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Thread: Son of a quilter needs help!

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    Son of a quilter needs help!

    Attention quilters!
    I know nothing about quilting, the quilting community or its brands, trends etc. The closest I ever got to quilting was making a stuffed snake in middle school home-ec class. I could use your help!

    I am looking to get my mother, a prolific quilter, a nice quilt rack. The CADILLAC of quilt racks, if you will. However, not knowing what to look for, or what to stay away from, I am a bit lost in a sea of wood, plastic and metal racks.

    ANY help would be appreciated (sans jokes about my mom's rack, thanks ), and I would be more than happy to submit a review/impressions of what I buy once received!
    Thanks in advance!

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    Can you give more details? Is this for displaying quilts, hand quilting, or machine quilting? If for machine, what model does she use? I think we can make recommendations if we understand the use. Thanks!

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    See what I mean? I don't even know the question to ask!

    Anyway, it's for displaying them, mostly at home, but also at local events.

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    well here are a few to start with
    http://www.homefurnitureshowroom.com...acks_1225.html
    if there is a quilt show coming to your area, you might find some there. I have no suggestion on a particular one though.

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    In the case of quilt display racks, there really isn't a brand one that's the Cadillac of display racks. Most of us who have them have bought them from woodworkers who were selling at fairs, art-in-the-park events, "main street days", that sort of thing.

    That said, I personally feel that quilts display better when they are hung full exposure on a wall or over a banister. There are many options for hanging quilts on a wall. Google "displaying quilts on a wall".

    The next best way is on a tall rack like a ladder where there are many rungs for folding many quilts over. The best ladders are very old wooden barn ladders, often wider at the bottom than the top, and very hard to find. Have one made for her, that way you can choose the finish, width, height, and number of rungs.

    "Foot-of-the-bed type quilt racks do not show off the quilts well, with only the front and back quilt showing any of its design; the one hanging in the middle is virtually hidden.

    How nice of you to think of this for your mom!

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    For shows I'd say something prtable like this.
    http://www.craftgard.com/quilt-displ...carrying-case/

    Then someting in a nice wood for home.
    http://www.gwizpro.com/qww/
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    Thanks, all, for all the recommendations so far. I think, after perusing some of these links, I am looking more for an at-home stand, and these two caught my eye:
    http://www.homefurnitureshowroom.com...ductItemsImage

    http://www.homefurnitureshowroom.com...ductItemsImage

    Particularly the first one.

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    What a thoughtful son you are! you've already been given some good advice. I also like these "quilt chests" and it's another option:

    http://www.quiltcurio.com/

    Again, an internet search will net you some producers - mostly custom/hand made. I saw a couple "in person" in a store in Shipeshewana, IN, and they are very nice.

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    I think you will need two, one for home display which has to be nice and fit with the decor and one for public events which is easy to set up and durable. One will not work for both uses.
    Got fabric?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Modred189 View Post
    Thanks, all, for all the recommendations so far. I think, after perusing some of these links, I am looking more for an at-home stand, and these two caught my eye:
    http://www.homefurnitureshowroom.com...ductItemsImage

    http://www.homefurnitureshowroom.com...ductItemsImage

    Particularly the first one.
    I really like the first one as well. You are a very thoughtful son to be so diligent in your search.

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    so nice of you, can't wait to see what you buy for her
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    I like the first one too...I have one that my Mom had made for me about twenty years ago and it's still in use...not as nice as this one but very good for what I need it for. And would you like either of my sons' email addresses? LOL
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    That is so sweet. I agree, look for something that fits the style of the home. I would also look for something that does not teether. I really like the craftsman style in the first link posted above.
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    Hi! I think Jan in Va has the best advice. I would love to find an old library ladder for my quilts.
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    I really like the style of your first choice. The clean lines would let the quilts be the stars of the show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by valleyquiltermo View Post
    For shows I'd say something prtable like this.
    http://www.craftgard.com/quilt-displ...carrying-case/

    Then someting in a nice wood for home.
    http://www.gwizpro.com/qww/
    skip the first one..way to spendy...you can find the same thing under the name "photographers backdrop stand" on ebay for half that price. I have two and use them display vintage quilts at shows.

    the second site has some great choices for wooden racks! the best ones are found at quilt show! There is a man in KS, called BOB the builder of course, who does amazing stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dandish View Post
    What a thoughtful son you are! you've already been given some good advice. I also like these "quilt chests" and it's another option:

    http://www.quiltcurio.com/

    Again, an internet search will net you some producers - mostly custom/hand made. I saw a couple "in person" in a store in Shipeshewana, IN, and they are very nice.
    I have the tall chest and it's really a nice piece of furniture ~ although we put glass shelves in ours to hold my DH's railroad memorabilia ~ but it would really look good with a pretty quilt in it.
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    I like Jan in VAs idea of a library or farm ladder. Many more quilts could be displayed on it than on a 'regular ' quilt rack. If you can't find one, maybe you could find a woodworker to craft one for you. That said, I, too, like the Craftsman you found.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Modred189 View Post
    Thanks, all, for all the recommendations so far. I think, after perusing some of these links, I am looking more for an at-home stand, and these two caught my eye:
    http://www.homefurnitureshowroom.com...ductItemsImage

    http://www.homefurnitureshowroom.com...ductItemsImage

    Particularly the first one.
    I have to agree - this is one of the nicest quilt racks I've ever seen!! Your mom did a good job raising such a thoughtful son!!

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    If you live anywhere near an Amish or Mennonite community I would look into that for a display rack for your mom. If you do not you can google Amish made quilt rack. There are many 3rd party vendors who commission the Amish to make them for sale on the net. If your mom is an avid quilter she will truly appreciate the fact that it is Amish made. The Amish are famous for their quilts.

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    I like the ones that look like a ladder that is propped against a wall and can hold several quilts. Brows google (images) for "quilt ladders".
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    What a sweet son you are! How are you keeping mom from seeing your post?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonbonary View Post
    What a sweet son you are! How are you keeping mom from seeing your post?
    I'm relying on the anonymity of the internet!


    By the way, why would she be looking particularly at Amish racks, like this one?
    http://www.artsinheaven.com/items/am...ack-detail.htm
    Last edited by Modred189; 04-10-2012 at 12:48 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    I really like the first one as well. You are a very thoughtful son to be so diligent in your search.
    My vote is for the first one also. What a good son you are.
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