you have a friend with a truck or someone in your church? If necessary, bargain the exchange of one of your lap quilts for the use of the truck.

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    Rental yards for heavy equipment should rent ladders reasonably. They have everything from shovels to steam rollers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mzmama View Post
    You could build a rack using PVC pipe. Works great for us.
    My vote as well. Inexpensive, portable and collapsible.

    A quick Google search brought this up first:
    http://www.quiltfrog.com/QuiltDisplayRack.html

    Looks easy enough - especially since HD or Lowe's will cut the pipes to size for you.
    I've been meaning to build one so I can take pictures of my quilts - straight on, without people's fingers in the corner, balancing off off balconies or porches.
    Last edited by MTS; 09-10-2012 at 12:25 PM.

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    A photography backdrop stand works great as a quilt stand. They cost more than $20 - but perhaps you have a friend who has one that you could borrow?

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    I have a friend who uses a folding Japanese screen to display her large quilts in her home. She got it at a garage sale for $5. You've got a couple of months, you might check thrift stores, IKEA, Target...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mzmama View Post
    You could build a rack using PVC pipe. Works great for us.
    If you don't want the PVC to show at the top whip stich a sleeve on the back and slide top PVC through it. If you don't mind it showing use skirt hangers at the top of your quilt and hang it. Good luck!

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    Lowe's won't cut the pvc pipe. At least that is what the store employee told me a month ago. Said they weren't allowed to anymore. I was too frustrated to find a manager to find out if that was true or not. Call first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by x7lillies View Post
    Is there any structure design in particular you find to be more sturdy? Can you see the PVC when the quilt is hanging?


    I would go to the hardware store and check out the elbows...I would make one that has 2 angled legs on each side and a "rod" to go inbetween. I wouldn't make it any taller than 6'...some craft shows have a 6' tall display limit.

    I use the PVC to make a shelter behind my tent for the sun/rain at outdoor craft shows...I can't take the direct sun. I have a whole set up of the pipes plus elbows.

    It is pretty simple to cut the pipes if you can't get them cut at the store. Just a hacksaw.
    Drape over the rod till off the floor and use a couple of clip clothespins to attach front to back at each side.
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    Kim, just curious- where in the Rochester area is the show? I love going to new shows and vend at a few in the Webster/ Wayne county area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    Lowe's won't cut the pvc pipe. At least that is what the store employee told me a month ago. Said they weren't allowed to anymore. I was too frustrated to find a manager to find out if that was true or not. Call first.
    There isn't anything easier to cut than PVC pipe. You can either buy a cheap pipe cutting fitter that twirls around the pipe and cuts it, or just cut it with a saw. It's much easier than thin wood. I'm 72 and have no trouble cutting it at all.
    Fittings will fit securely but come undone easily if you do not use glue on them. It's all easy-peasy.

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    MTS has the best idea here - however I would paint it a nice color rather than that stark white. Should totally break down and is light weight enough for you to tote around. Just tie it all together so it's easier to carry. Good luck at the show.

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    The guild you spoke of may even have a portable rack that they use for taking pictures of their large quilts on. I know ours does and it's what I use when I take the quilt to a venue to sell raffle tickets.

    Another thought, years ago I worked in a large office with no walls, we each had these bumper things around us creating small rooms. Maybe you know someone who would be willing to lend you one? Ours were padded to act as sound proofing so that would be good for the quilt to lay on and display it quite well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS View Post
    My vote as well. Inexpensive, portable and collapsible.

    A quick Google search brought this up first:
    http://www.quiltfrog.com/QuiltDisplayRack.html

    Looks easy enough - especially since HD or Lowe's will cut the pipes to size for you.
    I've been meaning to build one so I can take pictures of my quilts - straight on, without people's fingers in the corner, balancing off off balconies or porches.
    This looks like DH could make it! Seems like I should call ahead to the hardware store, though, to see if they'll cut it. Seems a little ridiculous that they wouldn't, unless they sell them in various sizes...
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    Quote Originally Posted by pattypurple View Post
    Kim, just curious- where in the Rochester area is the show? I love going to new shows and vend at a few in the Webster/ Wayne county area.
    I've applied to enter the "Crafts for a Cause" craft show at the Penfield YMCA. All vendor fees go to the Y's youth programs, and I've opted to donate a raffle item as well. This will be my first show if I'm accepted (it's juried)! My etsy store is called KimKolbQuilts if you want to look at my stuff and get a feel for what I'll be offering. My stock is kind of low right now, I just started. I hope to build up inventory, though. I'm planning on making a few crib-sized and lap-sized rag quilts, maybe a pieced lap quilt as well, plus some large quilt block wall hangings. Then of course all the little things that people like to buy (placemats, potholders, ornaments, quilted christmas cards, etc.).

    I'll surely post again if I get into the show, as I'll have a bunch of questions about preparing! I'll let everyone know if I'm accepted or not!
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    Quote Originally Posted by M.I.Late View Post
    MTS has the best idea here - however I would paint it a nice color rather than that stark white. Should totally break down and is light weight enough for you to tote around. Just tie it all together so it's easier to carry. Good luck at the show.
    I was actually thinking of making it slightly narrower than the quilt, maybe by a couple of inches. Then I'll make the hanging sleeve (just basted on) slightly short as well. That way, when I hang the quilt, it should cover the sides of the pvc rack. And the "bars" on the ground shouldn't be a problem, since, well, they're on the ground I like the link that MTS posted, but I'm a little skeptical about it holding shape and not leaning to one side once a queen sized quilt is on it. I mean...it's heavy! I suppose pvc is pretty sturdy, though. As a plumber's daughter, I am well-acquainted with pvc and pipe fittings. So I guess putting it together wouldn't be so hard! Also, I think I can get a 7.25' pipe in my car with the back seat folded down to the trunk...maybe I'll also have to fold down the front seat. Or maybe I'll borrow DH's larger car
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    These are all great recommendations. Good luck and please keep us posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS View Post
    My vote as well. Inexpensive, portable and collapsible.

    A quick Google search brought this up first:
    http://www.quiltfrog.com/QuiltDisplayRack.html

    Looks easy enough - especially since HD or Lowe's will cut the pipes to size for you.
    I've been meaning to build one so I can take pictures of my quilts - straight on, without people's fingers in the corner, balancing off off balconies or porches.
    That is the very design we use. Yes, you can see the pvc pipe but it is white so it doesn't look bad.
    You just need the scrub the lettering off the pipe. Use a brillo pad and it is gone.

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    I know the pipe is easy to cut but I couldn't put the long pieces in my car and it was over 110 degrees that day so no way I was driving with the pipe out the window. I wanted them cut in two but the guys said he wasn't allowed. I found 4 ft pieces but they were heavy walled and too thick. DH drove the truck and picked them up for me, it was on his way to the sporting goods store. LOL
    Last edited by BellaBoo; 09-10-2012 at 06:07 PM.
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