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    I am in the middle of making a rather large wall hanging 36 inches by 30 inches, in all your expertise what is the best method so that the quilt hangs as close to the wall as possible, if you use a rod across the top does this make the quilt hang away from the wall?
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    that would depend on what brackets you use for your rod. i use a rod in the sleeve, but then put a string/cord on both ends of the rod and hang it in the center of the string on a nail or hook. this hangs very close to the wall. i find, too, that it is easier to keep it hanging straight that way. if the sleeve is very close to the top edge of the quilt, then the string has to be tight and not stretch much so that the hanging mechanism does not show over the top. if it is going to show, i might use a pretty ribbon with bows on the ends for a decorative effect.
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    i found this company but they are expensive - but looking at the video and picture - i think you could do your own with some things for lowes or home depot
    http://www.hangupscompany.com/Videos.html (might have to copy/paste the link)

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    So no wonder the "Wall Hanging" I just made looks so big?!?! It's 44" square. But I made it to go over my piano so maybe it'll look okay. Still don't know how I'm going to hang it so watching this thread.
    So many quilts, so little time.

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    the hang-up's company has lots of different options to choose from- there are many ways to hang a quilted wall=hanging- & 30"x36" really isn't (overly large) i've seen them 6-7 feet long- all different sizes- you can make a wall hanging any size you want-
    i made my daughter a king-sized quilt for a wedding gift= with a hanging sleeve on it- it is really heavy/warm- in the summer time she runs a drapery rod through it & it hangs over her sliding glass doors....so for a few months every year it is a wall-hanging

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    I've used a slim curtain rod for wallhangings and I've also hung them with a ribbon attached to each end of the rod and hung from a decorative hanger. This allows the quilt to hug the wall. Also putting drapery weights in the bottom corners of the quilt will help it hang straight.
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    Glad that you asked this. I just finished the binding today on a 42"x42" wall hanging and am debating how to hang it. Some great ideas here and I will keep watching too.

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    I like my wall hangings really flat against the wall, so I buy those little plastic rings and sew them onto the back in each corner and also a couple on each side if the hanging is very big. Then I take a thumbtack and put it through each ring. I like doing this, because the rings are completely invisible, and you are able to position the tacks to make it as smooth and taut as you want. The quilt on my avatar is hung that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pacquilter View Post
    The quilt on my avatar is hung that way.
    Ah, yes. I can see that a differently-shaped quilt like that would do very well with your method
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    I've made some wall hangings with triangles sewn in the upper corners, then slid a flat narrow (1 - 1 1/2 " and only 1/4 to 1/2" thick) board in those folded corners. With a hole(s) in the corner, you can hang on a nail.
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    You might enjoy looking at the special hangers here www.ackfeldwire.com. If you make your own hanger, the method will depend on what you choose to hang it with. On a relatively small quilt you can use a fairly narrow rod or piece of dowel. A larger heavier quilt will need more support so the quilt doesn't sag in the middle. Some people like the triangle corners for putting the dowel/rod ends into. Some people like to sew a sleeve along the top and run the dowel/rod through it. Some people like to make decorative hanging tabs to run a decorative rod through. It will depend on what you are going to use to hang the dowel/rod on. 3M command hooks, nails, brackets etc.

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    I make 2 shorter hanging sleeves (rather than 1 long one) for the backs of most of my wall hangings sized to finish at least 1 inch in from each side and 1 inch to the left and right of center of the back of the quilt. DH uses leftover hardwood flooring to make 3/4 inch wide sticks exactly the length I ask for with a center hole for a nail. The stick goes thru both sleeves and then onto the nail which remains completely hidden and the quilt completely flat to the wall. My largest wall quilt thus far hung this way is 45 inches wide. Works fine as long as there is no draft or air movement to disturb it. The 2 inch center space allows for adjustment one way or the other. I often sew the sleeves raw edges directly into the binding seam at the top of the quilt and trim some to reduce bulk, slip stitching just the bottom of the sleeves. Works for me!

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    Have you heard of "Hang it, Dang it". I've seen them at a number of quilt show and thought they would work well.
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    Wall Hanging

    Quote Originally Posted by Carol Wilson View Post
    I am in the middle of making a rather large wall hanging 36 inches by 30 inches, in all your expertise what is the best method so that the quilt hangs as close to the wall as possible, if you use a rod across the top does this make the quilt hang away from the wall?
    I measure the width of my wall hanging, decide how wide I want the hanger, go down to the hardware store and ask them to cut me a piece of plexi glass that will be about 2" longer than the sleeve. I mark where I want the holes made and my husband drills them for me. I use finishing nails to hang it. It lays nice and flat against the wall. Normally I just get the thinner plexi glass. If it is a wall hanging that maybe has embellishments on it that makes it a little heavier, I may get the thicker plexi glass. For one that would be a bit larger than yours, I have also made a sleeve on the bottom and just had the thicker plexi glass cut to that length so the weight of it "pulls/holds" down the wall hanging nice and straight.

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