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Thread: hanging a quilt

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    We are putting the binding and hanging sleeve on our church quilt. It will hang along one of the long sides (90"). My question is----Is using about a 3 or 4" piece of pvc pipe and using fishing line at each end to hang it going to give it enough support or do we need to run more fishing line at points in the middle also? I figured line at each end, but others are worried that it will sag once it is suspended from the hooks with only 2 lines. I thought that the pvc pipe would prevent that from happening. Anyone have any theories or experience in hanging a quilt? The quilt measures 70" by 87" and it is viewed from the side--a pictorial quilt. Everyone raved over how good a job the quilter did, and it is a knockout. I'll post a picture of the qork in progress this weekend.

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    I think you should use something solid all the way thru, like a wooden rod or a good curtain rod (round). Haven't done it but it sounds good to me.

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    We discussed that method also, but am not sure which is best or if a closet pole (dowel rod) comes in such a long length.

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    closet poles are up to 16' long at the lumber yard. i don't know the max length of pvc. doesn't really matter because you can buy little devices to join the lengths and make it as long as you like.

    fishing line? in the middle? i'm confused by the description of the way you're planning to hang it, so i hope this is helpful: run the pole all the way through the sleeve. hang it from the ends of the poles. it won't sag anywhere. if you' want to stabilize the bottom, too, then put another sleeve there and run a length of pvc. heck. you could put sleeves on all four sides and make a pvc frame for it. hang it from that. problem solved.

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    That was what I had in mind, but some of the ladies were worried that if we didn't use something in the middle, it would sag. This will hang on a wall below a huge a/c vent/duct--There are eye bolts already screwed into that frame work because that is how they hang other things in the church such as banners and wreaths. There are 5 eye bolts altogether and I thought that using strong monofilament line at each end would be good enough. I have also learned that there are different grades of pvc pipe . I am going by a qult shop after work tonight to get their input also. I have no idea at this point what I am doing. Any quilts I have ever done have gone on a bed or baby bed not the wall.

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    For quilts over 50" or so, I use a split sleeve so the rod can be supported in the middle as well as on the ends. I simply make two shorter hanging sleeves (instead of one long one) and leave a gap of a couple inches between them. I usually use a narrower dowel and support it with a cuphook or nail in the middle; you will need something a little heavier to support such a thick dowel.

    I wonder if it mightn't be better to use a piece of wood - like a 1" x 3" trim piece instead of a round pipe. The quilt would hang flatter (no round lump at the top) and you could support it with a nail in the middle.

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    Thanks for the input. I am worried about the middle of the quilt sagging once it is hung and thats why someone suggested using monofilament line sewn around the pvc or dowel with a curved needle to help support it at this point. This line would then be attached further up the wall to an eye bolt already in place. This quilt will hang in the sanctuary and to the right of the altar. That fact alone blows me away because we figured it would be in the parish hall not the church itself. How big a piece of pipe or dowell is sufficient to hold it up? Meaning what diameter?

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    wherever you go to purchase the dowel or pvc will be able to help you determine the diameter that you will need, they just need to know about how much the quilt weighs.

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    I'VE USED 1" DIAMETER PVC PIPE BEFORE TO CONSTRUCT EL-CHEAPO CURTAIN RODS FOR FULL LENGTH DRAPES AND FOUND AFTER A WHILE IT BEGINS TO SAG IN THE MIDDLE

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    there are different grades of pvc, some are thicker and heavier, hot (cpvc) is smaller but thicker walled

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    Most PVC pipe is made to be somewhat flexible to make it eaier to install. I think the closet dowel would be a better choice. It is made to withstand more weight. Also a curtain rod would hold the weight. What an honor to have the quilt placed is such a great spot! Congratulations! and good job.

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    I just found that out. :!: :D This is a learning experience for me! If we use monofilament line to hang it , how do we construct the sleeve in order to have support in the middle? Do I use a split sleeve or thread the line through the sleeve? I know nothing about hanging quilts so any advice is appreciated.

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    I think the split sleeve would be best. If you try to sew the monofiliment through the sleeve, it might make the quilt hang wonky.

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    thanks for the info on pvc pipe...i didn't know that..cool. when you go to lowes or home depot, how do you tell the difference? without having to capture an employee to ask.

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    I am not sure, but hopefully it would have a sign or somehtng indicating what the grade # is.

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    hot water pipe has a yellowish/off white color, the real white is the cold water

    and good luck finding help in Lowe's!

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    I have stopped at the customer service counter and asked if they could kindly send someone to aisle ..... so that I could be helped by someone with knowledge in that area. Sometimes I even get lucky and there will be a contractor in the aisle who does not mind answering a few questions, too! :)

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