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Thread: The Ideal Quilt Rack - what would it be?

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    Senior Member Brazen's Avatar
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    Hi all!

    My father is an accomplished woodworker and is willing to make anything I ask for - you should see the bedrooms full of furniture he's made our family!! And my custom made sewing center!! It's name is "Nirvana"... and for VERY good reason. hehehe

    Anyway, I've now decided want a couple of quilt racks made. I Googled "quilt racks" and see there are a few different styles. Some people use a ladder of some sort, one example being:

    [IMG]http://www.marshallproducts.com/676_pictures_428.jpg[/IMG]

    And I see a LOT like this:

    [IMG]http://www.pwcfurniture.com/cattalog...ilt%20rack.jpg[/IMG]

    Is one better than the other, or is it totally what you think looks better?

    Is any specific wood better than the others?

    All I have to do is provide my Dad with a picture of what I want, and he will replicate it. That's how we (well, HE) did my sewing center. I had an online sewing buddy show me a picture of a sewing center that cost $4,000 and it was really nice. I jokingly mentioned it to my father, and what do ya know! We customized one for ME... saving me $4,000! LOL As if! hehe

    Anyway, thank you for any thoughts you may have!!


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    Either a ladder or more traditional quilt rack would work great. It all depends on how many quilts you want to display/hang, the amount of space you have for a rack, what goes with your decor, etc. I have a quilt rack in my bedroom and the very first quilt I ever made is hanging on it. I have several friends with different kinds of ladders. I have always liked the way they look and have an order for one in with my husband--if he EVER gets his wood shop finished!!!

    PS--I want to see pics of your custom sewing center, too!!!

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    Ok Marcia! hehehe I'll find some pics from when I FIRST got it and it's empty. And I'll take a couple tomorrow when it's nice and bright in the house.

    I was wondering, too, shouldn't the rungs on ANY sort of quilt rack be pretty thick? So as not to harm the quilt in anyway? I see a lot of iron quilt racks and it seems like those would crease the old quilts too badly.

    I have seen the racks like the second picture I posted that you could put 2 quilts on each rung, show-casing a total of 6 quilts.... That seems like a decent idea.

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    I guess your decor and space you have would have the biggest influence in picking out the type to use.

    I would think that any kiln dried wood would work. A good poly finish will make ti easier to dust off when need be.

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    And remember to put some muslin or some acid free paper between the wood and the quilts you display to protect them from the acid of the wood (one reason iron is used).

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    Lisa--here are a couple more styles that I found on line. Since all you need is a pic for your dad I thought these might get you thinking outside the box. :D

    Pete has made me a floor rack and several wall racks--the "rungs" are about 3/4" wide on them. I do not have trouble with my quilts getting creases. You should refold them every now and then too.
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    Oh!!!
    I like them all!
    Right now, for me, would be a ladder type in a dark wood that kinda leans against the wall...
    :)
    Maybe I will have to google, because my husband doesn't have a wood shop but is very good with wood...
    Thanks,
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    My DH and I found a piece of really old wrought iron fencing about 3 ft side and 6 ft long, with some neat curliques on it. He cleaned it up, repainted it, and we leaned it against a wall & hung quilts on it. It works great. You can cover any thin rods with wrapping paper rolls - just cut a slit along one full side, and slip it over the rod. Even if it bends in some it will keep the quilt from coming into contact with the rod. It works great!

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    I have a rack at home that is similar to your second picture, only it holds 7 quilts. The center top is permanent and there are 3 1 inch thick (at least) dowels that are removable on each side to hold a quilt. It is easy to remove or add a quilt because of the removable dowels, they just fall off a little too easy. I have been thinking of adding a small piece of velcro to each dowel to hold them on better. I will try and take a picture, but I may not get home until late monday night. And I am really busy Tuesday.. Let me know if you want me to send a picture. also, it is not super tall because I have a window nearby and did n't want sunlight to shine on the quilts

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    I have two like #2 in your pictures. They are nice... BUT I LOVE #1 in Marcia's post... that is useful and beautiful!!!

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    I used the side of an old crib (draping the quilt over 2 or 3 slats), but the problem is that only one quilt is really visible/displayed. Except for a few inches, the rest are hidden behind it. So it works for storage, but if you want to display quilts, you would want a different option.

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    I LOVE the tradtional looking one. My Jim made me one last year. I cherish it. I am trying to talk him into making another.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcia
    PS--I want to see pics of your custom sewing center, too!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Brazen
    Ok Marcia! hehehe I'll find some pics from when I FIRST got it and it's empty. And I'll take a couple tomorrow when it's nice and bright in the house.
    I'm still waiting :lol:

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    I like them all! You are so lucky to have one custom made for you. My DH has become so busy quilting I don't know if he will make wooden items any more! :-) :D

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    wouldn't it be nice to have a hanging rack, like large area rugs are on, so you can just whip through to the next one.

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