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Thread: How do you display your quilts?

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    How do you display your quilts?

    I have been going to furniture stores, flea markets and second hand shops looking for an attractive way to display the few quilts that I have made. I have 3 quilt racks so I am looking for something different from them. I'm looking for something not too big, shelves wide enough to hold a folded quilt, maybe something with a glass front and sides so I can admire the quilts and keep the dust off of them. My husband keeps finding these huge intertainment centers (you know the kind - that back in the 80's held our t.v's , vcr's and record players) but I want something simple. What do you have?

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    I have a couple older quilts that I have displayed on quilt hangers/curtain rods on the wall. Right now, the others that I've finished are on beds of the owners. I like being able to see the ones on the wall.
    my name is becca and i'm a quilt-a-holic :-)

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    I have seen those units to store quilts, kind of like glass boxes but really fine pieces of furniture. Someone made them locally here but doesn't anymore. Hopefully someone has some contact info to share with you.

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    Years ago I saw an advertisment for a trunk with glass top and sides. They were built for holding quilts. Easy display and dust free. Trouble was they were very expensive!

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    I have 3 quilt hangers for on the wall of different sizes...they have a rod to hold the quilt, and also a shelf above to display items...I had a friend's dad who did woodworking make them. I also have a more traditional quilt rack that holds several quilts. I often will drape a quilt over a table, or over an old wooden trunk I have, and also have several tablerunners I put out seasonally. I would like to get a ladder type of quilt display....have seen those and like how they look. I have a cabinet that is full of video tapes...from when my boys were younger. I think I will be cleaning it out soon and then will have 4 shelves that I could layer quilts in. The cabinet does have a class door, though I have fabric behind it now to hide the videos.

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    My guy makes me hangers that hold a rod. I just tell him the size I need. He's getting pretty good at it. Others are on my beds and couches usually with a fur baby on them. When I sit I have to fight for a quilt to snuggle under.
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    Ladies ... Please ... I'd love to see some pictures of your different type of hanging and display methods!
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    The glass trunks would be nice to have as they would keep dust off in this old country house and from the wood furnace' Do have a few over the sofa and chairs .

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    Here you go ... I saw this guys stuff on his booth at the AQS DesMoines show this past fall. The workmanship was very good. These are lovely pieces and I thought they were reasonably priced. I know he said he will do custom work ... so worth talking to him to get something the shape/size/design you want.

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    I found another one while searching the web

    http://crabtreewoodworks.com/quilt-d...y-quilt-racks/
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    I have a very old ladder from my Dad's grainery leaned against the wall. T he quilts are hung on the rungs. I like the fact that it's easily moved.

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    I've seen coffee tables, sometimes not too expensive, that have a glass top over a compartment to display items... a big quilt probably wouldn't fit, but a folded lap or child's or small single quilt might. You'd see it up close but safe from spills and dirty hands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nanibi View Post
    I've seen coffee tables, sometimes not too expensive, that have a glass top over a compartment to display items... a big quilt probably wouldn't fit, but a folded lap or child's or small single quilt might. You'd see it up close but safe from spills and dirty hands.
    So glad you posted this idea I have 2 tables that I currently display part of my knife collection in but had decided I was tired of that so thanks for the idea I can put quilts in them instead

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    My dh made me a ladder that's 30 inches wide and the rungs are about 18" apart and 8 feet tall. I display several quilts and lean the ladder against the wall.
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    ladder here also. I do have some folded on top of the entertainment center - rotated and rerolled often - but I love this ladder.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...y-t195661.html
    So many quilts, so little time.

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    http://www.quiltcurio.com/

    That's it... those are the glass trunks I was talking about. Think they're just beautiful. And beings the company is located here in the great state of Texas, I may just have to go visit.

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    I repurposed a gun cabinet to use as a quilt cabinet. My husband attached metal shelf strips in the corners, and had glass shelves cut to fit. The gun fittings are still there, so it can be changed back to a gun cabinet at any time. I'm going to try to attach pictures, but may not be successful.
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    I actually had a display cabinet built with a glass front and sides. It holds four quilts on rods that can be easily moved. So I shift them each week to the front. A mall lap quilt lays across the top and can be seen on both sides. The top is also glass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by avgquiltr View Post
    I repurposed a gun cabinet to use as a quilt cabinet. My husband attached metal shelf strips in the corners, and had glass shelves cut to fit. The gun fittings are still there, so it can be changed back to a gun cabinet at any time. I'm going to try to attach pictures, but may not be successful.
    Neat idea!

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    How about this? Not my idea I saw it on Pinterest but thought it was pretty cool
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    Linen presses from the 1800's are a beautiful way to display folded quilts. Not sure where you live in Missouri, but when we lived in the north they used to be in estate auctions. I have quilts hanging on the walls, draped over chairs, one always hangs outside over a bench by the front door. Personally, I think a quilt may be used anywhere I want!
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    I remember seeing this glass sided trunk in JC Penney catalog for about $100 on sale. I have a friend who purchased one and it is quite nice but a bit small. She could only fit 3-4 quilts carefully folded so that they show well through the glass.
    Quote Originally Posted by HillCountryGal View Post
    Years ago I saw an advertisment for a trunk with glass top and sides. They were built for holding quilts. Easy display and dust free. Trouble was they were very expensive!

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    I have a couple of ladders standing against the wall to hang the quilts on the rungs. They were purchased at a quilt show but it would be nice to use an old wooden ladder.

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    How about a quilt ladder? I have seen several, they are one piece and you lean them against a wall. The quilts are folded and over the steps of the ladder. I have seen them holding from 4-6 quilts. They do not take up much space.

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