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Thread: quilt ladder - happy!

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    quilt ladder - happy!

    I have been asking my husband for this type ladder for over a year. Finally on a recent vacation I showed him something similar in a quilt shop and he understood what I was asking for. (The drawings, online examples, descriptive words didn't do it, I guess.) That trip was over on June 15 so finally on July 24 it's up and in place. Love it! The space it fills had an ancient short bookcase that was full of grandkid toys and books. THey are now in a bedroom and ... well, now, .... my couch looks really old and dated. Oh well! Still happy! The bookcase has been moved to my sewing room and I'm cleaning house in there. Joy! Joy! (Before and after pics to follow.)

    The quilts - Top one with paintings of flowers made by my husband's mother when she was young. He's 59 and she was in her 30's when he was born so ... over 60 years old and probably over 70.
    Second one: We call it a Texas star - also made by my Mother-in-law when she was young.
    Third: Made by my husband's grandmother so ... older anyway!
    Fourth: a churn dash (?) made by my mother-in-law
    Fifth: Sunbonnet Sue from feed sacks. First quilt made by my mother-in-law when she was 10 or 12. That would make it about 80 years old.
    Bottom one: my grandmother made this for my son when he moved into a Big Boy Bed. She had made exactly the same quilt for his crib. It's made of "bullet proof" polyester. It's 31 years old. (His little boy sleeps under the crib sized one when he stays over here.)
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    So many quilts, so little time.

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    Awesome ladder (he did well!!) and awesome collection of quilts. Thanks for sharing.
    One step at a time, always forward.

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    Very nice quilt ladder and you have a great collection of old quilts to display on it!

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    That second down is not the one I thought it was - it's not the Texas star. I do see a star shape, but ... what is that thing anyway? Anyone know?
    So many quilts, so little time.

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    4th down is a Bow Tie not Churn Dash.. They are all beautiful and the display ladder is great!

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    Looks wonderful! Pretty quilts, too!!!
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    Looks great and such great quilts to display. Great quilt ladder.
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    Thank you for the story about each quilt, it was so interesting! He really did a nice job on the ladder!
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    Bow tie makes a lot more sense - thanks!
    So many quilts, so little time.

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    Awesome quilts!! Just curious.....did you stain, paint, varnish.....the ladder? Was wondering what you used so that it wouldn't hurt the quilts. I am trying to find an old ladder at a sale or have my husband make one.

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    It's coated in polyurethane after staining. I'm going to add something else though because I'm concerned about that - I'm thinking of some drawer liner rubbery stuff laid over each rung. Many of them have been hanging over an old ladder in our bedroom - came from my in-laws' house - for about 15 years and I see no signs that any problems came because of that, but ... just in case ...
    So many quilts, so little time.

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    What an amazing collection of family quilts. And that's a wonderful way to display them.

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    A reminder to rotate them and refold for fading......but do not put them away.....enjoy them and allow them to put a smile on your face every day

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    Wow, all the way to the ceiling. nothing like using all space available. Good for him!! and you too!!!

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    Great ladder and the quilts displayed on it are wonderful.

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    He did a great job! Put a star on his chart!
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    Your quilts and ladder are really nice. Thanks so much for sharing
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    Is the 2nd quilt down a spinning star? I also have a quilting ladder, but I bought it, not made. I enjoy using it. You're lucky to have one like that - more rungs than mine.
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    Very nice way to display your beautiful quilt collection!
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    I am soooo jealous. I have wanted a quilt ladder for a long time. It is beautiful.

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    What a wonderful way to display your heirloom quilts, the quilts are awesome and your DH did a great job.

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    Love your display great family history of quilts...

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    Great ladder and quilts, you packed a whole lot of family history on it.

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    I want a quilt ladder so badly. I've been begging, but I believe it's going to be up to me to find someone else to make it for me. Love yours!!
    Karen in Kentucky

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    I want one too...now where is my DH? Oh HONEY!!!
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